“There’s a choice you have to make in everything you do. So, keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.” – John Wooden
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The more attention you pay to a behavior, the more it will be repeated. Accentuating the positive and redirecting the negative are the best tools for increasing productivity. Killer-whale trainers know that when you don’t pay a lot of attention to what the animals do wrong, but instead give a lot of attention to what they do right, they do the right thing more often. When trainers start working with a new whale, the whale knows nothing about jumping over ropes. The trainers begin with the rope underneath the water, high enough from the bottom for the whale to swim under. If the whale swims under the rope, the trainers don’t pay attention, but every time he swims over the rope, they feed him. Focusing on the negative often creates situations that demoralize people. When good performance is followed by a positive response, people naturally want to continue that behavior.” – Ken Blanchard
“You have been created as one of a kind. On the planet Earth, there has never been one like you… and there will never be again. Your spirit, your thoughts and feelings, your ability to reason and act all exist in no one else. The rarities that make you special are no mere accident or quirk of fate. You have within you the power to change the world.” – Andy Andrews
Two men met recently and struck up a conversation. One was telling the other about some problems he was having with one of his kids.
After a while the other guy said, “You think you have family problems? Get a load of my situation. A few years ago I met a young widow with a grown-up daughter and we got married. Later, my father married my stepdaughter. That made my stepdaughter my stepmother and my father became my stepson.
“Also, my wife became mother-in-law of her father-in-law. Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son. This boy was my half-brother because he was my father’s son, but he was also the son of my wife’s daughter, which made him my wife’s grandson. That made me grandfather of my half-brother.
“This was nothing until my wife and I had a son. Now the sister of my son, my mother-in-law, is also the grandmother. This makes my father the brother-in-law of my child, whose stepsister is my father’s wife.
“I am my stepmother’s brother-in-law, my wife is her own child’s aunt, my son is my father’s nephew and I am my own grandfather. Sheesh! You think you have family problems.”
“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll
“Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget how to live. Work hard to be successful, but enjoy the journey.” – David Cottrell
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'” – Rachel Carson
“There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.” – Katharine Butler Hathaway