At some point we all feel weighed down by responsibilities, doubting our potential, or laziness. The fact is we all can achieve much more — only by pushing ourselves though. By having a clear mindset with a laser-focus on our goals, we can push ourselves to improve regularly and overcome the obstacles that stop us. Here’s a list of some inspirational quotes for when you feel that something is amiss.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now – Chinese Proverb
One of the first challenges is getting over the ‘it’s too late’ thoughts. The Chinese have the right attitude — by thinking on it further, we only delay things. Seize the moment!
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
It is what it says on the tin. If you are not a part of something, you can’t expect any improvement. Surely it’s better to take a hundred shots with the possibility of getting some in, rather than not taking any and guaranteeing a zero per cent chance?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover – Mark Twain
Regret can be a major downer, particularly when in hindsight you know you had the ability to do something and you didn’t. Have a think about what’s holding you back and why — its more than likely a fear of a certain consequence (usually failure). Let that simmer, and you may realise that trying and failing at something is probably better than not trying at all.
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced – Vincent Van Gogh
We all have that the voice within us that helps magnifies our doubts. Though difficult, by adopting a conscientious effort to push ourselves out of our comfort zone, and taking the voice head-on, we can start becoming all that we thought we couldn’t.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu challenges the box we seclude ourselves in. We become comfortable in our surroundings; over time believing we can only do something within that confinement. Maybe if we change our perceptions to focus on what we want to achieve, rather than looking for excuses to stop ourselves, we can take that all-important first step.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away – Maya Angelou
Think about times in your past. Most people will only remember the really good or really bad. We only remember that which has an impact on us. If in ten years time you want a collection of positive memories, make every moment count.
Do what you can, where you are, with what you have – Teddy Roosevelt
Everyone will have different environments, some conducive to a better lifestyle and some not. Countless other variables will come in to play too, but what matters is that we make the most of what we have to become the best we can.
Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right – Henry Ford
It doesn’t get much simpler. Whether we believe we can do something or not is the only difference between getting something done, *or not*.
People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do – Rob Siltanen
This quote is one of my personal favourites. Only a handful of people are crazy enough to think and actually change the world. They’re humans too, but without much higher aims, and much more determination, not forgetting an element of crazy! The key word being ‘think’, most people will find hindrances whilst the crazy ones only see one thing — their goal!
You’re Going to Die – Gary Vaynerchuk
If anything is going to get one in gear it is this. Though death may be a taboo subject and most don’t like to discuss it — death is inevitable. When you start thinking of death as a destination, it puts your life and achievements in perspective.
Whatever you feel the hurdle may be, mull over some of the wise words above. It’s completely natural to feel some kind of hinderance or doubt but overcoming these is the key to success. If you need further inspiration head on over to PakWired’s quote section.