Happy Monday! Let’s start off the week with 10 of my favorite inspirational quotes to get us through the week ahead!
I love quotes! I love writing them down and hanging them on my bulletin board for friendly reminders. Or writing them in my planner so each week I see a different quote. For me, I really love reading a quote that motivates me. I’m a pretty lazy person and even reading someone else’s words gives me a sense of motivation. Not only am I lazy, but I also have a ton of self-doubt and regularly need words of encouragement.
Here are my top 10 quotes that give my life a little bit of added inspiration.
- “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” Carol Burnett
This one seems so obvious when you read it, but I need to be reminded of this ALL THE TIME! Many times, I get inside my head and makeup excuses for this or that. If you continue to doubt yourself your dream will never become a reality. I always need to remind myself that if there is something about my life I want to change then I need to be the person to create that change.
- “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll
This quote speaks volumes when it comes to dealing with mental health. I get extreme road rage and I try to remember this quote when I’m about to have an outburst. I always need to remind myself before getting into my car, that people are going to drive slow, stupid, or reckless and I need to just expect it and not have an outburst when it finally does happen. (I live in South Florida this is an everyday occurrence). When something gets me feeling like I’m going to lash out, I look at this quote in my car and calmly remind myself that I can’t control the person driving but I can control my actions.
- “You will never win if you never begin.” Helen Rowland
I stumbled across this quote when I was deciding if I wanted to create a lifestyle blog. My job isn’t high-demanding, I’m not in school anymore, and I have no kids to take care of our responsibilities along those lines. I saw this quote randomly and it just spoke to me. If I didn’t start this blog I would have had many what-ifs in the future.
- “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
This was another quote that gave me inspiration for my blog. I never wanted to start a blog for money or to compete with others. I think those are a selfish reason to start something because you will never know if you will get money in return and that shouldn’t be your priority. I really needed a positive outlet in life and if I felt that way I knew others were too. I wanted to create a blog to motivate myself and others and feel a sense of overall accomplishment, not to compete with someone. Life should not be a competition. If you’re doing something just because of the desire to beat another or to obtain money, then maybe those are the wrong intentions.
- “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
This quotes really resonated with me and my mental health. There are MANY days when my outlook and my mindset run the day. There are days when I don’t truly feel in charge of myself. And on those days, it’s hard to for you to take charge and take on the day but reading this quote at least helps me try.
- “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama
THIS! I shouldn’t have to remind myself this, but I have anger issues that are very new and very large. And when I’m in that state, it’s difficult to remind myself to be kind to others. I turn into an opposite version of myself. I shouldn’t have to remind myself to be kind but when the Hulk comes out I try to remember this quote because I don’t like when anger is the main emotion I’m feeling.
- “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou
This one is simple. Just keep moving forward! Last May I had a break-down almost every day that month. This was the moment I finally opened myself up to the option of taking medicine. I never wanted to take medicine in the beginning, but after my many challenges from May, I had to do something. At that moment, this quote seemed to really speak to me. I encountered many defeats during the month of May, but I was not going to allow myself to be defeated.
- “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” George S. Patton
I am lazy! A lazy person with a sprinkle of procrastination. This quote is hanging above my desk because I need a reminder to execute something now instead of later. I remind myself that there is going to be someone else that is going to perfectly execute their good plan before you if you let procrastination sink in.
- “Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” Alfred A. Montapert
My therapist said something along the lines of this during one of our sessions. We were talking about my road rage and what exactly sets me off. After hearing my reasons, she told me I need to expect those drivers. Those drivers are always going to be there, and you cannot act irrationally when you finally come across one. I told my boyfriend this advice and now, every morning he reminds me that I cannot control other people’s actions and to expect those bad drivers before even getting in the car. Or, like this quote, expect those bad drivers for breakfast!
- “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” Victor Kiam
To end on a light note but slightly humorous. I really enjoy this quote because many times I have fallen on my face (mostly metaphorically). After each break down it always seems so difficult to get back up and move forward. But as this quote puts it, at least you’re still moving forward! And that’s something we all need to do, and I need to work on, finding the positives out of each situation. You fell on your face? Well, at least that’s still moving forward!
These are quotes that resonate with me and I hope they do with you too! We always need some extra inspiration in our lives. I really enjoy quotes and would love to know which quote is your favorite?
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