How about a few motivational quotes and tips for this Friday morning? I felt like I needed some, so here are the quotes I have selected. Maybe it provides you an additional dose of inspiration and energy for the day!?
1. Focus on what you excel at
“It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
All too often, people do not focus on what they are good at, they want to do everything, they say ‘yes’ to a lot of things at work and they want to be good at everything. And in case they are not, it is often somebody else’s fault and not their own.
Today’s advice, look at your agenda for the day, limit your activities to what you really have to do and what you are good at (usually something that you like doing). Delegate the rest, if possible. Leave some time to clean up your inbox and office desk before you head out of the office to have a fresh start on Monday.
2. Accept and learn from the challenges as they come
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
People face many different types of challenges, whether in their private or business life. And for whatever reason many of those business challenges pop up on a Friday, surprisingly enough. Even though they can be nerve racking and time consuming, we should make the most of it and learn from it.
Earlier this morning, I found out that I am invited to a business lunch with some public relation experts next week. Nothing wrong with a business lunch, but soon after the invitation I received a second email from someone claiming I should not attend the lunch as it was his idea and not the person’s who send the invitation. Now, here is a conflict situation. Gladly, I am not in the middle of it.
What was your latest challenge? Do you write down your lessons learned on a particular situation or project? This helps not only to reflect, but also to digest and improve next time.
3. Be thankful
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
This morning I woke up being grumpy, and I do not know why. This is silly. Fortunately, I remembered a lesson I learned a while ago to ask myself “why” I feel in a certain way. If I cannot answer this question within the next minute, I tell myself I have no reason whatsoever to be in a bad mood. On the contrary, I should be happy. Happy and thankful for what I have and how lucky I am! And believe it, that method works for me.
Being happy is one way to value what you have. To appreciate and enjoy the people around you, the places you are at, the things you can and like to do. It is not always about achieving and striving forward to the next goal. Stop, realize what you have accomplished and enjoy it!
What’s your favorite motivational quote for work or in general that can provide a quick dose of inspiration when you need it most?
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