37 Quotes to ReFloat Your Motivational Boat

37 Quotes to ReFloat Your Motivational Boat


Some days, the Energizer bunny within stalls, with procrastination a blink away. To keep afloat, I reach for my spirit Wheaties: 37 favorite motivational quotes.

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Last Modified: 2018-04-29

The Beauty of Carefully Selected Quotations

No one is “on” 24/7. Some days seem destined for the ugh! pile.

When I feel a cold coming on, I go on the attack: hot tea, soup, medicine, and more rest than usual.

I treat spirit-quenchers in a similar manner. First, I employ the 5-Whys Technique, pinpointing the precise reason for my dramatic slowdown. Then the right words, after the 5-Whys time, push me right back into atta girl! mode. Those three-dozen + 1 personal faves follow.


Quotes Floating my Productivity / Motivational Boat

✦︎ The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.
—— Benny Lewis

Black-Necked Stilt. Sylvan Heights Bird Park Scotland Neck, NC
Black-Necked Stilt. Sylvan Heights Bird Park Scotland Neck, NC



✦︎ Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
—— Robert Collier


✦︎ Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.
—— Unknown


✦︎ If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.
—— Mario Andretti


✦︎ You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
—— Martin Luther King Jr


✦︎ Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’
—— Mary Anne Radmacher

Pied Avocet. Sylvan Heights Bird Park Scotland Neck, NC
Pied Avocet. Sylvan Heights Bird Park Scotland Neck, NC


✦︎ When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
—— Henry Ford


✦︎ Fake it until you make it. Act as if you had all the confidence you require until it becomes your reality.
—— Brian Tracy


✦︎ Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.
—— John Wooden


✦︎ If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
—— Vincent Van Gogh


✦︎ I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
—— Michael Jordan


✦︎ Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
—— Dale Carnegie


✦︎ The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
—— Andrew Carnegie


✦︎ We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.
—— Dr. Henry Link


✦︎ You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
—— Zig Ziglar

American Flamingo. Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck NC
American Flamingo. Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck NC


✦︎ The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
—— Ayn Rand


✦︎ A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.
—— Henry Kravis


✦︎ Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
—— Swami Vivekananda


✦︎ The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
—— Bruce Lee


✦︎ So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.
—— Og Mandino


✦︎ Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.
—— Spryte Loriano


✦︎ Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just … start.
—— Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Ring-Billed Gull. Lake Wheeler, Raleigh NC
Ring-Billed Gull. Lake Wheeler, Raleigh NC


✦︎ Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
—— Conrad Hilton


✦︎ If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it — teach yourself to be impatient.
—— Gurbaksh Chahal


✦︎ Don’t stop when you’re tired. STOP when you are DONE.
—— Unknown


✦︎ There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
—— Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Shaft-Tailed Finch. National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA
Shaft-Tailed Finch. National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA

✦︎ God didn’t add another day to your life because you needed it; She added it because someone out there needs you.
—— Unknown


✦︎ Do or do not. There is no try.


✦︎ The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
—— Amelia Earhart


✦︎ Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
—— Theodore N. Vail


✦︎ I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
—— Rosa Parks

Zebra Finch. Museum of Life + Science, Durham NC
Zebra Finch. Museum of Life + Science, Durham NC


✦︎ Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
—— William Butler Yeats


✦︎ Nothing will work unless you do.
—— Maya Angelou


✦︎ Your focus determines your reality.
—— George Lucas


✦︎ I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
—— Thomas A. Edison


✦︎ A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
—— Jack Dempsey



Call to Action

Ya roll outta bed, make yourself presentable, and travel to your office. As the clock ticks a new hour, your energy and resolve head south —in 5th gear. Part of the human condition, I s’pose. But fortune smiles: awareness of a problem opens the door to a solution.

Reminder: the Bible begins with a homage to the inherent power of words. Words → actions → creation / destruction → destiny. Even Poindexter, my inner critic, relies entirely on words to hit his mark. I’ve learned the lesson. I keep this list of quotes in my EDwC bullet journal (EveryDay everyWhere Carry). I review this list. Absorb this list. And the germ of procrastination scurries away.

Determination: 1. Poindexter: 0.

What’s in your keep it flowin’ arsenal?


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