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350 Motivational Jon Gordon Quotes On Leadership (2023)

1. “Before you build a masterpiece you must design it. It’s the same way with life, you know. Too many people go through life living by chance, but when you live by design and know the life you want to create, you are able to create a masterpiece instead of a piece of junk.”


2. “Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus.”


3. “The best legacy you could leave is not some building that is named after you or a piece of jewelry but rather a world that has been impacted and touched by your presence, your joy, and your positive actions.”


4. “Your employees are tuning into your broadcast station and they want your energy. They need you more now than ever. And you need them. If you want them to receive more positive and powerful energy, then you got to broadcast that power by opening and tapping the power of your heart.”


5. “Lou Holtz said, ‘Don’t complain. Eighty percent of the people you complain to don’t care and 20 percent are glad you have problems.”


6. “Often the difference between success and failure is belief.” — Jon Gordon


7. “So be confident that victory is yours and yet walk humbly each day, relying on God to receive this victory.”


8. “Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measurable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us. It’s also physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time.”


9. “3. Turn Complaints into Solutions. The goal is not to eliminate all complaining. The intent is to eliminate the kind of mindless complaining that doesn’t serve a greater purpose and allow complaining that is justified and worthwhile. The opposite of mindless complaining is justified complaining. The former is negative and the latter is positive.”


10. “Adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome than you can imagine!” — Jon Gordon


11. “2. Focus on “Get To” instead of “Have To.”


12. “Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future.”


13. “Many say, ‘Show me God and I will trust you.’ But it works the other way. When you trust, God will show you.”


14. “Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success.” — Jon Gordon


15. “You haven’t failed until you stop trying,”


16. “Teams rise and fall on culture, leadership, relationships, attitude and effort.” — Jon Gordon


17. “the gifts you bring to the world are not found in your resume, accomplishments, or presents to others. The gift is your presence of feeling good and being happy and bringing this to others.”


18. “It’s all about energy, George. What’s been missing is enthusiasm. The most successful teams have it; every team wants it but very few have it. And it starts with you. When you have it, they’ll have it. When you get energized, they’ll get energized. So it’s time to take your energy meter to the next level. Are you ready, George?”


19. No one is perfect. Your past mistakes and failures don’t have to define your future. They can refine you and help you become all that you were created to be. There is a plan for you. You have a purpose. Don’t give up. Have faith and continue to get better.


20. “Never do anything out of obligation. Do everything with gratitude and love.”


21. “Don’t tell the world your mission statement. Show the world you are on a mission.”


22. “It doesn't matter how much success you have in your career; if you fail at home you are a failure.”


23. No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. — Jon Gordon


24. “E + P = O”


25. “We > me”


26. “People are most energized when they are using their strengths toward a bigger purpose”


27. People follow the leader first and the leader's vision second - It doesn't matter if the leader shares a powerful vision, if the leader is not someone who people will follow the vision will never be realized. As a leader, who you are makes a difference. The most important message you can share is yourself.


28. “Optimism is a competitive advantage.”


29. “Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do.”


30. “How you see the world determines the world you see.”


31. “Positive energy and positive people create positive results. There is certainly a lot of negativity in the world and choosing positive energy helps us deal with the negative people and negative situations that can knock us off course.”


32. We are positive, not because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard. It's not Pollyanna. It's about trusting God, overcoming obstacles, finding a way forward, and believing the best is yet to come!


33. “I once heard this saying that God keeps breaking your heart until it opens. And ain't that the truth. Think about it. Every struggle, every challenge, every adversity brings you closer to your heart, to your true self, to who you really are. Sometimes you got to be broken down to the point where you feel powerless to discover your ultimate and true power.”


34. “Dust on gold doesn’t change the nature of gold.”


35. “It wasn't enough to just build a team culture. To have sustained success, we needed a winning organizational culture, and I knew that by working closely with the leadership group to define and set the culture, we would be able to have that. I needed the owner and leaders to buy in and be an integral part of the process. Their buy-in needed to be as deep as the players”


36. “Strategy is important. Execution is imperative. However, the most overlooked aspect in team sports, and what most coaches and leaders fail to grasp, is the fact that it is your culture that will determine whether your strategy works and is sustainable. It is the culture you create that is going to determine whether your players perform and execute.”


37. “Great leaders know that success is a process, not a destination.” — Jon Gordon


38. “Don't let negative people drain your energy. Focus on your positive energy and kill them with kindness. Energy vampires are no match for your positive energy.”


39. “They asked a bunch of ninety-five-year-olds, I don’t know where they found them all, Florida I guess, but anyway they asked them if they could do it all over again and live their life again what would they do differently. The three things that almost all of them said were: (1) They would reflect more. Enjoy more moments. More sunrises and sunsets. More moments of joy. (2) They would take more risks and chances. Life is too short not to go for it. (3) They would have left a legacy. Something that would live on after they die.”


40. “A man goes to the village to visit the wise man and he says to the wise man, “I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is this positive, loving, kind, and gentle dog and then I have this angry, mean-spirited, and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don't know which is going to win.” The wise man thinks for a moment and he says, “I know which is going to win. The one you feed the most, so feed the positive dog.”


41. “FIVE WAYS TO LOVE YOUR PASSENGERS”


42. “if you focus on the fruit and ignore the root, the tree will die, but if you continue to care for the root and focus on your culture, process, people, and purpose, then you'll always have a great supply of fruit.”


43. “I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have. —Abraham Lincoln”


44. “Great leaders are great because people trust and respect them, not because they have power.”


45. “You have to be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”


46. “Distractions are the enemy of greatness.”


47. “Monday at 9 A.M. is when people start their workweek,” Joy said passionately. “Think about that, George. People would rather die than go to work,”


48. “Every crisis offers an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser; to reach deep within and discover a better you that will create a better outcome.”


49. “Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus.”


50. “I believe you become great when you help others become great.”


51. “One negative person can create a miserable office environment for everyone else.”


52. “Remember, life gives us warnings for a reason. Learn from this. Do things differently.”


53. “Great teams care more. They care more about their effort, their work, and their team members.” — Jon Gordon


54. “Rule #1 You’re the Driver of Your Bus.”


55. “If you are looking to build a new culture or transform the one you have, the first questions you should ask yourself are, “What do we stand for?” and “What do we want to be known for?”


56. “it's not your goals that will lead to your success but your commitment to the process,”


57. “Serve Them”


58. “When you’re enthusiastic, people want to get on your bus. Your bus is energized and people say, ‘Hey, I want to get on that bus.’ Employees from different departments want to help you out. You get a reputation as someone people want to work for. Customers want to work with you. Salespeople come to you for advice because they’re looking for that enthusiastic energy to increase their sales. When you live and work with enthusiasm, people are drawn to you like moths to a light. Walt Whitman said that we convince by our presence, and when you are enthusiastic you project an energy that convinces people to get on and stay on your bus. It’s powerful energy,”


59. “Three things you control every day are your attitude, your effort and your actions to be a great teammate.”


60. “My life is a gift not an obligation and I Get To make the most of it.”


61. “It’s all about teamwork. Sometimes you are the star and sometimes you help the star.”


62. “Stay Positive It’s easy to be positive when everything in life is going great. The hard part is staying positive when you get knocked down and kicked around. The fact is, no one goes through life untested. If you study history, sports, and business, you will find that every great leader and team had to overcome adversity and challenges to define themselves and their success”


63. “The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination as late as possible, with a smile on your face.”


64. “The key to success is to be a lifelong learner who continuously works hard to improve.” — Jon Gordon


65. “She decided that the greatest gift she could give her children would not be wealth or material things, but rather the gifts she could leave in them. In their hearts, in their minds, in their attitudes toward life”


66. “Transformational coaches invest in the root and, over time, it produces a lot of fruit.” — Jon Gordon


67. “You can’t be a great leader if all you are serving is yourself.”


68. “Because optimists believe in a positive future, they actually delude themselves into working more to make it possible. Their belief makes them willing to take actions to achieve it. As a result, positive leaders invest their time and energy in driving a positive culture.”


69. “Throughout the day, anytime you find yourself feeling stressed or wanting to complain, stop for 10 seconds, and breathe. Count your breaths and your blessings.” — Jon Gordon


70. “gentle dog and then I have this angry, mean-spirited, and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don’t know which is going to win.” The wise man thinks for a moment and he says, “I know which is going to win. The one you feed the most, so feed the positive dog.”


71. “Trust is the force that connects people to the leader and his/her vision.”


72. “Success is measured by what we accomplish instead of who we become.”


73. “Serve Them—A great leader once said, the higher you get in an organization the more it is your duty to serve the people below you rather than having the people below serve you. The key is to serve their growth, their future, their career, and their spirits so they enjoy work, life, and being on your bus.”


74. “focus on the solution, not the problem, and be the change.”


75. “in life you have a choice between two roads. The positive road and the negative road. The positive road will lead to enhanced health, happiness, and success and the negative road will lead to misery, anger, and failure.”


76. “Great leaders know that success is a process not a destination.”


77. “You fuel your life with trust and love instead of fear and doubt.”


78. “There is certainly a lot of negativity in the world and choosing positive energy helps us deal with the negative people and negative situations that can knock us off course.” — Jon Gordon


79. “You win by cultivating the right culture, leadership, expectations, beliefs, mindset, relationships, and habits before you even play the game. You win in the locker room first. Then, you win on the field.”


80. One person in pursuit of excellence raises the standards of everyone around them. And as they strive for greatness they bring out the greatness in others. Be that one person today.


81. “The world needs you to speak into the hearts of others and say, I believe in you. If you have the desire then you also have the power to make it happen. Keep working hard. You’re improving and getting better. Keep it up. Great things are coming your way. We’ve hit a lot of obstacles but we’ll overcome. Even if you fail, it will lead to something even better. You’re learning and growing.”


82. “A leader brings out the best within others by sharing the best within themselves.” — Jon Gordon


83. “Instead of being disappointed about where you are, be optimistic about where you are going.”


84. “One person can’t make a team but one person can break a team. Stay positive!” — Jon Gordon


85. “Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt.”


86. “How you see the world determines the world you see.” — Jon Gordon


87. “You and your team face a fork in the road each day. You can settle for average and choose the path of mediocrity or you can take the road less traveled and chase greatness.” — Jon Gordon


88. “what we need the most we resist the most.”


89. “But I do know that if you want to change your situation you must first change your thoughts. Because if you keep on thinking what you have been thinking you’ll keep on getting what you have been getting.”


90. “People follow the leader first and the leader’s vision second.”


91. “Don't chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you.”


92. “Activity does not mean achievement”


93. “Winning is the by-product of great effort, leadership, coaching, teamwork, and positive energy.”


94. Great leaders know that success is a process not a destination - One of my heroesJohn Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, never focused on winning. He knew that winning was the by product of great leadership, teamwork, focus, commitment and execution of the fundamentals. As a leader focus on your people and process, not the outcome.


95. “You haven’t failed until you stop trying.”


96. “Life is a test. Every adversity helps us grow. Negative events and people teach us what we don’t want so we can focus our energy on what we do want.”


97. Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about we attract. — Jon Gordon


98. “We live in an Energy Field of Dreams!" Joy cheered. "If you build it in your mind, focus on seeing it, and take action, the success will come.”


99. “Don't focus on the numbers. Trust the process. When you keep doing things the right way, eventually the numbers will rise, the wins will come, and the outcome will happen.”


100. “Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.”


101. Communication builds trust. Trust generates commitment. Commitment fosters teamwork. Teamwork delivers results. — Jon Gordon


102. “Your team doesn’t care if you are a superstar. They care if you are a super team member.” — Jon Gordon


103. “Your team doesn’t care if you are a superstar. They care if you are a super team member.”


104. “The more energy you spend worrying about the people who didn’t get on your bus, the less you will have for the people who are on your bus. And if you are worrying about the people who didn’t get on your bus you won’t have the energy to keep on asking new people to get on.”


105. “Listen to Them”


106. Don't chase success. Decide to get better every day, do great work, and success will find you.


107. “If want to be truly great you have to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player.”


108. “Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus.” — Jon Gordon


109. “Did you know you can take your bus anywhere you want to go? Say yes three times with me. Yes, yes, yes. You can take it to the movies, the beach or the North Pole. Just say where you want to go and believe that it will be so. Because every journey and ride begins with a desire to go somewhere and do something and if you have a desire then you also have the power to make it happen.”


110. “I realize that not everyone is willing to pay the price, and that's okay. It's just that I'm not willing to waste my time on someone unless they want it as much as I want it for them.”


111. “Anyone who attempts to build great things will face challenges.”


112. “I expect great things to happen today. I trust in God’s plan for my life. I accept all of the love, joy, abundance, and success in my life. I accept all the people who want to work with me and benefit from my gifts and love. Every day I am getting stronger, healthier, and better. “Now”


113. “Don’t focus on the numbers. Trust the process. When you keep doing things the right way, eventually the numbers will rise, the wins will come, and the outcome will happen.”


114. “Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us.”


115. “Culture consists of the shared purpose, attitudes, values, goals, practices, behaviors, and habits that define a team or organization. Many coaches focus only on the culture shared by the players, but the fact is that everyone in an organization shapes the culture. To be successful, you need everyone in your organization thinking, believing, talking, and behaving in sync. You need everyone to be aligned with the same beliefs, expectations, behaviors, and habits. Thomas and I learned quickly that the beliefs and behaviors of the past had to go and we needed to instill new ways of thinking and acting that everyone could follow.”


116. “Rule #2 Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction.”


117. “You haven’t failed until you stop trying.” — Jon Gordon


118. “courage is the difference between dreaming of the life you want and living the life of your dreams,”


119. How you see the world, determines the world you see. — Jon Gordon


120. “I knew the kind of culture we needed to create and I defined it for the team. The seven responsibilities everyone had were to: Have fun, work hard, and enjoy the journey. Show respect for every person you have contact with in the organization. Put the team first. Successful teams have teammates that are unselfish and willing to put their individual goals behind the team's goals. Do your job. It is defined, but you must always be prepared for it to change (especially if you're a player). Appropriately handle victory and defeat, adulation and humiliation. Do not get too high in victory or too low in defeat. Be the same person every day. Understand that all organizational decisions aim to make the team better, stronger, and more efficient. Have a positive attitude. Use positive language (both verbal and body language).”


121. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. — Jon Gordon


122. “Only through service and sacrifice can you become great.”


123. “You are not a true success unless you are helping others be successful.”


124. Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t. — Jon Gordon


125. “To build a winning team you must create a positive culture where negativity can't breed and grow, and the sooner you start weeding it from your team the stronger and more positively contagious your culture and team will be.”


126. “that there were two main reasons why people complained: (1) because they were fearful and helpless and (2) because it had become a habit.”


127. “George was inspired. He had an idea, walked into his children’s bedrooms and asked each one to tell him their success of the day. He explained that it could be something great that had happened to them that day or something they were proud of. The children lit up and smiled as they recalled their successes and George knew this would be their new nightly ritual.”


128. “Teams that are not connected at the top crumble at the bottom.”


129. “Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about we attract.” — Jon Gordon


130. Lead with optimism, enthusiasm and positive energy, guard against pessimism and weed out negativity.


131. “Life is a test, and a deciding factor of whether we pass or fail is the answer to the following question: “Are you going to stay positive in the face of your doubts, fears, and challenges?”


132. “I've always believed that culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up. This meant that I had to build our culture by working with the leadership group (i.e., the owner, general manager, and executives), the coaching staff, and the football team. To strengthen the culture among the leadership group, it was important to reiterate to the owner, team president, and general manager the shared beliefs, values, and expectations that we had discussed in depth when I was interviewing for the head coaching position. It was important to have collaborative conversations on a regular basis to discuss the changes we were making and why we were making them.”


133. It’s easy to be average. It’s hard to be great. But it’s well worth the effort. — Jon Gordon


134. “Rule #6 Post a Sign That Says NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED on Your Bus.”


135. “If you are complaining you can’t be thinking about or creating what you do want.”


136. “One negative person can create a miserable office environment for everyone else.” — Jon Gor


137. “Nevers aren't forever!”


138. “When you believe, the impossible becomes possible. What you believe will become what is true. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success.”


139. A leader brings out the best within others by sharing the best within themselves. — Jon Gordon


140. “Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about we attract.”


141. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands as my man Richard Bach says. You can choose to see the curse or the gift. And this one choice will determine if your life is a success story or one big soap opera.”


142. “Trust is the force that connects people to the leader and his/her vision.” — Jon Gordon


143. “Evil's ultimate goal is to divide us and separate us from God,” he said. He distracts, discourages, distorts, and creates doubt so that we will be divided from God, divided from each other and from ourselves.”


144. “You want to be a passionate leader who makes decisions that are based on belief and principle over those that are based on feeling.”


145. Your plan may not be working perfectly but there is a perfect plan working in you.


146. “The problem is that you are taking it too personal. Step back for a moment. Don’t focus on these people personally. Forget they even have names. Don’t think of it as you versus them. Just realize that they represent the negativity that will always be around you. The important thing is to know how to deal with the negativity and what to do with it.”


147. Don’t tell the world your mission statement. Show the world you are on a mission. — Jon Gordon


148. “She knew that there were two main reasons why people complained: (1) because they were fearful and helpless and (2) because it had become a habit.”


149. “You must spend more time on building your culture than on everything else. Culture is what produces wins over time.”


150. “Every one of us will face negativity, energy vampires, and obstacles on the road to success. That is why one of the most important things we can do in business and life is to stay positive with strategies that turn negative energy into positive solutions.”


151. “The goal is not to be better than anyone else but rather be better than you were yesterday.”


152. Great Leaders know they don't have all the answers - Rather they build a team of people who either know the answers or will find them.


153. “Love is the answer for the team’s success.”


154. When you believe, the impossible becomes possible. — Jon Gordon


155. “Don’t chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you.”


156. “Communication builds trust. Trust generates commitment. Commitment fosters teamwork. Teamwork delivers results.” — Jon Gordon


157. “Rules without Relationship Leads to Rebellion” - Andy Stanley said this and it's one of my favorite quotes. As a leader you can have all the rules you want but if you don’t invest in your people and develop a relationship with them they will rebel. This applies amazingly to children as well. It's all about relationships.


158. “If you think your best days are behind you, they are. If you think your best days are ahead of you, they are.”


159. Through adversity we have a choice. We can run away from each other or we can run towards each other. Remember, Connection breeds Commitment.


160. “if you want to change your situation you must first change your thoughts.”


161. “Great teams care more. They care more about their effort, their work and their team members.”


162. Leaders inspire and teach their people to focus on solutions, not complaints. (The No Complaining Rule


163. “Enthusiasm is important. But love is the answer. To really, really, and I mean really, tap the power of your heart and lead with positive, contagious energy you must love your passengers. You’ve got to become a Love Magnet,” she said.”


164. “When leaders become focused on the fruit instead of the root and worry about the outcome instead of the process of developing team members, they may survive in the short run, but they will not thrive in the long run.”


165. “To develop a strong culture on the team level, we started to evaluate players on their character and attitudes in addition to their football skills. Changes to the roster were not solely based on the players' abilities on the field. We also looked very closely at the intangibles that each player would bring to the locker room. We wanted to have team members who were going to positively represent the organization on and off the field. It was important that we had players who were going to be good teammates and citizens.”


166. “If there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years of coaching it’s that you need to know your competition, and once you know them you can exploit their weakness. Negativity has a weakness. Let’s find a way to exploit and conquer it, and we’ll be well on our way to a successful turnaround.”


167. “Adversity is not a dead end but a detour to a better outcome than you can imagine!”


168. “Communication builds trust. Trust generates commitment. Commitment fosters teamwork. Teamwork delivers results.”


169. “Culture”


170. “Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t.”


171. “It’s about mental toughness. Mental toughness is everything.”


172. “You need to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player”


173. “Never a bad day, only bad moments.”


174. “that people who experience more positive emotions than negative ones are more likely to see the bigger picture, build relationships, and thrive in their work and career, whereas people who experience mostly negative emotions are more likely to have a narrower perspective and tend to focus more on problems.3”


175. “Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.”


176. Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us. — Jon Gordon


177. “Rule #5 Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus.”


178. “It is imperative that you make sure that you go through a self-evaluation process on an almost daily basis to make sure that your actions are in line with your words.” — Jon Gordon


179. Trust is the force that connects people to the leader and his/her vision - Without trust there is a huge gap between the leader and the vision. Without trust people will stay off the bus. However if people trust the leader they will hop on the bus with the leader and help move the bus forward towards the vision.


180. “Every crisis offers an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser; to reach deep within and discover a better you that will create a better outcome. So while this is your crisis, what matters most is what you do with it.”


181. “If you are complaining you can't be thinking about or creating what you do want.”


182. There's nothing more powerful than a humble person with a warrior spirit who is driven by a bigger purpose.


183. “No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. Be courageous.”


184. “Let your complaints about problems move you to solutions.”


185. “Evil is the absence of God. This means that in the space between Man and God, evil exists. And this space is necessary because God had to give us a choice. He had to give us space to choose to love and obey Him.”


186. “Lead with optimism, enthusiasm and positive energy, guard against pessimism and weed out negativity.” — Jon Gordon


187. “It's about mental toughness. Mental toughness is everything.”


188. “What you believe will become what is true.” — Jon Gordon


189. “Research from the HeartMath Institute (heartmath.org) shows that when you have a feeling in your heart, it goes to every cell in the body, then outward—and other people up to 10 feet away can sense feelings transmitted by your heart. This means that each day you are broadcasting to your team how you feel. You are either broadcasting positive energy or negative energy, apathy or passion, indifference or purpose.”


190. “So often the difference between success and failure is belief. Belief leads to action and execution.”


191. “We often have to lose what we thought we wanted to find what God wants for us”


192. “Jeff built a culture that was defined by a blue-collar work ethic (symbolized by a hard hat), as well as selflessness, teamwork, relentless effort, and continuous improvement.”


193. Everyone wants to be great but you can't be great without sacrifice. When you lose yourself in the service of a greater cause you find the greatness within you.


194. “The only person who can limit your possibilities is you.”


195. “A man with vision has a certain look in his eye and walk in his step. He walks like he knows where he is going and why he is going there, and George didn’t walk like that.”


196. “it is your culture that will be the driving force to create the resiliency, toughness, passion, and attitude to overcome the obstacles in your way.”


197. You and your team face a fork in the road each day. You can settle for average and choose the path of mediocrity or you can take the road less traveled and chase greatness. — Jon Gordon


198. “the truth is that we are not positive because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard.”


199. “Have fun, work hard, and enjoy the journey. Show respect for every person you have contact with in the organization. Put the team first. Successful teams have teammates that are unselfish and willing to put their individual goals behind the team's goals. Do your job. It is defined, but you must always be prepared for it to change (especially if you're a player). Appropriately handle victory and defeat, adulation and humiliation. Do not get too high in victory or too low in defeat. Be the same person every day. Understand that all organizational decisions aim to make the team better, stronger, and more efficient. Have a positive attitude. Use positive language (both verbal and body language).”


200. “Hi, I’m not answering my phone right now because I’m building kitchen cabinets at 111 Main Street. I’m putting my heart and soul into these cabinets so I won’t be returning calls until I’m finished with the job. Please know I will give the same attention and care to your work, as well. If you need to talk to me feel free to come by 111 Main Street during my lunch break at noon.”


201. Just because you're driving the bus doesn't mean you have the right to run people over - Abraham Lincoln said "Most anyone can stand adversity, but to test a man's character give him power." The more power you are granted the more it is your responsibility to serve, develop and empower others. When you help them grow they'll help you grow.


202. “Recognize Them”


203. “As a leader, it is so important that your words equal your actions. It is imperative that you make sure that you go through a self-evaluation process on an almost daily basis to make sure that your actions are in line with your words. You must do what you say and say what you do.”


204. “Ninety percent of doctor visits are stress related, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the #1 cause of office stress is coworkers and their complaining, according to Truejobs.com.”


205. “I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true.


206. “Negative thoughts are the nails that build a prison of failure.”


207. “1. The But → ___ Positive Technique. This simple strategy helps you turn your complaints into positive thoughts, solutions, and actions. It works like this. When you realize you are complaining, you simply add the word but and then add a positive thought or positive action.”


208. “Truth is what God says about you,” answered Mr. Erwin. “Truth is who you truly are. As I told you the other day, you are a child of God. That's truth. You are loved by God. That's truth. You were born with greatness inside of you, to do great things. That's truth. The power within you is more powerful than the circumstances around you. That's truth.”


209. “Rules without Relationship Leads to Rebellion” - Andy Stanley [Tweet That]


210. “Chief Energy Officer.”


211. “Step 1, you do a No Complaining Day. I call it a complaining fast. You quit cold turkey. It’s great because it causes you to monitor your thoughts and realize how negative you really are.”


212. “Stop being disappointed about where you are and start being optimistic about where you are going.”


213. “After all, every team in the league has the same goals so it’s not your goals that will lead to your success but your commitment to the process, one game at a time, that will define your season.”


214. “Hãy tin rằng mọi thứ xảy ra trên đời này đều có nguyên do của nó...”


215. “But this doesn’t mean you’re all fake and annoying either, George. Enthusiasm doesn’t mean you bounce off the walls all hyper and all. The kind of enthusiasm Jack and I talk about is real. You don’t have to force it or push it. You just live it. You let your presence do the convincing. So just focus on getting excited and enthusiastic yourself and let your energy do the talking. Focus today on becoming the heart of your team. Realize that just as every cell in the body beats to the frequency of the heart, everyone around you will beat to your frequency and your energy.”


216. “To run a successful organization,” I say, “you must learn to manage people’s energy, including your own.”


217. “It’s easy to be average. It’s hard to be great. But it’s well worth the effort.” — Jon Gordon


218. “Life and success are about what you choose to believe.”


219. “Positive energy flows from the top down in our organization. It trickles up and moves sideways, but it flows from the top down. Positive leadership is essential,”


220. “Transformational coaches invest in the root and, over time, it produces a lot of fruit.”


221. “Don’t tell the world your mission statement. Show the world you are on a mission.” — Jon Gordon


222. “Obstacles are meant to be overcome. Fear is meant to be conquered. Success is meant to be achieved. They”


223. “It’s about mental toughness. Mental toughness is everything.” — Jon Gordon


224. “The past has to be viewed as a springboard to the future.”


225. “To answer your question of why Adam and Eve were given a choice in the first place, they had to be given a choice. God had to create space for them to choose Him.”


226. “No matter what the psychologists say, complaining doesn’t make us feel better. Maybe temporarily, but in the long run complaining creates a cycle of negativity that feeds itself and grows. Think about it. For years psychologists had their patients hit punching bags to relieve anger only to find out recently that this practice creates more violence. It works the same with complaining. When we complain, we feed the negativity.”


227. “You can choose to see the curse or the gift. And this one choice will determine if your life is a success story or one big soap opera.”


228. “who all they do is complain? They focus on what they don’t want, don’t like, and don’t have.”


229. The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination as late as possible, with a smile on your face. — Jon Gordon


230. “one person can’t make a team, but one person can break a team.”


231. “Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means, “inspired” or “filled with the divine.””


232. “It’s not easy to deal with the negativity in the world but it’s something that’s got to be done. Your success and life are so important that you must surround yourself with a positive support team.”


233. “Remember, life gives us warnings for a reason. Learn from this. Do things differently.” — Jon Gordon


234. “Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us.” — Jon Gordon


235. “great companies and teams have great energy and spirit that are fueled by a positive culture and purpose,”


236. “You and your team face a fork in the road each day. You can settle for average and choose the path of mediocrity or you can take the road less traveled and chase greatness.”


237. “You must do what you say and say what you do.” — Jon Gordon


238. “You see, team,” Dan said passionately, “our problem is negativity, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. I believe where there is a void, negativity will fill it. And, unfortunately, within every organization you get voids in communication between leaders and their employees and between different teams and team members. It happens everywhere: with sports teams, work teams, family teams. Within these voids, negativity starts to breed and grow and, eventually, like a cancer it will spread if you don’t address it. As an executive team it’s up to us to do everything we can to prevent these voids from occurring and when they do occur, we must quickly fill them with positive communication and positive energy. People don’t just want to be seen and heard. They want to hear and see, and if they don’t feel like they are part of the company then they will assume the worst and act accordingly.”


239. “Lead with optimism, enthusiasm and positive energy, guard against pessimism and weed out negativity.”


240. “It’s easy to be average. It’s hard to be great. But it’s well worth the effort.”


241. “No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. Be courageous.” — Jon Gordon


242. “Critics write words but they don't write the future.”


243. “Richard Bach, the author of Illusions and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who said, “You are never given a wish without the power to make it come true.” The positive energy formula was inspired by the formula E + R = 0, which Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, shared with me.”


244. Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus. — Jon Gordon


245. People follow the leader first and the leader’s vision second. — Jon Gordon


246. “Failure provides you with a great opportunity to decide how much you really want something. Will you give up? Or will you dig deeper, commit more, work harder, learn, and get better? If you know that this is what you truly want, you will be willing to pay the price that success requires. You will be willing to fail again and again in order to succeed.”


247. “Great team members hold each other accountable to the high standards and excellence their culture expects and demands.”


248. “Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t.”


249. “I see you resting and learning. I see you getting stronger. I see you preparing for greater things so you can take your life and business to a higher level. Always remember that our biggest battle comes before our greatest victory.”


250. “As a leader, it is so important that your words equal your actions.” — Jon Gordon


251. “We > me.” — Jon Gordon


252. “A leader brings out the best within others by sharing the best within themselves.”


253. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands as my man Richard Bach says. You can choose to see the curse or the gift. And this one choice will determine if your life is a success story or one big soap opera. And while I love soap operas, George, I don’t like seeing real life people like you living them.”


254. “3 things you can control every day: 1. Attitude 2. Effort 3. Actions to be a great teammate.” — Jon Gordon


255. “Culture drives expectations and beliefs; expectations and beliefs drive behavior; behavior drives habits; and habits create the future. It all starts with culture.”


256. “God made human beings in his own likeness and image. This means they didn't eat the fruit because they wanted to be like God because they already were like God. They ate the fruit because the serpent convinced them that they weren't like God and they believed this lie.”


257. “You haven't failed until you stop trying.”


258. “Rule #3 Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy.”


259. “A man goes to the village to visit the wise man and he says to the wise man, “I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is this positive, loving, kind, and gentle dog and then I have this angry, mean-spirited, and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don’t know which is going to win.” The wise man thinks for a moment and he says, “I know which is going to win. The one you feed the most, so feed the positive dog.”


260. “He told himself that failure is not a definition. It’s just an event. Just because you fail doesn’t mean you are a failure. It’s just a situation to overcome and transform. And it will make you stronger if you are willing to learn and grow from it.”


261. The key to success is to be a lifelong learner who continuously works hard to improve. — Jon Gordon


262. “Every morning you have a choice. Are you going to be a positive thinker or a negative thinker? Positive thinking will energize you.”


263. “The character you possess during the drought is what your team will remember during the harvest.”


264. “Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do.” — Jon Gordon


265. “it's not just communication that helps a team be successful, but rather the collaboration that follows. Communication without collaboration can lead to underperformance,”


266. “Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t.” — Jon Gordon


267. “One person can’t make a team but one person can break a team. Stay positive!”


268. “While most people approach their work with the mindset they just want to get it done, craftspeople are more concerned with who they are becoming and what they are creating whether than how fast they finish it.”


269. “Teams rise and fall on culture, leadership, relationships, attitude and effort.”


270. “You need to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player.”


271. “you have a choice between two roads. The positive road and the negative road. The positive road will lead to enhanced health, happiness, and success and the negative road will lead to misery, anger, and failure.”


272. “Playing to win requires a commitment to yourself that even if you fail, you will never give up and never let your goals and dreams die. Those”


273. “Positive energy and positive people create positive results.” — Jon Gordon


274. “Jon and I talked several times on the phone about the state of the Falcons' organization and it became very clear that if I was going to turn this team around, the first step would be to focus on transforming the culture.”


275. “Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team.” — Jon Gordon


276. “The crafts-person is only thinking about building his work with love... when you care about your work you stand out in a world where most don't care. Caring leads to success.”


277. “one negative teammate can sabotage a team. One person can't make a team but one person can break a team.”


278. “Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life. When we drive with purpose we don't get tired or bored and our engines don't burn out."


279. “knowing how they want to be remembered helps them decide how to live today, and leaving a legacy will give them a purpose that will unleash their passion.”


280. “There were two main reasons why people complain: (1) because they were fearful and helpless and (2) because it had become habit.”


281. “Positive energy is like muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. The stronger it gets the more powerful you become. Repetition is the key and the more you focus on positive energy the more it becomes your natural state.”


282. “I knew the biggest priority was to create a winning culture in which every member could thrive and excel. This meant we would not only have to create the right culture for the team but also for the rest of the organization.”


283. “People follow the leader first and the leader’s vision second.” — Jon Gordon


284. “Don’t compare the success of your bus to other buses. Just enjoy your ride.”


285. Your team doesn’t care if you are a superstar. They care if you are a super team member. — Jon Gordon


286. The more you focus on positive energy the more it becomes your natural state. — Jon Gordon


287. “To build a winning team, you must help your players and staff have amnesia about past outcomes and remember all the little things they did to get better.”


288. “Remember, you have only one ride through life so give it all you got and enjoy the ride.”


289. “3 things you can control every day: 1. Attitude 2. Effort 3. Actions to be a great teammate.”


290. “Step 2. When you do complain, because you most certainly will—everyone does—use your complaining to your advantage. You see, every complaint has an opposite. If there is something you don’t like, then there is something you do like.”


291. Every morning you have a choice. Are you going to be a positive thinker or a negative thinker? Positive thinking will energize you. — Jon Gordon


292. “Often the difference between success and failure is belief.”


293. “Leaders inspire and teach their people to focus on solutions, not complaints.”


294. “The key to success is to be a lifelong learner who continuously works hard to improve.”


295. “God is great and so he planted seeds of greatness in you. God is good so there is goodness in you. God is love so there is love within you.”


296. Often the difference between success and failure is belief. — Jon Gordon


297. “God made you to be great so He wants you to pursue greatness. But this pursuit must include trust and faith in Him. Your desire for God must be greater than your desire for success.”


298. Throughout the day, anytime you find yourself feeling stressed or wanting to complain, stop for 10 seconds and breathe. Count your breaths and your blessings. — Jon Gordon


299. “We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it. Purpose keeps you fresh.”


300. “What can I learn from this challenge? What is it teaching me? Then he would stay positive and trust that the lessons would make him stronger, wiser, and better.”


301. It’s not your goals that will lead to your success but your commitment to the process. — Jon Gordon


302. “When you experience resistance, you find the lessons that you are meant to learn”


303. “I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have. —Abraham Lincoln sixteenth”


304. “Great leaders don’t succeed because they are great. They succeed because they bring out the greatness in others.”


305. True leaders don't lead to gain power. They lead to empower and give power away.


306. “know that I’m not a human being having a spiritual experience. I’m a spiritual being having a human experience.”


307. “Bring Out the Best in Them”


308. “If everything came easy, we wouldn’t know what it felt like to truly succeed.”


309. “A true leader doesn’t lead to gain power. They lead to empower and give power away.”


310. Remember, you have only one ride through life so give it all you got and enjoy the ride. — Jon Gordon


311. “After all, every team in the league has the same goals so it's not your goals that will lead to your success but your commitment to the process, one game at a time, that will define your season.”


312. “THE ENERGY BUS 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy”


313. “Jon had often told me that if you focus on the fruit and ignore the root, the tree will die, but if you continue to care for the root and focus on your culture, process, people, and purpose, then you'll always have a great supply of fruit.”


314. “they asked them if they could do it all over again and live their life again what would they do differently. The three things that almost all of them said were: (1) They would reflect more. Enjoy more moments. More sunrises and sunsets. More moments of joy. (2) They would take more risks and chances. Life is too short not to go for it. (3) They would have left a legacy. Something that would live on after they die.”


315. “Yes!” the carpenter exclaimed. “When you love, you serve, and when you serve, you sacrifice. Service requires a sacrifice of something. Whether it’s time, energy, money, love, effort, or focus, serving others always costs you something, but with service and sacrifice, you gain so much more.”


316. “My life is a gift not an obligation and I Get To make the most of it.” — Jon Gordon


317. Abundance will flow into our life when gratitude flows out of our heart.


318. Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do. — Jon Gordon


319. “The measure of our success will not be determined by how we act during the great times in our life but rather by how we think and respond to the challenges of our most difficult moments.”


320. “Leaders inspire and teach their people to focus on solutions, not complaints.” — Jon Gordon


321. “Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life. When we drive with purpose we don’t get tired or bored and our engines don’t burn out.”


322. Great leaders don't succeed because they are great. They succeed because they bring out the greatness in others.


323. “If you want to be truly great you have to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player.” — Jon Gordon


324. Positive energy and positive people create positive results. — Jon Gordon


325. “Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow.” — Jon Gordon


326. It’s all about teamwork. Sometimes you are the star and sometimes you help the star. — Jon Gordon


327. “Instead of letting it generate negative energy, we can use it for a positive purpose. We can use complaints as a ‘signal’ or ‘sign,’ letting us know we are on the negative road and then in the next moment we can take a detour to get on the positive road.”


328. “Great team members hold each other accountable to the high standards and excellence their culture expects and demands.” — Jon Gordon


329. “Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow.”


330. “The book talked about how after people play a round of golf they usually don’t think about all the bad shots they made but rather always remember and focus on the one great shot they had that day. The thought and feeling they get when thinking about this shot makes them want to play again and again; this is why so many people get addicted to golf.”


331. “When you lead with integrity you won't always win, but you will always do the right thing.”


332. “The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination—as late as possible—with a smile on your face because this would mean that you truly enjoyed the ride.” — Jon Gordon


333. “The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.”


334. “Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future.” — Jon Gordon


335. Great teams care more. They care more about their effort, their work, and their team members. — Jon Gordon


336. “Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means ‘inspired’ or ‘filled with the divine.”


337. “earlier in the story we learn that God made human beings in his own likeness and image. This means they didn't eat the fruit because they wanted to be like God because they already were like God. They ate the fruit because the serpent convinced them that they weren't like God and they believed this lie.”


338. “Culture consists of the shared purpose, attitudes, values, goals, practices, behaviors, and habits that define a team or organization.”


339. “People are always buying you and your energy. The simple truth is that when you are excited people get excited about where your bus is going and this makes them want to get on and stay on your bus.”


340. “Make sure you have the right team members to strengthen your culture instead of people who suck the energy out of it. You can do everything right as a leader and coach, but if you don't have positive mentors and team members in the locker room your culture and team will fall apart.”


341. “It is the culture you create that is going to determine whether your players perform and execute.”


342. “The best legacy you could leave is not some building that is named after you or a piece of jewelry but rather a world that has been impacted and touched by your presence, your joy, and your positive actions.”


343. “Driving a positive, high-performing culture requires more than words. After all, everyone has a mission statement, but only the great organizations also have people who are on a mission.”


344. “I believe you become great when you help others become great.” — Jon Gordon


345. If you want to be truly great you have to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player. — Jon Gordon


346. A leader brings out the best within others by sharing the best within themselves.


347. “It’s all about teamwork. Sometimes you are the star and sometimes you help the star.” — Jon Gordon


348. “With mindless complaining, you are mindlessly focusing on problems; however, with justified complaining you identify a problem and the complaint moves you toward a solution. Every complaint represents an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.”


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350. “Everyone wants to do what the great ones do; but very few are willing to do what they did to become great”


351. “There is great freedom in knowing you are not the source of your negative thoughts,” Mr. Erwin said passionately as he raised his voice. “You don't have to blame yourself anymore. You can recognize the lies, choose not to believe them, and know the positive truth. You are loved. You have value. You are worthy. You are a child of God. You are loved by God. There is a plan for your life. You have greatness inside of you and in every moment, you have the capability to do great things. The best is yet to come if you choose to believe it.”


352. “We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it. Purpose keeps you fresh.” — Jon Gordon


353. “when it comes to building a successful business, it’s not the numbers that the drive the people, but rather the people and relationships that drive the numbers. Creating those relationships and developing that teamwork had to be their top priority.”


354. I believe you become great when you help others become great. — Jon Gordon


355. “While your company has had other leaders stir the pot, they have never had you lead the way. The past is the past. The leaders before you made decisions that resulted in bad soup. But you can make new soup, and, remember, the most important ingredient is you. Who stirs the pot matters, and you, my dear, matter a lot.”


356. “Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team.”


357. “When you believe, the impossible becomes possible.” — Jon Gordon


358. Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do.


359. “Challenges ONLY make you STRONGER!!!”


360. “When you fuel up with purpose you find the excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary.”


361. “Jesus said Fear not over 300 times because He knew our focus needed to be on God's love, not our fear. God's perfect love casts out fear. So”


362. Great leaders know that success is a process, not a destination. — Jon Gordon


363. “I'm an over-believer.”


364. “In the face of all this, it is your culture that will be the driving force to create the resiliency, toughness, passion, and attitude to overcome the obstacles in your way.”


365. “Never do anything out of obligation. Do everything with gratitude and love. It’s much more powerful that way.”


366. “Throughout the day, anytime you find yourself feeling stressed or wanting to complain, stop for 10 seconds and breathe. Count your breaths and your blessings.”

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