Did you miss me? I was on vacation two weeks ago, but for only one week and then the next week, I took a vacation to recover from the original vacation. It wasn’t stressful. Empty-nest vacations are completely different than family vacations (if you are in the position to take them, I highly recommend them). But what I discovered after I came back wasn’t so much that I wanted to stay on vacation (though that wouldn’t have been the worst thing), but that I was unmotivated.
I imagine I’m not the only one, especially at this time of the year. The newness of the new year has worn off, you’re a little more tired, a little more willing to sleep in and do ‘it’ later. Procrastination becomes your best friend. You put off going to the gym regularly, eating right, losing weight, getting in shape, starting your business, working on projects, that book you want to write, that new habit you want to create, something you want to do this year that you didn’t do last year. Less and less gets done until the progress stops.
Ugh. It’s depressing just writing that sentence.
But for me, that’s where I am. The progress hasn’t stopped, but it has slowed down. And before I go any further, before I encourage this downward slide any more and completely lose the momentum I had, it’s time to find the motivation to get back to where I started. How do I do that? Motivational quotes! Sometimes, hearing what others have to say about getting unstuck helps you find your motivation.
“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
“Keep going. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.”
So Roy Bennett, author of The Light In The Heart, had a lot to say about the subject. But he brings up a good point in each quote: it’s my choice. No one can get me motivated but me. However, the most helpful quote I discovered was this one:
“Don’t think, just do.” Horace
The truth is, I think too much about everything I have to do and as a result, I tend to think my way out of things. I need to stop doing that. If you’re in the same place, know you’re not alone. Find the words that will push you into action and then act. That’s my plan.