I’ve recently gotten into the habit of reading inspirational and motivational quotes to get myself pumped up for particularly busy or intense days – and as it happens, this week will be filled with them. I’ve mourned my weekend’s untimely end, then written this post in the hopes that it will get you as motivated as it did me, so here are some quotes and photos to help get you through the day, and ready for the rest of the week.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
I’ve been confronted with this feeling one too many times – looking into the horizon and seeing nothing but hurdles. Fortunately, it is often succeeded by a flush of relief which comes with crossing the finish line. As impossible as some tasks may seem, they depend only on your perseverance and hard work to come to fruition.
“Either you run the day or the day runs you” – Jim Rohn
Many of us have had days in which we just go through the motions until the day is over – and to me, that feels so much worse than talking myself into setting goals for the day, and getting them done. When we don’t know what we want, we can end up with a lot that we don’t.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started” – Mark Twain
Dreaming provides us with the goal we desire to achieve – but an act, as small and slow as it might be, will turn a dream into a possibility.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence” – Helen Keller
I really love this quote. It always reminds me that as complicated as achieving a goal can seem, the most important element is an exercise of self-love and confidence which begins inside of us and is entirely within our own control.
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best” – St. Jerome
Whoever you are, whatever you do; self-improvement will inevitably be one of the most powerful tools you can use to improve the quality of your life. Diligence, focus and persistence are important qualities in becoming the best version of yourself there can be – being the best is a never ending mission.
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self” – Aldous Huxley
Huxley is one of my favourite authors, and this is one of my favourite quotes of his. Change has to come from within – a positive change within ourselves can be the spark that ignites our will and capability to change the world around us for the better.
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines” – Robert H. Schuller
Turning problems into challenges makes them a valuable source of learning material. Analyzing the challenge and trying to find ways to overcome it means you have turned a wall into a hurdle and refused to let it stop you.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do with it” – Charles R. Swindoll
Our mindsets, attitudes and behaviors can completely transform our lives and the facts which affect us – for better or for worse. They are able to make or break everything we build, even being able to change our perception of inevitable facts or events. Attitude is a matter of choice – make it count!
“What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows” – Ralph Marston
To me, this statement encompasses all the elements of the post: self-improvement, confidence, diligence, attitude, inspiration and motivation. The habits of today create the rewards of tomorrow – we plant what we sow, so it is very important to put in effort in what we do to create an abundant harvest in all of our tomorrows.
Happy monday! I wish you all a lovely week!