It’s easy to know what we should be doing to get our lives on track, but sometimes actually taking action can be a challenge. Looking to get organized? Maybe you really want to get in shape. Is there a project at work that you’ve been putting off? We all thrive off of a sense of accomplishment. It’s satisfying to actually achieve one of your goals, especially one that has been in the works for a long time, but how do we take the first step? Taking action toward a goal can sometimes be the hardest part of the journey. If you need a gentle push off the ledge, take a look at some of the greatest motivational quotations of all time. Enjoy!
This is a great one to start out with. If you let yourself get overwhelmed by the scope or long timeline of a project or endeavor on which you are about the embark, you might get discouraged and give up on the whole process. What Lao Tzu puts so eloquently is that once you start to chip away at obstacles on the way to your goal you will be motivated by tangible results, no matter how small. This will help you prove to yourself that you can succeed and it will make the insurmountable much more manageable. So take that first step!
Eleanor Roosevelt is probably our best known first lady, and for good reason. The above tidbit of advice is truly one to live by. Getting our of your comfort zone is one of the most effective ways to find out what you truly love. From things as small as discovering your new favorite food to something huge like finding out you were put on the earth to do a job you didn’t even know existed, the first step is usually stepping outside of your regular routine. By doing something that scares you every day, you will become a more complete person and will stumble upon new things that make life that much richer.
This one is huge! Any successful person will tell you that they didn’t arrive at success without a bevy of failure along the way. Stay the course and make sure you learn from your failures and mistakes. There is always a silver lining. Churchill would probably agree that as long as you learn something and constantly evolve, failures can be successes.
The second Roosevelt to make the list, Teddy was a nothing if not a doer. He believed that taking action was always the best policy. The quotation above is worth reading carefully. Teddy encourages us to be the “man in the arena” rather than spectators. It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback and criticize the attempts of others. It’s far harder, but far more fulfilling to strive for something, win or lose.
Face your challenges head on! Robert Frost is one of the greatest American poets of all time and he didn’t get there by resting on his laurels. “The best way out is always through” can mean something different for every person depending on the obstacles they are facing. If you take one thing from this quote, it’s that there’s no easy way out of a tough situation. You have to grit your teeth and attack your problem at the root.
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