I stare at the pile of gear spread out before me in the pre-dawn light. Mittens, glove liners, hand warmers, earphones, neck warmer, two hats, windbreaker… Outside the freezing wind is whipping through the trees’ bare branches. In the glow of the porch light I see that it has begun to snow. “Either you run the day or the day runs you,” I whisper to myself one of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes as I pull on my gear.

Tying my sneakers, I hear the echo of a medley of Rohn quotes in my mind. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. The words get me outside; they propel through the storm. The snow flies into my eyes. For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward. Today, I have won.

Quotes can motivate us to keep moving towards our goals. They can get us out the door. Here are seven insightful Jewish quotes on achieving our goals.

1. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

Sometimes we get stuck in life and it’s hard to see that we keep turning into the same dead end. We need to begin by changing our thoughts if we want to change our lives.

2. “In spirituality, the searching is the finding and the pursuit is the achievement.” Dr. Abraham J. Twerski

It is important for us to strive to accomplish our goals and move towards our destinations. But what really matters is who we become as we search and what we learn as we pursue our dreams.

3. “A person who takes a walk of 100 feet and a person who walks 2,000 miles have one major thing in common. They both need to take a first step before they take a second step.” Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The hardest part of any endeavor is beginning, taking that first step and getting out the door. But we can’t get to the second step before we have the courage to take that first one.

4. “Don’t be afraid of discovering that the ‘real you’ may be different than the ‘current you.’” Rabbi Noah Weinberg, zt”l

We often have pre-conceived notions of who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing. Don’t let your past define you. Don’t let who you were yesterday limit who you can become today. What we know about ourselves is not complete. Be open to seeing different aspects of yourself even if they are at first uncomfortable or unfamiliar to you.

5. “One question is always relevant: How can I use this to move forward?” Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller.

Whatever situation we are experiencing in life, how can I use what I have to grow? How can I use this challenge or relationship or gift to move forward towards my goals?

6. “We have no understanding of the energy that God planted within our souls. Therefore, God has to test us to bring forth those treasures that are buried deep within ourselves and make us unique.” Rebbeztin Esther Jungreis

If we only knew the depths of our potential, we would never want to sleep. If we could only imagine the treasures within us, we would search ceaselessly for them. But God does see the greatness within us and in His infinite kindness, He orchestrates our lives so that we will be forced to use the strengths we cannot see for ourselves.

7. “At the end-point there is nothing but being, no time but the present.” Rabbi Akiva Tatz

We are often so caught up in the past and the future that we fail to see that our real choices are right now. In the present. Who we are in this moment.

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