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“When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~ Ken Blanchard

“One of the most common mistakes and one of the costliest, is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic something or other which we do not possess.  Success is generally due to holding on and failure to let go.  You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course in reading, train yourself physically.  Will it be a success or failure?  It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word ‘decide’ contains.  The decision that nothing will overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success.” ~ Maltbie D. Babcock, Clergyman and Author

“An individual’s self-concept affects every aspect of human behavior. The ability to learn…The capacity to grow and change…The choice of friends, mates, and careers. It is no exaggeration to say that a strong positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.” ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers

Time is Our Most Precious Commodity

Given the choice, would you rather save time or money?

Most people focus on dollars. But how you spend your time is much more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can often be corrected, but when you lose time, it’s gone forever.

Your priorities determine how you spend your time, and time is precious.  The following statements may help you put time in perspective:

To know the value of one year… Ask the student who failed the final exam.

To know the value of one month… Ask the mother of a premature baby.

To know the value of one week… Ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.

To know the value of one day… Ask the wage earner who has six children.

To know the value of one hour… Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To know the value of one minute… Ask the person who missed the plane.

To know the value of one second… Ask the person who survived the accident.

To know the value of one millisecond… Ask the Olympic silver medalist.

Your time is priceless.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson advised, “Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds.  Discard them and their value will never be known.  Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

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Source: Today Matters by John C. Maxwell

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden

“You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training.  There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight… Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” ~ Seth Godin

“There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice, and a man’s worldly success will be in the measure that he sacrifices his confused animal thoughts, and fixes his mind on the development of his plans, and the strengthening of his resolution and self-reliance.  And the higher he lifts his thoughts, the more manly, upright, and righteous he becomes, the greater will be his success, the more blessed and enduring will be his achievements.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him.  He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought.  Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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