Using motivational work quotes for Monday's team meeting are not for everyone according to some studies and that is understandable considering the gag rendering corniness of many floating round social media these days. However, those who do indulge in a bit of Martin Luther King, Mark Twain, or Karen Lamb in the morning, they can prove to be a great way to send your work week in the right direction.
So here is my collection of the least obnoxious, most insightful, and a couple of funny Monday quotes for you to rip off and replace your “Live, laugh, Love” poster with, as if you are anything like me, you are not fully alive, not laughing and without a doubt, not loving the Monday morning.
Nonetheless, you’ll be happy to know that Monday motivation really is a thing, studies have shown that employees’ motivation is at its peak at the beginning of the week, and the phenomenon even have a name “the fresh start as effect”. According to the studies, we're far more likely to start a new exercise regime, or diet on a Monday as we view the new week as a way to put the past behind us, and to leave any flaws in the weeks previous. So without further ado, I’m going to join the ranks of the lesser intelligent and provide you with a list of inspiring quotes to get you through the first day of the week in no particular order.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese proverb.
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well. – Mark Twain
A year from now, you may wish you had started today. - Karen Lamb
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today – Abraham Lincoln
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. - Pablo Picasso
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.- Carl Gustav Jung
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius
Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners. - Unknown
The grass is greener where you water it. - Unknown
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
If not us, who? If not now, when? – John F. Kennedy
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. – William James
How long should you try? Until. - Jim Rohn
Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. – Victor Kiam
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
So there you have it, as good old Marky said, throw off the bowlines and sale away from the safe harbour. Whatever mammoth task you’ve got ahead of you today, I back you. You can do this. And the person inside of you fighting the desire to procrastinate believes in you too. Start the day as you mean to go on and feel good that you've reached the first hurdle of getting out of bed in the morning. Carpe Diem, YOLO, live, laugh, love.
Whilst I may not love quotes that are created with the sole, unoriginal purpose of encouraging an office team to hit their peak performance on a Monday morning. This list certainly provides some alleviation - enough at least for me to say recognize that the morning is a beautiful gift, as we endeavor into a new day on this great planet.
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