Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Motivate

James Kouzes and Barry Posner note, “After all, leaders get the best from others, not by building fires under people but by building the fire within them.” That’s the goal of this week’s Soul Food for Friday with quotes to motivate, to throw another log on the fire within you.

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” — Reggie Leach

“If love doesn’t prompt it, it isn’t worth anything.” — Dwight L. Moody

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” — Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:58b, NIV 1984

“The fire inside people is like a match; the way to ignite that flame is initially through friction, then other matches are lit through warmth.” — Stephen R. Covey

“One of the very best ways to keep in touch with your own ups and downs is to keep track of what activities energize you and which drain you — on a regular basis.” — Bobb Biehl (Bobb suggests for next weeks/months keep track of what energizes you / what drains you in a chart — a great exercise in self-awareness)

“Humans are very seldom either totally sincere or totally hypocritical. Their moods change, their motives are mixed, and they are often quite mistaken as to what their motives are.” — C. S. Lewis

“There is only one way under high heaven to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” — Dale Carnegie

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“You can motivate players better with kind words than you can with a whip.” — Bud Wilkinson

“Motivation is like love and happiness. It’s a by-product. When you’re actively engaged in doing something, it sneaks up and zaps you when you least expect it.” — John C. Maxwell

“You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling; then feel yourself into action. So act! Whatever it is you know you should do, do it.” — Jerome Bruner

“People always have two reasons for the things they do: 1) The logical reason, and 2) The real reason.” — Cited in BITS & PIECES

“Men can be stimulated to show off their good qualities to the leader who seems to think they have good qualities.” — John Richelsen

“When people are highly motivated, it’s easy to accomplish the impossible. And when they’re not, it’s impossible to accomplish the easy.” — Bob Collings

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” — Dwight Eisenhower

“Any business or industry that pays equal rewards to its goof-offs and its eager beavers sooner or later will find itself with more goof-offs than eager beavers.” — Mike Delaney

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who aren’t motivated.” — Lou Holtz

“The question becomes, ‘Can we help people move from doing things out of a sense of duty or obligation to doing things out of a sense of desire or self-fulfillment?'” — Charles Arn

“The greatest management principle in the world: The things that get rewarded get done.” — Michael Lebougf

“Lasting motivation proceeds forth from the heart. People can be temporarily motivated by other people and things around them. Permanent, enduring motivation, however, can only come from within.” — John C. Maxwell

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm–you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.” — Vince Lombardi

“When you know principles that can motivate you, you will then know principles that can motivate others. Conversely, when you know principles that can motivate others, you will then know principles that can motivate you.” — W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill

“The best kept secret in America today is that people would rather work hard for something they believe in than enjoy a pampered existence.” — John Gardner

“It is motive alone that gives character to the actions of men.” — Bruyere

“Understanding yourself can make the difference between being driven to succeed and dedicating yourself to better service.” — Em Griffin

“Manipulation is moving together for my advantage. Motivation is moving together for mutual advantage.” — John C. Maxwell

What words are fueling your motivation this day? Who is God calling you to fire up to fulfill their purpose?


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