Leadership 4 min read

6 Phrases Powerful People Use Regularly

Get inspired by the words of the highly successful and influential.

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There's no doubt that folks who hold positions of power and influence arrived where they are today through hard work, perseverance, and the ability to motivate others. One of the U.S.'s most celebrated executives, Lee Lacocca, once said that successful people in every avenue of life can be measured by their ability to push their team toward their collective goals.

“Start with good people,” he said. “Lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss.”

And you won't want to miss this list of motivational phrases that'll help you kick your team into high gear:

1. Dream Your Future

Average people long for the good ol' days. They look back to the past to safety and comfort, and are scared of the unknown. They also tend to avoid risks and prefer the mundane to the excitement of the future. Employers, organizations, or companies should work toward inspiring employees to dream their future, and to work toward their full potential. Many self-made millionaire's are said to have obtained their wealth through a willingness to bet on themselves and their goals. They've made their dreams reality, and have ventured into the unknown successfully. On the other hand, those who believe their best days are behind them tend to struggle with unhappiness and lack of fulfillment. So, strive to be the former and make your goals, dreams, and ideas reality.

2. Let's Think Logically About This

A friendly reminder to think and act with logic can get you back on track from reacting to life's challenges and problems in an overly emotional manner. If you get too flustered, you fail. Take a step back, analyze your situation, plan a better path, and you're on your way to success. Successful people see money, goals, and drive through the eyes of logic. They see these things as critical tools that present options and opportunities. They see them for what they are and what they aren't.  

3. Follow Your Passion

The best of us can hit the proverbial wall in our personal and professional development. We've all been through periods where we lack the motivation to pursue our dreams and –– in some extreme cases –– to even get out of bed and face a scary world. In those times, a gentle nudge in the form of three magical little words can remind us of what's important: Follow your passion.

Too often, people settle for less in their work and professional lives because comfort is easier than working hard to make your wildest dreams come true.

4. If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again

There's something to be said of perseverance. There's something even better to be said of relentlessness. This phrase might seem very cliché, but it's also tried and true. Never give up. If you believe in something strong enough, you shouldn't take minor setbacks as failure. How will you know that something is worth pursuing until you get to the end? If you're dreaming about it, then carry on. Don't quit. Not now. You're closer than you think.

5. Ready For The Challenge?

You've got to be ready when opportunity knocks. I don't mean a three-piece suit, bow tie, and fedora. Well, sometimes you have to be prepared for those situations, too. But I'm referring to a state of mind. One must constantly be on the balls of one's feet. Ready to jump at the right opportunity, move away from danger, or strike to defend oneself from an attack. We're talking crouching tiger, hidden dragon. Are you ready for the challenges you'll inevitably face to be a better associate, a smarter colleague, the go-to team member? If you're not ready then chances are you won't meet or even accept the challenge. Ready or not, here life comes! 

6. You Can Have It All

Do you believe you deserve it all? A great majority of people think and act like they don't. Successful and powerful people are convinced that it's theirs for the taking. In order to reach those dizzying heights of success, you've got to believe you're worthy. And why not? With just a few changes to your state of mind, you can have the things you previously thought were out of your grasp.


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