Motivational Quotes – 6th Edition

Quotes by Leaders

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” – Albert Schweitzer

This is a simple quote but a powerful one. You never know who may be watching. All the reason to make sure you’re setting the right example and doing the right things. Lead by example is especially important concept for coaches and specifically coaches of younger athletes.

Coaches set the stage for how athletes should be executing on the game plan. But coaches are also the ones who set the culture for the entire team. Athletes will imitate their coach if they respect what that individual is trying to accomplish. Respect is earned when respect is given. Coaches and athletes should expect to be held accountable as they work toward one common goal.

Lead by example

Lead by Example

“Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.” – George Washington

Athletes who “throw a fit” when they have a bad play or get a bad call are setting a bad example for everyone watching. It’s okay to be frustrated, but its never okay to act out. As a father of 3, when my kids throw a fit because I won’t let them have another cookie or stay up past their bed time, I’m reminded of those athletes we see on TV who consistently act out. What are they teaching our children?

What those athletes are showing, is bad behavior is acceptable. Try to be an athlete or a coach, who leads by example. Show whoever may be watching that it matters how you react to a situation. Lead with a positive attitude and you’ll get positive results.

Next time you’re faced with a frustrating play or outcome, think about whose watching. You can always learn from the outcome so it doesn’t happen again, but the message you send matters to the people that may be watching. Lead by example and show what it means to be a GREAT all around athlete.

Additional quotes on leading by example.

Motivational Techniques – The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is the key to your entire lifestyle.  If you want to achieve a goal you must think and be positive.  If you are negative about achieving a goal you will procrastinate and not want to work toward it.  So here a some tips to thinking positive.

Focus on the important things:

It is very common for people to focus their energy on things that are not important.  When your emotional energy is spent on things that are not important it can be very draining.  The first thing you need to do is to be very clear about what goal you’re trying to achieve and why it’s important to you.  Create a  mission and a vision for your goal.  This will help you take a step back when things get tough and help you decide if it is really worth the energy.  My guess is that if it’s about your goal than it is.  When you are clear about the important goals then you will maintain a positive attitude and negative thoughts won’t take you away from the goal you’re trying to achieve.  Check out our section on goal setting for help creating the plan.

Maintain good health:

Staying motivated and positive also means you must be a healthy person.  It’s hard to have a positive attitude when you don’t take care of your body.  There are three primary things you need to do in order to create a healthy body.  These things include eating right, getting enough sleep each night and of course exercise/training.

Your diet can have a lot to do with the way you feel on a daily basis.  A balanced diet can help you feel good everyday which in turn helps you stay positive.  For example, if you drink too much soda you might create a caffeine addiction which causes headaches.  Headaches can not only cause a negative attitude but you won’t be very motivated to do anything with it.

Eating a balanced and healthy diet means cutting out the fatty foods, the sugars, alcohol (if you’re of age) and other things that get you down.  You should be eating fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken and lots of water.

It’s best to try and get a full 8 hours of sleep each night.  When you’re tired, negative thoughts begin to rush into your brain causing your attitude to shift in the wrong direction.  If you’re well rested, you’re more likely going to take a step toward your goal.


Another thing you can do to create a positive attitude is to give.  Giving means not only gifts but your time, attention and energy.  Schedule time to give back and your attitude will stay positive and ultimately help you achieve your goals.

Focus on your strengths:

Everyone has strengths and they are good at something.  If you focus on your strengths then you can enjoy the things that you’re good at and this will help you keep a positive attitude.  When you think of a weakness, you think of a negative which will only cause problems at accomplishing your goal or goals.  Take your strength and run with it.

Never let anyone stand in the way of your goal or goals.  They mean something to you and that’s all that matters.  When you get in the morning take one small step by making your bed.  It sounds simple but it sets the tone for the rest of the day by accomplishing the first task of the day.  Once you’ve accomplished the first task then you can accomplish another then another the rest of the day.  And if the day doesn’t go as planned at least when you head home from a rough day you’ll have a bed that is made.