The Best Motivational Quotes of All Time

You must be the change you want to see in the world. – Mohandas Gandhi

The greatest challenges in life, are the greatest opportunities. – Matt Byron

If not us, who? If not now, when? – John F. Kennedy

Goals are like highways; they lead to a destination and should always
be under construction. – Dr. Kevin C. Snyder

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain.

Pessimists see problems; optimists see opportunities. – Matt Byron

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. – Bill Copeland

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. – Winston Churchill

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. – Alan Curtis Kay

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

If you can dream it, you can do it.  – Walt Disney

Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own. – Yogi Ramen

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
–  Marianne Williamson

Don’t find fault.  Find a remedy. – Henry Ford

Goal Setting Tip: Create a Wall of Motivation

Wall of Motivation

A Wall of Motivation is a space in your home or office that you look to for inspiration. It includes: a list of your Top 10 Goals, Victories and Motivational Quotes. It should also include posters and pictures of your goals.

Every time you see your Top 10 Goals list, it will remind you to focus on those goals, and prompt you to take action. This list should include a diversified assortment of dreams. Ranging from; extremely challenging to easy and from expensive to affordable. It should include goals related to your personal and professional life. By having a diversified list of goals, you should be able to make progress each day. Perhaps you can’t focus on Goal 1 today, but maybe you can work on Goal 5?

With each of your Top 10 Goals, you must identify the next step. That one next little activity that’s so vital to moving forward. Don’t get overwhelmed thinking about the big goal in it’s entirety. Focus on just a small piece of it at a time. Identify the next step for each goal.

Another key component to the Wall of Motivation is your list of Victories – which is an outline of your greatest success in life. I like to place this right next to my Top 10 Goals. Why? Because if you ever find yourself doubting a big new goal, you can quickly refer to the list of Victories. Seeing your greatest accomplishments will reinforce your confidence. You may think Goal 1 is really tough. But if you have accomplished Victories 1 through 5, which required incredible hard work, then surely you can accomplish Goal 1 as well.

And if the Victories are not inspiring enough, then the Motivational Quotes should help. Write any quotes that resonate deeply in you. Quotes that have the power to get you revved up, even when it seems the odds are against you.

The Wall of Motivation works incredibly well. I’ve used it myself for several years. Why does it work? I  believe it gives your subconscious a central focal point. It keeps you focused at all times.  You will become persistent – like the waves that erode a rocky coastline. The waves pound the coast every single hour of every single day and overtime they turn massive boulders into specks of sand. The ocean wins because it is persistent.

Create your Wall of Motivation. I recommend using bright colored paper like goldenrod yellow or florescent orange. I find the colors invigorating. Give it a shot and let me know how well it works for you.


The Learning Curve and Perfection

Does your desire to be perfect prevent you from taking on bold new goals? I’ve met many people who don’t even try to pursue their goals because they fear failure.  They give up before even attempting the goal. They say “I’m no good at… so why should I even try?”

Whether the goal is to get in better shape, find a better job, or master a skill – improvement takes time.  Pablo Picasso, Michael Jordan, and Jerry Seinfeld, were all kids at one point.  Did they have their talents at the age of 5 years old? I doubt it. They became the best at art, basketball and comedy respectively, through practice and repetition.  Picasso pained over 20,000 pieces of art in his lifetime, Jordan played thousands of basketball games and Seinfeld spent thousands of hours performing.

Recognize that it will take time to improve your skills and accomplish big goals. Accept the fact that learning a new skill or taking on a great new goal will require overcoming a learning curve. Don’t let the fear of that first step prevent exciting new adventures.

Leveraging Free Resources

Are you utilizing technology to most effectively attain you goals? There are powerful free resources that surround us every day. The internet and internet videos allow us to learn about almost any subject and to learn almost any new skill. Whether it’s learning automobile repair principals,  how to build a website, or even a new language – there are thousands of videos that can teach these skills for free. Never before in the history of mankind has the average person had access to so much free information and so many resources.

For years Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been offering free online classes. Just recently,  MIT News  announced  the K12 initiative. The goal of which is for students to produce high quality internet videos which teach science and engineering concepts. These videos are being offered to the public at no cost. This marks a significant step forward in abundant, free and high quality online education.

What are your top three goals right now? Have you considered how free resources can help you attain each one? Are you taking advantage of these tools to most effectively leverage your time?