7 Motivational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Words are free for us to make, string together, and dispense with but there are times in life when only the right words can make us feel better.

We know what we want to hear or say but the right words simply don’t come to mind. It is in these times that motivational quotes prove their worth. Motivational quotes summarize everything we feel, expect, and believe in. We use them to be inspired and become better.

Be more motivated today, tomorrow, and for the other days to come with the carefully chosen motivational quotes below.

Focus on remedies, not faults – Jack Nicklaus

Mistakes are so difficult to forget while the good things in life have an ephemeral existence in our minds. But why should we let our minds dwell on mistakes? What good can it do? The only time we should think about our faults is for the purpose of learning from them. Upon achieving that, we should focus next on remedies and move on.

Anger and haste hinder good counsel. – English Proverb

Motivational quotes shouldn’t be exclusively used for creating happy thoughts and feelings. They should also be used to get rid of unhappy ones and give way for something nicer, warmer, and brighter. Anger is one such emotion and you can use the motivational quote below to remind yourself how futile and destructive anger can be.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are many ways to apply this quote to our lives. If you have a goal, mere wanting is inadequate. You must have a burning desire for it. For that matter, enthusiasm isn’t something to be embarrassed about. A world-weary outlook on life may be considered fashionable but some, but such affectations won’t make you any happier. Be glad you have something to be excited about for these are the things that make life worthwhile.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune – Sallus

Do not blame God or anyone else for your misfortune. It is useless to do so. You need to strive above all things because it is your life and everything that happens to you is within your power. True enough, some things can’t be achieved overnight but if you work hard enough and believe in yourself, you will get what you want no matter what obstacles you’re facing.

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. – Audre Lorde

Don’t waste time dwelling on your fears and insecurities. Rather, concentrate on discovering your strengths and finding out the best way to put them to use in order to achieve your goals. When you do that, you’ll become too busy to ever remember to be afraid.

Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit. – Norman Vincent Peale

Yes, hope is something everyone knows and understands but it’s not something everyone can do and do repeatedly. Hope takes practice. Moreover, it requires constant practice because it’s the only path to happiness. In that line, do remember another important motivational quote, from Horace this time: Never despair!

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent Van Gogh

Explaining this quote would be made easier with the use of yet another quote: courage is not defined by the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Change Your Life In 21 Days

Another New Summer Will Come upon us.

You’ve probably got lots of grand plans for change. We all know that every year we start out with good intentions and within a few weeks the drive and motivation diminishes. If you are ready to make a lasting change that positively impacts your life, get the ball rolling with a well thought out plan for change.

The first thing I recommend is look at what you want in your life right now.

The second is to pick one habit that you could change or create within the next 21 days. Experts say that it takes a minimum of 21 days to change a behavior. Are you ready to make a commitment to change? Now, let’s get started creating a successful plan to create one new habit in 21 days:

Imagine what your life would look like with this new habit.

What would you have then that you don’t have now? Visualize what you want for yourself so that you can create it right now. Your ongoing, passionate connection to a clear vision will help you stay motivated to take steps every day to create what you want.

Write down the benefits of creating this new habit and your willingness to make the necessary changes.

Be honest. What was your motivation for the change? What was your attitude at the time? Your level of readiness to change will determine how successful you are, and how much time it will take. But you need to be ready, able and willing to make change happen in 21 days.

Identify goals that will support your new habit.

Write them down on a calendar or daily planner. Jot down all the tasks and activities (steps) that will support your goals over the next 21 days. Be specific. Use action verbs. Let your goals have measurable outcomes. Specify completion dates. Also record what your reward will be for achieving the goal and read it every morning and night. This will help you to be more committed to creating a new habit as each day passes.

Eliminate roadblocks that could impede your success.

There are always roadblocks to overcome as we move towards creating new habits. Select one roadblock to work on at a time. For every negative message you encounter, turn it into a positive one. For example, “I‘m going to fail” can turn into “I have everything that I need to succeed.” It takes practice daily to be successful.

Build a support network and enlist family, friends and like-minded people who can help move you towards the first steps to what you want to achieve.

Establish a discussion group and meet in person, on the phone or online with individuals where you can share common concerns and feelings.

If your life is already too full and you don’t have time to add anything else, which is the case for most people, take a closer look at how you spend your time on an average day. Record your daily activity. Free up some time you might not have known existed and incorporate your goals into your daily life.

Write down a few paragraphs describing what you’ve accomplished and how your life is better as a result; challenge yourself.

Strive to create even more new habits. Make simple changes first and then take a look at the things that are harder and that require the most change to achieve your desired results. Tackle them one at a time. Make lasting changes to your lifestyle and reward yourself each step of the way.

Start right now! Over the next 21 days: make a commitment to yourself to identify one new habit that you can create successfully—and start doing it!

Explore ways to integrate your goals for your new habit with your current obligations, and take those first steps into the New Year with renewed desire and commitment. You’ll soon discover that a new habit can change your life.

Success is Done One Step at a Time!

I have never seen anybody go from 3rd grade straight to college, or someone getting married on the first date, or simply winning a marathon without running.

You have to take it one step at a time.

Don’t expect immediate results, don’t expect miracles, don’t expect to succeed without working at it. For example;

I remember when I join the United States Marines, the very first thing was to look for a recruiting station, sign up, once accepted, go to boot camp, go to infantry training, go to school to learn your speciality, then you go to your duty station, and then you really learn how to be a Marine.

I didn’t go from the recruiting station straight to war right?

You have to take it slow, one foot in front of the other.

I used this example, because it was a huge achievement for me, I wanted to be a Marine, but I knew that it wasn’t going to happen overnight. I had to go through a process of change and learn one step at a time how to become one.

Whatever you want to do in your life, the same principle applies to that.

You have to take it one step at a time, go through a process of change, and learn what you need to learn to become an expert in your field.

I want the BEST for you, and only the BEST!!

For Your Success,
Jorge Fernandez de Cordova
Success Coach

“Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on
Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get
the job done.” Jim Rohn

About the Author

By Jorge Fernandez de Cordova
Jorge’s Mission is to give those that truly desire it; the tools and the knowledge to get the most out of life helping you achieve your goals and dreams.