Which of these inspirational quotes is your favourite?
I have many favourite inspirational quotes that inspire me. In fact my Instagram account is packed with every quote under the sun. When I find myself in times of struggle, I call on some of my favourites to push me through. Here are 7 of my favourite quotes that have had a profound effect on my life. I hope they help you.
“It’s all been for this”
In 2005, I completed the Australian Ironman triathlon; one of the hardest physical challenges available to everyday people. I had a few quotes that helped me through the grueling 13 hours and 45 minutes that it took me to complete the event.
This one was to remind me that the past 12 months had been dedicated to this moment. There was training, qualifying and preparing for this amazing goal. I had put so much blood, sweat and tears into being there. I needed to remember that all that hard work had been to get me to this point. No matter what happened, no matter how much it hurt, no matter how much I started to doubt myself, I needed to remind myself that I was so incredibly fortunate to be able to be involved.
I had a wristband wrapped around my bike head stem with this quote written on it. There were many times during the 180km ride that I felt lonely, isolated and in pain. As I battled the wind and the hills, I reminded myself that “it’s all been for this”. It allowed me to enjoy every minute of the experience and it worked!
“The pain will be temporary but the memories will last forever”
This inspirational quote is by the famous (and now not so popular) Lance Armstrong. Winning a record 7 Tour de France races between 1999 – 2006 and establishing himself as one of the most superior cycling athletes of all time, Armstrong continually defended himself against doubters who did not believe he could have achieved the feats he did without cheating. He finally admitted in 2013 that he had cheated and was stripped of his titles. Regardless, I still love this quote and what it stands for. This quote can be applied to anything in life which requires short term pain and sacrifice to achieve a goal.
I have used this quote with my personal training clients many times over the years. As I helped everyday people set extraordinary goals, I reminded them that there may be short moments of discomfort along the way. However once they had completed their goal, it was something that would last with them for the rest of their lives. Once the goal was complete, no one could ever take it away from them.
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity, and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes, and then learn how to do it later.” – Richard Branson
Richard Branson is one of my favourite entrepreneurial leaders of all time. I have used this quote numerous times in my life, particularly over the last 3 years or so. I have to say that this time in my life has been one of the greatest periods of growth in my life. If you want to grow, use this quote as inspiration to say “yes!” to any and every opportunity.
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who usually do.” – Steve Jobs
I love this quote because it sums up the amazing contribution that the supposed “misfits” of this word have achieved. I have experienced the ‘one size fits all’ mentality of the modern day schooling system with my boys. I am forever frustrated by the pigeon holing that some teachers and schools perpetuate. We need to be celebrating the unique contributions of every child. We especially need to be nurturing the special talents of those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world! They are our future! I hope my children will be this crazy.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out”
I have this quote on my wall by my front door and it’s there to teach my children, they are amazing just as they are. One of my biggest fears is that they will make bad (and potentially dangerous) decisions because of peer pressure, just to fit in. I want them to understand that they were born to be unique and special and it’s these traits that make them amazing.
“Without pressure, there is no diamonds”
This quote is one of my favourite because it sums up how I live my life! I have confessed to being a Productive Procrastinator. It means that I regularly leave things to the last minute but I seem to work best this way. When I’m under pressure, I achieve amazing things.
“Every great journey begins with one step” – Confucius
How true this is. Fear can so easily prevent us from taking this important first step. Because of this fear, it’s so easy to not even try. In a previous post, I have written about how fear is a contributing factor to self sabotage. To achieve great things, you just need to start with the smallest step. Take that one small step today.
What’s your favourite quote?
Inspirational quotes are a dime a dozen, but you only need one to change your life. I hope at least one of these 7 has resonated with you. Leave a comment to let me know which one is your favourite, or add your own.
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