10 Motivation Boosts to Jumpstart Your Mornings

Auriane Alix
10 quotes as effective as 10 liters of coffee to awaken your motivation for the day ahead.
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The day I realized that I saw each day as a preparation for the next, I realized that I was doing it wrong.

Arthur Schopenhauer used to compare every day to a small life, in which mornings were our youth. This means that every day, you are given a new chance to make the life you have, the life you want.

Today is your chance. Make today your day.

As Annie Dillard said:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.”

Mornings are crucial for the day ahead. Start yours with a boost of motivation reading these 10 mind-changing quotes.

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” — Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs begins his days by re-evaluating his work and his desires. If the answer to that question is “no” for too long, he knows it’s time for a change.

You have only one life. Seize this. Do you want to use 50% of it doing something that doesn’t make you want to wake up in the morning? Don’t spend your life earning it. Instead, find out what you like to do and how it could help you earn a living.

Over the past few years, I have several times come close to falling into the trap of a job that pays well and is secure, but does not fulfill me. What’s the point of spending your precious time doing something that isn’t you?

Every day I have to be honest with myself. Is what I do still close to who I am? To my needs, desires, and values as a person?

Asking questions is scary because you never know what you might find. It might require a total change of life, which is a lot of work. But that’s better than having the same regret that most dying people express: not living the life they wanted.

“You Could Be Good Today, But Instead, You Choose Tomorrow” — Marcus Aurelius

As human beings, we are constantly searching for tomorrow. Tomorrow, I’ll do this, I’ll be that and I’ll have that. Like “real” life starts tomorrow.

What if life was never tomorrow, but always today?

Stop wasting your days getting ready to live. There is no preparation possible. Jump, and you’ll learn along the way. That’s what life is all about.

It’s the way we were raised. We spend our childhood and much of our youth preparing. School, study, internships… All of that is a way to prepare for life. “Real” life. Naturally, we apply the same logic to all spheres of our lives. We are constantly preparing for the future.

Choose today. And tomorrow you will choose tomorrow.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today” — Karen Lamb

Several times I’ve had plans. Desires. But the road ahead seemed so long that I was discouraged before I even started. And yet, whether I started or not, the days would have passed the same way. Except that in the end, if I had started, I would have had a result.

Nothing happens overnight. Anything worthwhile takes work, effort, and perseverance. Obstacles will stand in your way, just to make sure you’re motivated.

Just imagine how you would feel in a year if you started today. Where you could be. How you would look at life today with a smile, wondering why you didn’t start sooner.

Today is the perfect day to start. But don't aim for perfection right away. Focus on starting first and then improving, little by little, day by day. Improve by 1% every day. In one year, you will have improved by 365% — 366% if it’s a good year.

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” — Unknown

All my life, I’ve loved to write. Putting words together and building meaning was my thing. I studied literature, then I studied journalism.

Then I took a job supervising people who wrote, but I never wrote myself. By the third month, I was gone.

That’s when I seriously reconsidered my career path. Two months later, I was on Medium. Four months later, I was doing my best to find new clients for my freelance writing business.

I made a promise to myself: don’t put aside that which gives meaning to your life.

Ignoring what you keep thinking about is like ignoring your true calling. What good is life if not to follow our passions?

Giving up is not an option. Even when obstacles get in your way. If you give up to start something new, you will encounter new obstacles and give up again. Every path is filled with obstacles. Instead of turning back, learn to overcome them.

“Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.” — Elbert Hubbard

When I started writing, I decided I had to build a habit if I wanted to get anywhere. That’s why I decided to get up before 8 a.m. every morning, eat breakfast, and start writing right after. That way, I do the most important thing of my day, first thing in the morning.

Whatever happens after that doesn’t change the fact that I did what was important to me. The rest of the day is just a bonus.

This way, you approach the rest of the day with a calmer and more focused mind. There is no stress. There’s no need to turn down exciting invitations because you haven’t had time to do the important things. Build your day in descending order of importance.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.” –Robert Collier

Recently, I’ve reached a dip in my writing. And guess what? I'm glad it happened. Because it showed me that I really wanted to succeed. For the first time in my life, when I hit a bump in the road, I didn’t give up. I looked at all the effort I’ve put in over the last five months and decided that I wouldn’t give it all up for the sake of a transient state of mind.

What matters is the one step you take every day.

“You don’t have to do a lot every day, but you have to do something.” Callie Oettinger

“I get up every morning and it’s going to be a great day. You never know when it’s going to be over so I refuse to have a bad day.”
– Paul Henderson

That’s something we know. But it’s not always something we seize. One day, I realized that every year, we pass over the anniversary of our death without even knowing it.

At night, before closing the shutters of my room, I often stay a few minutes at the window and contemplate the darkness, listening to the sounds that fill the environment. Frogs, birds — yes, birds — , the few passing cars, the wind in the leaves of the cherry tree. I try to grasp the fact that I am alive. I don’t know for how long, but what is certain is that today, now, I am.

Maybe today is your last day on Earth. No pressure to make it amazing. A simple joy is enough. But don’t go through it without a smile or a laugh. That would be a shame.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Do you know what is the slowest growing plant on Earth? Cactus.

There is even a kind of cactus, the saguaro, which grows only an inch during the first ten years of its life. It does not grow a branch until it is 16 years old, and after that, it grows only one inch per year. (Source)

I’m pretty sure your project won’t take that long to develop. But it won’t develop overnight either. It’s the sum of hours + effort + time. Things take time. But trust the process. What’s important are the seeds you plant every day. This is what you need to focus on first.

In recent weeks, I decided to expand my business as a freelance writer in the field of design and architecture. I have committed to pitching 5 new clients each day. I plant 5 seeds a day. And so far, there has been no harvest. But once it will come out of the ground, I’ll know where it comes from. Persistence.

“If you want to get your work done 50% faster in a given day, meditate for 20 minutes in the morning.”
– Tim Ferriss

Meditation is a real thing. It takes you to your inner place of calm. It connects you with your higher self.

I always thought meditation wasn’t for me. I didn’t see the point. But the fact is, I hadn’t tried it. The day I tried to meditate for 10 minutes, I understood why it was becoming more and more talked about. Meditating brought me clarity and calm. I felt more focused. More conscious.

Give it a try. There’s no need to meditate for hours, no need to achieve a perfect performance. Think of it as a moment of reconnection with yourself.

“You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you’re excited for the day? That’s one of my main goals in life.” — Kirsten Dunst

What excites me is the prospect of a day spent working for myself, with the schedule I’ve built for myself. The seeds I’m going to plant, and the joy of the harvest time when it comes. The fact that I’m alive, lucky enough to be young on this planet.

It is also one of my main goals in life. There’s nothing better than opening my eyes before my alarm clock rings, as the first sun rays pass through the shutters and bring a soft light into my room. Feeling well-rested and full of energy, ready for the day ahead.

There’s nothing better than knowing why we work. What our goals are. Why we’re here.

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