Published on April 12, 2021

64 Monday Motivation Quotes to Start the Week Right

64 Monday Motivation Quotes to Start the Week Right

What is it about people who like Monday? You know the type—you see them with their plastered-on smiles, their peppy outlook, and their finished to-do lists. I envy these people, mainly because I’m not one of them.

For years, I would try to replicate their love for Mondays. I’d wake up early, greet the day, and echo my affirmation statements while I sipped my morning protein shake. My life looked like the perfect Instagram post to the naked eye, but I promise you, my Monday motivation mornings were highly filtered.

I hated the beginning of the week, and no amount of coffee could force me to change my mind about this heinous day. I still hit my alarm clock multiple times and shout at the world while I drag myself out of bed on Mondays. But I’ve learned how to survive these manic mornings. And it has nothing to do with forcing a smile or faking my love for a day that I hate.

If you’re tired of feeling like Monday is a drag, you’re not alone.[1] But there is hope for you. If you’re willing to change your morning routine and start your day differently, you might just learn to love the start of each week—or at least tolerate the Monday blues without shouting at the barista.

So, what’s the secret? Pick out ten quotes each week and post them everywhere. Here are 64 Monday motivation quotes to get you started.

Quotes That Help You Be Positive

1. “Mondays are the start of the workweek, which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!”—David Dweck

2. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”—Jim Ryun

3. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…”—Marcus Aurelius

4. “Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”—Lemony Snicket

5. “Each morning when I open my eyes, I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead; tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”—Groucho Marx

6. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”—Jim Rohn

7. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”—Albert Einstein

8. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”—Zig Ziglar

9. “I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”—Unknown

10. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”—Richard Branson


11. “A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it’s built for.”—Albert Einstein

12. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”—Bruce Lee

13. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”—Mark Twain

14. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”—Abraham Lincoln

15. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”—Florence Nightingale


    17. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”—David Allen

    18. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”—Charles F. Kettering

    19. “Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”—Brian Tracy

    20. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”—Tony Robbins

    21. “The only true happiness lies in knowing who you are…and making peace with it.”—Laurell K. Hamilton

    22. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”—Thomas Jefferson

    23. “I think part of maturity is knowing who you are.”—Rob Lowe

    24. “True beauty is knowing who you are and believing in yourself. Happy people know their purpose, have the courage to fight for it and strength to keep going.”—Rita Ora


    25. “I think understanding your life as a story is a really terrific way of kind of knowing where you are and knowing who you are.”—Donald Miller

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    26. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.”—Napoleon Hill

    27. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”—Brian Littrell

    28. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”—Bruce Lee

    29. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”—Michael Jordan

    30. “Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.”—Joan Collins

    31. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”—Stephen King

    32. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”—Mark Twain

    33. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”—Abraham Lincoln


      35. “The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”—Peter Drucker

      36. “One finds limits by pushing them.” – Herbert Simon

      37. “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes, then learn how to do it later!”—Richard Branson

      38. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, What’s in it for me?”—Brian Tracy


      39. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”—Reid Hoffman

      40. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”—Zig Ziglar

      41. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”—Bill Gates

      42. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”—Steve Jobs

      43. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”—Vince Lombardi

      44. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”—Warren Buffett

      45. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”—Coco Chanel

      46. “Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.”—Oprah Winfrey


        48. “If something fails despite being carefully planned, carefully designed, and conscientiously executed, that failure often bespeaks underlying change and, with it, opportunity.”—Peter Drucker

        49. “We are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”—Barack Obama

        50. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”—Mark Twain

        Quotes That Help You Embrace Mondays

        51. “If each Monday morning, you make a choice to move into the new work week with renewed commitment and passion, you can change all areas of your life. You can truly change your Mondays and change your life.”—David Cottrell

        52. “This morning did you wake up to an alarm clock or an opportunity clock?” —Zig Ziglar


        53. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

        54. “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”—Walt Disney

        55. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”—Alan Kay

        56. “Hey, I know it’s Monday, but it’s also a new day, a new week, and in that lies a new opportunity for something special to happen.”—Michael Ealy

        57. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”—Dolly Parton

        58. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”—Will Durant

        59. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”—Dalai Lama

        60. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”—Henry Ward Beecher

        61. “Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”—Dale Carnegie

        62. “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.”—Ralph Marston

        63. “I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”—Groucho Marx

        64. “As scary as change can be and as much as I might resist it, there’s always some unknown gift that comes out of it. I really never thought you could begin again. You can.”—Debra Messing

        Final Thoughts

        It’s not easy to roll out of bed, feel motivated, and ready to face Monday morning. But it is possible to embrace the beginning of each week with a refreshed perspective. Start by shifting your mindset and writing five to ten quotes that remind you to be positive, reach for higher goals in your business, and find moments of gratefulness each week.

        You have all the tools that you need. Now, put these 64 Monday motivation quotes into action and find ways to embrace Monday mornings.

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        Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation: Is One Better Than The Other?

        Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation: Is One Better Than The Other?

        Have you observed the behavior of children as they carry out daily tasks? They may naturally be inclined towards playing games with friends but would need a push to do their homework. Children may enjoy eating junk food by themselves but need adult monitoring while reluctantly having vegetables.

        As these kids grow up, the behavior remains the same. There are many reasons we do certain things. Sometimes, we’re internally motivated to make something happen, and other times we’re driven externally. Such a dichotomy involves contrasting intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic motivation:[1]

        “When intrinsically motivated, people engage in an activity because they find it interesting and inherently satisfying. By contrast, when extrinsically motivated, people engage in an activity to obtain some instrumentally separable consequence, such as the attainment of a reward, the avoidance of punishment, or the achievement of some valued outcome.”

        Read on to learn more about intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation and find out how reward-oriented behavior influences our productivity and how we can regulate it!


        What Is Intrinsic Motivation?

        All the theories that describe what classifies as intrinsic motivation talk about a natural drive from within to pursue an activity because it gives us pleasure.

        Some psychology researchers have associated intrinsic behavior with basic human needs, creativity, performance enhancement, and contentment.[2] When we carry out a task that fulfills our natural urges, such as hunger, thirst, and sleep, we are better equipped with the drive to complete a task. Other times, we might simply do something because it stimulates the aesthetic experience of being in that state of activity, such as hobbies.

        Simply put, activities that bring us satisfaction and joy are powered by intrinsic motivation because an internal reward system fuels them.

        Examples of Intrinsic Motivation

        • Studying because you enjoy the process of gaining knowledge and not simply because you want good grades
        • Helping out a friend/family member with something out of love without expecting anything in return from them
        • Standing in the kitchen for hours to prepare your favorite meal because the end product satiates your hunger and gives you joy
        • Pursuing a hobby, such as gardening, trekking, camping, and playing sports, among others, to experience an aesthetic pleasure
        • Running a marathon to feel physically rejuvenated instead of seeking the prize money
        • Taking up extra responsibility at work/school to improve your skills without the intention of gaining recognition or earning someone’s favor

        What Is Extrinsic Motivation?

        When we are not inherently motivated to perform a task because it does not bring about a sense of satisfaction, we are extrinsically motivated. Such motivation facilitates our desire to attain a reward or avoid punishment.


        Not all the work we do brings us joy, owing to its repetitive nature, urgency, necessity, frequency, duration, or monotony. Whether it is dragging ourselves to work/school every morning or working on weekends, we tend to undertake tasks that might not inherently please or satisfy us. Usually, an external force or ulterior motive drives us to complete such tasks. Rewards like money, praise, and fame drive our motivation extrinsically.

        However, extrinsic motivation does not necessarily mean that we are unwilling to do something. We just seek an external reward from it. For example, a person might like writing but goes the extra mile to make money out of it.

        Point to be noted: Offering external rewards for something that already rewards inherently can decrease motivation, known as the overjustification effect.[3]

        Examples of Extrinsic Motivation

        • Working a part-time job to make extra money while still being a student
        • Participating in competitions to win prizes and earn fame
        • Attending classes regularly not because the lecture is exciting but to maintain the attendance record
        • Going to the office on lazy days to avoid pay-cut
        • Completing a task well before time to earn praise and recognition
        • Doing something you don’t like just to avoid public judgment
        • Doing chores to flatter parents before requesting something from them

        The 3 Regulators of Productivity

        As social beings, we interact with our surroundings to tend to our satisfaction and gain. Despite being interlinked with various social factors, we still act independently as individually identifiable beings with preferences and opinions.


        Daniel H. Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, talks about the evolving state of the digital economy and leaders can adopt more effective methods of motivation. He proposes three principles of increasing productivity: autonomy, mastery (alternatively, competence), and purpose. Detaching his propositions from the workplace context to universalize it, I shall discuss the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on these three principles.

        • Autonomy refers to the amount of creativity and control we hold over individual expression without any external influence. It determines our independence in making choices and deciding the course of future actions.
        • Mastery or competence is our capacity to execute a task to the best of our ability without any external help. Our competency level governs how well we can perform when tasked with something.
        • Purpose alludes to the yearning within individuals to contribute to humankind’s more meaningful existence beyond the self.

        Productivity is a cumulative result of the above three that motivation regulates. In the following section, we shall explore the differing impacts of the two kinds of motivation on individual performance: intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation.

        Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation: Is There a Third Option?

        In a psychological study, Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci found out that “conditions supportive of autonomy and competence reliably facilitated this vital expression of the human growth tendency, whereas conditions that controlled behavior and hindered perceived reflectance undermined its expression.”[4]

        In other words, whether a task is intrinsically or extrinsically motivated, it should not negatively impact our natural abilities.


        They also concluded that “Excessive control, nonoptimal challenges, and lack of connectedness…disrupt the inherent actualizing and organizational tendencies endowed by nature, and thus such factors result not only in the lack of initiative and responsibility but also in distress.” Simply put, unachievable challenges and emotional detachment can diminish individuals’ natural abilities and negatively impact performance.

        Hence, it is safe to conclude that positive motivation is the key to performance enhancement without mentally, physically, or emotionally tiring out an individual. Whether it is at school, work, or social circles, superiors must ensure that an assigned task must be positively motivated in a way that warrants commitment, interest, and productivity. Hence, the type of motivation is not significant to performance as long as it does not hinder the three principles of productivity.

        How Can You Positively Motivate Others?

        Provide regular feedback: Individuals putting in efforts to make something happen, like hearing about their strengths and weaknesses. But before doing that, you must establish feedback-giving as a positive and encouraging process towards development within the social setup!

        • Set attainable goals: Asking too much from people negatively impacts performance as it does not respect their abilities. It can also be severely discouraging as it prevents individuals from giving their best, thinking that it is unattainable.
        • Challenge them by gradually increasing the level: Once you have gauged a person’s skill level, you can slowly give them more significant tasks to expand their abilities.
        • Inspire them: Setting an example is the best way to motivate others. You could perform your best to let people know what you expect from them.
        • Establish a trust relationship: Trust is the key to maintaining any human relationship, whether personal or professional. Ensuring the existence of this emotion comforts and inspires them to do better.
        • Maintain a healthy reward system: Humans cannot resist rewards, whether intrinsic or extrinsic. Maintaining a healthy reward system can propel others to work harder and productively.
        • Seek feedback from them: Finally, seeking feedback is just as important as giving it. Don’t forget to ask people’s opinions on the changes you can make to your approach!

        Final Thoughts

        Looking at your life with a bird’s eye view isn’t always easy. You sometimes need external motivators who see your potential and help you pave a path to success. But even when you have external motivators backing you up, paying close attention to your internal dialogue will help you cross the roadblocks.

        And do not forget, motivation isn’t the goal in itself—it’s the pathway to a long journey where you achieve more milestones, and looking at the bird’s eye view of your life becomes easier. Have a happy journey!

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