Sometimes motivational quotes can be a tad on the cheesey side but often or not there is a kernel of truth in many of them. One of my favourites is:
Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running. – African proverb.
The American motivational speaker Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning (1995) amongst many other books, made a few excellent observations:
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”
“Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
“Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.”
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”
“..time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
If you come across a saying or a phrase that resonates with you, that spurs you to think about your current situation in a positive way, then consider adopting it as part of your own motivational armour, write it down, pin it on the board, post it on your social media – and use it as your call to action.