Updated: Nov 8, 2019
The way we start our day is said to give us an indication of what the rest of our day might look like. What motivates us? Are we all in need of something to get us going every day? Some humans can live without extra help. No vitamins, no mentors and no quote of the day…but what about the rest of us?
Quotes aren't just quotes.
Quotes are not only a fragment of what someone said, it’s also a window into the mindsets and worldviews of these individuals. By reading these, then, we get to have inside access to the way dozens of successful people think. Most of us also don’t have a lot of time to read books all the time. This is where the quote of the day concept caught my attention.
Getting behind the Quote.
If you are taking the time to read this blog, it means you already chose to live a life different from others, or you just have spare time on the Gautrain or in an Uber. Nonetheless, most of us have an inherent system in us to be a better version of ourselves than the day or week before. James Clear mentions in his book, Atomic Habits (www.jamesclear.com) that ‘Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become’.
Reading a quote and taking 5 minutes a day to think about it, is a small action…but multiply it by 365 days a year and the action looks drastically different.
We are what we repeatedly do…moreover, we are what we repeatedly read. So, I hope that reading a quote of the day is starting to look a bit more like a life-changing habit to you by this point. You don’t have to overthink everything you read but you have to allow your mind to think over what a author meant with words like: “Success is not final; failure not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts”. Winston Churchill was a massive success of his time and mauling over the previous words in our context today, could reshape the way we think about trying again after failure or defeat.
24 Hours, That's it.
Every day we have the choice to begin again. We can always start over and begin with a fresh chance. In his book, The Greatest Salesman in The World, Og Mandino mentions a series of scrolls handed over from one salesman to another. The fifth scroll says: ‘Live each day as if it is your last’. Mandino motivated me with these words in the way that every 24 hours became a new gift to work with. What if our mentality about every day was that it was our last?
With 24 hours we can do a lot. If we take 5 minutes a day to fill our minds with wisdom and perspective to guide the minutes that follow, we could start living completely different lives.
The super-humans we talked about at the start, undoubtedly have their own 5 minute routine implemented in their lives and, believe it or not, but joining the 'elite' is as easy as that!
Please share the quotes you read with me or others and let’s get reading!