17 It’s a slow process but quitting won’t speed it up. ~Anonymous
Life’s greatest endeavours take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You cannot achieve success overnight as big achievements are a result of persistent, untiring efforts and hard work over a long period of time. Apart from constant efforts and ample time, every task and process requires efficiency, knowledge, wisdom and intelligence which cannot happen at lightning speed. If a task seems painful and monotonously slow, have patience and keep at it. By quitting, it won’t finish or speed up, rather you will lose the consistency in doing it. How many tasks will you quit from! So, when you go about your work with a calm and composed nature, you will get there eventually.
18 Excuses don’t get results. ~Anonymous
Excuses are the lies we tell ourselves for our failures or inactivity. We often get so overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the task ahead of us that we start procrastinating. When we are answerable for it, we make excuses. When we start making excuses to ourselves, knowing well that we cannot deceive our conscience, we wallow in self-pity and guilt. Why to go over that torture when we can just buckle up and swallow the frog the first thing in the morning! Perform the most unpleasant task first and rest of the day would be smooth sailing, so no more excuses.
19 Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt coined many motivational quotations and this is one of those that build your self-esteem. Many people suffer from inferiority complex because a few silly bullies called them fat or ugly. However, superiority or inferiority is the product of your own psychological make-up. Nobody can govern your feelings unless you yourself give that power to them. Remember you are unique, no one can be you. Just find your true calling, realise your worth and be yourself. Take pride in yourself and your actions. Your confidence will keep your haters at bay. Never allow anyone to walk over you as you are no doormat.
20 Stop wishing, start doing. ~Anonymous
Everyone has certain dreams. And it’s a good thing as they keep you motivated to turn them to reality and do something in life. But how many people are able to achieve everything they desire? Most of the people in the world are underachievers for their standards, the reason being big planning and little work. Today most of the super successful people are basically mediocre who strive relentlessly. So more than anything else, your efforts will make you fulfil your dreams. Understand the things that need to be done and start putting your best possible efforts in the direction as soon as possible.
21 Celebrate even small victories. ~Anonymous
These are truly inspiring words. In today’s world, we are made to see big dreams and encouraged to be greatly ambitious by our teachers and parents. In this quest of being super achievers, we forget to value small victories and accomplishments which are essential to make us happy, motivate us to keep going and build our self-confidence. These serve as a foundation for those high, long-term targets we set for ourselves. So never make the mistake of ignoring these small, unplanned gains. Celebrate them to the utmost every day.
22 It is not our job to be everything to everyone. ~Anonymous
The bane of our lives is to live up to the expectations of the whole world, starting from our parents, to our teachers, our peers and family. It’s like the weight of the entire world is on our shoulders as everyone seems to have such lofty expectations from us. Once we fall into this trap of pleasing others, we are trapped for life. After trying all our life, we still manage to disappoint many of them. Thus, what is the need of pleasing everyone in the first place? Your duty is to yourself first. Be loyal to your dreams and aspirations and when you reap success, you’ll realize everyone is clapping for you.
23 Change comes from self-love, not self-loathing. ~Lauren Fleshman
The easiest way to vent out your frustration of any failure is to beat yourself up, victimize yourself and be cruel to yourself. But why? Self-blaming is the most dangerous thing you can do next to self-harm. Everyone makes mistakes; you have made one too proving you aren’t idle but striving towards your goal. That makes you a thousand times better than 90% of the people around you. You will be a self-made hero and there is nothing to loath about the mistakes you will commit on the way. Rather pride should be the feeling you need to wear on your neck as you face the world.
24 Remember why you are doing this. ~Anonymous
In the struggle to achieve your goal, there may be times when you are tired and just want to stop and sit down, there may be times when the world forces you to bend down or divert you from track. It’s easy to lose sight of the original plan and the reason behind working towards it. In that case, ask yourself why you are doing this and use the reason to pick yourself up, motivate yourself, focus on your goal, push yourself forward and be successful.
25 Don’t ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday. ~Russell Simmons
This is one of the best quotes to inspire the over analysers and pessimists across the world. Bad days and bad people happen to all of us. You cannot change the past but you can choose to make your present better. It would be a torture if you let your past experiences affect your present happiness each day. Just let it go and look forward. A bad yesterday is a lesson learnt, so use it to do better today; only brooding won’t help.
26 The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret. ~Nido R. Qubein
Discipline in any form is rigorous, monotonous, boring and downright painful. It is distasteful enough to tempt you to quit your pursuits every morning before waking up. But the real achievers do get up and go through hell. They know that once they come out of this, they would be brighter than the shiniest diamond. The sharpest of swords go through the hottest of fires. The price you are paying now will pay you great dividends in future. But not getting up at all and making any efforts will eventually lead to regret which will be more painful.
27 Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier
Success is no magical key handed out to us on a silver platter. It is the sum total of all the years of grit and grime we have struggled in. There are no shortcuts to real success, so forget about those self-help books of getting rich fast. It’s all sweat, blood and a whole lot of patience which makes a person super successful. Those little pieces of toil and trouble you go through add up to many gains. Make your efforts day in and day out and see the unbelievable difference you make in your own life and everyone around you.
28 Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods. ~Anonymous
A life without goals is no life at all. And it’s all the more important to have the courage and determination to pursue them. No matter people and circumstances try to divert your attention from your goals, you have to hold on tight to them and be stubborn. In the process to achieve them, you may sometimes feel that your methods no longer work. So you’ve to find an alternate and more efficient way. In this dynamic world, there is just one rule and that is ‘there is no rule’. Keep your eyes on the goal and don’t be restricted by rigidity. Feel free to bend the rules sometimes to achieve targets. If you don’t, you’re bound to quit and give up.
29 Decide what you want, make a plan, and work on it every single day. ~Anonymous
We humans have a habit of overcomplicating things out of panic and confusion. What makes it worse is our undirected trial to come out of that mess. All we need to do is to clear our heads, sit and decide our long-term goals, make a plan of how to move ahead to achieve them and work towards it systematically every single day. Keep it simple. Chalk out a tentative plan with a deadline so that you do not slack off and just work your way through it gradually but relentlessly. Even before you realize it, it will all be done.
30 Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. ~Og Mandino
It is said that failures are the pillars of success but the fear of failure keeps us from doing many great things in life. We simply find excuses to delay our work for we find it too difficult for our capabilities. However, if our drive for success is strong, no setback is ever going to keep us from snatching our goals. This is an inspirational quote that speaks of determination as the most powerful attribute to accomplish anything in life. If you determine to put your heart, mind and soul in something and invest all your energy into it, nobody can stop you from succeeding.
31 Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss
We all have our own unique identity but most of the time, we try to be what we are not in order to please others. In the process, we end up losing ourselves. No matter how hard we try, the world will always find flaws with us. So be yourself, speak your heart out and live your life on your own terms. Don’t waste your time thinking about those who always have something or the other to criticize about. These people won’t make any difference in your life. They are not worth an ounce of your emotions. Spend more time with those who truly love you and value you. They won’t try to change you and will accept you the way you are.
32 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. ~Calvin Coolidge
The world is full of talented people- skilled software engineers, artists, mathematicians, writers, all with fantastic and remarkable abilities but if they don’t utilize those talents and determine to make an effort to achieve something out of them, they will never be able to put their abilities to any use. Only those will be rewarded who, despite not being talented, are hard-working. Not possessing any great talent can always be substituted for determination and persistence.