The Daniel Plan recognizes that many times words, linked together in a special way, can produce powerful results. Consider these words and find inspiration to get started, or keep going, on The Daniel Plan. Note: If you have a favorite quote to share, send it to [email protected].

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

–Muhammad Ali
3 Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion


It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.

— Jane Fonda
Actress, author, political activist, former model, and fitness guru


Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

— Anne Frank
Holocaust victim, known from The Diary of Anne Frank


A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

–Colin Powell
65th United States Secretary of State under George Bush


Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement


All great achievements require time.

— Maya Angelou
Author and poet and Civil Rights activist


A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

— Christopher Reeve
Actor most known for his portrayal as Superman and quadriplegic condition


If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.

— Tom Hanks
Actor most known for Forrest Gump, Toy Story, and Cast Away.


Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

— Jim Rohn
Was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker


Begin with the End in Mind “Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”

— Peter Drucker
Writers on the subject of management theory and practice


If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.

— Dick Vermeil
Former NFL Head Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

— Theodore Roosevelt
The 26th President of the United States


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement


If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.

— Lance Armstrong
Road racing cyclist won the Tour de France seven consecutive times, after having survived testicular cancer.


I feel that the most important step in any major accomplishment is setting a specific goal. This enables you to keep your mind focused on your goal and off the many obstacles that will arise when you’re striving to do your best.

— Kurt Thomas
Chicago Bulls Basketball player


It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.

— Muhammad Ali
3 Time World Heavyweight Champion


The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.

— Vincent Lombardi
1960s Green Bay Packers Head Coach


The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.

— Anthony Robbins
Author and Motivational Speaker


Each day offers us a new opportunity to take steps in the right direction, steps that enlighten, enrich, or improve us and others.

— Margaret Fishback Powers, “The Footprints Book of Daily Inspirations”
American poet and prose author from the late 1920s until the 1960s