To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement. • Bertrand Russell, Philosopher

A good idea can become a great idea when it is given focus time. • John C. Maxwell

The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through. • Author Harry A. Overstreet

Keep your mind off the things you don’t want by keeping it on the things you do want. • Author W. Clement Stone

It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace. • Francis Chan

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. • Theodore Roosevelt

Be, and not seem. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

The real path to greatness, it turns out, requires simplicity and diligence. It requires clarity, not instant illumination. It demands each of us to focus on what is vital—and to eliminate all of the extraneous distractions. • Jim Collins

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. • C.S. Lewis

God speaks in the language you know best—not through your ears, but through your circumstances. • Oswald Chambers

We are wonderfully unique in our identity, capable of an intimacy with God that makes us feel uniquely special to Him. We are also powerfully deceived by our self-focused approach to life that makes it seem there is no higher pursuit in life than to find ourselves. We are both dignified and depraved. • Larry Crabb

The trick is not caring what EVERYBODY thinks of you and just caring about what the RIGHT people think of you. • Brian Michael Bendis, Comic Book Writer

Moments of greatness are far more appealing than a lifetime of faithfulness, but it is only though a lifetime of faithfulness—a lifetime of integrity, in which we have chosen to be strong and courageous—that we will look back and realize that our lives have become masterpieces. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. • Vincent van Gogh