Prayer is the gymnasium of the soul.
— Samuel Zwemer
Prayer, meditation, scripture study, and worship are just as essential to running a successful spiritual race as physical discipline is in preparing for athletic competition.
— Tom Osborne
Pray twice as much as you fret.
— Max Lucado
I have so much business I cannot go on without spending three hours daily in prayer.
— Martin Luther
Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.
— Andrew Murray
Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.
— Vance Havner
Little minds have little worries. Big minds have no room for worries.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I never want to dwell on spilled milk or worry about something that’s not life threatening.
— Nick Price
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
— Philippians 4:6
Worry distorts our thinking, disrupts our work, disquiets our soul, disturbs our body, disfigures our face. It destroys our friends, demoralizes our life, defeats our faith and debilitates our energy.
— William Ward
Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.
— Billy Graham
I believe in God, the creator and ruler of the universe. I hold that a man’s religious faith is the greatest single force in his life for good.
— Andy Kerr
You will never grow a close relationship with God by just attending church once a week or even having a daily quiet time. Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with Him.
— Rick Warren
“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
— John 4:14
I believe that players who truly are intent on honoring God with their lives and with their play make a difference. The spiritual atmosphere on our team, although not perfect, was generally conducive to mutual respect and self-sacrifice. It certainly enhanced the chemistry of our team.
— Tom Osborne
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
— Alexander Graham Bell
The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight with the blow, to live an eternity in an hour.
— Elbert Hubbard
Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
— Jack Nicklaus
It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.
— Og Mandino
If there is any one “secret” of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time. Concentration – that is, the courage to impose on time and events one’s own decision as to what really matters and comes first – is the executive’s only hope of becoming the master of time and events.
— Peter Drucker
A plan takes all your dreams and talents and maximizes them by bringing structure to the concept.
— T.D. Jakes
Without a plan we keep covering old territory.
— Rick Pitino
Your mind is always satisfied with the harmony produced by a well-organized plan. Anxiety develops from a poorly organized plan.
— Napoleon Hill
Planning is deciding what to change today so tomorrow will be different from yesterday.
— Ichak Adizes
He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
— Victor Hugo
When we worry about going broke, getting sick or losing face, our focus is on ourselves. One way to reduce worrying is to shift gears, and focus on how you can help someone else.
— Dr. Suzanne Zoglio
Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both.
— Elisabeth Elliot
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
— Mahatma Gandhi
If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. “I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”
— Dorothea Kent
All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
— Walt Disney
A worldly loss often turns into spiritual gain.
— Hazrat Khan
Difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
— Isak Dinesen
Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.
— Robert Leighton
If those tough times hadn’t happened, who’s to say I’d be playing in the NFL. It really helped my determination, drive and character. Everybody has overcome something in their lives. It’s all about how you take those challenges and use them for the better.
— Michael Lehan