When you’re self-employed, it can sometimes be easy to let yourself get off track. Without a “boss” to answer to, the act of letting your mind wander can often have very few short-term consequences. Of course, when you’re working at 3am because you spend your prime working hours getting sucked into social media and other things, you realize that the consequences are still very real.
But what if you can’t get yourself back “in the groove” of getting things done? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your mind back on track. You could read a chapter in a good book or a blog post from someone you look up to. You could give yourself an “after that” ultimatum (i.e. I’m going to go for a run and then after that I’ll get back to work.) One of the easiest and fastest ways to motivate yourself, however, is to take a look at some wise words from others.
So, if you find yourself slipping out of “work mode” and struggling to get things done, take a minute and read some of these motivational quotes to get your mind where it needs to be.
- “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
- “It seems the harder I work, the more luck I have.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing
- Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.” – Paul Coffey
- “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vincent “Vince” Lombardi
- “It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Charles R. Swindoll
- “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
- “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
- “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
- “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam
- “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
- “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
- “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
- “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle
- “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. “ – Napoleon Hill
- “True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” – John W. Gardner
- “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” – Peter Marshall
- “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
- “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair