35 Career-boosting Quotes To Make Your Working Day Better

We all have those days, weeks and months when things are not going the way we want. Times that we need an injection of motivation, inspiration or confidence to get back on track. When we hit this slump, wise words from luminaries living or dead can carry the power to encourage, hearten, reassure, boost and move us. From the world of sport, fashion, the arts and beyond, these words of wisdom, kindness and generosity will encourage you when you need it most.

Wonderwomen

When a little pick me up is needed, there are strong women from all walks of life we can turn to for inspiration. Women who share strong messages that will help you get back on track when you are doubting yourself. Messages like:

?You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.? -?Diane von Furstenberg.

?When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.? -?Malala Yousafzai.

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?We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.? -?J.K. Rowling.

?The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.?-Alice Walker.

?A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.? - Eleanor Roosevelt.

?I have stood on a mountain of no's for one yes.? -?B. Smith

?You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.? -?Shonda Rhimes

Permission Granted

For the days that your inner critic is at its sharpest, ask yourself what self-made rules am I imposing on myself. You might be surprised! Sometimes it is about giving yourself permission to just do, be or act in the way you want. From Ayn Rand to Brene Brown, these sage words offer you the permission to be yourself-

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?The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.? -?Ayn Rand.

?Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.? -?Brene Brown

?If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.? ??Anonymous.

?The challenge is not to be perfect...it's to be whole.? -?Jane Fonda.

?Done is better than perfect.? -?Sheryl Sandberg.

Number One

A little self-love goes a long way. Putting yourself a little higher up on your list of priorities is not selfish or self-indulgent in fact sometimes it is the greatest act of selflessness possible. On days that you need to be kind to yourself, take on board what some of these amazing people say.

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?When I get up and work out, I'm working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself. It's just as much about letting them know as young women that it is okay to put yourself a little higher on your priority list." - Michelle Obama.

?It's not your job to like me - it's mine.? - Byron Katie.

?Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.? - Kristin Neff.

?Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your two ears.? - Laird Hamilton.

Design Your Success

The longest distance you will travel is from your head to your heart. Making the decision to clear your mind and follow your heart to become confident in who you are is no easy task. Yet making the decision to design your own version of success is exhilarating and liberating. On the days that you doubt yourself, take advice like this on board:

?Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.? -?Oprah Winfrey.

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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw.

"Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce." -Vivian Komori.

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." -Amelia Earhart.

"What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds." -Wayne Dyer.

?Don't let fear of failure, fear of success, or fear of what anybody else may or may not think hold you back?. - Sin?ad Brady.

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller.

?I was once afraid of people saying, ?Who does she think she is?? Now I have the courage to stand and say, ?This is who I am.? - Oprah Winfrey.

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"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style." - Maya Angelou.

?The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.? - M. Scott Peck.

?A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.? -Zen Shin.

?A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.? - Eleanor Roosevelt.

Start Small

You've made a decision. You're ready to go but you just can't seem to move to action. The key here is to pick somewhere and begin. Whatever the task ahead of you is break it down into bite-size, manageable chunks that move you one step closer to where you want to go. As these quotes portray, starting is half the battle-
?Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.? - Liz Smith.

?Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.? - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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?The road to success runs up hill.? - Willie Davis.

?Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.? - General George Patton.

?Most people live and die with their music still unplayed because they never dared to try.? - Mary Kay Ash. ?Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.? - Jill McLemore.

?Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.? - Jill McLemore.

We all need to outsource our inspiration at times. There's nothing wrong with feeling jaded and fed up. It happens to all of us. But what would be a mistake is to do nothing about it. The internet is an amazing resource we should make the most of. Seek out quotes from the people you admire. Say them aloud. How did they make you feel? Next time you feel frustrated or fatigued, remember that feeling and use it to power yourself toward achieving a goal. Start small and build from there.

By?Sinead Brady

@CareertoLove

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