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.

“Stop Trying to Find the Forest and Just Enjoy the Trees”

“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”   (Ram Dass)

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“Are you certain that you’re trapped?

To be actually trapped is to have no options, no choices, no possible outcomes other than the one you fear.

Most of the time, when we think we’re trapped, we’re actually unhappy with the short-term consequences of making a choice.  Make the choice, own the outcome and you can start in a new place.

This is often frightening and painful, which is one reason it might be easier to pretend that we’re actually trapped.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, May 4, 2015)

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“We have all been hypnotized into thinking that we are smaller than we are.  Just as an undersized flowerpot keeps a mighty tree root-bound or a little fishbowl keeps goldfish tiny, we have adapted, adjusted, and accommodate to a Lilliputian life.  But place the same tree in an open field or the fish in a lake, and they will grow to hundreds of times their size.  Unlike the tree or goldfish, you are not dependent on someone else to move you.  You have the power to move yourself.  You can step into a broader domain and grown to your full potential.”   (Alan Cohen, Why Your Life Sucks)

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“Make it up.  Make it happen.

It’s all connected.  You can’t really define the right action until you know the outcome, and your outcome is disconnected from reality if you’re not clear about what you need to do physically to make it happen.  You can get at it from either direction, and you must, to get things done.

As an expert in whole-brained learning and good friend of mine, Steven Snyder, put it, ‘There are only two problems in life:  (1)  you know what you want, and you don’t know how to get it; and/or (2)  you don’t know what you want.”  If that’s true (and I think it is) then there are only two solutions:  Make it up.  Make it happen.”   (David Allen, Getting Things Done)

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So often, we define ourselves by the pain in our lives.  It is our way of attracting the attention of the universe.  ‘Look at me.  Look at what the world has done.’  But seldom do we take the time to realize that we are in control of that pain, as much as we are in control of surviving it.  They are one and the same.”   (Ronald Andrés Moore)

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“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to ‘find your passion’ and ‘know what it is you want to do’.  It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life.  For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose.  This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are.  Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.”   (Sally Coulter)

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