Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

Archive for the category “Change”

“Be Not the Slave of Your Own Past”


“Sometimes, I sit alone under the stars

and think of the galaxies inside my

heart, and truly wonder if anyone will

ever want to make sense of all that

I am.”   (Testy McTesterson)



“You do not wake up one morning a bad person.  It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest.”   (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



“Is life so wretched?  Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled?  You are the one who must grow up.”   (Dag Hammarskjold)



“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“We are constantly invited to be who we are.”   (Henry David Thoreau)



“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”   (Confucius, Sayings of Confucius)



“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   (George Bernard Shaw)


“Let It Be Something Good”


“It’s your choice.

Each morning, I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today:  you can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.  I choose to be in a good mood.

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it.  I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life.  I choose the positive side of life. 

Life is all about choices.  When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.  You choose how you react to situations.  You choose how people will affect your mood.  You choose to be in a good mood or a bad mood.  The bottom line:

It’s your choice how you live Life.”   (Jerry, a friend of Harvey MacKay, ‘Bottom Line: Your Choice How to Live’)



“This is the beginning of a new day.  You have been given this day to use as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind … let it be something good.”   (Author Unknown)



“When it comes to the words you choose, whether in your mind or amongst friends, let them be of what you like and love.  What you care about and cherish.  What makes you happy.  What gives you wings.  What makes you dream.

And very little else.

You make me happy,

  (signed)    The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 8.20.15)



“When you understand that what most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key.”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 9.1.14)



“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.  Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t.  And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would.  You see?”   (Alice in Wonderland)


“It’s Your Choice – You Always Choose the Thoughts”


“I like to pretend that everything’s alright.  Because when everybody else thinks you’re fine, sometimes you forget for a while that you’re not.”   (Unknown Author)



“Know that you can always choose the thoughts you allow in your mind, so make the effort to replace disempowering, weakening thoughts with those of a higher spiritual frequency.  It is your choice!”   (Dr. Wayne Dyer)



“Are you scared?  Or are you not ready?  There is a difference.”   (Unique Quietness)



“Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.”   (Brian Tracy)



“You Matter.

When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.

When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.

When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.

When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.

When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.

When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.

When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.

When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.

When you inspire a Nobel Prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.

When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.

And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.”   (Seth’s Blog, Seth Godin, June 2009)


“Today is the Day”


“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide.  No matter what people call you, you are just who you are.  Keep to this truth.  You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life.  We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone.  No one can help us, not even the Buddha.  So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?”   (Dalai Lama)



“Stop.  Just stop it.  Today is the day.  The moment is this one.  Ignore the noise and people around you.  Ignore the phone.  Ignore black coffee.  Ignore the clock.  The time to start being the person you always wanted to be is right now.”   (I Wrote This For You:  The Pause)



If you want to be extraordinary, the first thing you have to do is stop being ordinary.”   (Monday Morning Mentoring, David Cottrell)



“People need to be encouraged.  People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are.  People need to be believed in — told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more.  Remind each other of this.”   (Stacey Jean Speer)



“Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.”   (Drake)



“The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life.”   (Buckminster Fuller)


“You Are Pure Energy”


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”   (Norman Vincent Peale)



“We are what we believe we are.”   (C.S. Lewis)



“People do not decide to become extraordinary.  They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”   (Edmund Hillary)



“My motto is ‘Impossible Is Nothing.’

It’s like ‘If you set your mind to it, you can do anything.’”   (The Gazette)



“You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over.”   (Richard Branson)



It is understandably human nature to see yourself as small.

Until you stop seeing yourself as just human.

Should be easy for you.

You are pure energy:  infinite, inexhaustible, and irresistible.   (signed)  The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, April 15, 2013)


“We Make Ourselves Strong”


“To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.”   (Frank Ogden)



“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’  Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”   (Charlie Brown)



“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate.  It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”  (Leo Rosten)



“The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.”   (Carlos Castaneda)



“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”   (Jack Welch)


“Yeah, Just Do It”


“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”   (Unknown Author)



“Erase from your vocabulary the word ‘someday.’  Do not save things for ‘special occasions.’  Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for.  Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses… just because. 

Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it.”   (Rodolfo Costa)



“Of course you chose your life.  Your time and place of birth.  Your parents. Your leanings and inclinations.  Hair color.  Height.  Your savoir-faire.  So that now, on a stage of your own design, you’d have all you need to become all you want.  Wow!   (signed)  The Universe.   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, 6.29.15)



“Yeah, just do it.  Even though you did not achieve what you dreamt of, you won’t lose anything.  You’ll be gaining something great by just doing it. Having your dreams come true comes second.  Take the first move, work for your dream.”   (Aoi-The GazettE)



“My only regret is that

I didn’t tell enough people

to fuck off.”   (My 92 year old grandma, via lipstickbabe)


“I’m With You Kid. Let’s Go.”

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told:

‘I’m with you kid.  Let’s go.’”   (Maya Angelou)



“There has never been another you.  With no effort on your part you were born to be something very special and set apart.  What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make.”    (Dan Zadra)



“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”   (Goethe)



“I can’t believe God put us on this earth to be ordinary.”   (Lou Holtz)



Kicking and screaming (vs. singing and dancing).

Unfair things happen.  You might be diagnosed with a disease, demoted for a mistake you didn’t make, convicted of a crime you didn’t commit.  The ref might make a bad call, an agreement might be abrogated, a partner might let you down.

Our instinct is to fight these unfairnesses, to succumb if there’s no choice, but to go down kicking and screaming.  We want to make it clear that we won’t accept injustice easily, we want to teach the system a lesson, we want them to know that we’re not a pushover.

But will it change the situation?  Will the diagnosis be changed, the outcome of the call be any different?

What if, instead, we went at it singing and dancing?  What if we walked into our four-year prison sentence determined to learn more, do more and contribute more than anyone had ever dreamed?  What if we saw the derailment of one path as the opportunity to grow or to invent or to find another path?

This is incredibly difficult work, but it seems far better than the alternative.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, February 18, 2015)


“The Beginning of Wisdom”


“Do you know what’s better than waking up to a 6 AM alarm clock, dashing through the house for work, and then suddenly realizing it’s the weekend and you can go back to bed?

Having so much fun, with so many friends, laughing so hard, spending, dining, being merry, and suddenly realizing that this time, you’re not just visualizing.

Happens every day.

I meant to add that this happens every day especially for those who visualize.   (signed)   The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, July 3, 2015)



“Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect.  If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect.  In this most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention.  … 

Feel you intentions in your heart.  Feel not what your mind tells you, but what your heart tells you.”   (‘Thoughts from the Seat of Soul, Meditations for Souls in Process’, Gary Zukav)



“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”   (Socrates)



“There is nothing instructive in a wise saying.  It does not impart to you a skill; it does not provide you new information.  It is education in the purest sense – a drawing out of what has been latent in your understanding.  Your pleasure in the saying does not come from having learned something but from having something you knew elucidated and confirmed.  What we call wisdom is the expression of what we already know in our hearts.”   (Round Up the Usual Subjects, Thoughts on Just About Everything by Robert Brault)


“Do Something Extraordinary”

“I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.”   (Samuel Goldwyn)



Anonymous asked:  ‘How are you?’

Answered by Try-to-Stay-Positive:

‘I’m happy, very content, because right now extraordinary things are happening around the world. 

Right now …

A soldier of sorts is diligently fighting the fight so you don’t have to.

A small group of people are building something that will soon make the impossible possible.

A piece of literature is being written that will eventually change your perspective on life.

Young children all over the world are singing and dancing before they even realize there is anything that isn’t music.

A friend is helping a friend rise above thoughts of suicide.

Hundreds of cute elderly couples are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

A baby girl just took her first few steps without falling.

A future world leader is in grade school at recess.

Someone is in the process of sincerely forgiving a seemingly unforgivable act.

There’s a kid studying hard somewhere who aspires to get to where you are in life.

A firefighter is running into a burning building to rescue a perfect stranger.

Someone is taking a shower and singing happily at the top of their lungs.

There is someone out there who smiles when they think of a specific moment they once shared with you.

A young man is pulled over on the side of the road helping a young woman change a flat tire.

Two teenagers just received their very first kiss ever from each other.

A husband and wife who were drowning in debt five years ago proudly hold a balance of zero on their credit cards.

Someone is hugging a friend who desperately needs it.

A grandfather is holding his granddaughter’s hand and they’re both smiling from ear to ear.

A breast cancer patient just found out her cancer is in complete remission.

Someone out there is missing you and looking forward to your next visit.

Someone is holding the door open for the person behind them.

Right now is a new beginning.  Right now is an opportunity.

Do something extraordinary.’”   (Unknown Author)


“Every single morning I wake with a bang,’ he said.  ‘It’s as though the fact that I am alive is injected into me; I am a character in a fairy tale, bursting with life.”   (Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery)



“Friends and partners to celebrate life with, abundance to enhance any adventure, and mountains to perch atop, all arrive when you dwell upon the celebration, the adventure, and the view.  Not names, lotteries, or the path you think wisest.

Because I want you to have them all; yes, you can have whatever you want, anything.  Just don’t confuse what you want with how you’re going to get it.   (signed)   The Universe”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, June 24, 2015)



“I am the boss of my underpants.  You can be the boss of yours.”   (Ragen Chastain)


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