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 “January, 2016”

“You’re the Author of Your Own Life”


“Those men and women who are always singing the blessings of life are not luckier than we are.  We may think they are if we are feeling sorry for ourselves, particularly if they got a raise at work and we got laid off.  But the only real difference between them and us is vision, and that doesn’t mean eyesight.

We create our world.  Every situation we confront is what we’ve ‘asked’ for.  Those we befriend, and even those we dread, are people we unconsciously need to know.  What we experience moment by moment, reflects the inner world of dreams or fears that consume our minds.  Our lives are personally engraved.  Since that’s how it works, why aren’t we always singing our blessings too?  Why have we chosen these painful situations?

We may find no satisfactory answer for how our lives have unfolded up to now.  They are what they are, and we are responsible, but today is a new day.  Tomorrow is too.  There is time to create a new vision.”   (Daily Meditations for Practicing The Course, Karen Casey)



“Commit to releasing your attachment to low-frequency thoughts and experiences, trust that the Universe loves the crap out of you.  Kick fear in the face, and head bravely into the unknown.

You’re the author of your own life – not your parents, not society, not your partner, not your friends, not the bullies who called you Fatzilla in junior high – and the sooner you decide to write yourself a better script, the sooner you get to live a more awesome life.”   (You Are a Bad Ass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero)



“To change one’s life:  

  • Start immediately,
  • Do it flamboyantly,
  • No exceptions.”   (William James)



“Truth Be Told”


“Truth be told, no matter how logical or intuitive you are, neither of these virtues, no matter how greatly you were endowed, will ever enable you to peer into the future and reasonably predict the twists and turns your life may take, nor the circumstances, fortunes, and friends that might someday be your own.  It is, in fact, impossible.

That’s what imagination is for. 

Thoughts become things.   (signed)    The Universe”   (Notes from The Universe, Mike Dooley, 12.23.15)




Lower the expectations that you’ll find an easy way out.

Raise your expectations for what you can contribute.

Lower your expectations for how effective that next shortcut is going to be. 

Raise your expectations about what technology can do for you if you patiently push it.

Lower your expectations about how an angry fight can help you win something you care about.

Raise your expectations for how much consistent daily action can transform your status quo.

Lower your expectations of finding a fairy godmother.

But raise them about the power of concrete goals that keep you from hiding.

Level up.  Everything I write about hinges on the idea that we are capable beings. Capable of making decisions, of taking responsibility, of raising and lowering our expectations.

As we move into a new year, today’s a perfect day (in many countries, a legal holiday) dedicated to thinking about leveling up, about what it means to make new choices about what we will do next.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 01.01.16)



“Keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it.  Lord let your laughter ring forth.  Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cat, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.  And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.”   (Molly Ivins)



“Herzog’s Rules

  1. Be on time.
  2. Bust your butt.
  3. Play smart.
  4. Have some laughs while you’re at it.”   (Whitey Herzog, Baseball Manager)



“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”   (Katherine Hepburn)


“And Therein Lies Their Test / A Test of Perceptions”


“Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of a new year.  This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time.  As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus.  We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year.

Some people make ambitious new year’s resolutions:  others just take a deep breath and hope for the best.”   (What’s in a Name, Complete Speaker’s Almanac)



“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”   (Joseph Campbell)



“Courageous is the soul who adventures into time and space to learn of their divinity.  For while they cannot lose, they can think they have, and the loss will seem intolerable.  And while they cannot fail, they can think they have, and the pain will seem unbearable.  And while they cannot ever be less than they truly are – powerful, eternal, and loved – they can think they are, and all hope will seem lost.

And therein lies their test.  A test of perceptions: of what to focus on, of what to believe in, in spite of appearances.

YOU are divine.    (signed)    The Universe.”     (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley,  12.28.15)



“I think there’s an invisible principle of living too.  If we believe we’re guided through every step of our lives, we are.  It’s a lovely sight, watching it work.”   (Richard Bach)


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