Words That Inspired Me

Here are some things that inspired and motivated me this past week. Hopefully, they will inspire and motivate you to also achieve your goals.

Moving On

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is just one day. When it’s finished, move on. Don’t dwell on the mistakes. Get up tomorrow and do better. Each day is a chance to paint your masterpiece.

Achievement

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjold

Whenever you achieve something, it feels great. However, it’s often just a stepping stone to something even bigger. Focus on the goal at hand. Don’t worry about what’s even further down the road.

What would you rather rather be doing?

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” – J. M. Barrie

If you’re pretty happy doing what you’re doing, is it really work?I find that I can enjoy almost any task if I can slip into a focused zone while doing it. I think I enjoy the accomplishment.

How do others measure you?

“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.” – George Bernard Shaw

Most people end up thinking of you in terms of some point in the past where they made up their mind about you, and there’s very little you can do to change it. The best you can do is to try to make sure each moment interacting with others is a good one.

Dreams

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” – Steve Conrad, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness was one of my favourite movies of the last several years. Rather than focusing on the downside of life, it focused instead on what a person can build if they put their mind to it. Don’t let go of the big dreams you’ve always had for yourself.

Taking a shot

“One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” – Wayne Gretzky

If you don’t try, you will never succeed. Few things are worse than a dream left unattempted. It haunts you forever.

Happiness

“Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.” – Burton Hills

Outside of clinical diseases, happiness is mostly a choice. You can choose to be happy about what you have and what you’re doing or you can choose to be unhappy about it. It takes work to flip unhappiness to happiness, but when you do it, life just gets better

Maximizing the value of a day

“It requires more than a day’s devotion to know and to possess the wealth of a day.” – Henry David Thoreau

In other words, a great day rests on preparation done during the days before: tasks accomplished, skills learned, relationships built, and so on. Every day is preparation for a great tomorrow.