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 site I find them helpful:
Best Motivational Quotes
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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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