Initiative quotes point to a dormant power within - the power of conscious action. This power awaits until tapped by initiative. Without initiative we stay where we are. Taking initiative, we reach for something new. Taking initiative breaks the cycle of inertia and allows us to stretch.
Initiative is essential to walking a conscious path - for a
conscious path is always chosen. We have the subconscious power of inertia
to thank for this. Our habitual ways carry momentum. This momentum keeps
going until an intervening force is introduced. Resistance will need to be
overcome if positive life change is to be made.
The intervening force to overcome the resistance of inertia is initiative.
The stronger the momentum of our habits, the more powerful the initiative we’ll have to bring into play. Otherwise the river of life keeps flowing uninterrupted.
Initiative is to take a boulder and throw it into that flow!
If the boulder is big enough the water is diverted and a new path begins to emerge. Our old ways are interrupted and new ways begin to take shape. What happens if we drop our boulder into the water and the flow continues as before? What happens if we fail to disrupt the momentum of our old ways? This certainly isn’t the time to give up.
We can muster our resources to throw an even larger boulder of initiative into the river, or we can continue throwing smaller rocks until the desired effect is achieved. With determination and persistence any river can be made to change its course.
Yet nothing will happen until something happens. Nothing will happen until we happen. We need to begin. We have to take that first step - again and again if need be.
Taking initiative breaks the cycle of inertia that serves to keep us at bay. As with any positive life change we can draw on inspiration to help smooth the way. The following initiative quotes can provide such guiding inspiration...
"The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."
"There are many paths, but the only one that leads to the top of the mountain, is the one you make yourself."
~Ancient Chinese Saying
“Initiative is the agent which translates imagination into action.”
~General Lyman L. Lemnitzer
"Venture nothing, and life is less than it should be."
“Do not lie in a ditch, and say God help me; use the lawful tools He hath lent thee.”
“Eagles don't flock.”
"What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance; it doesn't come every day."
~George Bernard Shaw
“You have to recognize that every 'out front' maneuver you make is going to be lonely, but if you feel entirely comfortable, then you're not far enough ahead to do any good. That warm sense of everything going well is usually the body temperature at the centre of the herd.”
“If opportunity doesn't knock – build a door.”
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.”
“Initiative is doing the right things without being told.”
“Success comes to the person who does today what you were thinking about doing tomorrow.”
“Take stands, take risks, take responsibility.”
"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them."
~Orison Swett Marden
"Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you. Do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps."
~Eileen Caddy in "Footprints On The Path"
"I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice."
~W. Somerset Maugham
"Rash indeed is he who reckons on tomorrow, or happily on the days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past."
“A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. You must act as you breathe.”
"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be."
"We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."
~George Bernard Shaw
"A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards."
"Well begun is half done."
"The wisest men follow their own direction."
"Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight."
~Marcus Aurelius ("The Meditations")
"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now."