Quote inspire me, and there never seems to come a time when I don't need a little inspiration. Even when things are going well, as they are now, I always know how much room there is for improvement within myself. I don't think I'll ever be fully happy with the way I am, I always want to be a better person.
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
I often try to please everyone. I hate to say, "No." While wanting to make others happy is a nice thing, it can take too much away from what else I need to do. As so many other things in life - there is a balance that needs to be found. I'm still looking.
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
-Thomas A. Edison
One of my all time favorite quotes. It keeps me moving.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
-Sir Winston Churchill
I still write when I get rejection letters, I still sew when things don't sell because I love to. But in other areas, I need to remember that failure isn't an end.
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
-Norman Vincent Peale
Self-confidence. . . here I need mucho work.
"The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary."
I'm very lazy by nature. I should post this on my mirror - or better yet, near my bed.
"Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway."
As with self-confidence, I let fear hold me back from doing much that I need to do. I want to be brave. I'm still hoping that bravery can be learned, and that I'm not a hopeless cause.
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
On days like today, when life takes over and my plans are completely taken out of my hands, I try to remember that I may not be able to control everything, but I can control how I react. That little thought really does make me feel powerful.