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Motivational quotes are everywhere: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. A well-crafted, well-curated quote can be incredibly powerful.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -- Wayne Gretzky
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." -- Lao Tzu
"Every action you take is a vote for the person you wish to become." -- James Clear
Quotes like these remind us who want to be and where we want to go. They give us hope that change is possible. They help us see beyond our current reality. They help us remember why we're doing what we're doing.
Our brains love motivational quotes because they communicate a lot of information quickly, which suits our brains' hardwiring to value efficiency.
But, as with anything, unless we also take steps toward what we truly want, motivational quotes are just words. And if we're not in the right mental and emotional space, or if we're not also taking actual steps toward the change we want, motivational quotes might actually make us feel worse.
In this episode, I talk about using motivational quotes as a mental shortcut -- a heuristic -- to remind us in an instant of the decisions we've already made about where we're going and who we're becoming along the way.
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The following are a few more of my favorite quotes:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." -- Maya Angelou
“The emotion of fear often works overtime. Even when there is no immediate threat, our body may remain tight and on guard, our mind narrowed to focus on what might go wrong. When this happens, fear is no longer functioning to secure our survival. We are caught in the trance of fear and our moment-to-moment experience becomes bound in reactivity. We spend our time and energy defending our life rather than living it fully.” -- Tara Brach
"We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same." Pema Chödrön
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -- Mary Oliver
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." -- Carl Jung
"The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." -- Marcus Aurelius
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." -- John A. Shedd
"She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails." -- Elizabeth Edwards
Original intro/outro music by JMW.
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