Colin Dunbar

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How to get the most from the power of motivational quotes

By Colin Dunbar

The power of motivational quotes should never be under-estimated.

There is a method you can use to get unlimited value from motivational quotes, and it doesn't take any special skill, or oodles of time.

There is little power in the words of motivational quotes (and inspirational quotes) when we read them once every now and then, or read one after the other, like eating peanuts.

Actually, this method can be used to reap the benefit from the power of words in other material, for example, articles, stories, books, even audios. The great thing about motivational quotes is they are like short power punches, and it really doesn't take a lot of time.

The method I'm talking about is called rote learning. Wikipedia offers the following definition: "The major practice involved in rote learning is learning by repetition. The idea is that one will be able to quickly recall the meaning of the material the more one repeats it."

We get the true benefit from the power of words when the thought, or idea in the words is embedded in our subconscious - and this is what rote learning does for us.

It was Zig Ziglar who said, "They say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily." No-one gets up and is motivated from the get-go, and remains that way all day. We need to work at our motivation.

Here's how I use rote learning to get the most from value from the power of words in motivational quotes.

  1. Choose a motivational quote that you really like (or that means something special to you).
  2. Write it on a 3x5 card, or post-it note (I actually have a set of laminated quotes).
  3. Put it where you can see it often (e.g. desk, computer screen, etc.).
  4. Read it often throughout the day, for seven days (1 week).
  5. Every night, just before retiring, write out the motivational quote - do it on any piece of paper. Read it aloud, and then put your handwritten quote where you'll see it first thing in the morning.
  6. First thing when you wake up, read your handwritten quote, then throw it away.
  7. Repeat the steps in #4 to #6.
  8. When the week is over, repeat this exercise with a new motivational quote. If you really like the quote you've just finished with, there's no harm in repeating the exercise with the same quote.

Try it, you have nothing to lose. But if this little exercise turns you into a positive, motivated person, think of what you gain.

I've used this method for several years, to get the real value of the power of words from motivational quotes.

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