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The Motivational Minibook

By Dr. Joaquin de Posada
Summer 2011


I was fortunate enough to have met Dr. Joaquin de Posada, a brilliant motivational speaker who passed down his minibook to me. Here I share you some words to read to lift anyone up.

  • No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
  • Challenge yourself. Break your comfort zone. You may well surprise yourself and others.
  • Bad start? No sweat. It's the finish, not the start, that counts.
  • Personality can open many doors, but only character will keep them open.
  • One definition of integrity: being on the "inside" what you profess to be on the "outside".
  • If you don't feel good,  act like you do, and you will almost immediately feel like you do.
  • Researchers have now determined that a smile-even if forced-triggers an intricate series of responses throughout the body, all of which conspire to make you feel good.
  • Good things usually begin with a difficulty, but great things invariably begin with an impossibility. Welcome the impossible as the messenger of impending greatness and progress.
  • Losers say, "Why don't they do something". Winners say, "Here is something I can do".
  • The smallest goals achieved stands taller than the grandest intention. 
  • Do whatever your heart leads you to do- But do it. "Walk your Talk".
  • Remember: "They" is us, and "luck" is when preparation meets opportunity.
  • Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you better be running.
  • Excellence is never an accident; it's always the result of passion, sincere intention and great effort.
  • Learn to value yourself first; then fight for your happiness.
  • It's more probable that your attitude, rather than your aptitude, will determine your altitude in life.
  • Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
  • Rather than acknowledge a mistake, nations have gone to war, families have separated, and individuals have sacrificed everything dear to them. Admitting that you have been wrong is just another way of saying that you are wiser today than yesterday.
  • If you have been ridiculed, you are in the company of history's greatest artists, inventors, scientists and social thinkers. Virtually all significant advancements, including such everyday thing as the airplane, automobile and electric light, were accomplished despite cruel and widespread criticism.
  • The wonderful thing about the game of life is that winning and losing are only temporary-unless you quit.
  • If you don't have a dream, how are you going to have a dream come true?
  • Most people allow their lives to be controlled by "they" and "luck". Why hand over your life to excuses or the whims of fortune?
  • If you meet someone who has no smile, give them yours.
  • Don't beat up on yourself. Some of the worst demotivators in the English language are the words, "I should have... I would have... I could have." Why make a conscious effort to strike them from your vocabulary? Instead, say to yourself, "Net time , I'll".
  • You are Nature's greatest miracle. Your brain is capable of making and storing enough connections and information that the total number would be expressed by a one, followed by 6.5 million miles of zeros-a number that would stretch from the Earth to the Moon and back 14 times.
  • Winners form the habit of concentrating on what they want to have happen; losers concentrate on what they don't want to have happen. In pressure situations, winners call up past wins; losers recall past looses. Both are self-fulfilling.
  • Pressure is neither good nor bad. Pressure can be converted into positive, productive, energetic tension... or negative destructive, limiting tension. The choice is yours my friend.
  • The anxiety and suffering caused by your own personal problems will virtually disappear the moment you pour yourself into doing something to help someone else. This is one of life's most interesting phenomena. Those who are most in need of help frequently receive it by turning outward and helping others.
  • If you sense that you have made a good decision, don't wait-act immediately! Without action, a good decision has little meaning in the world. Procrastination and second-guessing are the mortal enemies of spontaneous brilliance and inspiration.
  • By intentionally raising your own expectations of yourself, you will create a gap between where you are and where you wish to be. Having created this gap for yourself, everything about you will automatically begin working on your behalf to close it. This explains why goal-setters enjoy boundless energy.
  • Reevaluate your goals with an eye toward balance. Setting goals in one or two areas of your life, while forgetting the others, is like trying to row a boat with only one oar.
  • As someone once said, "I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, and then I met a person who had no feet". Aren't you lucky?
  • It pays to share. The more you pass on to others, the more you get to have for yourself.
  • Why not give teamwork a try? Put two people with a common goal together and, suddenly, one plus one is more than two.
  • You are completely responsible for all your responses to other persons and events. You might not control your feelings but you do control your response. Therein lies your freedom.
  • When an archer misses the mark, he turns and thinks about what he did wrong. To miss the bull's eye, is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim-improve yourself."
  • Before us lie two paths-honesty or dishonesty. The ignorant takes the dishonest path; the wise the honest one. For in helping others, you help yourself. Those who remain honest know the truth: character overshadows money, trust rises above fame and honesty will always be the best policy.
  • Love is the most important ingredient of success. Without it, your life echoes emptiness. With it, your life vibrates warmth and meaning. Even in hardship, love shines through. Therefore, search for love-because if you don't have it, you are not really living-only breathing.
  • The best way to determine what motivates people?
  • Creativity flows in the direction of rewards.
  • Planning is 80% thinking and 20% writing. Then 100% doing.