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Published on April 12, 2021

64 Monday Motivation Quotes to Start the Week Right

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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

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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

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    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

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    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

    Quotes That Motivate You in Business

    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

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      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

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      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

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        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

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        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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        20 All-Time Best Motivational Books to Inspire You

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        20 All-Time Best Motivational Books to Inspire You

        Sometimes going through life can be a little bit of a roller coaster. There are many ups and just as many downs as we journey through the high and low points.

        Life becomes a little simpler when you accept that as we pursue our goals, there will inevitably be challenges and barriers along the way. This is why a few extra sources of inspiration, such as motivational books, never hurt anyone.

        The following motivational books were selected because they can fulfill this need for you. These books will challenge you to question your current perspectives and grow in unexpected ways.

        The following motivational books will provide you with a source of inspiration great enough to light your internal fire!

        1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Fankl

          Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s discusses in-depth his experience with living in Nazi death camps and describes the lessons it taught him about spiritual survival. Frankl puts forth a convincing argument that avoiding suffering isn’t realistic. However, through choosing how we cope with that suffering and the meaning we ascribe to it, we retain the ability to move forward with renewed purpose.

          This certainly is a book for the generations that anyone can gain value from. Man’s Search for Meaning has been listed as one of the most influential books in America and has currently sold over 10 million copies in twenty-four languages.

          If you’re looking for motivational books that can help you learn about the value of ascribing meaning to suffering, this is one for you!

          Get the book here!

          2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

            Of all the motivational books out there, this is a must-read for those who are into life design.

            Through this book, Jen provides her readers with simple exercises to help people identify their self-limiting beliefs, attitudes, and habits. She provides some great advice and does so in a humorous way to truly captivate her audience and motivate them to begin achieving the success they want from their lives.

            Jen’s goal is to help her readers truly understand why they have developed certain thought and behavior patterns. She helps us to focus on the things that we can change and accept the things which we cannot.

            Overall, the book offers a new comical approach towards inspiring and motivating its audiences, and can be enjoyed by anyone who decides to pick it up.

            Get the book here!

            3. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

              If you want to change the world, start by making your bed.

              Make Your Bed is a book which outlines the lessons contained in a speech given by Admiral William H. McRaven. In this speech, he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome the various challenges he faced throughout his career.

              This speech went viral, gaining over 10 million views as it clearly explained how anyone can use these lessons to better both themselves and the world around them. This book recounts tales from his service and offers simple and practical wisdom and words of advice and encouragement which will inspire readers to achieve more in their daily lives!

              Get the book here!

              4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

                The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a wonderful story about an inspiring journey towards self-discovery. Mysticism and wisdom combine in this classic novel that has sold millions of copies worldwide.

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                This story outlines the journey of a young shepherd boy who desires to travel the world in search of treasure but ends up discovering a vastly different type of riches than he initially imagined.

                Overall, this book encourages each of us to listen to our hearts, recognize our unique opportunities in life, and pursue our passions.

                Get the book here!

                5. Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

                  Charles Duhigg’s Smarter, Faster, Better outlines 8 productivity concepts that help certain companies and individuals accomplish so much more than others. This book outlines the differences between the perspectives of some of the worlds top performers and those who are less successful.

                  These productivity concepts explain how everyday people can improve their everyday lives. Overall, this book can help anyone learn how to succeed and ensure that their average day is productive and not just busy.

                  Get the book here!

                  6. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

                    Don Miguel Ruiz uses his book The Four Agreements to reveal the limiting beliefs that we commonly hold which rob us of joy and cause us to endure needless suffering. This book provides an insightful code of conduct which imparts its wisdom in an accessible manner to its readers.

                    The Four Agreements encourages self-reflection and encourages us to do better within our everyday lives. This is why the book has sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone and has been a New York Times bestseller for over 8 years.

                    Get the book here!

                    7. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

                      In this book, psychologist Angela Duckworth, takes her readers on a journey to argue that the secret to being a success relies largely on an individual’s grit, a unique blend of passion and persistence.

                      The insights offered by Duckworth in this book encourage us to never underestimate the power of consistent, long-term action towards a goal, especially when you’re passionate about it.

                      Duckworth addresses the thoughts which commonly intrude into our heads when we fail and gives us methods to combat them.

                      If the idea that success is about your perseverance and your ability to persist even when times get tough resonates with you, this is one of the motivational books for you.

                      Get the book here!

                      8. Mindset: the New Psychology for Success by Carol S. Dweck

                        Psychologist Carol Dweck outlines years of research in her book Mindset. She argues that the mindset we adopt is a huge predictor of our success and achievement. She believes that nearly every area of human endeavor can be influenced by the mindset we adopt and how we select to approach our goals.

                        She discusses the downsides of adopting a fixed mindset as well as the benefits commonly associated with adopting a growth-oriented mindset. Whereas one mindset believes our abilities are fixed, the other believes our skills and abilities can be developed assuming we are willing to put in the effort.

                        This is a highly motivating paradigm shift which can encourage amazing accomplishments.

                        Get the book here!

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                        9. Choose Yourself by James Altucher

                          Choose Yourself by James Altucher is one of the best motivational books around. James argues that the most valuable asset we have and the one which we should be investing the most time, effort, and resources into is — ourselves. This whole book is about how we can achieve success simply by choosing to invest in ourselves and our growth.

                          This book is sure to inspire and motivate you to invest in developing your talents further and would be an excellent resource for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset.

                          Get the book here!

                          10. High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will by Mark Rampolla

                            High-hanging Fruit by Mark Rampolla encourages us to reach higher in our life endeavors, especially business if we want to achieve more success and leave our mark on the world.

                            In this novel, the reader is encouraged to find ways to align their passion, purpose, and integrity to achieve success. These lessons can benefit anyone in any field of work and encourage us to stand up for our beliefs and what’s important to us.

                            Overall, Rampolla wants each of us to remain true to our ore values so that we can each reach our personal definitions of success and promote significant changes in areas of life we are passionate about.

                            Get the book here!

                            11. The Power of Positive Thinking: 10 Traits for Maximum Results by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

                              This international bestseller has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and has helped many people live more fulfilling lives through adopting Dr. Peale’s message of faith and inspiration.

                              Not only does this book help people to achieve happiness and higher levels of life-satisfaction, but it also teaches us that each life is worthwhile.

                              This book instills a belief in one’s self and a feeling of determination and motivation to pursue our goals with power, control, and persistence.

                              Overall, it’s a great motivational book for those individuals seeking a boost of motivation in their daily lives.

                              Get the book here!

                              12. Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

                                When it comes to motivational books, Rachel Hollis nails it!

                                Girl, Stop Apologizing was written primarily for a female audience she was trying to inspire. She wrote this book because all too often, she was seeing women failing to live up to their full potential due to the fear of falling short of perfection and not being enough.

                                In this New York Times #1 bestselling author, Rachel seeks to send a wake-up call to the women currently defining themselves through the lens established by other individuals, instead of how they wish to define themselves.

                                She encourages women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams and to begin fully pursuing them. To help her audience she provides a lot of great information regarding which excuses we should say goodbye to, which habits to adopt, and the skills that will provide you with the confidence to live your best life!

                                Get the book here!

                                13. Now, Discover Your Strengths By Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

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                                  This book takes a unique approach, claiming that not anyone can become anything they want, despite what we were told as children. However, when discussed in-depth, the opinion is quite freeing.

                                  This book’s main purpose is to encourage us to ignore those routes which are likely to lead us to dead ends, in favor of pursuing those which we are passionate about and that are more likely to bring us greater success and happiness.

                                  Why waste so much time trying to fix our weaknesses when we can double-down on our strengths and allow them to flourish and grow?

                                  Definitely think about adding this one to your collection of motivational books.

                                  Get the book here!

                                  14. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

                                    This book, originally published in 1937, was written during the Great Depression and addresses the highly effective and important steps to take if we wish to encourage ourselves to become wealthy. Equally important, Hill outlines the steps we should avoid in this process as well.

                                    Readers have continually enjoyed some of the timeless information, words of wisdom, and excellent advice that is presented by Hill in this book. This book is about so much more than getting rich; it’s about figuring out how to get what you want from life!

                                    Get the book here!

                                    15. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

                                      In this self-help guide, Mark Manson tells us to cut it out and to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can figure out what we need to do to truly become better and happier people.

                                      This book offers a refreshing take which counters the motivational books currently out there. Mark refuses to sugarcoat his lessons and tells it how it is through his brutally honest approach. Mark encourages us to accept our faults and limitations, the fact that life is not always fair, and that despite our best efforts, not everybody is going to win.

                                      Overall, this book presents some great philosophical wisdom for our modern generation and has empowered many individuals to gain control over their actions and their life as a whole.

                                      Get the book here!

                                      16. Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson

                                        Mark Manson follows his previous #1 international bestseller with this guide discussing the problems we currently have surrounding hope.

                                        Despite believing that we live in the best time in human history, Mark outlines that everything seems to be pretty messed up. There is global warming, corrupt governments, collapsing economies, and everyone is getting offended far too easily. Mark examines our relationships with money, entertainment, and the internet, and discusses that too much of these good things can destroy us.

                                        In this book, Mark challenges us to be more open and honest with ourselves and to connect more with the world around us.

                                        Get the book here!

                                        17. Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum by Neil Patel

                                          Hustle offers a game-changing guide to finding success by encouraging us to outsmart the system. Too many of us feel like we’re fighting a system that’s stacked against us and forcing us to live unfulfilling lives. This book will encourage you to break free from the rat-race and begin achieving more success on your terms through projects you actually enjoy!

                                          This book will help you redefine what hustling means and will help you realize your best path to success is through taking charge of your dreams, creating your own luck, and staying true to yourself.

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                                          If you’re looking for actionable and practical advice that goes beyond simply motivating you, this is a book you will certainly enjoy reading.

                                          Get the book here!

                                          18. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

                                            This book presents a refreshing take on self-empowerment and provides an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love guide which aims to help you challenge and get over your self-limiting beliefs

                                            In this book, Bishop gives you the tools and advice required to overcome your self-imposed limitations and to begin creating your unrestrained best-self. He argues that commonly, it isn’t other people standing in our way nor is it our circumstances. Commonly, it’s our negative mindsets and beliefs which are holding us back.

                                            So if you’re looking for motivational books to help you get over these limiting beliefs, you will not regret investing in this novel.

                                            Get the book here!

                                            19. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins

                                              In The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins reminds us of the vast amount of support we have received from individuals throughout our lives; and that this should push and motivate us to overcome the excuses we have created to impede our progress and achievement.

                                              Through discussing a variety of different habits and entertaining stories, Mel Robbins argues that it only takes us about 5 seconds to become confident, stop procrastination, overcome fear, and live overall happier lifestyles. Just like we can all hold ourselves back, we can also push ourselves forward.

                                              This is a motivational book that is great for anyone looking to quickly add a positive push to their daily life.

                                              Get the book here!

                                              20. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

                                                This novel which shared the wisdom Mitch Albom received from his college professor Morrie Schwartz, has sold over 12 million copies around the world.

                                                In this book, Mitch joins Morrie through the final months of his dying professor’s life every Tuesday to discuss the important messages of life in a truly beautiful and heartwarming fashion.

                                                In the end, the two come together to create one final class: lessons on how to live a good life.

                                                This book is going to inevitably touch your heart and inspire you in ways many other motivational books could never even dream of doing.

                                                Get this book here!

                                                Final Thoughts

                                                If you are able to pick up even just 2 or 3 of these motivational books, you will be well on your way to living a more inspired life.

                                                Happy reading and stay motivated!

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