Where has all that new year motivation gone?!
Everyone enters 2017 with the very best of intentions hoping that “this year will be mine”. Usually, this motivation dies away within the first week. Not to mention that personally, I find the middle of the week the absolute hardest time to be productive. Wednesday has always been so ‘blah’ for me. Why? Because you’re not quite the start of the week, but it’s not quite the end of the week, and I’ve just never known how to feel about it. Excusing my ramblings, I think that everyone could use a little more motivation in their lives.
Here are 10 of my favourite quotes that always inspire me.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf
The first quote is obviously from J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. For me, this quote is so grounding. We have such a short time on this Earth that we should all focus on what we want to do with our time, not what we think we should be doing with our time.
“Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” – Chris Brogan
I mean, why would you settle for mediocrity when fire exists? Don’t waste your time doing anything that doesn’t make you heart sing. Settling doesn’t mean being content and peaceful, settling is accepting less than what you deserve.
“The high note is not the only thing.” – Placido Domingo
When Domingo said this I know that he was referring to opera. How sometimes the most beautiful of moments are the quieter ones, and the high note isn’t everything, there is still a whole score of music. However, I believe that this can also mean that the ‘high notes of life’ aren’t everything we should focus on. The holidays, the events, the celebrations… They’re the high notes. But it’s the little moments that make up most of your life and they’re the ones that we need to treasure too.
“Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.” – Uncle Iroh, Avatar
I recently said on my Instagram that Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favourite TV shows because of it’s immense spiritual awareness and Buddhist teachings. This quote is amazing because it reminds us that even when you curl up in bed for three days straight watching Netflix and hope that the world stops turning, it doesn’t. Get up, and get going!
“It is impossible to live without failing at something; unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
I love this so so much. Nobody can be perfect at everything they try their hand to, and life isn’t meant to be lived over-cautiously. This has been so so hard for me to learn, but sometimes you just have to take that leap into something scary and hope you float!
“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Even on those days that you want to ignore your texts, decline your phone calls, and shut yourself away in a room without human contact, (how many times have I felt like that? Introverted isn’t even the word…) you can’t hide from the world forever. Sooner or later, you will have to re-emerge. And personally, I think it’s never as bad as you expect it to be.
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
Churchill is one of my favourite historical figures. I visit the Churchill War Rooms in London whenever I can and I love to read and listen to his speeches over and over. But this quote is just everything to me! If you’re going through hell, why stand still? Then you’re stuck there! And if you turn backwards, you’ll only have to go back forwards again to get out the other side. (That made little to no sense, but I hope you know what I mean!) Always keep going and you’ll emerge the other side strong.
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” – John F. Kennedy
Okay, when I hear this quote, I think of the Law of Attraction. If you don’t know what the Law of Attraction is, it basically states that “you get what you think about, whether you like it or not”. It’s about training our minds to think positively and think of ourselves where we want to be in life. Strive for the very best of what you want, because settling for second is like giving up on yourself. Always strive to be the best that you can be!
“Today is a good day to try.” – Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
We all have room for some Disney wisdom in our lives. This quote is just too cute! I absolutely adore The Hunchback of Notre Dame and this quote reminds me that you don’t have to wait for Monday, or next month or even the new year to start something new. Do it today and get it done! And even if you fail, there is always tomorrow!
“I lived for art, I lived for love.” – Tosca
Upon reading this quote, it doesn’t instantly grab you as ‘motivational’. I totally get that. But this quote, for me personally, reminds me to always live with as much passion as I can.
What do you guys get your motivation from? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you next time!
Lots of love xxx