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.

“Extract Your Uniqueness”


“When you life gets to be overwhelming, when you feel like too much of the world is depressing, there are two things you can do:  One, sit in your house and feel the doom and gloom and continue to watch the news, shaking your head in resignation and saying to yourself, ‘Oh no, my life sucks.  The world is ending, there’s nothing I can do.’  This is one way to go.  I personally, wouldn’t recommend it.

‘Well,’ you say, ‘what’s the other option?’

Here it is:  If you must watch the news, turn the sound off and imagine the news anchor people are telling you all about your day.  Make up happy events, adding your name into the report every third or fourth sentence.

Sing aloud with wild abandonment as you get dressed in the morning (any cheery song will do).

And most important, get yourself some daily affirmations.”       (Ellen DeGeneres)



“Look back over your life.  What have you consistently done well?  What have you loved to do?  Stand at the intersection of your affections and successes and find your uniqueness.”

“Don’t worry about skills you don’t have.  Don’t covet strengths others do have.  Just extract your uniqueness.”     (Lucado, Max. “Life to the Max – A Max Lucado Digital Sampler.”  Thomas Nelson)



“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes … but no plans.”     (Peter Drucker)


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