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.

“How Far Can You Go?”

“Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’  It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.  If you bring love to that moment — not discouragement — you will find the strength there.  Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.  What a privilege!! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.  Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures, followed by wreckage, were the incidents that shaped the life you have now.  You’ll see this is really true.  Nothing can happen to you that is not positive.  Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.  The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”   (Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion)



“I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead:  What we fear doing the most is usually what we most need to do.”    (Tim Ferriss)



“A person can make himself happy, or miserable, regardless of what is actually happening ‘outside,’ just by changing the contents of consciousness.  We all know individuals who can transform hopeless situations into challenges to be overcome, just through the force of their personalities.  This ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is the quality people most admire in others, and justly so; it is probably the most important trait not only for succeeding in life, but for enjoying it as well.  To develop this trait, one must find ways to order consciousness so as to be in control of feelings and thoughts.  It is best not to expect shortcuts will do the trick.”    (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)



“Yes, there are times when the gold medal only goes to the winner.  But not in the race of life, where the winners are those who are superior not to others but to their former selves.”  (Robert Cooper)



“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”    (T.S. Eliot) 


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