100 Inspirational Quotes To Help You Gain & Maintain Momentum

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The desk is littered with lists.  Things to do, problems to solve, calls that need to be returned.  The phone is ringing and emails constantly pile up in the inbox.  Is there ever going to be a break from this nonstop onslaught?

Waking up in the morning is occasionally met with a heavy sigh and a strong desire to pull the covers over my head because I feel like I am wading through molasses.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel but every time it winks at me I squint and ask myself, “has it moved further into the distance?”

Having a passion and purpose for something is wonderful. However that passion isn’t always what gets us through to the other side or what gets us to the finish line. Getting through the “muck” of reaching a desired destination is a combination of focus, tenacity, a refusal to give up hope, and making good decisions.

Distractions abound.

Navigating complex reality is, well, complex and distractions abound that make it difficult for us to stay focused on making good decisions that will efficiently lead us to our desired finish line.

Quickly and efficiently identifying the difference between urgent and important can be a challenge as well as a threat to our momentum.

And making good decisions while remaining thoughtful of our destination is what gets us where we deeply desire to go!

The next time you are feeling tired of the mundane repetition of reaching your goal and everyone is screaming for your attention:

Take the 3 breath challenge

  •  Take a deep breath in and ask yourself, Is this thing before me both urgent and important? Silently exhale your answer.
  • Take deep breath two and ask yourself, Can I resolve this thing before me thoughtfully, respectfully and effectively in the next five minutes or does it require more of my attention?  Exhale your answer.
  • Take in your third deep breath and remind yourself to be centered, grounded, and consider the consequences of being reactionary instead of proactively tackling a task.  Exhale peace and move forward confidently and calmly with your decision.
  • Repeat as often as necessary.

AND power through with motivational energy from these 100 quotes!

  1. Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.  — Norman Vincent Peale
  2. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.  And guess what they have planned for you?  Not much.  — Jim Rohn
  3. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.  — Thomas Edison
  4. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.  — Og Mandino
  5. If you’re going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill
  6. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  — Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.  — Helen Keller
  8. Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.  — Denis Waitely
  9. Do you want to know who you are?  Don’t ask.  Act!  Action will delineate and define you.  — Thomas Jefferson
  10. Either you run the day or the day runs you.  — Jim Rohn
  11. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. — Benjamin Franklin
  12. Always continue the climb.  It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.  — Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  13. I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be.  I’m free to be what I want.  — Muhammad Ali
  14. Well done is better than well said.  — Benjamin Franklin
  15. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.  — Dale Carnegie
  16. If you don’t like how things are, change it!  You’re not a tree.  — Jim Rohn
  17. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.  — Robert H. Schuller
  18. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  — Mark Twain
  19. Act as if you make a difference.  It does.  — William James
  20. Things do not happen.  Things are made to happen.  — John F. Kennedy
  21. Determine never to be idle.  No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any.  It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.  — Thomas Jefferson
  22. Quality is not an act, it is a habit.  — Aristotle
  23. Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere.  Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. — Sasha Cohen
  24. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  — Thomas Paine
  25. Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.  — Samuel Beckett
  26. A goal is a dream with a deadline. — Napoleon Hill
  27. What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.  — Ralph Marston
  28. Infuse your life with action.  Don’t wait for it to happen.  Make it happen.  Make your own future.  Make your own hope.  Make your own love.  And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen…yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. — Bradley Whitford
  29. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.  — Mark Caine
  30. The most effective way to do it, is to do it.  — Amelia Earhart
  31. You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.  — George S. Patton
  32. To know oneself, one should assert oneself.  — Albert Camus
  33. Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.  — William James
  34. Leap, and the net will appear.  — John Burroughs
  35. Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.  — Elbert Hubbard
  36. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into visible. — Tony Robbins
  37. Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.  — Gordon B. Hinckley
  38. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.  — Walter Elliot
  39. I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time.  So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them.  Timing is everything.  — Dan Millman
  40. I can, therefore I am.  — Simone Weil
  41. Go big or go home.  Because it’s true.  What do you have to lose?  — Eliza Dushku
  42. I’ve found that luck is quite predictable.  If you want more luck, take more chances.  Be more active.  Show up more often.  — Brian Tracy
  43.  The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.  — Emelia Earhart
  44. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.  — W. Clement Stone
  45. We become what we think about.  — Earl Nightingale
  46. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  — Charles Swindoll
  47. The most common way that people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.  — Alice Walker
  48. Eighty percent of success is showing up.  — Woody Allen
  49. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  — Steve Jobs
  50. I am not a product of my circumstances.  I am a product of my decisions. — Stephen Covey
  51.  People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing and that is why we recommend it daily.  — Zig Ziglar
  52. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.  — Anais Nin
  53. Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.  — Jesus
  54. Believe that you can and you’re half way there.  — Theodore Roosevelt
  55. Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.  — Arthur Ashe
  56. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions.  — Dalai Lama
  57. If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat!  Just get on.  — Sheryl Sandberg
  58. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  — Latin Proverb
  59. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.  — Les Brown
  60. Challenges are what make life interested and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.  — Joshua J. Marine
  61. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.  Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Being willing is not enough; we must do.  — Leonardo da Vinci
  62. What’s money?  A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.  — Bob Dylan
  63. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.  — Roger Staubach
  64. The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals.  The struggles within yourself – the invisible battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.  — Jesse Owens
  65. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.  — Confucius
  66. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.  — Tony Robbins
  67. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.  — Ayn Rand
  68. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.  — Henry Ford
  69. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. — Benjamin Franklin
  70. Accept responsibly for your life.  Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.  — Les Brown
  71. Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want.  — Unknown
  72. Good things come to those who wait but greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.  — Unknown
  73. Success comes from taking the initiative and following up…persisting…eloquently expressing the depth of your love.  What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?  — Tony Robbins
  74. It is often when night looks darkest, it is often before the fever breaks that one senses the gathering momentum for change, when one feels that resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.  — Hillary Clinton
  75. Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.  — Bryant H. McGill
  76. The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. — Frances E. Willard
  77. When you’re that successful, things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can’t really tell whether you have created the momentum or it’s creating you.  — Annie Lennox
  78. If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.  — Holly Near
  79. Most of life is routine – dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going.  If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.  — Ben Nicholas
  80. Sliding headfirst is the safest way to get to the next base, I think, and the fastest.  You don’t lose your momentum, and there’s one more important reason I slide headfirst, it gets my picture in the paper.  — Pete Rose
  81. When you have that window of opportunity called a crisis, move as quickly as you can, get as much done as you can.  There’s a momentum for change that’s very compelling.  — Anne M. Mulcahy
  82. Sometimes thinking too much can destroy your momentum.  — Tom Watson
  83. Always work hard.  Intensity clarifies.  It creates not only momentum, but also the pressure you need to feel either friction, or fulfillment.  — Marcus Buckingham
  84. Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.  — Bryant McGill
  85. Whatever beginning goals you set for yourself, following through on them will build momentum and a sense of achievement and those small successes will point the way to bigger ones.  — Pamela Glass Kelly
  86. We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle
  87. Take calculated risks.  That is quite different from being rash.  — George S. Patton
  88. Well begun is half done.  — Greek Proverb
  89. The best way out is always though.  — Robert Frost
  90. Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.  — Samuel Smiles
  91. Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.  — Voltaire
  92. Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.  — Henry Ward Beecher
  93. You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.  — Author Unknown
  94. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.  — William B. Sprague
  95. Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.  — Kenneth Hildebrand
  96. Fortune favors the brave.  — Publius Terence
  97. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.  — Albert Einstein
  98. In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.  — Norman Vincent Peale
  99. Believe with all of your heat that you will do what you were made to do.  — Orison Swett Marden
  100. We are still masters of our fate.  We are still captains of our souls.  — Winston Churchill

What motivational quote keeps you on top of your game?

@MiltonKatie firmly believes that staying motivated can be positively influenced by a special balance of frequently saying NO and biting off more than you can chew. She blogs about lifestyle design, Paleo wellness, and travel over at www.katiemilton.com 

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