Obvious, but not always that easy: if you want to achieve anything, then you have to get started. So we’ve compiled our favourite quotes to help you Just Do It.
From the ancient world
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu
God always strives together with those who strive. Aeschylus
Do not despise these small beginnings, because the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. Zechariah
Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches. Jesus
From the Māori world
He tangata momoe, he tangata mangere, ekore e whiwhi ki te taonga. A sleepy-headed lazy fellow will never possess riches.
He kai iana ta te tou e ho ake? Do you think to gain food through inaction?
Tama tu, tama ora; tama noho, tama mate kai. He who stands lives, but he who sits, perishes.
Ko ia kāhore nei i rapu, tē kitea. If you do not seek, then you will not find.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe
What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. Ralph Marston
Go for it now, because the future is promised to no one. Wayne Dyer
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. William James
To begin, begin. William Wordsworth
Stop talking, start doing
Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
Things do not happen, but things are made to happen. John F. Kennedy
Knowing is not enough; rather we must apply. Willing is not enough; rather we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you want to conquer fear, then don’t sit home and think about it. Rather, go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. Henry Ford
The most effective way to do it, is to do it. Amelia Earhart
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. Peter Marshall
A little action often spurs a lot of momentum. Noah Scalin
Get busy; get started
I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, then take more chances. And be more active. Show up more often. Brian Tracy
If you don’t put a few nickels in the machine, then you can’t expect to hit the jackpot. Flip Wilson
Leap, and then the net will appear. John Burroughs
A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did. John Burroughs
Set yourself earnestly to see what you are made to do. Then set yourself earnestly to do it. Phillips Brooks
When one must, then one can. Charlotte Whitton
The dog that trots about finds a bone. Golda Meir
Many are called but few get up. Oliver Herford
If you’d like more help to get started…
A Sports Chaplain can walk with you through all the stages of your sporting career, as well as beyond. Sports Chaplains help all people of sport, regardless of their religious, or non-religious, views.
If you would like to talk with a Sports Chaplain about motivation, then please contact us.
So, what’s your favourite motivational quote? If we’ve missed it, then please let us know.