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 month “October, 2012”

What Are The First Two Letters of the Word Goal?


“Direction determines destination.   So here is a question you must ask yourself,  ‘Are all the disciplines that I’m currently engaged in taking me where I want to go?’   

What an important question to ask yourself at the beginning of the month, the beginning of the week, the beginning of the day.   Because here is what you don’t ever want to do — kid yourself.   Kid your neighbor, kid me and kid the marketplace, but don’t kid yourself — fingers crossed — hoping you will arrive at a good destination when you’re not even headed that way.”      (Jim Rohn)


“Remove failure as an option.”       (Joan Lunden)


“The first two letters of the word goal spell go.”      (Unknown)


“Second Time Man Discovered Fire”


“Fame or integrity:  which is more important?   Money or happiness:  which is more valuable?  Success or failure:  which is most destructive?   If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled.   If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself.   Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.   When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you!”     (Lau Tzu)


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


“Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love.   Then, for a second time in the history of the world man will have discovered fire.”     (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)


“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching”


“We can learn a lot from crayons.   Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to learn to live in the same box.”     (Anonymous)


“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.   Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day.   The content of your character is your choice.   Day by day, what you do is who you become.   Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.”    (Heraclitus)


“Which are you? … competent, inspiring, passionate, obsessed, provocative, impatient, hungry, driven, adoring, inspired, an artist, a genius, someone who cares?

With all these remarkable, powerful, important options available to each of us, why do so many of us default to competent? ”     (Seth Godin)


You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.      (William W. Purkey)


“Great Minds”


“Our Focus and Context is shaped by three vital questions:   Where am I going?  (vision);   What do I believe in?  (principles and values);   Why do I exist?  (purpose or mission).”     (Jim Clemmer, “Looking Back to Look Ahead”


“My father-in-law uses an expression, ‘Attitude is everything.’   It’s his non-confrontational way of saying, ‘Stop complaining.’   When my father-in-law says, ‘Attitude is everything,’ it isn’t just an admonition — it’s a prescription.  Right now, we are experiencing a massive explosion of creativity.   Businesses (and businesspeople) that can find the excitement in that have a fighting chance of surviving the transition and thriving.   Those who choose to fight the future and pretend the old ways are coming back, well, you may be the subject of your own TV series one day.   But it’s likely to be on the History Channel.”      (Robert Safian, Fast Company Magazine)


“Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with.   And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes.   And the changes are what you become.

Change the outcome by changing your circle.”      (Seth Godin)


“Great minds have purposes,  others have wishes.   Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune;  but great minds rise above them.”      (Washington Irving)


“The Choice is Yours”


“There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people.   Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice.   A blindness to what is going on in each other’s hearts … nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos.   That is the way we all see … each other in life.  Vanity, fear, desire, competition— all such distortions within our own egos— condition our vision of those in relation to us.   Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other.   That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layer of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts.”     (Tennessee Williams)



  1.  You will receive a body.  You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
  2. You will learn lessons.  You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life.
  3. There are not mistakes, only lessons.  Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation.  The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
  4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned.   A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.   When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end.   There is no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons.   If you’re alive, there are still lessons to be learned.
  6. “There” is no better than “here”.   When your “there” has become “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.
  7. Other people are merely mirrors of you.   You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you.   You have all the tools and resources you need.   What you do with them is up to you.   The choice is yours.      (Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.)


“Make a New Ending”


“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”     (Cherokee Proverb)


“If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?”     (Neale Donald Walsch)


“Eight Questions and One Why:

  1. Who are you trying to please?
  2. What are you promising?
  3. How much money are you trying to make?
  4. How much freedom are you willing to trade for opportunity?
  5. What are you trying to change?
  6. What do you want people to say about you?
  7. Which people?
  8. Do we care about you?

After each answer, ask ‘why?'”      (Seth Godin)


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”     (Maria Robinson)


“People Are Watching You”


“There are two primary choices in life:   1)  to accept conditions as they exist, or 2)  accept the responsibility for changing them.”   (Denis Waitley)


“The final meditation on fellowership from Ira Chaleff’s book “The Courageous Follower” is:    Courage always exists in the present.  What can I do today?  

 I am convinced that if more people would assume responsibility for asking themselves each and every day “what can I do today to make a difference?” that our organizations would experience radical transformation.

 Most of your peers are playing it safe.   They don’t want to stand up, stand out, and risk rejection or challenge.   They are content with doing just enough to get by, and by their own behavior our leaders encourage the perpetuation of this pattern.

We can do better, and because we can, we should.   Without courage, this is all just rhetoric.   Courage has to start today and it has to start with you.

 No organization can empower you – only you can empower yourself.   But you have to have the courage to give yourself permission to do something your peers are not willing to do.   If you don’t find that courage today, in the little things, you will never have the courage when things get really challenging.

 You have a lot more power than you think.     People are watching you.      (Bret L. Simmons)


“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”      (St. Francis of Assisi)


Everything is Possible”

“You may be disappointed if you fail but doomed if you never try.   Some people advance through life, while others remain stagnant and only dream of what they can achieve.   There is a difference between wanting and having, saying and doing. Don’t let those who fear progression keep you down or steal your visions.   Act out of your dreams.   Everything is real and everything is possible.      (Element Skateboards)


“Get up, stand up; Stand up for your rights.   Get up, stand up; Never give up the fight.” ​     (Bob Marley)


“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.”      ​(Tommy Lasorda)


“Champions aren’t made in gyms.   Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.   They have to have the skill, and the will.   But the will must be stronger than the skill.”      (Muhammad Ali)


“Limits Are in Their Own Minds”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”    (Albert Einstein)

“If it’s hard to do, then you’re doing it wrong.”     (Lynn Doolan)


“Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”      (Roger Staubach)


“Only those who can see the invisible, can accomplish the impossible!”     (Patrick Snow, Author)


“When people are inspired and passionate about something, nothing is impossible.   They tap into inner resources, strengths, creativity that is normally not available.   They accomplish things that previously seemed out of reach.    And in the process they discover the most important thing; that the real limits are in their own minds.”   (Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers, Robert Kriegel)

“Be Great At Being You”

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries before.” (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” (Deepak Chopra)

“Buddha left a road map, Jesus left a road map, Krishna left a road map, Rand McNally left a road map, but you still have to travel the road yourself.” (Stephen Levine)

Whatever you choose to do today, be great at it. Be great in your own, personally meaningful, worthwhile, fulfilling way.

Being great doesn’t necessarily mean being impressive, or being obsessive, or being anything other than how you sincerely wish to be. Being great means being great at being you.

After all, there’s only one of you and that confers upon you an important responsibility. You’re the only person who can truly express the unique perspective that you’re so fortunate to experience. Look past the aches and pains, the dilemmas of the moment, the superficial frustrations and disappointments. Remind yourself how good and right it feels to be, and more specifically, to be you.

Don’t waste your time borrowing or begging the tired old desires that you wouldn’t really even want anyway. Feel the pure energy of your beautiful, unique purpose, and see all the great ways you can live that purpose right now.

Fill your life with richness on this very day by giving your time, commitment and focus to what really, truly matters. Bring your life to life, and be great at being you. (The Daily Motivator)

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