101 Inspirational thoughts

In a previous post, I evangelised that you BECOME the Inspiration

I got quite a few (private) responses to that post that triggered finding the list below…

Have you noticed that once you MAKE A DECISION to do ‘something’, magic starts to happen? You find stuff to help you out, people send you e-mails or call you to give you another missing piece of the puzzle…

Yeah I know it’s powerful stuff, but a discussion for another day.

Today, I want to give you list that I came across while I was training for the 2008 World Masters Squash Championships… I think, no make that I KNOW you’ll appreciate it.

Onward and upward!


If you come across lists like this, please pass them on and share them – they are much more powerful and influential when SHARED… Plus they make awesome Blog Posts!

Joe Shaw’s Mental Tip of the Day

101. The path to success consists of knowing your outcome, taking action, knowing your results and having the flexibility to change until you are successful.

100. A winner walks into the desert and views a garden.

99. The best committee is a committee of three with two absent.

98. A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

97. Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.

96. Lead me not into temptation, for I shall find it myself.

95. Don’t straighten up the mess or you will foul up the system.

94. Only someone who knows where you come from can take you where you going.

93. It is only the mind’s capacity to believe what is possible that limits the body’s ability to achieve it.

92. Complacency is the short route to extinction.

91. People who say it can’t be done should not interrupt people doing it.

90. Happiness lies not on having what you want – but wanting what you have.

89. When you are captured by a cause, reason and tolerance disappear.

88. He who only fills stomach lets head go hungry.

87. You only fail when you have given up.

86. Learn to command by learning to obey.

85. From the moment you decide no one will defeat you – no one can defeat you.

84. It’s the last blow of all that drives the nail home.

83. If you are afraid of taking risks you join the society of failures.

82. Never lose a single chance. It doesn’t come everyday.

81. The dreams of the future are better than the history of the past.

80. Your positive thoughts should be continually re-charged and only you can do that.

79. Your problems are merely opportunities to build your future.

78. The way to prosper suddenly is by the other person’s errors.

77. The path to success consists of knowing your outcome, taking action, knowing your results and having the flexibility to change until you are successful.

76. No matter how much we believe in a concept we must remain open to other possibilities and continuous learning

75. The first step towards excellence is to find the beliefs that guide us to the result we want

74. Belief is the foundation of excellence

73. Success is the continuous journey towards the achievement of pre-determined worthwhile goals

72. I love my work – it enables me to enjoy poverty

71. The fault is not in our stars – it’s in ourselves

70. If you can control your thoughts – your body follows

69. Past thoughts equal present performance – present thoughts equal future performance

68. You become what you think of most of the time

67. Performance = self esteem

66. Without a leader you are a body without a head

65. Players are divided into three groups: 1. Those who make things happen, 2. Those who watch things happen, 3. Those who wonder what happened

64. Obstacles are the negative things you see when you take your mind off your goals

63. If it is to be – it is up to me

62. The past is the dream of yesterday – The future the dream of tomorrow

61. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak up and prove it

60. I’m not disorganised – just flexible

59. He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife.

58. A diplomat is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.

57. Commitment – To be a winner all you need to give is all you have.

56. Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.

55. Perception is all there is – There is no reality.

54. Where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit.

53. Height is only measured from the neck upwards.

52. Loyalty is above all values.

51. Anybody who isn’t confused doesn’t know what is going on.

50. Only the pain of a hard workout will save you the agony of defeat.

49. People often say that they have found themselves – but the self is not to be found. It is created.

48. Depression is self pity – elation is self glorification.

47. When all is said and done – there is more said than done.

46. Like pins, sports people are useless when they lose their heads.

45. A junior sports person’s hardest task is to learn manners without seeing any.

44. The greatest undeveloped territory in the world is under a sports person’s headband.

43 A player can lose many times but he is only a failure when he blames somebody else.

42. Some sports people are like blotters – they soak up everything then get it all backwards.

41. Prior planning prevents poor performance.

40. If it’s too tough – play marbles.

39. A habit cannot be tossed out of a window. It must be coaxed downstairs one step at a time.

38. You will have more spic – if you have less span

37. There is never enough time to do it correctly, but always enough time to change it.

36. The unhappiest man is the one whose expenditure of words is too great for his income of ideas.

35. Call me decisive – but never before noon.

34. A sports person who never reaches the top is similar to a bachelor – he never finds out how many faults he has.

33. Don’t give up – often it’s the last key in the bunch that opens the door.

32. If you don’t shine as you think you should – try cleaning the light before blaming the power station.

31. Drinking doesn’t drown sorrow – it irrigates it.

30. Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

29. The man who sings his own praises is a soloist.

28. If you want to break a bad habit – drop it.

27. When you argue with a fool – make sure he isn’t similarly engaged.

26. Excuses are worthless. Your coach won’t accept them and your opponents don’t need them.

25. If at first you don’t succeed – you’re like a lot of other sports people.

24. An acre of performance is worth a world of promise.

23. Why worry about which side your bread is buttered on – you eat both sides.

22. If we never make mistakes – we never make anything.

21. The pathway to enlightenment is not in the destination but in the journey.

20. Bad luck is just another name for poor performance.

19. The sports person who rests on his laurels is wearing them in the wrong place.

18. God gave us two ends – one to sit on and one to think with. Why do we get them confused?

17. The only people you should want to get even with are those who have helped you.

16. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

15. Don’t stand on your dignity – it often slips.

14. Ignorance is when you don’t know something and someone finds out you don’t know.

13. Advice is something all players need, we sometimes give, and we rarely ask for and seldom take.

12. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

11. It’s not the hours you put into your sport but what you put into the hours.

10. The player who proves to be as meek as a lamb always ends up in a stew.

9. Wisdom is remembering all of the time that you are a bit of a fool.

8. Learn from mistakes of others. You haven’t got time to repeat them.

7. It’s never too late to learn, but sometimes we learn when it’s too late.

6. It’s no good looking ahead unless you walk that way.

5. The player who aims at nothing always hits the mark.

4. The road to success has many travellers because so many people get lost trying to find the short cuts.

3. Opportunity never knocks for those not worth a rap.

2. The only thing that will come to a kid who waits is whiskers.

1. Great thinkers with knowledge will always encounter violent opposition from administrators with mediocre minds.

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