This quote is from the book, Monsters Under Your Head, by Chad Sugg. It’s the kind of quote you’d want to post somewhere you can see everyday, because it actually speaks to you as you read it. It reminds you to appreciate the life we sometimes take for granted, especially on those days you struggle to find something that makes you smile. It also reminds you to live each day as full as you can, especially on those days you feel unmotivated.
This quote, by William Shakespeare, is from the play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. It’s the antithesis of procrastination because it encourages us to be much earlier than even a minute too late. When we’re too late at something, even if it’s just by a minute, there may be no turning back–depending on what that thing is. So next time you’re tempted to procrastinate, remember that there can be a sort of permanence to being too late.
This quote, by Aaron Lauritsen, reminds us that we might one day look back at the struggles we’re going through today and laugh about them. Perhaps it’s not a memory we laugh about. Or we don’t look back and think ‘those were the good old days.’ But one thing is certain. Whatever the struggle, it was a crazy and unusual situation that we made our way out of. We’ll manage to cling to the good moments, however few. We’ll hold on to the lessons learned. And we’ll realize how strong we must be to have overcome that struggle and be where we are today.
We often wait for conditions to be perfect to begin certain things. So, those things end up being procrastinated indefinitely. However, this quote, by Alan Cohen, reminds us that simply beginning helps make the conditions perfect. When we begin and not wait, we may not have all the pieces perfectly in place. But once we begin, we may find that’s the exact moment the pieces do start to fall into place.
When an artist paints a picture, they are constantly working through mistakes. They might realize a color is slightly off, a brush stroke is too thick or in the wrong direction, or an object in the painting isn’t where they want it to be. So they adjust things–and it’s all in their power to do so. In the same way, we are the artists of our own lives. As this quote by Guy Finley reminds us, we have the power to let go and start over. And no person or thing can stop us from turning a new page, mixing new colors, and adjusting as we go. Meanwhile, we can…
Being intensely motivated to do something is such a great feeling. You feel like you can take on the world. You’re full of energy, inspiration, and spirit. But that feeling doesn’t always last. This quote, by Zig Ziglar, reminds us that being motivated is not something that automatically happens each day. Sometimes, our motivation wanes. Often it’s because we’ve begun to lose sight of why we started doing something. Therefore, we have to come up with ways to re-motivate, re-energize, and remind ourselves of our why. And maybe that needs to happen each day. So, when your motivation begins to fade, remember your north star–your reason. Remind yourself why you…
Sometimes we try at something and experience defeat. And that’s ok. According to this quote, by George Edward Woodberry, not trying at all is the worst kind of failure. Without actually doing something, we automatically fail. But that’s not all. We fail without ever knowing what could have been if we only tried. So, we will always wonder, what if. Additionally, we may not realize what could be our potential. Lastly, we may miss out on whatever life lessons a failure might teach us.
When something goes wrong, the natural reaction is to worry about it. But at the end of the day, that worry does absolutely nothing to make the problem go away. In fact, it can paralyze us and make it harder to do something about it. This quote, by Ernest Hemingway, reminds us that the problem is still going to be there unless we do something. So we have to make an intentional effort to act more and worry less. The more we train ourselves to do so, the more natural it becomes.
Finding our purpose is something we all strive to do. But sometimes, that pursuit can take a whole lifetime. And quite often, when we feel like we’ve found our purpose, we aren’t entirely sure. This quote, by Hiral Nagda, makes the search quite simple. We have to examine the things we’re passionate about. Perhaps the things we are naturally drawn to is our purpose, and they were placed in our hearts for a reason.
This anonymous quote forces us to ask ourselves at which point we can legitimately say we failed at something. The simple answer? We can only say we’ve failed when we’ve stopped working at it. When we stop trying, we put and end–a full stop–to whatever it is we’re trying to accomplish. Technically, that’s when it fails. So, if there’s something you really want that you feel has failed, ask yourself if you’ve stopped trying. If not, then technically it hasn’t failed. It’s still in motion.