How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map - Part 7
This lesson is devoted to your resonating motto, quotation, or touchstone. We have provided many examples, but the garden from which to choose your own is filled with possibilities.
The last part of your Personal Achievement Map (located at the very bottom of the page) is for your quote, slogan, or motto. This is your additional mental motivation, you can call it your motto-vation.
Write anything you like here that will help you to stay on track. Your motto should be a phrase or short list of key words designed to describe your motivation, goal, ideal, or intention. This must speak to you and have meaning for you.
Each goal or focus that day gets to have its own quote or motto, so a new day might change your mental focus and thus your motto-vation.
You might want to use a quote that motivates you or a lyric from a song that seems to keep you focused on your dreams. Maybe you have a quote from a movie that helps you to laugh, relax, or reminds you of a feeling. It is completely up to you. You could use something short and to the point such as:
“Alive to Thrive.”
This short phrase reminds me that there is more to life (and our world) than just being in it.
It reminds me to stay active, engaged, and alive. I have also often used:
“Achieve a goal daily.”
The above motto reminds me to stay on a quest for constant and never-ending improvement.
One of my favorite quotes that I share with students striving for excellence and a key philosophy for obtaining a Black Belt in what you do is:
“Stick to the task until the task sticks to you.”
It reminds me to endure and helps to maintain an attitude of when the going gets tough – the tough get going. This is part of a much longer quote as seen below:
Stick to the task until the task sticks to you –
beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise –
always comes to the one who stays.
When you begin to open yourself up to positive ideas, you will also begin to mentally collect the ones you need. As you do this, also write them down and use them as part of your Personal Achievement Maps.
Perhaps you are watching a movie and one of the characters uses a quote that resonates with you. (“Go ahead, make my day!) Use the memory system described earlier to remind yourself to apply this quote or philosophy to your life. Dirty Harry may not be the best example, but you get my point. Who forgets that line?
What’s my line?
Below, I have chosen a few quotes that I feel are true and beneficial to a healthy development of character. They are also the magic we can use to conjure up the foundations of the success that we desire. You are what you think you are, and if you change your way of thinking, you change your life along with it. These quotes will help you to open the thinking floodgates.
“The ancestor of every action is a thought.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums who can’t and those in cemeteries.” – Everett Dirksen
“Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.” – Ben Jonson
“In the right key one can say anything. In the wrong key, nothing: the only delicate part is the establishment of the key.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Though Musashi may have been great, the seven samurai had more fun. Stick with a team.” – Rick Tew
“The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence, the greatest conqueror wins without a struggle, and the most successful manager leads without dictation. This is called intelligent non aggressiveness, this is called mastery of men.” – Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
“There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking.” – Thomas Edison
“If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.” – Emmet Fox
“There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.” – Logan Pearsall Smith
“The chemist who can extract from his heart’s elements compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Little things affect little minds.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“Man is not the sum of what he has but the totality of what he does not yet have, or what he might have.”
– Jean Paul Sartre
“Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“An organized team is like a strong fist and will smash through stones, but an unorganized team is like a weak wrist, and will break only bones.” – Rick Tew
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford
“One who is too insistent on his own views finds few to agree with him.” – Lao-Tsu, Tao Teh King
“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I bid him look into the lives of men as that into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.”
“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“They can because they think they can.” – Virgil
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford
“An open hand travels faster than a closed fist; this is true with the mind.” – Rick Tew
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare
“There is only one success; to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
“Things do not change; people change.” – Henry David Thoreau
“A warrior with past success is great for what he’s done; but a warrior that keeps on fighting, will be sure the war is won.” – Rick Tew
“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” – Thomas Henry Huxley
“It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.” – Edmund Spenser
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.” – James Allen
“The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.” – Wallace Wattles
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Fill in your Person Achievement Map(s) section with your favorite, most inspiration quote. Or better yet, create your own Motto. Think of the many corporate and product logos (Nike’s “Just Do It” or AT&T’s “Reach Out and Touch Someone”). With some effort, you may create your own unforgettable masterpiece!
Okay, look at the image of a Personal Achievement Map and then continue reading to learn more about each of the seven areas of our PAM. These are taught in the following articles.