When you run your business, one of the hardest parts is that there’s nobody to keep you motivated but you. That’s why it pays to grab inspiration wherever you can. Want to know one great source for that? Listen to the wise words of others.
So, when you’re looking for a fresh shot of inspiration to keep going, here are five quotes to keep you inspired in your daily business!
1. 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. George Herbert — poet and priest
Take it from George Herbert: Waiting for perfection is a surefire way to never start. So, if you’ve been waiting to take the next step because you need a better plan, your branding is not perfect or maybe your freelance help isn’t working out, ask yourself what’s really going on inside.
Are you preparing or just procrastinating? If it’s the latter, let Herbert give you the kick in the pants of motivation that you need. Start with what you’ve got and be willing to adjust along the way. There’s no law that says everything has to be perfect the first time.
2. Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. George Whitefield — British clergyman
Entrepreneurs hit all kinds of roadblocks; it comes with the territory. So, if you’re up against a new challenge, you’re not alone. That’s no excuse to quit. Take the setback with a grain of salt and keep going. As Whitefield says, press forward. Keep working. Move toward your goals and see what may surprise you up ahead.
3. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from reaching his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude. Thomas Jefferson — third president of the United States
There’s a lot you can’t control in business — what your competitors are doing, who’s offering lower pricing or a customer who leaves you, for example. Here’s one thing you can control, though: your attitude.
As one of America’s founding fathers pointed out, attitude makes all the difference in your success. When you’re feeling down, ask yourself how you can flip your attitude and change the situation. You may surprise yourself.
4. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown — motivational speaker, author and former politician
If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, you’re hitting up your insecurities as you try new promotions or campaigns. Take this tip from Les Brown and decide not to let fear be the motivator behind your decisions. If the only reason you’re not trying something new or taking another step is that you’re scared of failing or not meeting the success, you’re only hurting yourself.
5. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray, businessman, investor, author and motivational speaker
Here’s a quote that hits right at the heart of the appeal of entrepreneurism. Think about it: No matter how hard things get, no matter how dark days seem, you own your own company. Remind yourself of this. You’re pursuing your dream. You’re your own boss. That’s why the challenges are worth it. That’s why you have to stay motivated. If you give up, you’re resigning yourself to building someone else’s dreams — so isn’t your business worth fighting for now?
Anyone who owns a business can tell you that there are days when it’s hard to stay motivated. So, whether you’re in the midst of those days right now or you remember them and want to be ready for next time, pocket these little reminders. Sometimes the best advice anyone can give you is his or her own version of “keep going.” Don’t lose heart; take the advice of the five individuals above and press forward another day!