Success in any area of our lives always begins with having the right mindset. One of my favorite ways to get my mind right to tackle the week ahead is to read quotes that motivate and inspire me to accomplish more. Here are seven motivational quotes to get you started on a great week.
1. “Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!” − David Dweck
The one day of the week that everyone dreads most is Monday because Monday initiates the end of all the fun we’ve had over the weekend. But the end of one thing is always the beginning of something else. Why not make it the beginning of something amazing? Think of all you can accomplish this week!
2. “Change your story.” – Michael Hyatt
At the beginning and end of each day, it’s a good practice to count our blessings. There are so many people around the world who do not enjoy the privileges that we enjoy. If it rains this week, don’t complain but give thanks for fresh water. Instead of saying that you “have” to go to work, say “I get to go to work” because there are lots of people who would love to work but can’t. Change your attitude, change your language, change your story.
3. “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” − John Lubbock
Don’t waste time worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. Nine times out of ten, the things that we worry about never happen. Worry and dread are two self-defeating attitudes and they kill our energy very quickly. That’s not to mention the long-term effects that worry has on our health. Minimize worry through preparation, be present in every moment of each day, and let the chips fall where they may.
4. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” − Sam Levenson
When I was a teenager, I put a pot of water on the stove and stood nearby as I waited for it to boil. I remember my frustration with how long it was taking to come to a boil and my grandfather, who quietly observed my frustration, politely said, “A watched pot never boils.” In real time, the pot did eventually boil, but his point was that the felt time of watching it boil would seem like an eternity. Don’t focus on the time, focus on the work.
5. “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” – Jim Rohn
If we got paid for the hour, we could just stay home and collect a paycheck at the end of the week without working. However, that is not the case. We get paid for the ways that we add value to our companies. At the beginning of each day (or the night before if you really want to do well), set an agenda for each hour of the day. Then, at the top of every hour, ask yourself, “How can I make the most of the next 60 minutes?” Your productivity levels will soar as a result.
6. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” − Albert Einstein
The value that we are expected to add to each hour is most likely detailed in the form of a job description. If you are unclear about what is expected of you on the job, talk with your boss or supervisor about what his or her expectations are and ask for a written job description. Then find ways to go beyond the job description. This is what it means to increase your value. (And increased value often leads to increased pay.)
7. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston
Procrastination does more than rob us of time. It kills our joy and steals precious opportunities. Ask yourself, “What can I do today that will make my life a lot easier tomorrow?” Everything that you do (and don’t do) today will set the stage for the future. Do something that you will be happy with later on and guess what will happen? You will be happy later on!