Recently a friend of mine was visiting in my office. She commented on the motivational photos on my walls. "No wonder you never give up, everything in your office reinforces you to keep going.", she said.
I hadn't realized the number of motivational pictures and inspirational quotes
that were there.
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
"There is nothing like a dream to create the future."
"Persistence prevails when all else fails."
"Every day may not a good one, but there is something good in every day."
"If you want to dismiss a negative thought, the only way to do so is to think
of something positive and constructive."
"If the words you spoke were written on your skin, would you still be beautiful."
"What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."
And of course, I also have the monthly quote calendar hanging in my office, with a quote for each day of the month.
Surround Yourself With Positive Reminders
After my friends comment, I realized that, yes, the décor in my office does reinforce my determination. Many times I look at one of these pictures and read the saying, especially when I am facing a challenge -
it does make a difference. Studies have shown that what we read, what music
we listen to, the décor in our home
and office all can have an affect on our mood.
There are more than just pictures you can use to keep a
motivational message in view at all times. Several of these strategies
you can easily do with your own computer and printer. For example,
you can find many inspirational or motivational quote sites on the
Internet where you can print your own series of quotes one for each day
of the month and make your own motivational calendar. You can cut
them into strips or you can use a word program and make a calendar
and insert a quote for each day.
You can also use your own photographs and use a software program
to insert your favorite quotation
on the picture and have it printed at a local print shop. You can also turn
these photos of your own into your wall art depending on what you want.
Transform and Influence
You can transform your life and influence
others by using any and all motivational and inspirational mechanisms to surround your daily activities. And, this also means that these wise words are not just for the weekdays either. This wisdom should be with you on the weekend and even when you are on holidays away from your regular environment.
One of the advantages of using these kinds of tools for personal growth is the positive
impact you have on others. These other people also include your own partner, spouse, family and friends who witness daily what you read especially when you make these motivational tools front and center as part of your home and in your own work place. Your colleagues will tend to thank you for sharing
all of these wisdoms with them and your friends and family will start to recognize that you not only read these words that inspire but that you live them as well.