STEPHEN WRAY

Training, Coaching, Facilitation, Consultancy

Words to inspire

 

We often find a lot of comfort and motivation from the words and deeds of others.  Here are some quotes in no particular order.  These are posted here to make us sit up, take notice of life, and recognise all it can offer.  Whatever our background, culture, creed, class, gender or competence, we all can make a difference to our own lives - as well as to the lives of others.  The way we respond and behave has a great influence on all of those around us at work, at home, even in our social sphere.  Yes, we can motivate ourselves - and we can motivate others.

 

LEADERSHIP -

"Leadership means vision, cheerleading, enthusiasm, love, trust, verve, passion, obsession, consistency, the use of symbols, paying attention as illustrated by the content of one’s calendar, out and out drama (and the management thereof), creating heroes at all levels, coaching, effectively wandering around, and numerous other things. Leadership must be present at all levels in the organisation."- Tom Peters & Nancy Austin

 

"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."- Peter Drucker

 

ABILITY -

"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it." - Stevie Wonder

"You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it." - Earvin Magic Johnson

"Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable." - Gilb

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe." - Marilyn Vos Savant

"Whatever you do, don't do it halfway." - Bob Beamon

 

THE BALANCE -

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." - Hugh Downs

"Crowding a life does not always enrich it." - Unknown

"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work." - Patricia Clafford

"Marriages may be made in heaven, but man is responsible for the maintenance work." - Changing Times

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." - Peter F. Drucker

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said." - Peter F. Drucker

"A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble." - Mohandis K. Gandhi

"A perfect wife is one who doesn't expect a perfect husband." - Anonymous

"The hardest thing in the world to open is a closed mind." - Modern Maturity

 

AMIBITION -

"Improvement begins with 'I'." - Arnold H. Glasow

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford

"It is right to be content with what we have, but never with what we are." - Sir James Mackintosh

"A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows the corners." - Irish Proverb

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."  Vincent Lombardi

"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." - Elbert Hubbard

 

MOTIVATION -

"Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players." - Don Coryell, ex-San Diego Chargers Coach

"We have no simple problems or easy decisions after kindergarten." - John W Turk

 

CHANGE -

"There is nothing permanent except change." – Heraclitus

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." – Leo Tolstoy

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." – George Bernard Shaw

"Change your thoughts and you change the world." – Norman Vincent Peale

 

SPIRITUALITY -

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey.  We are spiritual beings on a human journey." - Stephen R Covey

"Man is what he believes." - Chekov

"The next moment is as much beyond our grasp, and as much in God's care, as that a hundred years away. Care for the next minute is just as foolish as care for a day in the next thousand years." - C.S. Lewis

"God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home." - Joseph Roux