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Last Updated on March 27, 2018

50 Positive Quotes for Work That Will Put Your Motivation on Overdrive

50 Positive Quotes for Work That Will Put Your Motivation on Overdrive

Let’s face it – no matter how excited you are about a new project or priority in your life, there will always be days when your motivation lags. Days when – despite all the progress you’ve made in the past – it just sounds easier to sit on the couch playing video games than to buckle down and crank out the work needed to meet your goals.

In order to be successful, you must be able to motivate yourself past these humps. Whenever you feel your drive and determination lagging, turn to these positive quotes for work to provide the extra spark of passion needed to keep you on track.

Quotes about goal setting

Whether you’re still in the planning phases of your business or whether you’re plotting a plan of attack to bring about your long-range vision, setting good goals is a critical part of succeeding in business.

Check out these quotes for extra inspiration on how to turn your dreams into reality:

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    “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”–Benjamin Mays

    “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”–Mark Victor Hansen

    “Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”–William J. Bennett – The Book of Virtues

    “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”–Robert L. Schwartz

    Quotes about excellence in work

    Once you’ve got your goals together, you’ll need to put in 110% of your effort in order to transform these visions into reality. To increase your motivation to work at a consistently high level, take a look at the following words of wisdom:

    “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”–Aristotle

    “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”–Charles R. Swindoll

    Desire is the key to motivation

      “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti

      “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”–Pearl Buck

      “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”–Vince Lombardi

      Quotes about determination and persistence

      Since every business or other endeavor is bound to hit some rough patches, it’s often a person’s level of determination and patience that brings about either success or failure. These positive quotes give you an extra boost of encouragement:

      “Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”–Paul J. Meyer

      “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”--Hal Borland

      “Nothing in the world 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. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”–Calvin Coolidge

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        “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”–Thomas Fuller

        Quotes about leadership

        Whether you use it to engage your employees, to encourage teamwork or motivate others to follow your unique way of thinking, leadership is crucial. Take your leadership cues from these renowned leaders’ famous sayings:

        “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” –Warren G. Bennis

        “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”–John Kenneth Galbraith

        Leadership is not magnetic personality

          “Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’ — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”–Peter F. Drucker

          “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”–John Buchan

          “High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.”--George Orwell

          Quotes for success

          Think of success as a holistic process – one which results from the combination of goal-setting, excellence, patience, determination and leadership you prioritize throughout your career. These highly successful people provide you with an excellent source of motivation:

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          “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”–Stephen Covey

          “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”–Norman Vincent Peale

          Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

            “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill

            “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”–John Maxwell

            “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”– Thomas J. Watson 

            “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination.  They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.”–Robert Collier 

            “It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”–Arnold Toynbee

            Sports quotes for athletes

            You don’t need to be a Michael Jordan-caliber athlete to draw inspiration from the following quotes. Even if you’re just a recreational player or someone who’s using sports as a means to get back in shape after long periods of inactivity, the following motivational sports quotes will encourage you:

            “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”–Michael Jordan

            “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”–Lance Armstrong

            Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.

              “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”–Arnold Schwarzenegger

              “I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.”--Florence Griffith Joyner

              “Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”--Unknown

              “If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life – this is also ‘playing’ the game!”–Emily Post

              “We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.”--Vince McConnell

              Motivational quotes for students

              Committing yourself to pursuing knowledge in a single area is a tremendous endeavor – one that often seems overwhelming given the depth and breadth of information that’s available today. Keep the following motivational quotes in mind if you’re learning:

              “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”–George Washington Carver

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                “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”–William Arthur Ward

                “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”– Aristotle

                “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”–Albert Schweitzer

                “Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.”–Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

                “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”–Chinese Proverb

                “Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”–William Arthur Ward

                “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.”–Helen Exley

                “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”–Chinese Proverb

                My all-time favorite positive quotes

                Finally, whatever your goals are in life, you can’t go wrong by taking the advice of the following famous motivational quotes:

                “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”–Norman Vincent Peale

                “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”–Steve Jobs

                “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”–Maria Robinson

                “Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.”–Albert Einstein

                “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”–Lyndon Johnson

                If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

                  “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”–Thomas Edison

                  “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”–Wayne Gretzky

                  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”–Winston Churchill

                  “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

                  How to use these motivational quotes

                  To use these motivational quotes effectively, find the one that speaks to you. Although all of the phrases listed above can be considered “motivational,” only you can decide which one resonates with you most directly.

                  Next, take the quote you’ve settled on and copy it onto small index cards or other pieces of paper that can be stored around your home and workspace.

                  If you’re creative, you can create inspiration boards, signs or other decorative displays featuring your favorite motivational quotes – really, though, the most important thing is that your chosen phrase be accessible in a variety of different places. This will make it easy to access and review whenever you feel your motivation slipping away.

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                  11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                  11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                  Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

                  You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

                  But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

                  To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

                  It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

                  “What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

                  The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

                  In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

                  Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

                  1. Start Small

                  The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

                  Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

                  Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

                  Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

                  Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

                  Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

                  It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

                  Do less today to do more in a year.

                  2. Stay Small

                  There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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                  But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

                  If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

                  When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

                  I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

                  Why?

                  Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

                  The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

                  Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

                  3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

                  No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

                  There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

                  What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

                  Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

                  This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

                  This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

                  4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

                  When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

                  There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

                  Peter Drucker said,

                  “What you track is what you do.”

                  So track it to do it — it really helps.

                  But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

                  5. Measure Once, Do Twice

                  Peter Drucker also said,

                  “What you measure is what you improve.”

                  So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

                  For reading, it’s 20 pages.
                  For writing, it’s 500 words.
                  For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
                  For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

                  Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

                  6. All Days Make a Difference

                  Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

                  Will two? They won’t.

                  Will three? They won’t.

                  Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

                  What happened? Which one made you fit?

                  The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

                  No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

                  7. They Are Never Fully Automated

                  Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

                  But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

                  What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

                  It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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                  The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

                  It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

                  It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

                  8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

                  Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

                  Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

                  When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

                  The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

                  Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

                  9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

                  The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

                  Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

                  You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

                  But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

                  So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

                  If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

                  This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

                  The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

                  Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

                  10. Punish Yourself

                  Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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                  I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

                  It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

                  You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

                  No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

                  The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

                  But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

                  11. Reward Yourself

                  When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

                  Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

                  The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

                  After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

                  If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

                  Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

                  If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

                  In the End, It Matters

                  What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

                  When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

                  And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

                  “Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

                  Keep going.

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                  Reference

                  [1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
                  [2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
                  [3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
                  [4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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