I love reading quotes. Quotes make me think, laugh and then think a bit more. Whenever I feel tired or lacking in motivation to reach my big goals, I go on to read a handful of quotes. It’s like Zig Ziglar said:
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.
The nature of quotes is that they usually hold a lot of wisdom, which makes them perfect to use as life coaching quotes. When the right quote is said in coaching sessions, it can really make the client relate and understand the point the quote is trying to make.
Below are a few quotes I hope that will make you think/laugh/feel inspired or generally brighten your day a bit.
The famous ones
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Be yourself, everyone else is taken
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The not so famous ones
Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.
Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.
You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
Every failure is just another step closer to a win. Never stop trying!
Robert M. Hensel
If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
The successful man is the average man, focused.
Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”
George Bernard Shaw
Below are some of my favorites quotes. These are the ones I can really relate to, as I honestly believe that they share a certain truth that touches everyone, and if we can just apply what they say to our day to day life, it will make dramatic changes in our environment.
You cannot teach humans anything.
You can only help them discover it within themselves.
This is a quote I live by. We can’t force anyone to learn anything unless they want to be taught. You can’t coach someone to change unless they want to change. The only way to change people is to let them see for themselves that if they decide to change, their world will change as well.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it!
This one is very true. Most people are afraid to think big since they either don’t know how to reach the big goal, or they are actually fear that they WILL reach it. This makes them settle for small goals, which they are comfortable with. If you aim high and miss, you will still fall on a higher ground than if you would have aimed low.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm
I think that Churchill is one of the greatest leaders in history, and someone we can all learn from. That saying emphasizes one of the most basic principles of success which is persistence. You never fail unless you stop trying, and when you realize that then the path to success really comes down to keep trying to reach your goal and learning from your failures along the way.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss has a knack of taking the most basic principles in life and explains them in a way a child will understand – he actually made a career out of it :).
In this quote, he captures one principle that I really like, which is focusing on the positive. Every event has both positive and negative effects. Sometimes the negatives are more easily spotted, but if we make a conscious effort to find the good in everything we do, our life will be completely different, and our environment will change accordingly.