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The secret to success: get started!

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.

Start now

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

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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.


Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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