How to Inspire Your Sales Team with Motivational Quotes

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I don’t know about you, but I thrive on motivational sales quotes. They’re inspiring, helpful and give powerful words to speak into your life to manifest positivity, all of which are important to sales teams. So, what are the best quotes and how do you inspire your team with motivational sales quotes?

“Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder”

Motivational sales quotes will start popping up everywhere if you simply look. You’ll find them on coffee cups, online ads, soap dispensers, classroom doors, and the list goes on. But it’s because of their ever-increasing presence in our lives that some dismiss them as annoying.

Sales quotes can be extremely effective to help drive performance for the right audience. Some will simply here the phrase “motivational quote” and instantly roll their eyes, shake their head and begin praying to 8 pound, 6 ounce baby Jesus that they don’t get bombarded with more of those bullshit sayings in their inbox.

If you fall into this category, it’s okay… we’re not judging. Renowned psychologist and motivation expert Jonathan Fader says that some will feel more inspired by motivational sales quotes than others. Fader stated that those inspired by great sales quotes typically tend to connect with them on a deeper level, meaning they have a greater relation to the message.

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The Power Of Words

In a study by Farouk Radwan from 2KnowMyself, he showed the effect of words on our mood. Three groups of people were asked to solve a word-based puzzle.

Group 1:   Puzzle contained words like “calm” and “polite”
Group 2:  Puzzle contained words like “anger” and “rude”
Group 3:  Puzzle contained neutral words

Upon completion, participants were asked to head to another room, but along the way someone would continuously interrupt them and force them to wait longer before arriving. Not surprisingly, each group interacted with the annoying individual using words they were exposed to during the puzzle.

Group 1:   Expressed politeness toward the individual
Group 2:  Responded with aggressiveness in their terminology
Group 3:  Responded with a neutral response and little emotion

The experiment shows how terminology affects our thinking and performance. Next time you add in a sales quote at the end of your meeting to fire up the troops, consider how your words will encourage inspiration and positivity to enhance your team’s mindset. This is one of the 10 keys to running an effective meeting.

‘Natural Selection’ Through Language

Fader explained the psychology behind the language we use and who’s delivering the message. Whether or not we’re drawn to these flashy, catchy sayings often lies within our own belief to achieve what we desire. If you believe it can be achieved, motivational sales quotes can be a very powerful incentive to try harder.

This is essential when setting SMART sales goals for your team. People with a manager, teacher or mentor who believe they can do something are more likely to do it. Salespeople need leaders who support and encourage them. This provides the confidence needed to thrive in a competitive environment. Your support and belief are enough to provide some extra motivation.

Feed The Beast

Ward Farnsworth, the dean at the University Of Texas School Of Law, found people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise.” He demonstrated how the words we use need to be carefully calculated because of the considerable difference in meaning.

Motivational Quote

There’s many ways to say the same thing. One phrase may be more pleasing to some while one is more convincing to others. Everyone will understand the meaning, but the reaction will vary considerably based on the phrasing.

Consider how you arrange different terms and phrases when coming up with quotes to drive performance. You have to know the people on your team in order to accurately affect the right emotions.

Words evoking negative emotions disturb chemical processes in our brains for brief periods of time. The mind is unable to accept external input unless it matches our belief system.

Your relationship with your team needs to be deep enough to understand their beliefs in order to pull the right strings.


T – Talk to your sales team on a consistent basis to learn details about each person, including any problems or issues he or she is facing.

U – Use words that align with the individual based on what you’ve learned.

R – Remind sales reps of past accomplishments by using words that motivate the individual based on what you know about them, and be sure to include power words he or she would use.

F – Find motivational sales quotes that speak directly to each individual salesperson by focusing on power words that motivate him or her.

Motivational Quotes To Inspire Peak Performance

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for… Sales quotes you can steal from us to sound like a baller and try to pass them off as your own. We created a few different categories to make it a little easier to find what you’re looking for.

Section I: Famous Sales Quotes

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. [Thomas Edison]

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. [Og Mandino]

Become the person who would attract the results you seek. [Jim Cathcart]

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. [Sam Levenson]

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. [George Addair]

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. [Mark Twain]

Quality performance starts with a positive attitude. [Jeffrey Gitomer]

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. [Thomas Jefferson]

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. [Norman Ralph Augustine]

Section II: Inspirational Sales Quotes

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. [Wayne Gretzky]

The greatest competitive advantage is knowledge. [Mark Cuban]

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,  therefore, is not an act but a habit. [Aristotle]

I still work hard to know my business. I’m continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I’m always selling. Always. [Mark Cuban]

You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. [Ted Turner]

If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big. [Donald Trump]

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. [John Maxwell]

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. [Robert Collier]

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. [Thomas Paine]

Section III: Sales Goals Quotes

Motivational Quote

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. [Tony Robbins]

A goal properly set is hallway reached. [Zig Ziglar]

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. [Babe Ruth]

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. [Florence Nightingale]

I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance? [Jill Konrath]

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. [Vince Lombardi]

A goal is a dream with a deadline. [Napoleon Hill]

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. [Henry Ford]

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. [Winston Churchill]

Section IV: Zig Ziglar Sales Quotes

Stop selling. Start helping. [Zig Ziglar]

You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. [Zig Ziglar]

Lack of direction, not a lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days. [Zig Ziglar]

Every choice you make has an end result. [Zig Ziglar]

Your business is never really good or bad ‘out there.’ Your business is either good or bad right between your own two ears. [Zig Ziglar]

People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons. [Zig Ziglar]

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. [Zig Ziglar]

If you aim at nothing, you will hit every time. [Zig Ziglar]

If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner. [Zig Ziglar]

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. [Zig Ziglar]

If you wait until all the lights are “green” before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top. [Zig Ziglar]

Section V: Sales Quotes That Hit Home

The best revenge is massive success. [Frank Sinatra]

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. [John F. Kennedy]

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. [Michael Jordan]

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. [Thomas Edison]

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. [Theodore Roosevelt]

Action is the foundational key to all success. [Pablo Picasso]

The secret of success is consistency of purpose. [Benjamin Disraeli]

Change before you have to. [Jack Welch]

We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. [George S. Patton]

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. [Zig Ziglar]

Section VI:  Quotes You Need To Know

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. [Steve Jobs]

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. [Jim Rohn]

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. [Abraham Lincoln]

The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one. [Ernest Hemingway]

The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland. [Jeff Haden – Inc.]

Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives. [Daniel Pink]

There is always room at the top. [Daniel Webster]

It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right. [Mark Hunter]

Trying is winning in the moment. [Dan Waldschmidt]

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? [Joe Namath]

Section VII: Extra Motivation

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. [Abraham Lincoln]

Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it. [Mark Cuban]

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying where there seemed to be no hope at all.[Dale Carnegie]

If not us, who? If not now, when?[John F. Kennedy]

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.[Henry Ford]

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. [Lance Armstrong]

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.[Dale Carnegie]

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.[Jim Rohn]

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. [Vince Lombardi]

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. [Wayne Gretzky]

The greatest competitive advantage is knowledge.[Mark Cuban]

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,  therefore, is not an act but a habit.[Aristotle]

I still work hard to know my business. I’m continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I’m always selling. Always.[Mark Cuban]

You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. [Ted Turner]

If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big. [Donald Trump]

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. [John Maxwell]

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. [Robert Collier]


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