It’s hard not to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest these days without being inundated with super motivational quotes; one’s shouting at you to take action and change your life. These motivational quotes cover everything, and promise success in work, study and life in general. Well, in theory anyway.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a fan of quotes myself. However, words can seem empty if they don’t have any meaning behind them. (trust me, I’ve had enough dates in the past that promised to be in touch, but never followed through)
My top 5 motivational quotes are my favourites, because, rather than being an empty cheerleading cry, they inspire me to see my life circumstances from a different perspective. That’s what the best intentioned words have the power to do.
“Our Greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail” – Confucius
I’ll be honest, this is a quote that I’ve come back to A LOT, which is why it’s top of my list. It’s been the motivation that I’ve needed in so many situations. I love it because it inspires resilience. Which, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know is what I’m all about.
I’m a strong believer that life knocks us off course for a reason; it’s the nudge that we need to move off the path we were on, and take ourselves in a new direction. A direction that will make us happier in the long run.
When my marriage was falling part, I felt like I’d failed because I hadn’t been able to make it work. Being divorced by the time I was 30 seemed like a massive fail to be able to rise from. At times, and certainly at the beginning, it felt insurmountable. I eventually rose, and am now in a relationship where I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time.
My friends have had similar experiences. One of my best friends lost her job during lock down. She was devastated because she really enjoyed what she did and couldn’t see things getting back to normal in the industry she was working in for a long time. It felt like a massive piece of her life was missing, and still is.
However, her failure to go back to work after her period on furlough has meant that she’s been able to pursue a career path that her previous job didn’t really offer the time for. She got a job almost immediately in another area that she’s passionate about, that will end up giving her loads of valuable experience.
“If there is a belief that is capable to move mountains, it is the belief in our own strength” – Marie Van Ebner-Eshen Bach
This is a quote I turn to time and time again when I’m having a bad day, or it feels like nothing is really going as I want it to. We’ve all been there right?
It’s the nature of life that we will all go through difficult times. It’s unavoidable, and as much as it feels bad at the time, it’s experience that makes us stronger.
Reading this quote motivates me to think just how far I’ve come and the difficulties I’ve faced and overcome in the past; like getting divorced and being made redundant.
I think we’re the last to give ourselves credit for things we’ve achieved. Especially when it comes to scenarios that were emotionally challenging. Often we just pick ourselves back up, and although are grateful for having got through it, don’t celebrate just how much stronger it’s made us.
I bet you can think of at least a couple of situations that have made you stronger, and sometimes we need a prompt like this to remind ourselves just how much strength lies within us.
“Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us” – Unknown
This is one of my top motivational quotes because I think it couldn’t be more relevant right now.
The global pandemic that we’re still continuing to go through has shown us that there is so much out of our control, and it could stay that way for a long while to come.
However, if I think back and compare myself to the person I was at the start of lock down, to who I am now, I’m not the same. I’ve learnt so much not only skills wise, but about myself as a person. I never in a million years would have thought it would have taken something as big as a global pandemic for me to see that.
I learnt all the skills I needed to launch and run this blog, I’ve learnt to slow down from the fast pace of life that was burning me out, and to stop and appreciate everything that I have. With my new found more balanced lifestyle, I’ve carved out a new career for myself too, rather than going back to a job that wasn’t doing my mental well-being any favours.
Even if it’s just a relatively small thing, I reckon that if you look back over the last 5 months, you’ve changed for the better too.
“There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps” – Peter A Cohen
This is a quote that I find super motivational when I’m struggling to see my progress.
It’s like the saying; no one is an overnight success. Too often we end up getting caught up in comparing our lives to the highlight reels other people show us on their social media. We’ve not seen all the hard work, and the thousands of steps taken to get them to that point. Because undoubtedly that’s what it has taken, but it’s hard not to feel frustrated with ourselves.
It’s happened to me before with this blog; I’d been plugging away for weeks and weeks without really seeing any results, then all of a sudden I got a jump in Instagram followers or a big surge in my Pinterest reach.
In the midst of doing the do, it can be easy to forget that the habits that we’ve taken the time to cultivate, are moving us forward one bit at a time. We just can’t see those steps working in our favour, and it takes quotes like this to remind us.
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things”– Kurt Vonnegut
This quote has made it into my top 5 because it’s another one that I think is more relevant than ever considering the strange times we’re living through at the moment.
Being kept inside our homes for the majority of the day for weeks on end I think has forced us, me certainly, to appreciate and enjoy the little things in life.
The alternative was to wallow and morn the life we had before the pandemic took hold. Whilst I think we all did this on some level, adapting to the new normal we found ourselves in meant appreciating everything we did have rather than everything we’d lost.
Those little things in life for me looked like discovering the joys of Disney+, finding new corners of my city, ones that I only saw by getting out and walking, and the satisfaction of a new bake turning out well.
There have been days, and I’m sure you’ve felt it too, where the Corona-coaster has felt like to much to bear. It’s on those days that reading this quote has reminded me just how big those little things are for my mental well-being.
Which of these quotes do you find most motivating?
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