I love motivational quotes. You’ve seen the one liners put to a graphic all over the internet, usually on FB or Pinterest. Below are my favorite 10. They either motivate me to keep working out or finish writing a book. I’ve heard them in multiple places and variations so I’m not sure of the original creator of each quote.
1.) If you want results, you’re not getting them for free. I first heard this while doing a Jillian Michael’s workout. She said it and I almost stopped what I was doing. There is so much truth to this. People look at my fitness results and want to know how I did it, and then turn their nose up or cringe. Well, I worked my ass off. Results aren’t given — you need to earn them.
2.) Be stronger than your excuses. This is something I find myself needing to repeat on a daily basis. So many times I want to avoid writing or even something as simple as grocery shopping or emptying the dishwasher. These things aren’t getting done on their own so I need to stop with the excuses and just do it.
3.) You get out what you put in. There’s never been a truer statement. It can be combined with the first one. If you do a half-assed job, you get half-assed results. Simple.
4.) Let your haters be your motivators. Oh, boy. I could probably write an entire post on this. Your haters. Your Debbie Downers. The ones who make excuses to you or they try and enable excuses. Or they have nothing good to say. I had one of these once who actually said to me about working out, “You’ve done this before. What makes you think this time is different?” Wow. It hurt then but now I spin in a circle and say “Look at me now!”
5.) if you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up. This comes in the form of cheat meals. I don’t really do them. I accommodate. I plan my meals at the beginning of the day and adjust. I know how easily one bad day can turn into two, into a week, into a month, into giving up. Not this time. I’ve formed a habit and I’m not giving up.
6.) Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Okay, I’ll admit I’m not sure about halfway, but you’re certainly ahead of those who don’t believe in themselves (or you, see #5). I always envision the cover of my book or what my body will look like and it keeps me going. Visualization is huge.
7.) Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit. I’m not going to run down how many times I’ve failed … and I’m still failing. Do you see my name on a bestseller list? Me, either. But that doesn’t stop me. I keep going. I keep writing.
8.) The ones who say “you can’t” and “you won’t” are probably the ones scared that “you will.” Oh my. Yes — this goes with the letting your haters be your motivators. I know that those that say I can’t or roll their eyes are me are wishing they were doing it. They don’t have the willpower or the motivation or the …. whatever their excuse may be …. and they are mad others are seeing results. Ignore these people.
9.) it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Today’s leg day for my workout, which is pretty much 40 minutes of lunges and squats. It sucks. Big time. But this is one area I am seeing MAJOR results. My cottage cheese legs are less dimply and I definitely am firming in my backside. It’s so worth it even though I hate it.
10.) It always seems impossible until it’s done. Always. How many times have you done something and thought, “Wow, I never thought I would do that.” But you did. Just keep going. Just do it. It’s possible.