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.

“Think of Everything” / “Know What to Do, and THEN Do Your Best”


“Think of everything, all of it:  every mountain before you, every pound you carry, every dollar you wish to manifest… as if it were just pretend.

Suddenly – dominion over all things isn’t so intimidating, huh?  You can have (or have not) whatever you are capable of pretending you have (or have not).


        (signed)    The Universe”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe, 5.14.14) 



“If you don’t design your own life plan, changes are you will fall into someone else’s plan.  And guess what they have planned for you – not much.”   (Jim Rohn)



“Anything on earth you want to do is play.  Anything on earth you have to do is work.  Play will never kill you, work will.  I never worked a day in my life.”   (Dr. Leila Denmark, 100 years old)



“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”   (Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker)



“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)



“If you do the thing you think you cannot do, you’ll feel your resistance; your hope, your dignity, and your courage grow stronger.  You will someday face harder choices that very well might require more courage.  And when those moments come and you choose well, your courage will be recognized by those who matter most to you.  When your children see you choose, without hesitation, without remark, to value virtue more than security, to love more than you fear, they will learn what courage looks like and what love serves, and they will dread its absence. 

We’re all afraid of something.  The one fear we must all guard against is the fear of ourselves.  Don’t let the sensation of fear convince you that you’re too weak to have courage.  Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice.  No one is born a coward.  We were meant to love.  And we were meant to have the courage for it.”   (Senator John McCain, “In Search of Courage”, Fast Company Magazine, September 2004)



“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.”   (W. Edwards Deming)


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