Hope you’ve had a great start to 2016!
I don’t know about you, but a new year always fills me with excitement. The promise of what it will bring and renewed motivation and inspiration for getting things done. But enthusiasm can wane, or the stress and overwhelm of running a business can just plain run us over and burn us out at times. Or maybe we have other stuff in our personal lives that is creating challenges. We all know as small business owners that personal always trickles into business and vice versa.
While there are plenty of different strategies for keeping up the momentum and the positivity, one of my go-tos is reading inspirational quotes. So I put together this post with some of my favourites. Bookmark it and come back to it when you’re having a down day or when you’re not loving your business. Hopefully it will help to buoy those small business spirits!
“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” ― Rudyard Kipling
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means, paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“Anyone that ever accomplished anything, did not know how they were going to do it. They only knew they were going to do it.” – Bob Proctor
“Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – Napoleon Hill
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford
“If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.” – Neale Donald Walsch
“Don’t try to be different, own the fact you already are.” – Jonathan Fields
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Neil Patel
“Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.” – Debbie Ford
“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.” – Dale Carnegie
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” – Chinese proverb
“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H. Schulle
“We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – Bertie Charles Forbes
“If Plan A didn’t work, don’t worry, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” – Heidi McDonald
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison
Which one of these quotes is your favourite? Or do you have another go-to quote that does it for you? Meet you in the comments.