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 “August, 2013”

“Changing the World Can Be So Simple”

 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”    (Leo Buscaglia)

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“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push.   A smile.   A word of optimism and hope.   A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”   (Richard M. Devos)

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“Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge.”    (Carmelia Elliot)

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“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”    (John Lennon)

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“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”   (Dr. Seuss)

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“One smile has the power to…

Calm fears.

Soften stone walls.

Warm a cold heart.

Invite a new friend.

Mimic a loving hug.

Beautify the bearer.

Lighten heavy loads.

Promote good deeds.

Brighten a gloomy day.

Comfort a grieving spirit.

Offer hope to the forlorn.

Send a message of caring.

Lift the downtrodden soul.

Patch up invisible wounds.

Weaken the hold of misery.

Act as medicine for suffering.

Attract the companionship of angels.

Fulfill the human need for recognition.

Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?”    (Richelle E. Goodrich)

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“Peace begins with a smile.”   (Mother Teresa)

 

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“Lottery, God, Devil, Drinking and Celebration. Oh, and the Meaning of Life!”

 

“I count myself lucky, having long ago won a lottery paid to me in seven sunrises a week for life.”    (Robert Brault)

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“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered.  But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written.  We adjust to new conditions and discoveries.  We are pliable.  Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum.  I am my own god.  We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system.  We are here to drink beer.  We are here to kill war.  We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”    (Charles Bukowski)

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“I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!”   (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You:  Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

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

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“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”    (Charles Bukowski, Women)

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“Celebration when your plan is working?  Anyone can do that.  But when you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it over and over as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that’s when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that’s celebration.   (Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines:  Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life)

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“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know.  Nevertheless, with what I have – I can reflect light into the dark places of this world – into the black places in the hearts of men – and change some things in some people.  Perhaps others may see and do likewise.  This is what I am about.  This is the meaning of my life.”    (Robert Fulghum)

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“Leadership – Ambition and Drive Can Erase Excuses”

 

“Is leadership inherent or trainable?  Both.  You are born with characteristics that reside deep inside you: drive, an ability to influence and motivate, perseverance.  But you have to develop those qualities through actual leadership experiences.  A key quality is adaptability — facing unexpected obstacles, falling short of goals, reading the context, and changing your approach. Absent that, leaders will continue to repeat mistakes and will not grow and develop.  That leads me to the essence of the question ‘Why is it so hard to lead yourself?’ The answer, in my experience, lies in the differences between your idealized self — how you see yourself and how you want to be seen — and your real self.  The key to growing as a leader is to narrow that gap by developing a deep self-awareness that comes from straight feedback and honest exploration of yourself, followed by a concerted effort to make changes.”    (Bill George, former CEO of Medtronics, Inc., Fast Company, April 2007)

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A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.  He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”    (Unknown Author)

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“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone.  You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”   (Elain Agather)

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“The best way to lead people into the future is to connect with them deeply in the present.”   (James Kouzes, HBR article, “To Lead, Create a Shared Vision.”)

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“It’s one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.”   (Benjamin Zander, The Transformative Power of Classical Music, TED – Ideas Worth Spreading)

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“When aspirations are perceived to be achievable, ambition and drive can erase excuses.”    (Lori Myers, No Excuses, The Fit Mind – Fit Body Strategy Book)

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“Dreams, Miracles and Hope”

 

“It’s perfectly normal that when waiting for a really big dream to come true it seems like it’s taking forever, you wonder if you’re doing something wrong, and you feel like you should just be happy with less.

But I promise you, no matter how long it takes, once it happens it’ll seem as if time flew, you’ll wonder how you ever doubted yourself, and you’ll feel like you should have aimed a little higher.

Aim a little higher.  I know you like the back of my hand.”        (signed)   The Universe         (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, August 9, 2013)     

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“If the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand, everything is still possible.”     (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“Miracles:  You do not have to look for them.  They are there, 24–7, beaming like radio waves all around you.  Put up the antenna, turn up the volume – snap … crackle … this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world.   (Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog)

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“Without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives.  It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. Good people who are always “there,” who can be relied upon in small, important ways.  People who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life.

We never tell them.  I don’t know why, but we don’t.

And, of course, we fill that role ourselves.  There are those who depend in us, watch us, learn from us, take from us.  And we never know.

You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think.

There are always those who couldn’t do without you.  The rub is that you don’t always know who.”  (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

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“The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.”     (Elizabeth Gilbert)   

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“Dream small that your dreams may come true.  Dream large that you may always have a dream.”    (Robert Brault)

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“I Have a Dream”

Today is the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Let’s keep in mind the essence of his speech and his life.    This is a re-post of what I posted on January 21, 2013.    (Alex)

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:  ’We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”   (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”   (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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 “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”     (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  u don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  

You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”    (Martin Luther King Jr.)

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“What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? Go Through and On”

 

 

“’What are you going to do with your life?’

In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer… ‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that?  What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy?  It just wasn’t practical.  Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference.  Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you.  Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well.  Experience new things.  Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”     (David Nicholls, One Day)

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“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.”    (Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom)

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“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”    (Thadeus Golas)

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“Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school or in the school of life. To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure. And not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you learn you realize you have taught yourself.”    (C. JoyBell C.)

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“It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.”   (Luci Swindoll)

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“Instructions For Wayfarers

They will declare:  Every journey has been taken.

You shall respond:  I have not been to see myself.

They will insist:  Everything has been spoken.

You shall reply:  I have not had my say.

They will tell you:  Everything has been done.

You shall reply:  My way is not complete.

You are warned:  Any way is long, any way is hard.

Fear not.  You are the gate – you, the gatekeeper.

And you shall go through and on.”    (Alexandros Evangelou Xenopouloudakis, THIRD WISH, Robert Fulghum, Robert Fulghum Boxed Set, ‘Instructions for Wayfarers’)

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“Nothing Happens by Accident”

“There is no coincidence, and nothing happens ‘by accident.’  Each event and adventure is called to your Self by your Self in order that you might create and experience Who You Really Are.  All that is required is to know this. For you are the creator of your own reality, and life can show up in no other way for you than the way in which you think it will.”    (Conversations with God, An Uncommon Dialogue by Neal Walsch)

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“You’re in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows — and has always known — that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.”   (Anthony Robbins)

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“Know and understand that there will be challenges and difficult times.  Don’t try to avoid them.  Welcome them.  Gratefully. Cultivate the technique of seeing all problems as opportunities.  Opportunities to be, and decide, Who You Really Are.”    (Conversations with God, An Uncommon Dialogue by Neal Walsch)

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“Forget self-esteem.  You need self-compassion.

Self-esteem has long been considered the bedrock of individual success.  But high self-esteem many not be all that it’s cracked up to be.  Thinking you’re great (which of course you are) comes with pressure to live up to your self-image.  You may live in quiet terror of making mistakes, and even worse, feel devastated when you do.  When faced with a challenge, you don’t need to believe in your own brilliance as much as you need to confront your flaws head on.  Develop self-compassion, a willingness to look at your own shortcomings with kindness and understanding.  With a realistic sense of your abilities and actions, you can figure out what needs to be done differently next time.  Being perfect doesn’t lead to success, but being able to avoid the same mistake does.”    (“To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem” by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Harvard Business Management Blog, 1.12.13)

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“Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts.”   (Anthony Robbins)

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“Dreams, Life, Multiple Choice Test – Never Give Up”

 

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.”    (Carl Sandburg)

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“’When I grow up …‘

No kid sets out to make Doritos commercials.  No one grows up saying, ‘I want to go into marketing.’

More than ever, though, folks grow up saying, ‘I want to change the world.’  More than ever, that means telling stories, changing minds and building a tribe.

You know marketing.

At least if you want it to be.”    (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog 8.25.13)

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“Dreams are illustrations, from the book your soul is writing about you.”    (Marsha Norman)

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”    (Mark Twain)   

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 “The next time life tosses you a multiples choice test, remember…

  1)   The more time you give it, the more choices you’ll have.

  2)   There’ll always be more than one right answer. And,

  3)   Waiting for divine intervention is almost never a good idea.

Unless, the divine intervention is your own.

     (signed)    The Universe                (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, July 15, 2013)   

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“Dream and give yourself permission to envision a you that you choose to be”    (Joy Page)

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“I believe that every one of us has something that’s very unique to us specifically.  Something

unique enough that no one else might really ever understand it — not our parents, or teachers, or best friends, or siblings.

It’s our point of view.

Our point of view is what makes us unique, because no one else — no one else — has your particular combination of thoughts, and dreams, and hopes, and desires, and ambitions and memories, and experiences.  No one.  And I believe that every once in a while, the Universe opens itself up to you and you alone, and shows you something that no one else is going to understand.   And you have to decide in that moment how much you believe in what you have seen — even if everyone else in the world tells you you’re wrong.”     (James A. Owen)

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“Never give up.

It’s like breathing – once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope.  You can’t do that.  You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams.  Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.”     (Richelle E. Goodrich)

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“Depend on Miracles”

 

“We are addicted to our thoughts.  We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”    (Santosh Kalwar)

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“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”    (Vince Lombardi Jr.)  

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“There is a giant asleep within every man.  When that giant awakes, miracles happen.”    (Frederick Faust)

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“You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life.”   (Herbie Hancock)

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“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”    (Jordan Belfort)

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“Don’t believe in miracles – depend on them.”    (Laurence J. Peter)

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“Stop Becoming Someone; You Are Already a Masterpiece”

 

“When you die and go to heaven, our maker is not going to ask, ‘Why didn’t you discover the cure for such and such?’  The only question we will be asked in that precious moment is, ‘Why didn’t you become you?’”    (Elie Wiesel)

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“You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser.  You are what you make yourself to be.”    (Lou Holtz)

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“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.  You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew.  Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be.”    (Neale Donald Walsch)

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“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece.  You cannot be improved.  You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”    (Osho)

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“Everyone has inside him a piece of good news.  The good news is that you don’t yet realize how great you can be!  How much you can love!  What you can accomplish!  And what your potential is!”    (Anne Frank)

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“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done.  It is what you haven’t done that will torment you.  The message, therefore, is clear.  Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment.  Seize every second of your life and savor it.  Value your present moments.  Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.”    (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

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“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life.  The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”   (Mark Twain)   

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