Motivation for 2013

Posted by Kelli McKinney

Motivation for 2013We are now six weeks into the new year. Are you making the most of it?

Everyone has off days, even seemingly tireless military spouses or service members. On those days when there aren’t enough hours to get everything done, the chapters seem too long to read (or write) and the dreams seem too lofty to accomplish, it helps to remember that others have walked the rocky path before you.

I keep a couple of lists of inspirational quotes in strategic places around my house (tacked to the fridge, by the mail, and next to my computer) to help keep me moving during those times when I feel stagnant.

This Friday, I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you…

“When you think you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” —Thomas Edison

“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

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

“Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience.” Jack Vance

“The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.” Tom Hopkins

“You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.”
Seth Godin

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

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

“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

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

“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 others’ opinion drown 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

“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

“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

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

Now that you’re psyched up and ready to take on the day, what are you going to accomplish? What aren’t you going to accomplish is the better question, right? Ready to get that degree you’ve always wanted, or start that military-to-civilan job search?

What motivates you to keep going when times get tough? Share with us in the comments below.



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