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daydreamer // creativity evangelist // bike junkie // taco enthusiast // advocate for recess

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


Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life—a gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. – Oswald Chambers


Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. – Billy Graham


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


If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest


You must respect the season you are in... Give yourself permission to be a little out of balance. Don’t feel guilty when you are focused on what’s appropriate during this season. ...Wherever you are—be all there. – Craig Groeschel


How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. – Annie Dillard


You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill


What your daily routine consists of is not that important. What's important is that routine exists. – Austin Kleon, Keep Going

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