I’ve never been much of an “inspirational quotes” type of person. I don’t seek them out. I don’t pin them to a “quote board.” And I don’t post them on Facebook in hopes of inspiring others.
I’m not sure why, but they just don’t motivate me. Maybe because there’s so many cliché, stupid quotes out there that actually make me feel the opposite way they’re supposed to.
So, I don’t want to be obsessed…or dedicated? Dumb. Obsessed does NOT mean dedicated.
I think I’ll go find an excuse now! *shakes head*
Anyway. Instead, I’m more motivated by intrinsic means. The desire to do something, and do it well, first has to come within me. However, I do rely on a couple unchanging phrases, from time to time. They’ve been the same phrases for as long as I can remember, and they deal with three insecurities/weaknesses of mine.
1. Worrying about things that aren’t worth worrying about.
3. Keeping my priorities in line.
The first one is actually a quote by Mark Twain, and my mom said it to me when I was probably back in grade school, worrying about some stupid thing that probably wouldn’t even happen anyway.
I’m so good at creating scenarios in my mind and worrying about them. Whether those scenarios are actually reality or not doesn’t matter. I rely on this quote when I’m worrying about stupid shit that needn’t be worried about.
The second, procrastination. I rely on this phrase when it comes to small things, like refilling my deodorant (I make my own ) or writing a program for a client when I happen to have some spare time.
Nine times out of ten, the answer is “no,” future Paige won’t want to deal with it, and she’ll very much appreciate present Paige dealing with it now.
And lastly, keeping my focus. Keeping my priorities in line.
I not only rely on this question when it comes to work, and the direction I want to be going, but also when I’m doing things that don’t align with the direction I want to be going. For example, if I’m trying to increase my deadlift weight, will running miles and miles help me achieve that goal. (answer: no.)
What’s a phrase you rely on from time to time?