Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
What we contribute through doing, is greatly impacted by who we are being.
Annie Zalezsak, February 21, 2016 from “Who I Am vs What I Do”, AnnieZed.wordpress.com
We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
Omar Nelson Bradley
The journey has to feel the way you want the destination to feel.
You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it. That’s the only way to get to the top.
Emil Zatopek (1922-) Czech Middle Distance Runner
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
“But try,” you urge, “the trying shall suffice; The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!”
It is the man who goes straight to his goal, obstacle or no obstacle, that commands our respect, gets our confidence, and gets to the front. He is the man who is sought in an emergency, not the man who is afraid of obstacles, who magnifies difficulties.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American Editor and Speaker
There is great power in a resolution that has no reservations in it – a strong, persistent, tenacious purpose – which burns all bridges behind it and which clears all obstacles from its path and arrives at its goal, no matter how long it may take, no matter what the sacrifice or the cost.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American Editor and Speaker
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from someone who has never left home.
Do not confuse excellence with perfection. The first is possible to achieve, the second is probably not.
Neale Donald Walsch
"But try," you urge, "the trying shall suffice; The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!"
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
You’re not ever going to get it done. Every time you evaluate contrast and conclude and then line up your Energy and allow it into your experience… at the same time you are achieving the result that you intended, you also achieve a new perspective from which to intend. You can’t stand still. In every moment, there is a whole new set of stuff… new ideas, new desires being born.
Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Detroit, MI on Saturday, April 25, 1998
It is not the road ahead that wears you out – it is the grain of sand in your shoe.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.
Pearl S Buck (1892-1973) American Writer
At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.
Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) American Actor
There is the voice that everybody hears… saying to you, “You should do this, you should be this, you ought to, you got to.” And then there is the still small voice – for some people not so small – inside every human being that calls you to something that is greater than yourself.
Life is the sum of what you focus on.
Replace frantic action with quiet seeing. Society is like a maniac wildly driving a truck with his eyes closed. Look at all the human wrecks! Look at all the sorrow! Let this remind you to slow down your life to where you can ask, 'Where am I going and why?' Never mind the reckless drivers who want only fast thrills and self-glory. You were called to make a marvelous discovery. Quietly see that you have a True Treasure to find.
The Daily Guru
There is a spiritual godliness that drifts naturally through the affairs of man, but it is visible only if actions are undertaken and performed with that godliness in mind.
from The Trick to Money Is Having Some!, by Stuart Wilde
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A Barker, American businessman, consultant and author of Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.
Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975), author of Change And Habit
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, author of My Life and Work 1922
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) pastor, speaker and author
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who, at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th US President
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
Socrates (469-399BC) Greek philosopher
Men may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
Lewis Cass (1782-1866) American politician
Here is the Divine Dichotomy.
The way to ‘get there’ is to ‘be there’.
Just be where you choose to get!
It’s that simple.
from Conversations With God, Book 3, by Neale Donald Walsch
There’s so little traffic on the extra mile.
from Taming the Marketing Jungle, by Silvana Clark
By walking, I found out where I was going.
Anxiety grips anyone who inwardly travels east one day, followed by switching to west, north, south. Traveling without knowing where you want to go creates underground worry that erupts regularly in irritation and tears.
Anxiety is conquered by traveling the highway to your spiritual destination. There is no other solution and none should be sought. Seeking relief elsewhere will only prolong the weary wait by the side of the road.
The Daily Guru
Focus is the key to all results. Results require that you concentrate your efforts on the smallest number of activities that will produce the largest amount of productivity.
Gary Ryan Blair
Q: Nothing confuses me more than my goal in life. I would breathe easier if I could just clarify my purpose.
A: All right, breathe easily. In your Outer World, have any goal you like. Be an industrial executive, an artist, world traveler; it makes no difference. In your Inner World, never think you have any goal other than to return to your natural self. That is the only goal which makes any difference.
The Daily Guru
The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, “In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!”
John F Kennedy
As you continue following your inner guidance and doing things that are meaningful to you, you will create your dreams.
from Creating Money, by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
Invest in everything, attach to nothing.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American writer
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) American politician
I think I'd like to be remembered as someone who beat the odds through just plain determination. … that I persevered. Because I think that being somewhat of a pest to life, constantly plaguing and pursuing, will bring results.
Sylvester Stallone (1946-) American actor
Have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definite standard that will appeal to the best that is in man, and then strive mightily toward that goal.
Harold E Stassen
Sometimes the subconscious mind manifests a wisdom several steps or even years ahead of the conscious mind, and has its own way of leading us toward our destiny.
Nathaniel Branden, American psychologist
The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Chinese proverb (see more Chinese proverbs)
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
A vision keeps the Wealthy Soul focused on the path and not on the boulders.
Michael Norwood, author of the Wealthy Soul series
The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
William F Scolavino
The best way to live life to the fullest everyday is to make as many decisions as possible about the future – yesterday.
Daniel A Feerst, American publisher
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.
Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.
Denis Waitley, American peak performance expert
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