“Fake it until you make it.” “Just do it.” “Get back on your horse and ride.” These popular expressions highlight our societies’ glorification of effort and stamina. There seems to be a constant, subliminal message that flows through our collective conscious, telling us that to be happy and successful in life, we must always be at the top of our game, functioning at full throttle.
Make more, do more, be more! Do it better, do it faster, and do it now! With all of the relentless demands on our lives, it’s no wonder we eventually burn-out and lose our mojo.
But to be fully engaged and energetic at all times isn’t realistic or even possible. A ruthless pace of life disregards our need for rest and recuperation, and it ignores the natural cycle of life energy, which waxes and wanes as a way to maintain balance.
If you’re feeling depleted, know that you are not alone. Everyone has days (or even weeks) they’d rather stay in bed. But you can’t always stop when you want to, as life’s demands never cease.
So, what do you do when you are worn-out? You keep on, keeping-on, because you have no choice. But thankfully, there is always inspiration to be found, even when you feel like you are running on fumes.
Here are 12 inspirational quotes to help put the motion back into your momentum:
Alter your Attitude
Sometimes it’s not your energy level that needs to change, it’s your attitude. A negative mind creates a negative filter through which you view your life.
If you look at life as drag you are bound to become lethargic, but if you stay focused on the positive you will have more motivation to lend to your actions. Positive energy is the animating force behind vivacity.
These three quotes serve as a reminder to look on the bright side of life:
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” ~ Mike Singletary
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” ~ Helen Keller
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
Utilize Your Humor
With joy comes a natural buoyancy that uplifts all that it touches. Use your humor as a tool to boost your joie de vivre. After all, everyone feels better after a good laugh.
Read these three humorous quotes to remind yourself to keep it light:
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out alive.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~ Dolly Parton
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” ~ Robert Frost
Appreciate your Progress
If you’re in the middle of a daunting task it can feel as though you are trudging through molasses. To keep yourself going, remind yourself where you’ve already been. Acknowledging your progress will help you to see that it has not been all for naught, and you will find the strength to keep moving.
Here are a few, great reminders that even baby steps count:
“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” ~ Confucius
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Understand the Impermanence
Just as the planets rotate around the sun, your life flows in a circuitous pattern, lending a temporary quality to everything. If you can see that nothing is permanent you will realize that, even if you are down, you don’t have to stay there. In every moment you have the option to decide to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. All strength, even physical, is born of the mind.
Check out these 3 quotes to help you resolve to stay strong:
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ~ Babe Ruth
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ~ Maya Angelou
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” ~ Japanese proverb
If you find that you’re exhausted, or you’re in a pattern of life where you’re feeling a little empty, it won’t help to force yourself to keep going. In fact, if you do it may backfire and make you feel worse. Instead, work to relax and allow things to be as they are. Take a little extra care of yourself, seek inspiration wherever you can find it, keep laughing, and firm your resolve to find the joy in every moment of the journey.