Starting the day with an inspirational thought is a great way to get turbo-charged for what lies ahead. The following 7 are some of our favorites, and hey – they’ll last a whole week if you take one per day!
1. “If you can’t change it, embrace it. But do not lose your vision” – by Luis Sanchez
This is all about realizing that there are some things that occur in life that, no matter what we do, they remain the same. The key here is not to lose heart over the fact that we can’t change them, but instead to look at how we can utilize whatever it is to continue to work towards our heart’s desire.
While in certain situations this might seem impossible, there’s always a way to find the positive. The trick is to manage to see it. For instance, if something happens that makes you sad, perhaps you can alter your perception of it being a ‘bad’ thing, to one that makes you stronger as a person.
The key takeaway from any negative situation is that it’s not the situation itself that has an impact on your life, but it’s your reaction towards it that counts.
2. “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark” – by Michelangelo
Wow – a truly powerful thought. Sure, sometimes we need to set small, easily achievable goals. But often, it’s all about shooting for the stars and going all out to get there. If something really (really!) matters to you, then settling for ‘almost’ or ‘nearly’, simply because we’re too scared of failure is never going to bring you the satisfaction you crave.
If you want something – no matter how difficult it might seem – then go for it. Setting your goal any lower than the top might well see you failing to reach your full potential, because you’ll simply settle for the lesser target that you’ve already reached. Decide what it is that you want, at the very highest level, and then pull out all the stops to get there. Not only will the eventual achievement be so very worth it, but you’ll have a blast on the journey that takes you there along the way.
3. Live out of your imagination, not your history” – by Stephen Covey
One thing we can’t do is change the past. But what we can do is learn from it, and forge into the future to become the best person possible. You’re not what you are based on what’s already happened; you are whatever you want to be, and that comes from within – from your imagination. What you want and the person you are is only limited by the boundaries of your dreams.
4. “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude” by Unknown
Such a truism. Have you ever started the day in a bad mood and it seemed that everything that followed was transpiring against you? Well, it’s not the events themselves that caused it, but your frame of mind. And whilst it might seem nigh on impossible to change your mood, try simply forcing yourself to smile. Scientists claim that pretending to be happy actually tricks the brain into thinking you are. Before you know it, suddenly you’re feeling better.
Bad attracts bad the same as good attracts good. If you want today to be a great day, slap a smile on your face – no matter how you feel. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
5. “When you forgive you in no way change the past, but you sure do change the future” by Bernard Meltzer
Forgiveness isn’t a weakness – it’s an absolute strength. Forgiving allows you accept and move on, rather than holding onto anger and bad thoughts that only affect you in the long run. By letting go of an injustice doesn’t mean you forget that it was done. But what it does do is determine in many ways how YOUR future is going to go. You can’t change what was done to you. But once again, this saying is further affirmation that it’s how you deal with a negative that makes all the difference.
6. “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” – by Tom Robbins
When you make a decision, it’s likely that you’ll have deliberated long and hard over what’s the right thing to do. And that’s great. But what makes reaching whatever goal you’re aiming for become reality, is the flexibility in your journey along the way. There’s more than one way to reach your target, and it’s the ability to realize that the pathway might not be a straight, smooth one. Being able to alter that slightly with the same destination firmly in mind is the key to success.
7. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind” – by Mahatma Gandhi
Good old Mahatma Gandhi can always be relied on for a quote that might make us think twice about taking a certain action. Sure, if someone does you wrong then it’s a natural response to want to do the same back to them. But does it actually achieve anything? The answer to that is no.
History has proven many times over that retaliation is not the answer. Such action not only invites further retaliation, but it prevents you from moving forward. Finding a different way of resolving your differences is the only way to bring peace of mind – not to the other person, but to you. Because you’re the only one who truly has the influence over what happens next.