Motivational Quotes

Resonate Deeply When They Coincide With An "Aha" Moment

motivational quotes,managing personal change,change management,change managers,change management trainingMotivational 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."

Practical uses...

motivational quotes,managing personal change,change management,change managers,change management training 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

Are you looking for motivation to show you how to change your life?

motivational quotes,managing personal change,change management,change managers,change management training
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...

motivational quotes,managing personal change,change management,change managers,change management training

Return from "Motivational Quotes" to: Managing Personal Change

Chinese (Traditional)EnglishFrenchGermanItalianRussianSpanishVietnamese

Custom Search

practitioners masterclass,change management training,change managers,change management