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A Champion...

"A champion is someone who gets up when he can't!"


Jack Dempsey

Acceptance

"You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud, too. That's part of it."

Denzel Washington

Action

“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”  

Thomas Jefferson

Action over Fear

Action conquers fear.

Peter Zarlenga

Always Try

"Nothing worth having comes easy."


Dr. Bob Kelso

B

Be Bold

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Believe in Yourself!

"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle thrown your way."


Christian Larson

Brave

"I can only show you the door.  You're the one who has to walk through it."


The Matrix, Morpheus

C

Challenges

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."


Joshua J. Marine

Change

"Many people have ideas on how others should change; few people have ideas on how they should change."


Leo Tolstoy

Change Your Thoughts

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."


Norman Vincent Peale

Commitment

"Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment."


Vince Lombardi

Communication

"I've always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other."


Ronald Reagan

Conquer

"Obstacles don't have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." 


Michael Jordan

Consequences

"You make a choice in your life, and it affects your life in all the ways, good and bad."

John Mayer

Courage

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” 

- E. E. Cummings

Courageous

"You've got to follow your passion.  You've got to figure out what it is you love-- who you really are.  And have the courage to do that.  I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams."


Oprah Winfrey

Creativity

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."


Maya Angelou

D

Dance

"It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."


Kid President

Dance in the Rain

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's learning to dance in the rain."


Unknown

Decision over Reaction

Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.

Winston Churchill

Destiny

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."


Douglas Adams

Determination

"Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to."


Henry Van Dyke

Do What You Can

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."


Arthur Ashe

Doing it Right

The difference in success or failure can be doing something nearly right ... or doing it exactly right.

Henry Ford

Dream Big

"The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."


Ellen Johnson

Dream It!

"If you can dream it, you can do it."


Walt Disney

Dreams

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman

E

Educated

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”  

Aristotle, Metaphysics

Effort

"The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort."


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Exceed Expectations

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


Walter Bagehot

Excellence

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."


Aristotle

Experience

“Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn fast.”  

William Nicholson, Shadowlands 

Exploration

"Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."


Mark Twain

Extraordinary

"Overcome the notion that you must be regular.  It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary." 


Uta Hagen

F

Failure

"Never allow failed attempts to dampen your spirit; let them only spur you on to succeed."


Unknown.

Failure=Success

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."


Michael Jordan

Fear

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”  

Veronica Roth, Divergent

Forget the Past

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."


William C. Durant

Fright

"I'd be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I'd been given.  I'd be more frightened by procrastination and laziness."


Denzel Washington

Future

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."


Eleanor Roosevelt

G

Getting Started

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."


Agatha Christie

Go All In

"You have to go whole heartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having."


Frank Lloyd Wright

Goals

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”  

Bruce Lee

Goals, Means, Adjustment

"First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end."


Aristotle

Grass is Greener

“Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on.”

Amar Dave

Greatness

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain

Grow

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ronald E. Osborn

Growing

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."


Chinese Proverb

Growth

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” 

George Bernard Shaw

Guarantee

“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”  

Dr. Seuss

H

Habit

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."


Jim Rohn

Habits

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

Happiness

"Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."


Theodore Rubin

Hard Work

“All great achievements require time.”  

Maya Angelou

Hard Work and Kindess

"If you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."


Conan O'Brien

Help

"The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you."


John E. Southard

Honesty

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."


Abraham Lincoln

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Important Decisions

"Whenever you're making an important decision, first ask if it gets you closer to your goals or farther away. If the answer is closer, pull the trigger. If it's farther away, make a different choice. Conscious choice making is a critical step in making your dreams a reality."


Jillian Michaels

Impossible

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela

Initiative

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."


Jonathon Winters

Inner Bravery

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends."


Dumbledore, Harry Potter

Inner Strength

"Most people are stronger than they know.  They just forget to believe in it sometimes."


One Tree Hill

Integrity

"The supreme quality of leadership is integrity."


Dwight Eisenhower

Intelligence

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”  

Salvador Dalí

Investigate

“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”  

Albert Einstein

Irony

"When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters.  One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." 


John F. Kennedy

J

Jealousy

“Isn't it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”  

Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Job/Career Advice

"Never give up searching for the job that you're passionate about."


Warren Buffett

Journey

Success is a journey, not a destination.

Embrace each challenge. Enjoy every day.

Justice

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”  

William Penn

K

Keep At It

“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”  

Babe Ruth

Keep Dreaming

"We all keep dreaming, and luckily, dreams really do come true."


Katie Holmes

Knowledge

"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours."

John Locke

Knowledge and Wisdom

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."


Jimi Hendrix

L

Lead

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership

"You don't have to hold a position to be a leader."


Henry Ford

Leadership and Learning

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."


John F. Kennedy

Learn

“Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”  

Groucho Marx

Life

"Live. Love. Learn. Leave a legacy." 


Dr. Stephen R. Covey

Limitations

"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."


Jamie Paolinetti

Living Life

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."


Joseph Chilton Pearce

Love What You Do

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."


Steve Jobs

Luck

“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”  

Thomas Jefferson

Luck or No Luck

"Luck?  I don't know anything about luck.  I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do.  Luck to me is something else; Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."


Lucille Ball

M

Make it Happen

“You can’t just sit and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve  got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”

Diana Ross

Make It Work

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Maturity

"Maturity is simply the wisdom to determine the right time to be a kid and the right time to be an adult."


Nate Storvik

Mindfulness

"Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."


Frank Outlaw

Mountain

The one on top of the mountain didn't fall there. It required a plan, followed by work and determination, and it began with the goal of one day being there.

Move Past Failure

"Just because you've failed once, it doesn't mean you're going to fail at everything."


Marilyn Monroe

N

Never Give Up

"Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up."


Genevieve Rhode

O

Obstacles

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."


Henry Ford

Opinions

“The strength of one's opinion should not exceed their knowledge on the matter.”  

Eric Hirzel

Opportunities

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."


Ann Landers

Opportunity

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us."


Alexander Graham Bell

P

Passion

Belief fuels passion, and passion rarely fails.

Mac Anderson

Perseverance

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." 


Newt Gingrich

Perspective

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”  

Abraham Lincoln

Plan It!

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Practice

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man  who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Bruce Lee

Preparation

"The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare."


Bobby Knight

 

Productivity

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney Company

R

Read

“Think before you speak.  Read before you think.” 

Fran Lebowitz

Reality

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work."


Colin Powell

Reputation

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think are you." 


John Wooden

Revenge

"The best revenge is massive success."


Frank Sinatra

Run the Day!

"Either you run the day, or the day runs you.


Jim Rohn

S

Secret to Success

"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from our own."


Henry Ford

 

Seeing the Future

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

Size

"Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact."


Neil Patrick Harris

Start Now!

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."


Zig Ziglar

Start!

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

Starting Over

"No one can go back and make a brand new start, however anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."


Carl Bard

Stop Counting

“Don't count the days, make the days count.”  

Muhammad Ali

 

Strength

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”  

Lou Holtz

Success

"Dreams + Work = Success!"

Unknown

Sunshine

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you."


Walt Whitman

Sweat

“No one ever drowned in sweat.”  

United States Marine Corps

T

Talent

"Talent is cheaper than table salt.  What separates the talented indivdual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." 


Stephen King

The Dedicated

"Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."


Unknown

The Difference

"The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, bur rather a lack of will."


Vince Lombardi

Thinking

"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging."


Will Rogers

Thoughts

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Marcus Aurelius

Today

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”  

Mother Teresa

Trust

"Whatever happens in life is fine -- just trust in that."


Orlando Bloom

Truth

"I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers.  And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts."


Sylvester Stallone

Try

"If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying."

Coleman Hawkins

Try, Try, Try!

"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not having tried is the true failure."


George Edward Woodberry

U

Understanding

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.”  

Hayley Williams

Unique

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."


Judy Garland

Using Communication

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."


Peter Drucker

W

Well Done

"Well done is better than well said."


Benjamin Franklin

Why Not?

"The common question that gets asked in business is, "why?". That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, "why not?".


Jeffrey Bezos

Wisdom

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”  

Albert Einstein

Wishing

"Don't wish it were easier.  Wish you were better."


Jim Rohn

Working Hard

"Respect your efforts, respect yourself.  Self-respect leads to self-discipline.  When you have both firmly under yhour belt, that's the real power." 


Clint Eastwood

Y

You Decide

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."


Ralph Waldo Emerson


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