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Quotes by Coach Thomas Leonard

“Good quotes are timeless. It’s as if someone just ahead of you on the path of life is turning back to give you a helping hand and you come along behind. As we repeat these quotes and pass them along, we in turn are helping those who are following in our footsteps.”  -unknown

Motivation by Thomas Leonard

The following quotes have been attributed to Coach, Mentor and Teacher

Thomas J. Leonard.
(in no particular order)

  • Coaching doesn’t make sick people well…it helps healthy people become extra-ordinary.

  • Some people live linearly – that is one step after another. I prefer to dance with my feet off the floor.

  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that we are unique.  The greatest discovery of the next generation, I pray, is that we are one.

  • Commitment is what your boss needs you to have.  Choice is what you need to have.

  • When people are inspired, they don’t need motivation.


  • A lifestyle is what you pay for; a life is what pays you.
  • What is left unsaid gets in the way of the relationship. What is left unasked-for is a missed opportunity.
  • When someone is doing something … you must communicate immediately or forever carry the extra burden of your unspoken reaction.
  • Just do what you can do, don’t say what you can do.
  • When the future becomes far more important than the present, the destination holds more importance than the journey.


  • Language makes us distinct from the other animals. We need more language fast.
  • Life is simple but not always easy.
  • Life starts when you make the choice to be authentically alive for the rest of it.
  • Living well is one part skill, one part love and 80 parts practice.
  • Love is a four letter word for eternity.
  • Living well is one part skill, one part love and 80 parts practice.


  • Love is like sourdough starter. You have to keep some for yourself so you can keep on loving.

  • Love is a way to gift yourself to others.

  • Love is something you get, not earn.

  • Making God right is the first step of development.

  • Men are born to be; they learn to do, they forget to be.


  • Morals are only for those who doubt what’s right and wrong. And who think other people should know the difference.
  • Motivation is an external, temporary high that PUSHES you forward. Inspiration is a sustainable internal glow which PULLS you forward.

  • Movement isn’t progress.

  • Needs are what your heart must have to function; wants are what keep you mind engages.

  • Never give so much that you can’t regenerate within the hour.


  • Nothing great was every achieved by trying to be so.

  • One can never content to mimic when one feels an impulse to create.

  • Opportunity doesn’t knock; it waits to be invited in.

  • Opportunities don’t knock, they whisper. So shut up and listen.

  • Overwhelmed? Clean out your closets!


  • People tell me they want to create the future or complete the past, both of which are full-time jobs. I suggest engaging in the present which replaces the past and is the future.
  • Potential is what they call what you’re not likely to accomplish. Live life as if you have none.
  • Problems are what they call what we haven’t yet become responsible for.
  • Reflect light.
  • Relief is only a taste of freedom. Go for the freedom.


  • Rise above yourself.

  • Schedule in your emergencies.

  • Risk and take the path of least resistance.

  • Life is about eating off the plate, not trying to balance it.

  • Sometimes breakthroughs come from breakdowns.


  • When something leaves your vocal cords it has two to three more chances of becoming real. Speak wisely.

  • The pursuit of a goal that is not values-based is drudgery.

  • The pursuit of a goal that is values-based may not be easy, but it will be joyful.

  • Willingness is a skill. Are you willing to learn it?

  • Money is often a measure of self-responsibility.


  • Be willing to lose something in order to stand by your convictions.

  • When one’s cup is full, all we humans want to do is contribute.

  • The greatest opportunities occur far sooner than most people are ready to notice them. (…) Some of the fun in life and business is to be at the leading edge – on the curve instead of behind the curve.

  • Realize that by the time you can fully explain, describe, or articulate something, most of the opportunity has already passed.

  • The idea is to be flexible and fast on your feet, eager to play in newly dawning arenas. When you relocate your personal zip code to this place, you’ll find some really cool people who have been waiting for you to join them.


  • Who would you be if you had no roles in life? Would you still be yourself?

  • Life starts when you make an authentic choice to be fully alive for the rest of it.

  • Become incredibly selfish: without you, there is nothing.

  • Unhook yourself from the future: attraction works in the present.

  • Overrespond to every event: instead of overreacting.


  • Evolve.

  • Build a superreserve in every area: have more than enough.

  • Add value just for the joy of it: it’s attractive when you enjoy it.

  • Affect others profoundly: the more you touch others, the better.

  • Market your talents shamelessly:  Don’t be embarrassed.


  • Become irresistibly attractive to yourself.

  • Get a fulfilling life, not just an impressive lifestyle.

  • Deliver twice what you promise: Consistently deliver more than expected.

  • Create a vacuum which pulls you forward: being pulled forward is more attractive than being pushed.

  • Eliminate delay:  Time is expensive and thus unattractive.


  • Get your personal needs met, once and for all.

  • Thrive on the details: Subtleties, details and nuances are more attractive.

  • Tolerate nothing:  Tolerating costs you. Costs are expensive.

  • Show others how to please you:  Don’t make them guess.

  • Endorse your worst weaknesses:  Honor the worst part of yourself.  It makes you more accepting of others.


  • Sensitize yourself:  The more you feel, the more you’ll respond.

  • Perfect your environment: The attraction system requires first class environments.

  • Develop more character than you need:  Integrity is not enough.

  • See how perfect the present reality really is:  Especially when it is not.

  • Become unconditionally constructive: High levels of respect are very attractive.


  • Orient exclusively around your values: Do what fulfills you.

  • Simplify everything: Abandon non-essentials.

  • Master your craft: Being the best at what you do is the easiest way to become successful.

  • Recognize and tell the truth:  the most attractive thing of all, and requires skill and awareness.

  • Have a vision: when you can see what’s coming, you don’t need to create a future.


  • Be more human: when you are genuine, you are attractive.

  • ADD or just caffeine?

  • All people want in life is to be gotten.

  • Balance is overrated.

  • Be there. Or not.


  • Better early than squirrelly.
  • Bigness is better.
  • Boredom is the gatekeeper of peace.
  • Breathe from within.
  • Clarity affords focus.


  • Compensate for vanilla.
  • Creation is impossible; it already happened. However, you can move it around and call it yours before someone else does, even though it isn’t.
  • Demanding the best around you is either a reflection or a shadow of who you are.
  • Ego is good.
  • (Environmental) space management is more important than time management.


  • Even edges can be nice.
  • Earthquakes happen around faults. Get rid of yours, have lots of insurance, or move to Kansas.
  • Even the best statements are no more than useful lies.
  • Fame is limited to 15 minutes. Infamy is timeless and love is eternal.
  • Faith, hope and charity: faith that you’ll be saved, hope that you’re right and charity for insurance.


  • Focusing on the problem reinforces it. Focus on the results; problems will take care of themselves.
  • Get on a path; stop looking for direction.
  • Great coaching is not really about coaching skills, competencies or even proficiencies. It’s about being a great person. Great people make great coaches.
  • Having everything is just the beginning.


He who suffers attracts reasons to continue.

  • I always thought God was someone or something out there, but then I saw him in the mirror one day and I blinked first.

  • I don’t want to change anymore. I just want to be more of myself.

  • If at first you don’t succeed, try something that you’re already successful at.

  • I prefer the bounty of contribution to the scarcity of accumulation.

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