“Setting Lofty Goals”

And here are some wonderful quotes about aiming high and not setting our sights too low, compliments of “Dr. Mardy’s Quotes of the Week.”  He states,

Despite everything that has been said in recent decades about setting lofty goals, there are still far too many people — especially young people — who play it safe, setting modest goals that are easily achieved, rather than face the anxiety-producing prospect of aiming high, and failing. But I believe that people would be far less likely to make this mistake if a caring person challenged their thinking.

“Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.”

–Bertolt Brecht

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”

–Thomas Merton

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”

–Theodore Isaac Rubin

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become.”

–James Allen

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”

–Daniel Burnham

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

–Helen Keller

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you get neither.”

–C. S. Lewis

“One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved.  One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.”

–Albert Einstein

“If you change the way you think about your future, you will change the way the future plays out in your life.”

–Dr. Mardy Grothe

And here’s one of my person favorites:

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

–Les Brown

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