Friday, September 7, 2012


"I have always believed that motivation is a gift to be shared with everyone. Over the years I have read literally thousands of books and articles on the subject. I have come to the conclusion that inspiration is an art that breeds familiarity in every message - a constant reinforcement to our own truth within." –Dale Brown
“Praise is the cheapest form of reward.” –Pete Carril
“One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.” - John W. Foste
“Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, you now have a motivated idiot.” –Jim Rohn
“To constantly motivate players, you have to be a driving force and make personal investments for which you can pay dearly. There are times when it might not be an easy or popular environment for you to challenge them, but there are times when they are just going to have to suck it up and deal with it.” –Anson Dorrance
"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their players heads and motivate them." –Woody Hayes

"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way."  -Les Brown

“I think motivation has to be self-starting. I don't have the ability to motivate anybody that doesn't want to do it. I think people sometimes confuse motivation with proper direction. If I'm pretty sure the player wants to do it, then I've got to guide him properly toward where he wants to go. If that's called motivation, well, it's motivation, but I don't look at it quite like that.” –Bill Parcells

“Motivation is the ability to make yourself do things day in and day out which are necessary to help you achieve a significant goal – even when you don’t feel like it." –Jane Albright

"Without inspiration, the best powers of the mind are dormant. There is a tinder in us which needs to be quickened with sparks." -Johann Gottfried Von Herder

“To become a motivational leader, you start with motivating yourself. You motivate yourself with a big vision, and as you move progressively toward its realization, you motivate and enthuse others to work with you to fulfill that vision.” –Brian Tracy

"You can’t just write out a game plan of how to motivate people, you have to do it by feel. You have to know your people. One of the best ways to motivate is to be sure that you have surrounded yourself with great teammates." -Unknown
“You will also come to realize that everyone needs to be motivated differently. There is no specific formula...motivating people must be a flexible and versatile process.”
 -Mike Krzyzewski
“Everybody on the bus feeds off one another’s excitement, believe and commitment to the team. When we motivate each other, our bus usually ends up at a great destination."
 -Mike Krzyzewski

“I have always maintained it is easier to motivate a team after a loss than when things are going well. When your team is on a winning streak and most of the breaks are falling your way, there is a tendency to believe that the good times will never end.” –Bo Schembechler

“My primary task is motivation.  How can I get a group motivated, not only to be their individual best, but able to become a better team.  I have always said that 'two are better than one, but only if two can act as one.'" -Mike Krzyzewski
“I think motivation is the link that makes it all possible. There isn’t anything more important.” –Dick Bennett
“If you are self-motivated and dedicated, you will go to work immediately.” –Dick Vermeil
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how." -Nietzsche