Whether it be Monday morning or Friday afternoon, we all need a little bit of encouragement occasionally. This is true for mid- and high-level management and hourly employees.
These 4 leadership quotes will motivate you today:
1. “Let’s get real or let’s not play.” –Mahan Khalsa.
Whatever it is you do, take it seriously. If you cannot, you might want to consider stopping what you are doing and find a new profession. You owe it to yourself and your employer to put your whole heart into your career, or just find a different job. Of course, it would be best if you not quit your current position before moving on to a new one if possible. Still, make the move if necessary or make the most of the situation now.
2. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” –Mike Tyson
You can set goals for yourself, but leave room for the unexpected. After all, you have no idea what is going to happen – good or bad – tomorrow. For instance, someone close to you could die in a car accident, or you could lose your job. Always have backup plans, and try not to be too shaken when your plans do not pan out the way you thought they would or as fast as you would like.
3. “A master has spent perhaps 10,000 to 50,000 hours staring at chess positions.” –Herbert Simon and Robert Chase
Whatever it is that you want to perfect, it will take work. You must dedicate yourself to whatever cause of which you feel most passionate. This includes spending a vast amount of hours strategizing before making your next move. In the process, you probably have to also take a few risks, but those risks would be calculated instead of carelessly implemented.
4. “Because your brain doesn’t have a brain.” –David Allen
If you ever thought to call a person important to you at midnight instead of at a reasonable hour, you can attest to this. If you stayed awake until three in the morning contemplating your “to do” list that you cannot at that time complete, you probably can understand what this means. If you have a “to do” list, however, that is half the battle. At least writing down what you want to accomplish will help you follow through during business hours.