Sometimes I wonder what life would have been like if I was on planet earth thousands of years ago when language was somewhat non-existent, extremely elementary at best. Although our lives would have been much simpler, I am certain people were greatly challenged with their ability to effectively communicate their feelings and the beauty they witnessed in the marvelous world around them.
Fast forwarding thousands of year later, language today is quite comprehensive. Maybe it is a little bit too complex at times. The more complex language a person uses, the smaller their audience.
Anyhow, one absolutely amazing aspect of language is the ability to take a complex concept and put it into simple words which can be easily understood by the masses. For example, a metaphor can shortcut our understanding of concepts which may have taken years to understand otherwise.
One application of words which I have always been extremely touched by is inspirational quotes. It would have taken me a long time to come to the same conclusions on my own had it not been for certain quotes which I came across during specific times of my life.
Below are four inspirational quotes which simply changed my life. I can proudly say that I wake up every morning and live by these words. I hope for you to find them moving as well.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Humans are total creatures of habit. We live our entire life in little chunks called days which seem to last forever between birth and death. As we perform certain actions daily over and over again, we unconsciously create patterns which will thoroughly run our lives whether we are aware of their existence or not.
If you wish you create the life of your dreams, start by creating the day of your dreams. If you can do what matters most to you everyday, your life is almost guaranteed to be a success. Don’t worry too much about tomorrow. Definitely don’t worry at all about yesterday because it is already gone. However, what you do today is most significant since it will become your past and will be your future.
“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw
One thing is for sure and that is; it matters not where one is coming from, but only where one is going. Since we do not have control of the circumstances we are born into or those present in our life for the first decade and half, it is crucial to realize that how we choose to interpret the circumstances in our early life will either make us or break us.
It is unfortunate to see people blaming everyone else for the circumstances in their lives. Their spouse, their boss, their parents, the government, and the list can go on and on. It is essential for an individual to realize that when they believe “a problem” to be out there in the external world, they are unconsciously giving up their power to find and reach a solution. Therefore, one must always believe in their ability to influence their life and circumstances though the power of choices, decisions, and beliefs.
“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” – Jim Rohn
This quote by Jim Rohn is totally profound. It is profound because not only does it break down “failure” into a very simple yet comprehensive understanding; the same quote gives us the foundational understanding of success as well.
You see success is not a destination, it is a journey. That is why you hear people say “my overnight success took me 30 years.”
Being a success is not an event, but rather a journey of living true to one’s cause and values on a day to day basis. Once you have chosen and locked down your purpose in life, it is your day to day judgments which will serve as the vehicle to transport you to your destination. So, stick to your causes and what means the most to you daily and your lifetime success will take care of itself.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Again, life changing words in my opinion. Each human must realize that at the core of their life lies the same thread which is present in everyone’s life; service to others.
You see, we can spend our whole lifetime creating a legacy through our accomplishments. Fancy cars, huge estates, and marvelous material abundance are all fun and pleasure, and there is nothing wrong with them. These luxuries are our right if we so choose for the time and effort we have put forth in creating our lives and businesses.
However, if we wish to be a legend, what really counts is that which we give to others. Thus, as we pass on to an unknown realm of existence after life on earth, we continue to live through others by our donations of not just money and gifts but through the image of an extraordinary citizen who practiced a habit of giving to others less fortunate in mind and material life.
I hope you enjoyed the quotes and appreciated the profound lessons which they carry. It is words like these which have inspired the great spirit in others to do what was considered impossible, and achieve what was considered unachievable.
I wish for you to find plenty of inspirational quotes which carry profound meaning for you. When you do find such quotes or if you already have some, be sure to put them in places where you are likely to see them everyday such as your bathroom mirror, bedroom wall, car, or the inside of your wallet.
May your life be filled with meaning and accomplishment.