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Hey hey! Welcome to this week’s 2 Favorite motivational quotes, in which we break down 2 awesome tidbits and dig into their meaning.

This week’s 2 Favorite Motivational Quotes share a theme about finding balance. Trying to figure out the sweet spot and where to place our focus. Evaluating whether we’re scatter-brained or legitimately diversified, and whether we need to DO or NOT DO something in order to move forward.

I love a good quote, to sit with it and let it roll around on the tongue awhile … like a good wine or a nice craft brew. Mmmmm.

Quotes are really popular on Pinterest (follow me on Pinterest here!), and for good reason: they often verbalize something that we couldn’t. Or they provide a little jolt.

I like a good kick in the pants, and a good motivational quote is one that makes me suck in my breath and stops me cold.

That’s what I’m trying to bring you each week. Not just bumper stickers and office decor, but thoughts to really sip on.

Please share your own favorites in the comments section, or add your thoughts on the quotes here. Finding balance — what works for you? How do you know when you’ve done it?

Most of all, Enjoy!

1. Finding Balance In The Approach (aka “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With Me, Thank You Very Much”)

Ever feel different because you couldn’t decide on one particular career? Or worse, one particular job?

As a kid up until sometime in my 20s, I felt like something was wrong because there was no job that ever sounded like something I’d want to do. Was I lazy? I didn’t think so. I got good grades, played sports, worked, and was always pretty busy.

But every career path made me blanch. I found career counselors absolutely unrelatable.

Can you relate? Does the idea of sitting at a desk make you queasy, too? And a boss? Obedience is fine, but … UGH. Boring!

I wish I knew about entrepreneurs back then. I would have found my people!

I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.”

That quote is attributed to designer Diane Von Furstenberg and appears to have come from an interview.

I’m pretty sure I shouted, “YES!!” when I first read this one.

THAT’S IT! THAT’S ME!

Same goals, different vehicles

A teeny bit of personal history here. Once upon a time, an ex — who had always fancied himself supportive — commented that, as long as he had known me, I seemed to be searching. Never finding what it was that I really wanted.

It came out accusatory. He might as well have said (and maybe he did), “You’re all over the place.”

He never did understand.

I’m pretty sure the entrepreneurs here will totally get it.

My goals and end game have never changed, I said. But I’m always in search of a good vehicle.

Is that you? You can describe the kind of life you want, the type of family, the kind of house and yard and free time. Your core values.

The vision never changes, but the strategies do.

With that said, there is a fine line between searching for the right vehicle and jumping from idea to idea. There is the search for what works and what fits, and then there is Shiny Object Syndrome. The trick is to avoid the latter.

The search for the right vehicle: “I didn’t always know what I wanted to do…”

Combined with an unwavering commitment to a certain set of ideals: “… but I always knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.”

Yes, finally. Someone who gets me. 🙂

2. Add or Subtract?

I didn’t realize where this quote came from when I first saw it, but it figures that it grabbed me immediately – Brian Tracy has a way of doing that.

Tracy authored the excellent book, “Eat That Frog,” which I recommend often. And this quote comes from one I haven’t read yet titled, “Earn What You’re Really Worth.”

“Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.”

Oh yeah. There’s a lot here.

First, don’t we often imagine that we need to ADD something to our lives to be successful and happy?

If only I DO more, I’ll BE more. Work more, work harder. Exercise more. Get more education. Be more involved with my child’s life. Be. Busy.

Etcetera.

Less is More

Except that … rest days, not gym days, are when muscles are built. Sleep regenerates. Daydreaming is when the subconscious produces ideas. Four-day work weeks have often resulted in better production than five-day work weeks.

Hmmmm. It’s a quandary, right? Do I ramp it up or do I take it down a notch?

Both, most likely.

What is it for you right now? For me, it’s both.

I’ve certainly needed to be rid of some things in my life. Without getting specific, there’s been a lot of negativity I’ve needed to drop, whether inside of myself or from outside influences. That was the “stop doing something” component. Frankly, it’s been hard as hell. But right.

And then the “do something” component. Mine included: start this blog. Get back to writing consistently. Do more of what I love. Get outside more.

Those are small to medium examples. But one of the themes you’ll find here is that those are what add up and matter: each day, what are we doing or not doing that makes the difference?

Please chime in! What are your thoughts on these quotes, and what’s motivating you right now? What do you think about finding balance?

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