Inspiring Quotes to Motivate You Through Crisis and Change

By Michael J Griffin

Inspiring quotes by authors of famous people that I respect motivate me to reach my full potential, fail forward, or change through times of crisis. Here are quotes to inspire you as a leader through this Covid crisis. Read and be inspired!

“When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters — one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel

“In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.” Amit Ray

“Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.” Jeannette Walls

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” Dr. John Maxwell

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. ”Dr. John Maxwell

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” Nelson Mandela

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” Nelson Mandela

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” Confucius

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” Abraham Maslow

“Real grit is your ability to persevere through the roughest conditions, the worst storms, and beat the odds piled against you.” Scott Allan

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot

“Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance–and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” Oprah Winfrey

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” Zig Ziglar

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston S. Churchill

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Denis Waitley

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”  Roy T. Bennett

Meditate and reflect on these quotes. How might they give you courage, hope and motivation to grow at this time in your life? What changes do you need to make to fail forward or move forward towards a life of significance?

Have a great week changing your life for the better!

Michael J Griffin
A Leader who Fails Forward
Founder of ELAvate
John Maxwell Team Founder

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