Sometimes in life we all need an inspirational or positive quote to help us out on occasion. I know I certainly find them useful when I’m having a bad day, or just need confirmation that where I am at that particular moment in time is perfectly fine.
This post was inspired by my lovely friend Lisa who also wrote a post featuring her favourite quotes. I commented with a few of mine, how they help me and was inspired to write my own post, you should definitely check out Lisa’s post though because there are some fab quotes on there which you may also find helpful.
So, onto my favourite quotes. I hope these are useful to some of you and that you can find comfort through reading this post.
“You can do anything, but not everything”
This was actually on a postcard I bought in Paperchase. It reminds me that actually I don’t HAVE to try and do everything because sometimes, just doing that one small thing each day is better and that the actions I’m taking each day are still taking me towards my end goal.
It also reminds me not to take too much on my plate all at once because it will only make me feel worse and like I can’t DO anything. I’ll end up a bit like a deer in headlights, stuck and unable to move. By breaking tasks down into their component parts it’s more likely to get done and not leave me feeling overwhelmed.
“Just trying to be better, not the best”
This is another Paperchase postcard and one I have on my bedroom door. Like the quote above, it reminds me that trying to be the best in any area of my life can lead to overwhelm and another deer in headlights situation.
If I can aim to be better in any given situation I’m facing, whether that be at work or at home, if I can aim to be a little better each time, then I know I’ll have done the best I can. Rather than trying to overachieve and not getting anything done!
“You don’t have to run everyday, to be a runner every day”
This one helps me when I’m struggling either on a run, or am lacking time to actually get out there and run. I heard it whilst listening to Coach Bennett’s guided run on the NRC app. He says that even if you’re not running, you’re still a runner and by simply choosing to turn up each day, you’re a runner.
It helps me a lot and is one I wouldn’t mind getting tattooed on me one day. Running really helps me, mentally and physically. I find I always feel better after a run- no matter how long or short it is.
It reminds me that everything I’m doing is preparing me in some way for my next run. Making the time to lace up my trainers is in a way, already making me a better person.
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”
Pooh Bear is a very wise bear indeed for a bear of very little brain! The quotes that Pooh and friends come out with never fail to make me smile or pick me up when I’m feeling sad. For whatever stage you’re at in life, or whatever moment you’re in, you can guarantee that there’ll be a quote for that exact time.
I have loved Pooh and friends all my life and loved both of the films. The fact that Christopher Robin’s childhood friends were all there for him even as he got older, definitely made me feel better about having a small collection of stuffed toys myself!
This quote though always makes me feel better if I’m struggling for whatever reason. Sometimes you can forget just how amazing you really are when you’re suffering with overwhelm. So a quote like this can definitely help pick you up when you need it most!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade wins in your sails and explore, dream, discover.”
OK so this is a long one but it reminds me of another quote which is something like: “Boats weren’t made to stay in the safe harbour” which basically means get out there and discover the world because “..if we were made to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”
This is particularly poignant now that we’ve come through a pandemic where we couldn’t even go outside, let alone explore new places around the world! But at the same time now that the world is opening up again, we shouldn’t forget about those places on our doorsteps either.
Just because our world has been shut off for such a long time doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give up on our dreams either. In fact it’s probably the opposite because the pandemic has shown us that life is too short to not travel to the places we want to go to or do the things we want to do.
My Mum found this quote for me before I went to Australia and it’s stayed with me ever since and is one of my favourites when it comes to travel.
“Comparison is the thief of joy”
I’m sure everyone knows this quote but it’s always one I come back to time and again because in the influencer/content creating world it can be so so easy to do when you’re scrolling through your timeline on Instagram.
We all need to remember that Instagram is just a highlights reel and not everyone shares their worst day so what you may deem as a ‘perfect grid’ probably took hours of curating to show only their best sides. Depending on whether you use Instagram as a source of income may be a direct reflection of what they show to the world.
You also have to remember that because social media is so available to anyone at anytime of day or night anywhere in the world, that person whose feed you’re drooling over may have to curate it so that potential/current employers don’t actually see their ‘real world’.
Instead of being jealous perhaps building others up with kindness and having a bit of sympathy for how long it took that person to find the time/space/energy to post a perfectly curated picture.
So there you have it, just a few of my favourite quotes which help me when I need it most. Which ones did you find the most helpful? Are there any others I have missed out? Let me know below.