7 Inspirational Quotes to Get you Motivated this Fall
The brilliant season of autumn inspires the desire for change. Fresh fall breezes and glorious colors spur us to make goals. Do you have wishes whispering to be attained? Are there aspirations calling from within? Do want to start, but need a nudge to begin? Here are seven motivational quotes to fuel your drive and get you in gear.
1. If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
Use the power of visualization to actualize your dream. Actor Jim Carrey practiced this technique to realize his ambitions. Before he became famous, he would park his car on Mulholland Drive and picture himself as a movie star. Mulholland Drive is one of the best vantage points for viewing Hollywood. Jim imagined his future as he wanted it to be and was led directly to it. To see Jim Carrey’s source of inspiration, click here.
Even more amazing was Jim Carrey writing himself a $10 million dollar check for a movie contract and dating it five years ahead. He carried it everywhere and looked at it several times daily. One year before the projected date, he obtained $10 million to star in “Dumb and Dumber.”
Creative visualization has been successfully used by business executives, pro athletes, and artists. Our brains consider visual images and reality to be identical. What you focus on with thought and emotion is what you’ll attract.
For how to perform the technique and examples of celebrities who’ve used it, click here.
2. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe
Does your dream seem light years away? Break it down into achievable steps. Start small. If your aim is a regular exercise program, begin with what’s feasible. Perhaps a walk around the block is your best effort right now. Rejoice in that, and gradually increase your distance. You’ll achieve your purpose with persistence.
3. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Did you backslide yesterday with achieving your goal? Don’t despair. Put the former lapse behind you and forge ahead. Use this quote to get back on track. Marshal your inner clout, and infuse your mind with can-do thoughts.
The life of Eleanor Roosevelt will also inspire you. She was the wife of America’s 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She was a strong supporter of her husband’s political life. However, she hit a roadblock in their relationship after 13 years of marriage. Her husband had an affair. The First Lady wanted to leave the marriage, but the president begged her to stay. It was his good fortune that she did. At the age of 39, President Roosevelt was struck with polio and rendered paraplegic. Thereafter, Eleanor became known as “the President’s legs, eyes, and ears,” assisting him in his leadership role. Certainly, new strength and new thoughts are what enabled the First Lady to rebound after spousal infidelity.
4. It doesn’t matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
If you’re discouraged by your rate of progress, comfort yourself with these words. As long as you keep moving forward, you’ll reach your destination.
5. Failure is delay, not defeat. – Denis Waitley
If you fall midway on your upward trend, understand that it’s not the end. It may be a setback, but don’t think it’s a bust. Many people encounter stumbling blocks on the path to success. Here are some examples to encourage you:
Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer. At the age of 13 while surfing in Kauai, her left arm was severed by a 14-foot tiger shark. One month after the attack, she was back on her board. Using a customized surfboard, she learned how to surf with one arm. Two years later, she won a national competition.
Jerry Seinfeld is the king of confidence on-stage. However, he didn’t start that way. At his first comedy club performance, he took one look at the audience, froze, and was booed off the set. Rebounding the next night, he regaled the crowd. The audience loved him. This single victory set the stage for Seinfeld’s enduring fame.
For more examples of people who triumphed over obstacles, click here.
6. Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out. – Christopher Reeve
One day, Christopher Reeve was at the peak of a thriving acting career as “Superman.” The next day, he became quadriplegic. He was only 43 at the time of the horseback riding accident that forever changed his life. Christopher was a seasoned rider, with 10 years of training under his belt. At a Virginia equestrian competition, his horse stopped short before a jump. Christopher was catapulted off the horse, landing headfirst on the ground. The impact broke his neck, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.
When Christopher woke up in the ICU and realized the gravity of his situation, he considered suicide. His wife’s love and support saved him. He went on to champion the cause to cure spinal cord injuries. He co-founded a leading research center. He created an organization to fund scientific efforts. Although he died 11 years ago, the Christopher Reeve Foundation continues to improve the lives of the disabled. To date, it has donated over $65 million to research and more than $8.5 million in grants.
For details on this movie and real-life hero, click here.
7. Hitch your wagon to a star. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This expression has several meanings.
- Aim high. Give yourself permission to think big. The sky’s the limit!
- Set your sights on those you admire. Is there someone who inspires you? It needn’t be a celebrity. It could be your dad, sister, or a friend. Inform them of your aspiration and ask for their support.
- Your star could be someone who shares the same goal. Partner with them in your desired activity. Sign up for a class. Join an online support group.
- Your inspiration could be a magazine photo. Post it on your fridge or near your computer. Picture yourself in the image. Now you’re cooking!
Go For It!