I stumbled across this funny but honest comic regarding inspirational quotes:
Used with permission from formalsweatpants.com
Does this look familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. I’m sure we’ve all come across inspiring quotes that stood out and made us nod in agreement or made us think, “Wow, that’s a good quote”, only to end up going back to procrastinating on whatever it was we were procrastinating on.
So are these “inspirational/motivational” quotes even worth reading if most of the people who read them don’t actually take any action after reading them? Well, that depends.
Quotes, books, articles, audio programs… all of these things are just tools and they’re only as effective as you make them. Now I don’t know about you but most quotes I read don’t do anything for me. However, every now and then, I’ll come across one that will positively affect me in some way such as reminding me to be grateful, getting me pumped to work out extra hard at the gym, or helping me to persevere when things get tough.
In my experience, reading quotes is a lot more effective when you’re actually trying to motivate yourself rather than just reading them for the sake of reading them. The second you feel the urge to take action, immediately get up off your chair and take action.
The longer you sit there and think about how awesome whatever quote you just read was, the more likely you’ll end up like the guy in the comic.
These quotes aren’t for everyone. If you’ve read tons of them and have never been inspired/motivated or had a positive change in the way you look at life or how you treat others or helped you to persist when you felt like giving up on something, then it’s probably not worth your time reading more of them.
If you’ve done something a bunch of times and it’s not giving you the results you want, don’t keep doing it. Try something else.
Now if you’ve found some value in reading these quotes in the past, continue to but try making them more effective by putting in the effort to follow through on whatever motivation, inspiration, or lesson you get out of them.
I’ll end this post with one of my favorite quotes which reminds me to constantly examine my habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
Have you found any value in reading inspirational quotes or do you generally find them useless?