Praise can be effective when sincere. When insincere, it is manipulative.
- Zig Zigler

People become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power.
- Anita Roddick

Give a small boy a hammer and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.
- Abraham Kaplan

A group of thin people were asked: Why do you eat? Group was quiet, then replied: "We eat because we are hungry." A group of overweight people were asked the same question. They went on for 45 minutes giving all kinds of reasons.

A hobby is hard work you wouldn't do for a living.

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Lou Holtz

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.
- Albert Einstein

The world is full of willing people: Some willing to work, others willing to let them.
- Robert Frost

At the end of every day, the assets of most companies walk out the door. The challenge facing those companies is to provide an environment which will encourage their assets to want to return the next morning.
- Lynn Yates, modified by Grant Bright

Not what is, but what can be
- Edward de Bono

Obstacles are things you see when you're not focused on your goal.

We won’t even attempt to achieve what we do not believe at a deep level to be worthy of having or deserving.
- Ruth Ross

GROWTH: The Hallmark of Master Motivators and Coaches
G = Goals, visions, and dreams
R = Realistic assessment of strengths
O = Openness and emotional vulnerability
W = Wonder: The sense of wonder is developed through a positive outlook on life
T = Tough-minded expectations
H = Hope
- Joe Batten

I can live for two months on a good compliment.
- Mark Twain

It is a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- The White Queen, "Through the Looking Glass" - Lewis Carroll

When people work in a place that cares about them, they contribute a lot more than duty.
- Dennis Hayes

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
- Jim Ryun

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
- Chinese Proverb

Question: Do you reward how long an employee sits in the saddle, or how far s/he rode the horse? Sometimes management seems to reward those who put in long hours at work without looking at the results they accomplish.

There are two things that people want more than sex and money - recognition and praise.
- Mary Kay Ash

I'm not a great motivator. I just get rid of guys who can't motivate themselves.
- Lou Holtz

What gets recognized gets reinforced, and what gets reinforced gets repeated.

Some people feel they work in an environment where doing a good job is like wetting your pants in a dark suit gives you a warm feeling but nobody notices!

Deficiency motivation doesn't work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of "Try to fix me." Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.
- Wayne Dyer

Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life - there, if one must speak out, the real man.
- Marcus Aurelius

If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae above a kick in the pants - but what a difference it makes!

Be all that you can be.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT or growth is made possible only in those leaders that seek it as a result of an internal MOTIVATION to improve through the use of SELF-EXAMINATION, SELF-EXPECTATION and SELF-DIRECTION.

What gets recognized gets done and what gets rewarded gets repeated.

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.

The 8 "T"s of empowering or motivating others. Ask:
1. Target: Does s/he understand and accept the purpose or goal?
2. Tools: Does s/he have the tools or information needed to do the job?
3. Training: Has there been enough training in how to use the tools well?
4. Time: Have they had enough time for the training to take effect?
5. Truth: Does s/he know how all of this fits together?
6. Tracking: Am I providing the feedback needed for them to stay on track?
7. Touch: Is there enough support and encouragement? (the human touch)
8. Trust: Do I trust them appropriately for their skill and mastery level?
- Jim Cathcart

In any situation, ask yourself: What strengths do I possess that can contribute towards accomplishing something in this situation? Then follow through.

People tend to support what they help create.

Do Something,
If It Works,
Do More Of It
If It Doesn't,
Do Something Else.

"EVE" the Mother of Progress: CONCEIVE -> BELIEVE -> ACHIEVE

SUBCONSCIOUS MOTIVATION: Our subconscious will motivate us to do things to reach our expectations (either positive or negative). Example: ring on a string. Without perceptible physical actions we can mentally think back/forth, circle or stop and subconscious responses will cause small muscle control to result in our mental expectations.

If it is to be, it is up to me.

Every action has an equal and opposite criticism.

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