Are you a life long student of personal growth?
I am, but I am far from being a perfect student. I try to eat healthy, get enough sleep, exercise, read positive books and articles and listen to motivational audio recordings. But, I do have a family with teenagers and grandkids, speaking engagements, a consulting business and two full time businesses for which I am responsible. So, as hard as I may try, I am not a perfect student because sometimes life just gets in the way.
Recently, I was thinking back and trying to remember, from the books I have read, seminars I have attended and audio recordings listened to, what one statement had the most profound impact on me in terms of motivating me to continue on my own journey of personal development?
Was it John Maxwell and “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up”?
Was it Tony Robbins with “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten?”
Or what about Jack Welch’s “Control your own destiny or someone else will?”
Could it be Darren Hardy telling me “Habits and behaviors never lie. If there’s a discrepancy between what you say and what you do, I’m going to believe what you do every time?”
Perhaps Eric Thomas with “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful?”
Or, Les Brown stating “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality?”
Maybe Zig Ziglar emphasizing “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals?”
Wayne Dyer telling me “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice?”
And obviously, there are many, many more. But you have to admit that is some good use of the English language.
Each statement powerful, motivational, and thought provoking.
But no. None of those were THE one statement for me.
It actually came from Jim Rohn. The first time I heard him say these words “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” And something just clicked inside my head.
For whatever reason that statement just seemed to resonate with me more than the others. I love them all. But Jim Rohn’s quote struck a chord within me. And even now I tell myself those words nearly every day.
Makes perfect sense, at least to me.J After all you can only help others to the extent that you help yourself. And you can only grow, both personally and professionally, if you work harder on yourself than anything else. Jobs will come and go, but you are definitely stuck with yourself for a long time. 🙂
I love all of these quotes, and many more I have heard. What about you? What is your favourite motivational quote?
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