Positive quotes are everywhere these days, across every social media platform and finding their way across greetings cards across the country. I LOVE a positive quote – they are everywhere around me, both at home, in my journal, above my desk, adorned across my Facebook page and regularly on my Twitter account. Here are five of my favourites to inspire you
Believe you can and you’re halfway there
True dat – self-belief is a huge part of the battle when tackling any task. Think of how you feel starting out on a pile of dishes, if you could never visualise them stacked away tidy with a clear sink, if you thought you’d be washing them forever you just wouldn’t bother starting them. If you remind yourself of this every time you are faced with a task that is overwhelming you, you’ll start off much better afoot and keep going. Soon you’ll wonder what the hell you were worried about in the first place or why you had been putting it off so long.
You are in charge of your own happiness
It took me a while to believe this one myself. I was sure there was some evil life-force out there quashing my plans, my dreams and my ambitions. It is sometimes too easy to blame our unhappiness on others, because they have more money, a better job, a better car or just because… the truth is we are all responsible for our own happiness. Don’t like your job? I mean really don’t like your job, then change it? Been dumped? Get your gladrags on and go out and meet people. Stop wallowing in self-pity (which eventually becomes self-loathing) and go get your life on track. It’s your life – own it!
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs
Ok so perhaps you’re not quite in the job you thought you would end up in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it. There must be some aspect of your job you enjoy so make it feel less like work and more of a vocation. Find what you thrive on and then work out how you can dovetail it into your current job. This could be through a project or training need, don’t be afraid to speak to your employer about it, it could lead on to possibilities.
This day will never come again
Obviously, although sometimes it can feel like we are living the same monotonous cycle over and over again like a stuck record. Remind yourself that you will never see today again – so relish every moment, the good and the bad. If it isn’t good, what can you learn from it? If it is good, what can you capture and savour from today to help you through on the bad days? A great way to kick-start your commitment to capturing something each day is to challenge yourself to capture a moment each day. This could be by completing a photo-a-day challenge for 100 days, or start your own Happiness Jar. These are both great ways to look back on those moments that made you feel fulfilled.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
This quote also sits right above my desk, just next to my computer screen. The card itself reads: “Happiness is a journey, not a destination…for a long time it seemed to me that life was about to being – real life, but there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way, so treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.” I love that card…whenever I’m browsing round West Yard at Camden Lock Market I head to a great little card shop (as you head over the bridge, enter West Yard and keep the left, walk straight past the bar and it is right there). It’s called Rosebud Trading and you can check them out here. The selection always cheers me and I stock up to share them.
Currently I am the happiest I have ever been, the happiest I have felt in a long time. I decided about two years ago that I should just get on and enjoy life. I don’t believe that I’m happy despite the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations. I’m happy because of them. I gave up thinking that one day I was going to wake up and my life was suddenly going to fall into place, karma would see me thin, see me with a hunk, a lottery win or whatever else you’re waiting for.
I got up one morning and I decided enough was enough and if I wanted to have anything on my wish list I needed to actually start working towards my goals. They weren’t going to magically be achieved. I’m not even going to say I wish I’d figured it sooner because I’m a believer in fate also, so chances are if I’d discovered this ten years ago my life would be vastly different. I don’t want a different life, I love this life. But as for you, if you’re enjoying yours, great! Continue. If you’re not, print out the pictures from this post and stick them somewhere you’re gonna see them A LOT. Your bathroom mirror, your fridge, above your desk – it really doesn’t matter, but pay attention to them…one day you might just thank yourself for it!