Here are a collection of inspirational thoughts from a file i kept on motivation which I repeat here without any particular order. Maybe something here will touch your spirit. I hope so.
"I shall not pass this way but once; any good therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." (Unknown)
Winston Churchill kept a quote from Abraham Lincoln framed and hanging in his office during World War II. It read: "I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I need to keep on doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against will not matter and if the end brings me out wrong, then 10 angels swearing I was right will make no difference."
The Jesuit anthropologist Teilhard de Chardin said: "The day will come, when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."
Lincoln liked to tell an anecdote about worry. He said that he had been riding a horse to court in his circuit court days which meant that he and his companions had to cross swollen rivers. But the most troublesome river of all, the Fox River, was still ahead of them on their trip. When they stopped for the night at a tavern, they met a Methodist elder who was also a circuit rider who traveled in that area. They asked him about the condition of the Fox River. "Oh, yes," replied the Methodist elder, "I know all about the Fox River. I have crossed it often and understand it well. But I have one fixed rule with regard to the Fox River – I never cross it until I get there."
Robert E. Spear, the great leader of the Presbyterian Church, went with his father backpacking into the mountains. He remembers his father's advice was: "remember, son, when you go into the mountains, prepare for the worst, expect the best, and take what comes."
Details are important. Benjamin Franklin published is Poor Richard's Almanac.He wrote the following about the importance of details:
"For want of a nail a shoe was lost. For want of a shoe a horse was lost. For want of a horse a rider was lost. For want of the rider, a battle was lost. For want of the battle the kingdom was lost – and all for the want of a nail."
Napoleon Hill was a famous motivational writer and speaker. Here are some of the things he has said:
- Be sure to know when to stop talking, even when you're telling the truth.
- Great achievement is born out of struggle.
- All rivers and some people are crooked because they follow the path of least resistance.
- Your tone of voice often conveys more accurately what is in your mind then your words do.
Here are Napoleon Hill's 17 principles of success which he recommended as a blueprint for high achievement and self-fulfillment:
- Develop a positive mental attitude
- find your major purpose
- go the extra mile
- think more accurately
- Master self-discipline
- use the master – mind principle
- employ applied faith
- develop a pleasing personality
- discover personal initiative
- acquire enthusiasm
- control your attention
- build on teamwork
- learn from adversity
- cultivate creative vision
- budget your time and money
- maintain sound physical and mental health
- develop good habits
As someone has said: "the most powerful force I have is what I say to myself and believe."
Lyle and signer Spencer wrote a book Competence at Work. They suggest these things help make a success or a winner:
- Began at the end. Visualize what you want to accomplish and how you will know when you get there. Establish a baseline assessment of where you are and what specific steps will be necessary to achieve your goal.
- Think small. Focus daily on the little steps that will lead to your ultimate goal. Briefly log the daily accomplishments that will lead to achieving your long-term goal.
- Focus on priorities. Tackle what's important, not what urgent.
- Learn from others. Identify those who demonstrate achievement & model them.
- Learn by doing. Make training one of the last steps you take, concentrating first on expanding your baseline skills.
Benny Reynolds and his son Rooster, rodeo contestants from twin Bridges Montana, were quoted as saying: "there's only about three things that's really most important. Be honest, do your best, and like what you're doing. And get up as good a winner as you are a loser."
Become a warrior, not a worrier.
"When sorrows come, they, not single spies, but in battalions." (Hamlet)
Someone has written there are 17 words that will never fail you:
The motivational speaker Tony Robbins suggests that when faced with issues that concern you consider asking ourself the following questions:
- How can I do this and enjoy the process?
- What can I learn from this?
- What is actually amusing about the situation that I didn't notice?
- What do I respect about this person?
- What is great in my life right now?
- What is the benefit I will receive from this?
- I wonder what I'll do today to make my life more fun?
- What is the one thing I am most happy about right now?
- What am I really excited about right now?
- What am I really grateful for right now?
- What am I really proud about in my life right now?