One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.
Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
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.
You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.
-- Steve Garvey
You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.
-- Booker T. Washington
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
-- Zig Ziglar
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
-- Walter Elliott
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
-- Benjamin Franklin
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
-- George Bernard Shaw
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
-- John Wooden
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
-- Albert Schweitzer
Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
-- Lowell Thomas
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
-- Dale Carnegie
You can't fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning a somersault. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities.
-- William J.H. Boetcker
The man of character finds an especial attractiveness in difficulty since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.
-- Charles de Gaulle
The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!"
-- W.H. Murray
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
-- Alexander Graham Bell
BUT probably the most inspiration thing is something I thought of that a friend once said to me:
Whether you are on a health program or not, a year from now, you're still going to be a year older. A year older. You are still going to be a year older. Do you want to see that new year healthier or not?