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14 rallying cries that can keep motivation high 

A rallying cry can keep you motivated when your determination flags, writes Paul Thornton, who offers 14 reader-submitted motivational slogans.

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In an article earlier this month, I discussed the benefits of having a “Rallying Cry.” Your rallying cry is a quick reminder that motivates you to live your core beliefs and achieve your goals. It’s your call to action!  

At the end of the article, I asked readers to submit their rallying cry for 2024.  Here’s what I received, including two from the original article.   

  • “Start strong. End stronger.” — Kate Labor
  • “Community. Connections. Compassion.” — Shereena Hussein 
  • “Keep marching!” — Will Jones
  • “Your perception is your reality.”— Dora Vanourek
  • “Tomorrow is now.” (See it-Do it.) — Mark Evans
  • “Grow on purpose!” — Magda Dason
  • “Being human is back in fashion.” — Avi Kumar
  • “Stay focused, fear not, forge ahead.” — Nicole Fry
  • “There has to be a better way” — Steve Ryder
  • “Aim high.  Use your village.  Persist.” Dawn Springs
  • “Finish what you started.” C. Spencer-Stewart 
  • “Lean toward love” — Jay Johnson
  • “Teach them to fish.”Kelli Bruemmer
  • “Add value.” — Paul B. Thornton

Do any of these resonate with you? 

Some leaders post their rallying cry or a core belief in their office. It keeps them focused and on track. For example, W. Clement Stone began as a shoeshine boy and became a multimillionaire. He credits his success to three words: Do It Now. He required everyone who worked for him to write those words on index cards and post them in their work area.

Here are several other examples of what leaders have posted in their offices. 

  • “It can be done!” — President Ronald Reagan’s sign on his desk in the Oval Office.
  • “Be realistic, demand the impossible” — A sign on the office wall of T.J. Rodgers, founder and former CEO of Cypress Semiconductor.
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King Jr. — A sign in the office of Michael Jansma, president of

What will you post in your office or work area?  

Make 2024 a productive and prosperous year!


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