Goal Setting and Hard Work Quotes

Why talk about goal setting in June instead of January?  This was my husband’s idea.  He doesn’t want our kids to be lazy all Summer.  He doesn’t want them to just sleep, watch TV, and waste time.  He wants them to continue to learn, grow, and accomplish some amazing things.  Summertime is one of the best times we have to teach our children because they are out of school and home with us.  We can help them accomplish things they don’t have time to do during school.

QUOTES (I have a TON because this is my husband’s favorite subject =)

  1. The highest possible reward for any man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it (John Ruskin).
  2. Do your work well – God’s recompense to you is the power to do greater things (Quoted by Lucy Gertsch Thomson)
  3. Character is the ability to follow through with the objective or commitment long after the original motivation has passed (Larry Beckham).
  4. That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased (Emerson).
  5. Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another gets a full year’s value out of a week (Charles Richards).
  6. What would be the use of eternity to a person who cannot use well one half hour? (Emerson)
  7. With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable (Thomas Fowell Buxton).
  8. Some men succeed because they are destined to, but most because they are determined to.
  9. People do not lack strength. They lack will.
  10. God has designed this mortal existence to require nearly constant exertion. By work we sustain and enrich life. It enables us to survive the disappointments and tragedies of the mortal experience. Hard-earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth. Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders, sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires (Christofferson, “Reflections on a Consecrated Life,” Nov. 2010).
  11. Happiness is that peculiar sensation we have when we are too busy to be miserable.
  12. Quitters never win. Winners never quit.
  13. Follow through: stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out (Alexander Animator).
  14. Though I murmured as a young man at times with chores, I have acquired in this passage of time a hardened view of the spiritual necessity of work.  Even if work were not an economic necessity, it is a spiritual necessity.  If I have any concern about the younger generation, speaking collectively, it is that a few of our wonderful youth and young adults in the church are unstretched -they have almost a free pass.  Perks are provided, including cars complete with fuel and insurance-all paid for by parents who sometimes listen in vain for a few courteous and appreciative words.  What is thus taken for granted, however innocently, tends to underwrite selfishness and a sense of entitlement.  As I look at the rising generation, the gospel of work, which is part of the fulness of the gospel, will need more attention, not less (Neal A. Maxwell, “Insights from My Life”, Ensign, Aug. 2000, 7).
  15. “Therefore, what we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity (Neal A. Maxwell as quoted by Elder Oaks in “Desire,” May 2011) As important as it is to lose every desire for sin, eternal life requires more. To achieve our eternal destiny, we will DESIRE and WORK for the qualities required to become an eternal being.
  16. The kingdom of God, or nothing! (John Taylor)
  17. Every man has within himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who proves the Columbus of his soul. (Goethe)
  18. You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures (Charles C. Noble).
  19. The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed (Lloyd Jones).
  20. Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success. Genius undoubtedly is little more than the capacity for hard, sustained work (David O. McKay).
  21. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance (Smauel Johnson).
  22. God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.
  23. Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair (Edmund Burke).
  24. When we do ill, the devil is tempting us; when we do nothing, we are tempting him.
  25. It is only those who do not know how to work that do not love it. To those who do, it is better than play (J. H. Patterson).
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