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6 Nuggets of Wisdom to Reignite Your Motivation

March 08, 2019 3 min read

6 Nuggets of Wisdom to Reignite Your Motivation

Feeling a little uninspired? 

Or maybe you can feel yourself coming to a standstill on the goal front so you want to proactively refill your tank? 

We've been there too and what often helps is a FRESH perspective. 

Here are six quotes aka nuggets of wisdom extracted from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson (one of our favourite books) to quench your thirst for inspiration, reignite your fire and keep your mission alive. 

 

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do - even when it doesn’t look like it makes any difference.

It’s the sacrifices we make, the discomfort we endure, the patience we cultivate, the habits we adopt and the little choices we make every day that make all the difference. The little things, like reading a few pages of a book every day or listening to an educational podcast on the way to work or planning the week ahead or waking up a little earlier to stretch and move your body, are easy to do, but they're just as easy not to do. 

 

Greatness is not something predetermined, predestined or carved into your fate by forces beyond your control. Greatness is always in the moment of decision.

Our decisions, over time, create our reality. What a liberating thought - the idea that we have the power to achieve greatness, if we want to. We can keep snoozing the alarm on our dreams and our intentions, or we can start making decisions that will drive us forward. 

Yes, we know there are always factors that lie outside your control, but the idea is to focus your time, energy and resources on the areas you can control. 

 

On the path to a goal, you will be off course most of the time, which means the only way to reach a goal is through constant and continuous course correction. 

Our goal path is never linear. Mistakes are inevitable and life happens. It’s how we learn from those mistakes and respond in moments of adversity that truly matter. All you can do is keep making those constant and continuous course corrections and embrace the squiggly lines. It's where you learn the most about yourself. It's truly where the magic happens. 

 

Each choice is like a length of steel wire. By itself, it’s not that big a deal, but when braided together, when compounded with all the other choices you make, these slender lengths of wire form tree trunk like tension lines of awesome strength. Nothing is stronger than habit. 

Our habits make or break us. It’s our job to identify the habits that are holding us back and replace them with ones that will help us build the future we desire for ourselves. It's our habits, daily routines and rituals that influence our capacity to achieve the intentions we set. 

 

Successful people never blame circumstances or other people. Instead, they take full responsibility for their lives. They use the past as a lesson but do not dwell in it, and instead let themselves be pulled up and forward by the compelling force of the future. 

The blame game isn't productive or helpful. Mistakes happen. It’s all part and parcel of the journey we’re on. We need to actively position our mistakes as learning curves and growth opportunities, not something to be ashamed of and certainly not something to actively dwell on. 

 

What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. 

Don’t discredit a single day or define it as a write off before it can even begin. Every day matters. The little things matter. The actions we take may not make much of a difference initially, but the rewards will be visible later down the line.


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