Hearing the same motivational quotes over and over can get tiring and minimize the impression it has on you. However, motivational quotes are more than phrases you can stick on a picture of mountains and trees and hang on your wall. As cliche as they may be, these quotes stick around because of the impact they have on people. When you break down the meaning behind it, they can, in fact, be quotes to live by.
1. “Don’t live your fears, live your dreams.” – Les Brown
We always tell ourselves to follow our dreams and do what makes us happy, but there is always one question that stops us: What if? What if this goes wrong, or what if I can’t do it? When we stop ourselves from pursuing a goal because of something that might happen, we are living our fears. Instead of fearing for “if,” prepare for “when.” You’ll spend less time stressing knowing that you’re prepared for worst-case scenarios.
2. “Begin each day with a grateful heart.” – Unknown
Seriously, be thankful for what you have. The fact that you’re reading this on the internet is a privilege 13 countries don’t have. Believe it or not, even on your lowest days, you have something that someone wants. Not everyone has a place to go home to every night, access to clean water, fresh food, or even the support of friends and family. The things you have access to every day might be someone hope for one day.
3. “The one who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
Trying to move a mountain when you have a bunch of smaller stones in the way is just making things harder for yourself. When you have a daunting task or situation ahead of you, don’t neglect the smaller tasks just to get it over with. Clearing the path leading up to it will make things easier in the long run.
4. “Everyday is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again.” – Unknown
If there is a leaky faucet in your home, you’re not going to tear down the entire house and build a new one. That’s insane, right? Don’t let one thing completely destroy your dreams for the future. Stop, take a deep breath, and start again.
5. “Even water can wear down stone.” – Unknown
Small things do matter. It’s all about being consistent and persistent. No one is successful overnight. Remember that it takes time to build the skills that you need to be successful, no matter what degree or profession you are pursuing. Don’t beat yourself up for not instantly knowing things that take people years to learn.
6. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
For one reason or another, society likes to give us deadlines that mean absolutely nothing. “College right after high school is a must. You have to start young if you want to be a good dancer. Being in your 30’s as an athlete means it’s time to retire because you’re too old.” No, no you don’t. It can actually be more dangerous to dive into something you’re not mentally, physically, and/or financially prepared for just because you think you have to.
7. “I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Malone
In the digital age, it is incredibly easy to find articles and reviews that confirm your opinion. Take the time to learn about things that challenge your personal beliefs and really understand it. Even if you still don’t agree in the end, you will learn something new about the opposing view and the mindset behind it.
8. “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
The road to success isn’t a highway. It’s full of weird turns, dead ends, and paths that aren’t even on the map. Don’t let one failure determine your mindset for everything.
9. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
If you think you can, you will do it. If you think you can’t, you won’t do it. It’s as simple as that. If there is even an inkling in your mind that you are capable of something, you are. Go for it.
10. “It’s important to make someone happy, and it’s important to start with yourself.” – Unknown
You need to learn to be happy with yourself before you can truly be happy with others. Embrace your strengths, and work on your weaknesses. Learn how to practice mindfulness. Accept that there are things you can’t change. Be proud of your individuality and love the fact that you are truly one of a kind.