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.

Don’t Give Up

“How we handle our tough times stays with us for a long time.  … don’t give up.   Don’t make the mistake of Florence Chadwick.   In 1952 she attempted to swim the chilly ocean waters between Catalina Island and the California shore.  She swam through foggy weather and choppy seas for fifteen hours.   Her muscles began to cramp, and her resolve weakened.   She begged to be taken out of the water, but her mother, riding in a boat alongside, urged her not to give up.  She kept trying but grew exhausted and stopped swimming.   Aids lifted her out of the water and into the boat.   They paddled a few more minutes, the mist broke, and she discovered that the shore was less than a half mile away.   ‘All I could see was the fog,’ she explained at a news conference.   ‘I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.”  Take a long look at the shore that awaits you.   Don’t be fooled by the fog of the slump.  The finish may be only strokes away.”     (Facing Your Giants, Max Lucado)

“A prominent salesman summed up his success in three simple words – and then some.   ‘I discovered at an early age,’ he said, ‘that most of the differences between average and top people could be explained in three words.  The top people did what was expected of them – and then some.  They were thoughtful of others; they were considerate and kind – and then some.   They met their obligations and responsibilities fairly and squarely – and then some.'”     (Author Unknown)

“The difficult can be done immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”     (The Army Corp of Engineers)

 

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