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Raise your hand if you find it hard to get and stay motivated…
(Totally raising mine!)
How many times has something sparked your interest, only for it to be left unexplored and eventually, forgotten? If you’re anything like me, probably too many times to count.
Or maybe you’re really good at making up excuses for why an idea isn’t a good one and you talk yourself out of doing anything about it. Yup, I’m guilty of that one, too.
That’s why I love inspirational quotes.
They’re the kryptonite to my excuses, the kick in my pants, the fuel that ignites the embers of my curiosity. Reading inspirational quotes spur me on to take that first step towards pursuing my interests.
And because I find them to be incredibly useful and motivating, I wanted to share my favorites with you! Here’s a list of my current top 5 inspirational quotes!
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
Whether you’d like to admit it or not, the way you think about yourself and your abilities play a huge role in what you are able to accomplish. Most of us overestimate the abilities of others and underestimate ourselves.
You are capable of more than you think, but you won’t be able to grow to your full potential if you don’t change your mindset and have a little belief in yourself.
You can do it, gosh darn it!
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
I LOVE this quote and it’s actually the one that got me moving in the direction that I only let myself think about going for so long.
For almost two years, I thought about starting this blog. I would talk about my interest in it with my husband but that is all the further I would get. Just talk and no action. It remained an idea just waiting to grow into something tangible.
Then one day, I got fed up with myself and finally started the darn thing. And guess what?
I haven’t looked back. I love it!
And the sad thing is that I wouldn’t have ever found that out if I hadn’t taken a chance and written that first post.
Take a step towards that thing that interests you. Try out a DIY project. Take a yoga class. Study a new subject.
You’ll never know where it will lead you until you take a chance to see if it will blossom into something your downright passionate about!
Stop wishing, thinking, and talking about it. Just freaking do it!
Be Fearless In The Pursuit Of What Sets Your Soul On Fire. – Jennifer Lee
What is it you love to do? The one thing you could talk about for hours with a friend? What sets your soul on fire? Is it singing? Writing? Gardening? Reading? Decorating? Cooking? Painting?
I had a hard time answering those questions. It wasn’t until recently that I began to understand that I’ve been given clues my entire life.
They may not be as in-yo’-face as I hoped they would be, but I’m learning to recognize and explore the signs.
Your passion clues you in to what you’re meant to do and be in this world.
And please don’t think I’m saying your calling has to be world changing.
It doesn’t. #you’reoffthehook
But pursuing your passion will enrich your life and the lives of those around you. Pursuing your passion may not change the world, but will change your world.
So whatever it is, make time to do more of it!
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
This one. I’m turning 30 this year and have caught myself negatively thinking “It’s too late to start dreaming up new life goals and possibilities.”
Then I hear my not-so-negative-doesn’t-buy-the-BS thought process say, “B!t@#, please. There you go with those excuses again.” (I’ll spare you the rest of my internal dialogue.)
The point is, if you’re not dead, it’s not too late.
Vera Wang started designing wedding gowns at age 40. Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at age 50. Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first Little House book at age 65.
There is nothing special about those women other than they didn’t allow their age to dictate their lives. They just went for it.
How awesome is that?!
The Best Way To Predict Your Future is to Create It. –Abe Lincoln
I don’t know about you, but when I first read this quote from good ol’ Honest Abe, I was floored. Really, I had one of those moments where I just know the angels above sang, “Ahhhhhhh!”
For some reason, I had never thought of my future this way.
Never once had I looked at my future as something that I had a major role in shaping. I always thought about it with anxiety, always wondering how my life would play out.
That’s why this quote is so empowering for me.
The actions I take today will shape my tomorrow…my future is molded in the present.
If you want to see where your life is headed, take a look at the things you spend your time on today because they are your best predictor.
Would your 80-year-old self look back on her life with any regrets? Wishing she had taken more chances and lived more fully?
Do Something For You
Today, I want to encourage you to seek out new ways to grow. Do more of the things you love to do. Try new things that interest you. Get out of your comfort zone. We only have one life to live and the amount of time we have is unknown.
And so I challenge you to look at each aspect of your life, the spiritual, physical, intellectual, personal, financial, and ask yourself: Am I happy with where I am? If given the choice, is this the level of development I would choose for this area?
What are your answers?
Because guess what? You are given the choice. If you aren’t happy with something about your life, you have the power to do something about it. Think about that for a second. YOU have a say in the way your story unfolds.
So go on and allow yourself to imagine your ideal life and then take one small step towards creating it. If you need help finding your vision and making a plan for it, you’ll definitely want to check out my post, “How To Create A Plan For Your Goals To Start Living Your Best Life“.
(Plus, Allison over at Wonderlass wrote this really awesome post on how to follow through with your plan!)
I promise you, that is one thing you will not regret.
P.S. I created quote printables just for you! Print them off and put them in a visible place so you can see them everyday and be inspired to pursue your goals! Click below to get them!:)