There always jobs to be done but there sometimes isn’t enough motivation to go around to get them done. If you’ve been in a funk and you’re looking to you get motivated to finish a project or get started on a new one, then peruse these funny motivational quotes we have for you.
1. Fred Allen on Losing Weight With Laughter
“It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.” – Fred Allen
No one wants more weight than they need to carry. So in the effort of losing weight, or at least not gaining any more, laugh as much as you can! This quote kind of brings a different meaning to the phrase, laugh your butt off.
2. Steven Wright Says There’s Only Room For So Much
“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it? ” – Steven Wright
Seriously, if you had everything you would be so overwhelmed with stuff and a busy life that you wouldn’t really get to enjoy it anyway. Try having gratitude for what you already do have, and when you create more for your life make sure to make room for it by getting rid of any excess you have.
3. Zig Ziglar on Money and Happiness
“Money won’t make you happy … but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” – Zig Ziglar
Many of us crave more money than we currently have, but if we do so out of a pursuit of happiness then the journey will leave us empty. Be motivated to be a kind an honest person, and strive to live your life authentically and the money will come more easily because of it.
4. Elvis Presley on Egos
“If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.” – Elvis Presley
No matter what you think of yourself, if you think too much and have an overinflated ego, there’s a good chance you will crush under the weight of it. If you think you’re too good to do this or that, or that you’re more amazing at this or that than others, you’ll break your neck. Just watch.
5. Ellen Degeneres Walks the Path
“Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres
When it comes to life, you have your own path that you are walking. This quote is nice because if you feel you don’t have a path, you can look at those you admire, and at those that have what you want, then follow in their footsteps to get yourself going.
6. Will Rogers Says Worry Works!
“I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.” – Will Rogers
See? You have nothing to worry about! Maybe you are not motivated because you are worrying about things that might go wrong, but if most of what you imagine going wrong does not go wrong, then what do you have to risk? What if things go right?
7. Thomas Eddison Wants You to Get to Work
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Eddison
When the time comes to step into an opportunity, it usually means going beyond your comfort zone and getting to work. Sometimes the work involved and the amount of motivation required seems daunting. However, the next opportunity that comes your way, be willing to accept the work that will take to achieve your goals and jump in with both feet.
8. Harry Emerson Fosdick Says Don’t Be Silly
“Hating people is like burning down your own home to get rid of a rat.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
Negative emotions that include judgment and anger towards others is so very often a waste of precious energy. Why would you let one or two people affect your inner peace and tranquility? If you’re motivated to do something about the person you feel has wronged you, then be motivated to let it go and move on with your life.
9. Dwight Eisenhower Motivates You to Work for Him
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower
This is an interesting way to get things done. If you have enough leadership qualities to motivate others, then it can be easy to inspire others to do things you want done because they are inspired and motivated to do it themselves. Motivate yourself to motivate others!
10. Tom Lehrer Speaks of Sewers
“Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” – Tom Lehrer
If all you put into your life are days filled with endless distraction from smart phones, social media, and television, then what do you really think you’re going to get back out of life? Put in faith, trust, and pixie dust, as well as elbow grease, and see your life transform.
11. Dalai Lama on Small Things
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama
Even the most seemingly insignificant beings can make quite a difference to someone. Everyone you come into contact with gives you an opportunity to make a difference. Get off the couch and go make one today. Get started, work hard, and the differences you make in your life and that of others will only grow.
12. Dolly Parton Says Let Yourself Shine
“A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.” – Dolly Parton
When you have gifts, talents, and abilities that you sit on you’re nothing but a turkey. You know that you have things to offer the world. You have beautiful gifts inside of you to share with the world so spread your tail feathers and strut your stuff!
13. Truman Capote
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
There is never any success without failure. Failure gives you an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and to gain more awareness and education about what you are trying to accomplish. Once you have success you will look back on your failures as very valuable stepping stones.
14. Will Rogers
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
There is a time for action and a time for rest, but never is it time to do one of those things exclusively forever and ever. If you make headway in your life, don’t rest for too long, get up and keep going to get closer to your dreams. Plus, if you sit too long it’s get harder to get motivated.
15. Steve Martin
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin
If your lack of motivation comes from feeling like you’re in the shadows, perhaps it’s just night time. Apply some hope and faith that the sun is going to shine again for you very soon and that brighter days are ahead. The night won’t last forever.
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