So this week, I’m about to start another week, and I need a little push. I get a good workout in, I connect with some friends, clean the house and am taking a shower and this quote pops into my head:
“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”― Rumi
It really knocks me back a bit, because if we honestly live that way it’s hard to not see how much positive effect that could have on the outcomes of this week. So much of life is about mindset, that’s why I’ve printed out quotes like this to greet me in the morning next to my mirror before:
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”― Winston S. Churchill
The idea being, that when something hits me square between the eyes that I need to consider how I’m approaching that difficulty. The wind is there to help me take flight. So this week, I need a little encouragement – I need a mindset shift. To recognize that if some kind of difficulty comes up that it’s the pressure that will really make me what I need to be to survive.
“Pressure makes diamonds.”― George S. Patton Jr
I don’t need to look for trouble, no things always seem to come up. But that’s OK. That last quote is a lot like another couple favorites of mine:
“Smooth seas make poor sailors.”― Nautical Proverb
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”― Albert Einstein
I think I really like these quotes, and they encourage me a ton because I’ve always kind of thought of myself as an underdog. I’m addicted to starting from the bottom so to speak. Because I feel like I have a bit of a complex about my natural abilities, I always feel that I need to work just to even the playing field. As time has gone on, yes I do feel that I’ve gained some success but I try to go at it with a bit of this complex motivating me still. Hard work is everything. My question for myself this week is “Are you going to hustle harder than most, so that you can enjoy the benefits that most won’t get?”
“I’m a great believer in luck. I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”― Thomas Jefferson
“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”― Calvin Coolidge
I get pumped up off the idea that some people might underestimate what I can do. It makes my blood flow, and makes me want to work twice as hard as them. Yes, I’m not so important to have a ton of ‘haters,’ but the ones I do have motivate me and spur me to create amazing work to spite them.
“You will never reach your destination, if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”― Winston S. Churchill
“The best revenge is massive success”― Frank Sinatra
I need to remind me of these things every once in awhile so that I don’t get complacent. It’s easy to receive more success than I had previously and want to rest and catch my breath. There’s nothing wrong with doing this intentionally sometimes and enjoying the journey, but I think it’s equally important to get back on my hustle – what better than reviewing some the most encouraging thoughts I’ve come across. Taking a look at encouraging quotes / inspirational quotes every once in awhile to renew my resolve, really hits the spot for me. Have a great week!