A Mountain of Inspirational Quotations

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
– Zig Ziglar

This post (#4 of 27) concisely and more elegantly revisits ideas laid out in a TL;DR-worthy post entitled: “Situational self-leadership: Raising the ceiling and floor of performance.”

In a nutshell:  The literature and practice of self-motivation consists of multiple and seemingly contradictory messages that we’re supposed to tell ourselves. While there is truth in all of these messages, there’s an art to knowing which message is most useful for any given situation.

In the last post I organized the different messages of motivation using a graph.  That was all right.

In this post I’m going to organize the different messages of motivation using a collage of famous people. This will be better.*

(* better for three reasons: more concise, more memorable, and doesn’t look like it’s pretending to be science.) 

Here’s the earlier graph:

Situational Self-Leadership and Motivation Model

Here’s the collage version:

Situational Motivators

What follows below is the names of the people in the image, along with some quotes from them.  These are people whose personas we can channel and whose message we can tell ourselves at different moments in our lives.

Identifying with an ideal vision: Muhammad Ali

“The person with no imagination has no wings.”

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Striving for a personal best: Oprah Winfrey

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

Building on a strong performance: Madonna Ciccone

“I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.”

“One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it.”

Working through a mediocre moment: Paul Brown

“Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.”

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”

Overcoming a weak performance: Winston Churchill

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Persevering through a personal worst: Helen Keller

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”

Maintaining dignity, even at rock bottom: Viktor Frankl

“The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.”

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

In summary

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

– Lao Tzu

…and don’t forget…

“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”

– Katherine Hepburn


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Posted on January 5, 2015, in Art, Career, Coaching, Inspiration, Leadership, Learning, Life, Management, Metaphors, Positivity, Productivity, Psychology, Talent and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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