This quote, by Karen Salmansohn, reminds us to know our self-worth. With that knowledge, we’re less likely to give others discounts, i.e. be taken advantage of or be taken for granted. Knowing your self-worth means knowing your value goes beyond any accomplishment. That it’s not what you do. Being worthy is just who you are as a unique one-of-a kind individual in this world. And once you know this, you start prioritizing your health, happiness, wellbeing, and time–as you should.
Waiting for the perfect time is something we tend to do both consciously and subconsciously. But more often, the “perfect time” never comes. Because more often, there’s no such thing. It’s just something we made up in our head. This quote, by Napoleon Hill, reminds us to not wait but trust the process. To start wherever we are.
Sometimes the best things in life take the most time. Unless genies in the bottle are real, great things usually don’t happen suddenly or even over night. This quote, by the philosopher Epictetus, is about acknowledging this fact. So big dreams–big goals–they may take time, and that’s okay.
There was a time when a person walking on the moon was considered impossible. In fact, there was a time when the thought hadn’t even entered anyone’s mind. But one day, the unthinkable happened. An impossible journey was realized. How? Yes, a great deal of technology, science, and mathematics went into it, but most importantly, we dared to begin. This is a great illustration for any “impossible” journeys we have in our own lives. And this quote, by Tony Robbins, reminds us that those journeys will always be impossible so long as we never begin.
This quote is by Mark Twain. It was later adapted by the American actor and humorist Will Rogers, who similarly stated that “Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due”. What both these quotes are saying is that worrying prematurely–when nothing has even happened yet–is a waste of time and energy. “Worrying is the construct of negative predictions based on fear.” Esthella B. The bottom line is the outcome of what you’re worrying about might end up being good or okay. You don’t know yet. So worrying about it is “like paying a debt you don’t owe,” or “a debt that may never come due.”
It’s easy to take each day for granted and forget life is fragile. This quote, by Tim Cook, reminds us to do our best each day–to give it everything we got. Yes, some days we just don’t have the energy to give it everything we got on everything we do. But we can still live life to the fullest. Rest to the fullest. Practice self-care, mental health, and physical health to the fullest. Work hard to the fullest. Play to the fullest. Enjoy each moment to the fullest.
Starting something–especially starting something new–takes courage. It’s not easy to venture into the unknown or do something that you don’t know what will be the outcome. This quote, by Jessica N.S. Yourko, reminds us that starting something can be a courageous act. But it’s only the first step. Once we do start that thing, it’s easy to lose momentum and motivation. There’re so many great work out there that will never see the light of day because they were started and not completed. Finishing takes grit and perseverance. So next time you start something, first be proud of the courage it took, but also begin to mentally prepare yourself to…
This quote, by John Wooden, is about focusing on each day to make it the best we can. There’s nothing we can do about yesterday. That’s gone and done. And the best we can do for tomorrow before it arrives is based on what we do today. So instead of lamenting on the past and worrying about the future, let’s focus on today. And the more we make each day a masterpiece, the more we make life a masterpiece as a whole.
Often, it seems there’s never enough hours in the day or that several years go by before we know it. This quote, by Michael Altshuler, helps us come to terms with the fact that time tends to fly by. It marches on no matter what we do, and there’s no technology out there that can ever slow or rewind it. However, if time was an aircraft “flying by”, we are the pilot. And there are a couple things we can do to control its speed. First we can change how we perceive each day and moment. This means not taking each day and moment for granted and being more in…
Sometimes we feel stuck in a rut and just want to get ahead–Anywhere further than where we are now. We might know what it takes to get there and do a great job planning things out. However, the most important part is taking that first step. This anonymous and often misattributed quote reminds us we cant really get anywhere without getting started. So the next time getting started feels like a daunting task, remember that it’s what has to happen in order to get done.