And just like that, the first month of the year is behind us. If you’re feeling super energized and excited at all you accomplished the first month of the year, kudos to you! But, if you’re looking around like where did the time go and feeling like you haven’t even got started, don’t worry you’re not alone. At the start of the year we’re all full of positive energy and momentum, but as the year progresses and we get caught in the details of our daily lives, it’s not always easy to keep that same motivation. If you’re looking for some daily inspo to keep you uplifted and motivated as you go, here are seven quotes you can repeat to remind yourself “you got this”.
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” –Michelle Obama
At some point in our lives, we’re bound to hear negative things about ourselves. Often times, these negative statements can often outweigh the positive comments others have said about us, or at least that’s how it can feel in our minds. Never allow someone’s hate to outweigh all the positivity and love that you’re receiving from everyone else.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do the so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” –Maya Angelou
If you’re feeling pressured to follow a certain career path, remember that it is your life. Whether the pressure is coming from your family, peers, or even society, think about what really matters to you. As you build your career, you’ll soon learn and realize that it consumes most of your time and energy, so make it a point to dedicate it all to something you love?
“Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.” –Alice Walker
The one thing to know about success is that it is only achieved through overcoming failures. If you’re at a breaking point, know that it is not uncommon. Failure isn’t sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you’re trying. You’ll truly know your strength once you have been able to take your failures, learn from them, and then use them as the foundation to achieving success.
“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” –Alice Walker
One of your goals at all times in your life should be to be happy. Although there might be factors hindering this process, you should always work towards happiness. Often times we equate happiness with how well we’re perceived or celebrated by other people instead turning inwards to ourselves. Don’t take it personal when people don’t show up for you. Their happiness or unhappiness for you shouldn’t affect your own. As long as you are truly content with yourself and what you have, that’s all that matters.
“I’m very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That’s my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it’s not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.” –Denzel Washington
In this time of racial tension, many start to question what it means to be black. Often times, people are criticized for being too black or not being black enough. This comes full circle to the previous quote by Alice Walker. There is no level or degree of “blackness” that is correct or acceptable. Regardless of what you identify as, it is not all you are and you should never let anyone tell you that it is.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barack Obama
The news of this year and the recent years might have left you questioning what is going on in the world. We often look to others for ideas of change, but we don’t realize that the change we’re searching for can come from within. Many of us are sometimes scared or apprehensive of working on a grand-scale, but your change can start small, in your own community, in your own home by speaking up for what we believe and working against injustices.
“Dreams do come true. If anyone’s proof of that, it’s me.” –Jennifer Hudson
Think of the biggest dream you have for yourself. Now can you imagine it happening? As you work towards your dreams and goals, there is one important thing to remember: You have everything you need to make it happen. So often we get in own way due to fear of failing, but you’ve already failed if you haven’t tried.