Getting and keeping yourself motivated isn’t always easy. To help you get motivated we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite quotes from philosophers, authors, artists and pioneers of business. Spend a little time with each, turning it over in your mind to see if it resonates with you. Some quotes can be just words, but others may strike a chord with you and get you feeling like you can take on the world.
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
Today’s culture is often one of speed and want-it-now. Don’t succumb to this pressure. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth taking the time to do it well. Slow and steady wins the race.
“A year from now, you’ll wish you started today.” – Karen Lamb
One of our favorite quotes on this list, how often do you find yourself wishing you had started something last week, last month or last year? Do yourself a favor and start in on whatever you’re thinking about now. In a year you’ll thank yourself.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Dreams are big, mighty and occasionally scary things. We’ll often find a million reasons to not undertake our dreams. The good news is that if you muster the courage to fulfill your dreams, there is no end to what you can achieve.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
This quote from Eleanor Roosevelt praises ideas above all else. You can talk about what is happening, or you can make something happen.
“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” – George Bernard Shaw
Failure is a fear all of us share. Many people think that it’s the opposite of success, but that’s not true. Success comes from learning each and every time we make a mistake. Success is growing every time something doesn’t work out.
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville
Creating something new will give you far more joy than just doing something that’s already been done. It’ll also bring you more chances to fail, but it’ll be worth it.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” – Helen Keller
Positivity is one of the strongest weapons in your arsenal of motivation. Looking for the bright side and silver linings will keep your mood up and keep you moving forward.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
You can take a lifetime waiting for the ‘right time’ to do anything. Stop hesitating and take your shot! The only way to guarantee that you’ll miss, is if you never shoot.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Don’t use your age as an excuse for taking it easy. No matter how young or old you are, you can set new goals and dream up new dreams. There is never an age that is too young or old where a dream is too big or too small.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
How you feel and what you think about yourself has a huge impact on the likelihood you’ll succeed. You’re most likely to believe yourself. So if you’re telling yourself you can’t do this, the chances of you failing are high. However, if you walk into something believing that you can succeed, you’re far more likely to do just that.
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