Resonate Deeply When They Coincide With An "Aha" Moment
Motivational quotes have the potential to have a big impact in very few words.
Ages and stages
Over the years, at different ages and stages in my life, particular quotations have had quite an impact on me.
I have noticed that the messages within motivational quotes resonate deeply when they coincide with an "aha" moment - or a realisation of something that it is particularly relevant to me at that specific age and stage in my life.
I can look at the same message at some later point and whilst in my head I can agree with the truth it expresses it no longer grabs me emotionally in the way that it once did.
30 years ago when I was a young salesman, I was very motivated by great sales trainers like Zig Ziglar:
"People don't buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons"
Management guru Ken Blanchard was another great favourite:
"Feedback is the breakfast of champions"
As I have got older and moved into a more reflective phase of life I find myself still in total agreement with Ziglar and Blanchard but those quotes don't move me in the way they used to, and I find myself more deeply impacted by quotes such as this by the Dalai Lama:
"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."
I have used motivational quotes in 3 main ways:
(1) As a re-inforcement to a newly adopted belief or practise
I recall some years ago when I was exploring the whole business of managing personal change and personal development I was very deeply impacted by a quote from Carl Jung that went something like this:
"Until we make conscious that which is unconscious it will rule us and we will call it fate"
I wrote this on a sheet of card and had it on my desk for a couple of years as a constant reminder and reinforcement of my focus on understanding what hidden beliefs were influencing my thoughts and thus my life.
(2) As a daily "thought for the day" or positive prompt
I have subscribed to various uplifting daily messages and have also used books with a daily quote or short thought and used these as boost to positive and reflective thinking.
As with the card message I printed and kept on my desk, I find that the continual "drip-feed" of constructive thoughts via these methods very helpful.
(3) As a tool in meetings
There have been many occasions in sales meeetings and management meetings when I have used motivational quotes as a way of making and reinforcing a point. In this context, I have found that humour and supporting graphics work well in getting the point across and bypassing cynicism.
The internet is awash with sites offering motivational quotes, so I have selected 3 sites for you:
The first is a fairly comprehensive well categorised broad focus site called BrainyQuote
The site's publishers describe themselves as: "the largest, most user-friendly quotation site on the web. We are a quality educational resource and provide free access to our extensive database of prominent historical figures and today's newsmakers - famous celebrities, athletes, politicians, authors and other public figures."
The next 2 sites are smaller and run by individuals offering their own personal take on things and for that reason I find them quite helpful:
Sources Of Insight
Here are 2 EBooks of motivational quotes that you can download
Famous Quotes Self Help Book
365 Daily Success Quotes
Are you looking for motivation to show you how to change your life?
Zen Tools - For Tough Times
Additional motivation resources on this site:
Define Motivation - Understanding the inner drivers
Motivation Theories - Getting people to take action
Maslow's hierarchy of needs - A paradigm shift
ERG Theory - Practical application to leading change
Herzberg Motivation Theory - Satisfied and motivated
Acquired Needs Theory - Goal seeking achievers
Process theories of motivation - Personal needs drive behaviour
Employee motivation techniques - How to achieve peak performance
Inspirational motivation - How to inspire your people in tough times
I will leave you with this thought...
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