Throughout history, there have been many great people who accomplish great things that have had a profound effect on the life that you and I currently experience. Take Thomas Edison for example. He was the one who invented the light bulb, something that each of us use everyday but probably take for granted. These successful people have said spoke many inspirational words and have taught great lessons for all of us to learn. For this reason, I have absolutely come to love motivational quotes.
One of the quotes that Edison supposedly said after a reporter asked him how he felt about failing over a thousands times to invent the light bulb was, "I didn't fail, I just found thousands of ways that don't work." There are different variations to this quote but the point is that when you fail it just means you need to readjust your strategy and take a new action. Too many times we will see failure as and end result and stop trying afterward. This is a huge mistake. Failure is nothing but an outcome. If you don't get the outcome you want, just learn what worked and what didn't work and try again.
These are lessons from great people that can have a profoundly positive impact on your life if you actually act upon it. One of my favorite quotes is about habits by Aristotle. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." This is the premise that I base most of my work on. The whole point in motivating yourself isn't just to do something once. As you may know, motivation doesn't last very long. This is the main reason why people will start a goal and quit within a few weeks or so. Once the motivation dies down, their actions will stop. Once they stop taking action, they won't get the results they were looking for.
In order to become successful and obtain the goals you have set for yourself, you must make the actions that are necessary to do that a habit. The reason is habits are hard to get rid of. We normally think of habits as a bad thing and sometimes they are. However, if you can create habits that will take you closer to your goals, it will be a lot easier to do so since you won't have to constantly motivate yourself. If you have a habit of going to the gym 5 times a week, do you think you'll struggle much staying fit?
Quotes from great people can teach you so much. The important thing is that you take action on them when you get inspired. Try to find your favorite quote on one of those motivational posters and hang it on your wall to help inspire you.