Sometimes you feel like you’re just not doing enough. Like, you’re stagnant.
It can be especially hard to find motivation to do something amazing with your day, when you’re stepping into a job you’ve outgrown. I definitely can relate. Been there done, that. The t-shirt is hanging up on my wall.
However, regardless of your circumstances, you are still in control of your day, your decisions and your attitude. And, just in case you need an extra push to make the most of your week, here are 10 motivational quotes that will inspire you to get up and get going.
1. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain
Stop feeling like you have to have it all together. You don’t. Take life one step at a time. Every major accomplishment started with small wins. Just start and be consistent. You can’t see it working all together, but it is. Just trust the process.
2. Life’s events don’t produce stress – the thoughts that run through your mind do. Find constructive thoughts and stress will leave. – J.J. Goldwag
The biggest influence over your life is your thoughts. The moment you realize that your thoughts become your life, you’ll take your thoughts much more seriously.
3. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
Motivation is a feeling. That’s why you often hear people say, “I feel motivated” or “I don’t feel motivated.” Feelings change. You have to focus on things that make you feel good every day, so that you can do good and achieve great things.
4. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale
The biggest excuse you can give anyone is the excuse you give to yourself. Why? Because, you believe it. We give ourselves so many excuses. “I don’t have time.” “I’m not in the mood.” “Today is just not a good day, I’ll try again tomorrow.” When you decide to stop taking excuses from yourself, you’ll have no trouble taking no excuses from others.
5. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey
Instead of blaming your current situation on things that have happen to you in the past, take ownership of your life. Contrary to popular belief, you are in control.
6. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“How’s work?” If we counted how many times we responded “busy” to that question, we would all be driving our dream cars. But in reality, we have so much time on our hands. We just haven’t mastered how to use time to our advantage.
7. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
Stop being so afraid to share your ideas with others. It won’t run out. Share your creativity with your team at work. They’ll thank you for it later.
8. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius
We all have to start somewhere. Yes, it will not happen as fast as you think it will. But, every experience you gain along the way is experience you will need to help you get to where you are going. Don’t allow discouragement to delay your progress.
9. Every decision that affects our lives will be made by the person who has the power to make that decision, not the ‘right’ person or the ‘smartest’ person or the ‘best’ person. Make peace with this fact. – Marshall Goldsmith
You have the final say over your life and your career. You may not be the smartest person in the room. You may not be the most experienced person or the most outgoing or the most creative or funny or whatever. But, you’re you. Own who you are.
10. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair
Everyone has fear. There’s not a level of success that you can attain that causes fear to go away. I would argue that the more successful you become, the more reasons you have to be fearful. But, you can’t let fear deter you. If you want to be successful in your career and in life, you have to learn to move forward, even when you’re afraid.
What motivates you to keep going, even on your worst days?