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3 Motivation Quotes I Use Everyday

Cherish The Simple Things"Start from where you are with whatever you've got" by Jim Rohm"Do one small thing today that will take you closer to your dreams" by Darren Rowse

There are times when a quote I see really grabs me. It could be that it hit a nerve in me or was relevant to what I was going through. I will sometimes write it down on a sticky note to remember it. 3 Motivation quotes I use everyday are:

“Cherish The Simple Things”

This quote speaks to me because of how quickly time goes by and how easy it is to miss the little things in life. It gets me to slow down when I get too busy and preoccupied. It is on a wall hanging in our front room, a gift I bought for my husband. My previous post told the story of this gift and what it means to me.

“Start from where you are and with whatever you’ve got” by Jim Rohm

This quote speaks to me because I have a tendency to procrastinate. The easiest thing to do is NOT do something. I read it in a LifeHack.org article about “Time Management” quotes. I have a hard time getting started on projects because I convince myself that there will be a better time to do them or there is something else I need in order to get started. The reality is the only time I have is now and I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. I now convince myself to just get started on things and do what I can.

“Do one small thing today that will take you closer to your dreams” by Darren Rowse

This quote speaks to me because I am a perfectionist at heart. When I work on something, I let all the thoughts overwhelm me with the various steps and things I need to do to get it done. I now tell myself, “Do something everyday to move forward.” Whether the action is perfect or not, or no matter how small the step, I just need to take it. This quote comes from a podcast I had listened to by Darren Rowse where he talked about the small things that are done each day to reach a goal. I now focus on getting through small things every day.

This blog is the result of my focus on these three quotes. It is something I wanted to do for a long time but always found a reason to NOT do it.


What are quotes you use to focus and motivate you? Please let me know in the comments.

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Cherish Simple Things

Cherish The Simple Things


Last Christmas I was looking for a gift for my husband, who is difficult to shop for. It is always a challenge finding a present for someone who doesn’t want anything.  My husband pretty much gets himself things that I would normally want to get him for gifts.  Serendipity struck while I was wandering at Target and I found a perfect wall hanging with the saying, “Cherish The Simple things”.

This item spoke to me because it is something my husband says often. We have tried to live by this motto in our marriage and in parenting. When I think about what it means, it is very basic, SLOW DOWN! Be Engaged in the moment.

Life moves by so fast. Everything is competing for our attention and it can be very easy to miss things. I think also, that sometimes we live on auto pilot. I know I do when I am tired and just trying to complete a task. I am there but not really “THERE”.

Some people use the sayings “Live for Today” or “You only live once”(YOLO) to motivate them, thinking it accomplishes the same thing. I see those quotes as different than “Cherish The Simple Things”. Those quotes refer to getting as much into a day or into life as possible. They reflect a mindset of DOING MORE.

“Cherish The Simple Things” is about quality, not quantity. It is possible to “Live for Today” and not really appreciate and treasure what’s going on. The laugh of a child, a nice cool breeze, a moment of silence, the glimpse into a loved one’s eyes, all require engagement to take them in. Cherish simple things in all aspects of life by paying attention.

Phones have become big siphons of our attention and get in the way of this experiencing of life. Since they can almost do everything, we stay glued to them. The quote, “Cherish The Simple Things”, motivates me to get me off the phone and into the moment I am in.

We hung the wall art in the front room where we can’t miss it, as a reminder every day. I also have sticky notes with the saying in various places to get the message across. For something so important as LIFE, I best be an active participant in it and “Cherish The Simple Things”.

I hope you do to.

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