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Attitude

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way.
Viktor Frankl

Take your mind out every now and then and dance on it. It's getting all caked up!
Mark Twain

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson

Hire for attitude and train for skill. The most talented person will destroy a business if there is an attitude problem, and fellow employees are the first to know.
Bruce Flohr




Busyness

I live in a society in which crowded schedules and harassed conditions are evidence of importance, so I develop a crowded schedule and harassed conditions. When others notice, they acknowledge my significance, and my vanity is fed.
Eugene Peterson

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else.
Eric Hoffer

People expect us to be busy, overworked. It's become a status symbol in our society- if we're busy we're important; if we're not busy, we're almost embarassed to admit it. Busyness is where we get our security. It's validating, popular, and pleasing. It's also a good excuse for not dealing with first things in our lives.
Stephen Covey




Change

All change represents loss of some kind; thatís why some of us resist it so strongly.
Engstrom/Biehl

The only person who likes change is a wet baby.
Mark Twain

Conditions change. If youíre determined to stick with your original plan no matter what, youíre not gutsy, youíre stupid.
John Maxwell

The number one barrier to change is the absence of a sense of urgency.
Lyle Schaller

A competitive world has two possibilities for you. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.
L. C. Thurow

Faced with the choice between changing oneís mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
John Kenneth Galbraith





Discipline

Discipline is the gap between mediocrity and greatness.
Daren Wride

There are two kinds of pain: the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret.
Jim Rohn

You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you're down to your reflexes. That's where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, you're getting found out now under the bright lights.
Joe Frazier




Encouragement

Encouragement is oxygen for the soul.
Author Unknown

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will never forget you.
William Arthur Ward

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox




Failure

Failure is only humiliating to the arrogant.
(I heard this great quote from Wayne Boldt- unsure if it is original to him.)

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

There are two kinds of failures- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
William Featherr




Goals

If you have no personal goals you will work to achieve the goals of others.
Brian Tracy

The evidence is overwhleming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you set some aim in life.
Henry J. Kaiser




Happiness

There are two sources of unhappiness in life. One is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.
George Bernard Shaw

Prescription for a lonely, unhappy person: "Lock the door behind you, go across the street, find someone who is hurting, and help them."
Psychiatrist Karl Menninger




Ideas

"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one we have."
Emile Chartier

"A new insight is quite sound when a master uses it, cheapens as it becomes popular, and is unendurable when it is merely fashionable."
Charles Williams




Integrity

"Integrity is keeping my commitments even if the circumstances when I made the commitments have changed."
David Jeremiah

"The thing that makes both people and rivers crooked is following the path of least resistance."
Unknown




Justice

"'Justice' is the name we give the verdict when the court agrees with us."
Herbert V. Prochnow

"Never ask for justice. Mercy is our need."
Daren Wride




Knowledge

He who knows, and knows he knows, is wise.
Follow him.
He who knows, and doesn't know he knows, is ignorant.
Enlighten him.
He who doesn't know, and doesn't know he doesn't know, is a fool.
Avoid him.
He who doesn't know, and knows he doesn't know, is a student.
Teach him.

(There are many variations of this piece floating around. This one is from Bobb Biehl, Increasing Your Leadership Confidence, page 39)




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