Motivational quotes can be exactly what's needed, or they can just be a lot of hot air.
Your receptiveness, your level of understanding, or how the words react with your consciousness - these factors determine the depth of your benefit.
Consciousness in this context means much more than just being awake.
Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn
Does that one motivate you?
To me, it offers some level of motivation - but it falls short because it tells only a small part of the story, and probably not the most important part.
The part that it tells has to do with efficient use of time and being in control.
There are times when it's necessary to use time well. But you have to be the one who determines what the best use of your time might be.
I've spent time needlessly trying to determine priorities in order to use time efficiently. If I come up with a prioritized list of what to do and when to do it, along with rating tasks according to importance, it's often trashed because of something urgent.
The tyranny of the urgent. I'll bet you've heard that phrase.
Apparently it started with a small booklet written by a Christian author, Charles Hummel in 1967.
The title was The Tyranny of the Urgent, and it offers a solution for the situation I described above.
Lots of pastors, teachers and sales leaders have latched onto the phrase, and have offered various means for solving the problem.
Probably most of the solutions offered can be effective.
Sometimes efficiency is not the most vital part of the equation - and sometimes it's not necessary to be in control.
The dog that trots about finds a bone. Golda Meir
For some reason I really like this one. For some reason lots of motivational quotes are about dogs.
It provides motivation, so it's really one of those true motivational quotes. It works because you immediately picture a dog trotting around, curiously sticking his nose in various places - sniffing until he finds something interesting.
The dog doesn't worry about efficiency or control.
The saying hints at the law of abundance. Plenty of bones to go around. No matter as to how many bones, or the size of the bone.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. Victor Kiam
Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose? Eliza Dushku
One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. Michael Korda
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. Kyle Chandler
Motivational quotes have the great potential of getting us going and keeping us moving.
One of my favorite authors is Ralph Waldo Emerson. I'm lucky enough to have had a volume of his essays and other writings for 25 or more years.
I'm sure you've heard of Ralph, but you may not be familiar with him.
He was a pastor of a large congregation of church folks during the third decade of the 19th century, but his writings apply to the modern world just as fully as they did to his contemporaries.
Emerson clearly knew so much about life and living that his writing could not be limited by church doctrine. You can hardly read more than a page or two of his writing before you see how he ran afoul of the church hierarchy.
Church organizations often seem to limit any exploring minds - or eliminate them from their organizations. Often the congregants themselves are uncomfortable when they feel pressure to expand their thinking by entertaining new or different ideas.
Many modern church organizations have blacklisted Emerson - refusing to embrace his teachings - much to the loss of their members and especially their pastors.
His writings are overflowing with motivational quotes, both long and short.
It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
A contemporary of mine - one who is still living - whose books I read when I was in my 20s and 30s is Wayne Dyer.
Dr. Dyer has enjoyed great popularity and success - to the point of often appearing on TV.
I enjoyed his teachings much more when he and I were both young. They resonated with me much more then than now.
Here are a couple of motivational quotes from Wayne Dyer.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
Sometimes the words which motivate me the most are words which were not necessarily written to motivate. Instead they were written to communicate an important truth about life.
When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.
Neither concepts nor mathematical formulae can explain the infinite. No thought can encapsulate the vastness of the totality.
Every thought implies a perspective, and every perspective, by its very nature, implies limitation, which ultimately means that it is not true, at least not absolutely.
All that ever has been or will be is now, outside of time, which is a mental construct.
You might recognize the last four motivational quotes; if you do, you are very fortunate to have read or heard Eckhart Tolle.
The reason the writings of Tolle and Emerson are motivating is that truth is both liberating and moving.
The comparison between the two is very interesting.
Tolle uses a lot fewer words in shorter sentences, but then Emerson's writings are nearly 175 years old. It amazes me that Emerson still seems vital and fresh.
As many times as I've listened to and read Tolle's writings, they continue to speak volumes, and I continue to benefit.
Sometimes I find it beneficial to go back and forth from Tolle to Emerson, or the other way around.
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE. Emerson
Is that a motivational quote - or is it an inspirational quote?
If you have no experience with Emerson's writings, it may be neither for you.
The brief quote above is from an essay titled The Over-Soul.
The sentence immediately preceding the above quote is very lengthy. It fills nearly a third of the written page. Emerson uses the semicolon to artfully string together several highly instructive clauses which shine more light on the primary subject of the essay.
Here's a portion of that lengthy sentence:
The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-Soul, within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other; ...
Now here's a quote from Tolle which expresses the same truth:
Underneath the surface appearance, everything is not only connected with everything else, but also with the Source of all life out of which it came. Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, or wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. from Oneness With All Life
To me these are real motivational quotes.
You might say they're more inspirational than motivational.
If that's true for you, then you're right. I think they're both inspiring and motivating.Return to Mind Power from Motivational Quotes