If you follow me on Twitter (@DrewBHenley), you know I am a big fan of quotes. They are a great source of quick motivation and can stimulate thought & action in an otherwise docile environment. I find quotes from a wide array of sources including movies, different genres of music, television, athletes, coaches, businesspeople, and pretty much anyone I’ve ever heard or read. It goes to show you can ALWAYS learn from those around you. Below are 20 of my favorite quotes, in no particular order, along with my thoughts on them.
It’s not enough to be good if you have the ability to be better – This is great to use with anyone who is trying to just coast by on raw talent.
Your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure – I have met a few people through different walks of life who could dominate any field they chose (not just sports, literally anything), only never did because they were crippled by their fear of failure. Failure happens to everybody – Einstein, Gates, Jordan, Mandela – EVERYONE who has succeeded has failed. Don’t let it discourage you.
Well done is better than well said – When I was younger, I knew everything and was capable of anything (and I made sure everyone knew it). I slowly realized no one gave a crap about what I said until they knew my words were supported by action. Now, I don’t need to say too much because my actions have begun to set a precedent.
It’s not that you can’t; it’s that you haven’t – Another one for those afraid of failure. Far too often, people confuse what they haven’t done with what they can’t do The latter is much shorter of a list than most realize.
Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect – If you wait for things to be just right, you’ll likely miss it when they are. Do what you can with the way things are, and you may be surprised with the results.
Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself – What’s done is done, and there’s nothing you can do to go back and change it. All you can do is adapt for the future and eventually, your past will reflect the new success rather than the early failure.
Do the things other won’t do and have the things others won’t have – If you look at the best in any field, they are usually the first to start the day and last to call it a night. Athletes, doctors, writers, and individuals in nearly all fields are led by those who sacrificed in other areas to surpass their peers.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire – I love this quote and think it’s a great way to get a fire going (no pun intended) inside.
You're focusing on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you can't see the solution. Never focus on the problem – Stay positive and look for solutions. Don’t become overwhelmed with a problem and be blinded to ways to fix it.
One chance is all you need – Gain some confidence and have some swagger. If you get that one chance, attack it with everything you have and recognize you probably won’t have another opportunity to try again.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one – This ties in with the two above about failure. Don’t worry about it. Fail, screw up, attempt something you probably won’t be able to accomplish, see how bad you truly want success.
Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action – I’ll keep this one simple. Get off your ass and do something. Get the ball rolling and see what you can accomplish.
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me – Great one to give athletes some swagger. Show this to your running back and see if he doesn’t hit the hole just a little faster in practice or a game. It puts the thought of “I’m unstoppable, go ahead and try but you don’t stand a chance” into their head.
You can always do more than you think you can – As you may recall, I am a fan of gut check workouts (when used properly), and this goes along those same lines. There are times where you will need to exceed your limits in order to succeed, and for athletes this usually means working beyond complete exhaustion. Whatever it takes, find that last drop you didn’t know you had and do what you thought was impossible.
Crank up the crazy and break off the dial – Stephen Colbert opened one of his shows with this line and I always get a little spark from it. If things are feeling stale or complacent, grab a Fast Twitch, crank up the crazy, and attack the day.
There are three choices in this world: be good, get good, or give up – I prefer the fourth option – get better.
Do more of what is working and less of what isn’t – It’s easy to get caught up in a certain way of operating. When things are going well, it’s not a problem at all, but eventually change is necessary to succeed.
You don't always get to do what you want. But when you can, you better do it – Jump at the opportunities you get. Even if you need to make the opportunity yourself (instead of being handed it), do whatever you need to do so you can do what you want to do.
Ideas are only as good as what we do with them – Along the same ilk as “the world is filled with unsuccessful talent.” There are billions of ideas discussed every day, but only a handful that ever amount to anything. An idea is nothing without an action.
If you don’t make it, it’s your own damn fault – Accept responsibility for yourself and do what needs to be done.
These are just a short sample of the quotes I have gathered over the years, and if you have any that you are particularly fond of, please don’t hesitate to share. Let me know if I can ever help you or your program.
All the best,
Drew Henley, CSCS, USAW, CES