Over 40 years ago I fell in love with inspiring words. The first I remember came from my dad. He began teaching me about pivot points and the art of chess when I was only six years old as he repeated a single phrase over and over again:
One single move can change the momentum of the game.
These words became my mantra and my directive to keep moving forward and daring greatly when everything seemed hopeless.
As leaders, it’s our job to inspire other to dare greatly. Here are 50 of my favorite quotes you can keep in your inspiration toolbox.
Let it not be said of you that you missed a pivotal encounter because it wasn’t on the calendar… because it wasn’t part of your goals, plans, and decisions… or because you showed up late and left early.
Productivity is great, living by your calendar is efficient, but a bit more childlike wonder in your life is exactly what you may need today.
More margin will actually make you more creative, more productive, and more attractive to those you want to lead.
We all want big returns on our effort and we can easily get discouraged when we discount the tiny improvements we make every day.
A Powerful Pivot Move
Remember and teach those you lead that 1% daily compounded interest is a powerful financial concept. The same is true for health, relationships, spiritual growth, and business success.
Celebrate small, incremental gains made every day. Chuck the comparisons, the quick fixes, the magic bullets, and the Hail Marys that keep us from committed, daily, consistent growth.
In the words of the great coach, John Wooden:
“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”
Focus on improvement, not perfection.
Focus on process, not achievement.
Focus on systems and processes, not just on dreaming about you BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
Focus on tested principles like, “Steady plodding leads to prosperity,” rather than “No Pain, No Gain.”
How can you make this mind shift come alive for yourself and those you lead?