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10 Motivational Quotes To Start Your Day
There are hundreds of thousands of motivational quotes people have documented since the beginning of time, and there’s a reason for it: Motivational statements provide a spark of inspiration. Some of us need them to start our day because, in the words of the always inspiring Zig Ziglar, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” Read on for 10 motivational quotes that are sure to jump-start your day and kick-start your life.
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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.
This should be the official mission statement for all forward-thinkers. Our imaginations know no bounds; knowledge is limited to, well, what we know. Using the imagination allows us to look at all things from an expansive perspective. It gives us a chance to find seemingly impossible and creative solutions and outcomes.
2. CARING ABOUT OTHERS
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
When we think about good and bad significant events in our lives, we may not remember the words spoken or exactly how people behaved. What is imprinted on our hearts are the feelings associated with the event. We never know how people are experiencing us, but they will always carry a memory whether we made them feel bad or we made them feel good.
3. DO SOMETHING
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
This sounds pretty lofty, but this simply means to do something with your life that will be remembered and may inspire people either to take action themselves or to write about the great things you’ve done.
4. SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN
It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.
Sometimes we do too much for our children and handicap them in the name of getting it done better and faster. But, the day will come when they need to be able to act for themselves, whether it’s the child who needs to be toilet-trained for school or the teenager heading off to college.
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
—Joshua J. Marine
There is no such thing as a life without challenges and problems. We don’t always love them, but a new perspective allows us to see how they make life colorful and to experience the sweetness when we overcome them.
6. TAKE CONTROL OF
To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
We write the script that is our life. Every day, we have a chance to write the grandest drama or the funniest comedy. We even write some of the tragedies. Of course, there is much that we can’t control, but in many ways, we decide the quality of our day and how we will experience the events of the day.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Luck isn’t something that happens to only a select few. It happens to everybody at different times. The way to increase our chances for luck is to be prepared in all endeavors. Then, success—or luck—will find us at opportune times.
8. TAKE THE FIRST STEP
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We’re all familiar with the feeling of inertia—the sense that we are stuck and can’t possibly move forward, backward, or even sideways. Emotions such as hopelessness, fear, and despair leave us frozen. How do we thaw out? By having the faith that taking one step, even into the unknown, is far better than standing still.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
A set of seemingly negative circumstances doesn’t doom us to unhappiness, just as a set of seemingly positive circumstances doesn’t guarantee happiness. The difference between the two lies in the attitude we have about our present circumstances.
A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
As we get older, and hopefully wiser, our way of thinking should change. We know that black-and-white thinking is best left to children and teenagers—that all the gradations of color between black and white are what life is about. With the understanding that we never know a person’s circumstances, we should extend love and kindness to everyone.
What are the quotes you love and always return to? Share your favorites below!
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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a writer, a work at home mother, and a new business owner. Read more about Alexis on her blog www.lilliebelle.org, email her at email@example.com, or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.