1. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky knows what he’s talking about.
He’s been called the greatest hockey player alive. Even now, 16 years after his retirement, he still holds 60 NHL records.
What’s the secret to his success? He knew that you don’t succeed unless you try.
He didn’t become the most celebrated player in NHL history, win championships, and break Olympic records by playing it safe.
Instead, he took shots. Sometimes he missed them, but he never let the misses stop him from taking more shots. You shouldn’t either.
What shots aren’t you taking because you’re afraid of missing?
2. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart is famous for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932.
But it was more than a decade before that in 1920 that she decided to fly. She rode with famous air racer Frank Hawks and later said “By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly.”
And true to her word, she acted on her motivation.
It wasn’t easy, but she scrounged to pay for flight lessons. She worked odd jobs, from photography to truck driving, and saved up $1000 for flight lessons in just one year. That led to getting her US pilot’s license and setting her first world flying record for flying the highest out of any woman pilot ever.
Two years later in 1923, she became the 16th woman ever to receive an international pilot’s license.
Then in 1932, she made history with her solo flight and became a worldwide inspiration.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is start. But once you start, you have momentum on your side. And momentum can make history.
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3. A jug fills drop by drop . –Buddha
Millions of people worldwide follow the Buddha’s teachings . Thousands of books honor his legacy.
But just like a jug fills drop by drop, his journey from regular man to spiritual teacher was also step by step. It took him years of searching, learning, and perseverance to reach enlightenment and become the Buddha. And then it took many more years to spread his teachings around the world.
But with each step, he had patience. He knew that great goals do not happen overnight. Everything was step by step. And steadily, he kept moving forward towards enlightenment.
Luckily for us, he reached his goal. And his legacy still surrounds us today.
What’s the next drop you need for your jug?
4. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
There are a lot of Chinese proverbs out there. We think this one just makes sense.
It’s common to ask yourself “what if” questions.
What if I had started learning French when I was just a kid? What if I had started saving and investing money a decade ago? Wouldn’t I have “made it” by now?
But questions like these are traps. They drain you of motivation to do something now.
We can’t go back in time. The best thing we can do is take action now, so that we can look back in 20 years and be glad we did it.
What’s something you’d be glad you did 20 years from now? Start that today.
5. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar was a famous American motivational speaker and author.
His seminars, books, and speeches encouraged people to aim for their highest potential. Do more. Be more. Dream more. And because of that, Ziglar knows something about motivation most of us forget.
Motivation wears off.
Sometimes when you read a story or watch a movie, it can fire you up. It reminds you about a goal, or some part of your life you want to change. You become confident and excited.
But in just days, that motivation starts to wear away. The challenge starts to look big and scary again. You start to put it off.
Motivation is like a muscle. You can train it and make it stronger. The best way to train your motivation muscle is to feed it positivity and encouragement until motivation becomes a habit.
So be like Zig. Make sure you read something motivating everyday.
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