37 Push Yourself Quotes and the Life Changing Challenge You Can Do with Them
Another day, another grind, nothing seems to change with the passage of time.
Nice little short poem to describe how we’re feeling, eh?
With the crappy hand life dealt you, it just feels so much easier to just lay down and take it, right?
I know what it’s like, friends and family telling you to push yourself harder, but for you it’s ‘Hell you mean push yourself harder? I can barely push myself out of bed to put food in my belly!’
It’s easy to just talk about it, but the soul crushing reality of this shitty life you’re living isn’t going get solved by others telling you to push yourself.
The fact you still wake up everyday is a sign that you are pushing yourself!
But hey, judgement is easy to throw around because it’s light, made up of only shallow surface thoughts; empathy is a lot heavier.
Empathy takes time, empathy means opening yourself up to try and understand what the other person is going through.
It’s just like Busta Rhymes notes in his incredible collab with Stevie Wonder ‘Been Through the Storm’
“Feel a little of my pain, follow and sing to it. Homey, I seen it all, if you ain't knowin' I been through it.”
What I want to promise you is that this article has none of that cookie-cutter “You Can Do It!” bullshit attitude.
There’s more to building yourself out of your despair and finding your purpose and passion in life than forced positivity. Trust me, I know.
It all starts with a need.
Say it with me; “I need to change my life. I am not happy with the path I am currently on. I need to create change for my sake.”
This is step one, accepting your reality for what it is, and understanding that no one is going to get you out of this beside yourself.
The next step is to help you find your purpose and passions in life, because if you don’t have a focus for the flame of life you are trying to cultivate that will replace the current dark and hollow center of your spirit, it will die out again and you’ll be lost and hollow once more.
But actually, before that we need to have a talk about the biggest roadblock you will face at the beginning; distractions.
In a previous article, we talked about a very real hypothetical situation where you keep pushing your assignment further and further away because of the power technological distractions have on your mind.
What we need to be in agreement about is that your distractions are likely formed by your habits.
In this day and age, it’s very likely that one of your main common habits is staring at a screen, smartphone or otherwise.
So, now I need you to ask yourself a question, what type of media are you consuming most of the time whilst your face is in front of a screen?
There’s a fascinating conversation to be had regarding the absorption of information – or anything really - and how that affects our body and subjective reality.
It’s reflected in so many sayings that so many of us hear frequently such as “You are what you eat”, and “You are what you read.”
Science is backing up these notions more and more; what you eat has a direct translation to what the microbiome in your body looks like!
Beyond that, even psychologists have conducted studies that show reading can allow you to go through a powerful subconscious phenomena known as ‘experience-taking’, where the reader disconnects from their own ego and gets completely immersed in the character they are experiencing the story through.
And queue every avid book reader rolling their eyes and muttering ‘Duh!’.
So, what have we learned so far?
- Life isn’t easy for many of us and pushing yourself is a long and hard journey.
- To start creating positive change, you must accept your situation for what it is.
- If you’re dedicated to changing your life, you need to find a fulfilling reason to get out of bed every day.
- The first roadblock will be your distracting habits that you developed to cope with life.
- What information you absorb on a daily basis has a direct effect on your mindset.
The reason we covered these is to give you the proper frame of mind for life changing actions to be something you can create with your own two hands.
How is this so? By understanding the fundamental power you have through the information you absorb on the daily.
I asked you earlier what type of content do you consume regularly while feeding your smartphone/Internet habit?
If the answers had anything to do with spending hours on end on social media, clickbait-y articles, celebrity gossip, looking at random memes, or cycling through thousands of try not to laugh challenge videos, it’s pretty likely that you’re absorbing the equivalent of junk food on the internet.
Now I won’t deny, they’re tasty, they give comfort, but they provide no real productive value.
But hey! You have this habit – using your smartphone - that allows you to be in front of a lot of information, and I guarantee you this habit is deeply ingrained into your day-to-day, as it is for most of us now.
Existential questions of spending so much time on the Internet aside, why not try and take this neutral-negative habit, and turn it into a positive one?
You could say we’re shifting what your habit focuses on.
Now we can’t go and start making huge changes to your habit all willy-nilly, that won’t work and is more likely to just burn you out and make you feel like you’ll never succeed.
Nah, that is counterproductive, which is the opposite of our goal!
To go along with the previous junk food analogy, we’ll be adding a small bit of healthy food to your internet consumption diet.
So we have to start small, but also have a positive impact and help you push yourself.
Gasp! Why not a list of quotes to help push yourself?
As if the title didn’t already give it away…
But this is the perfect starting point in all actuality.
It’s a simple enough task that doesn’t stray off the beaten path of your habit too much, but gives you a positive message that you can view on the daily.
It may seem stupidly simple and I don’t blame you for being skeptical, but there is a scientific basis for all of this.
Quotes to push yourself, quotes to motivate yourself, inspirational quotes, they have certain factors that make them perfect as a starting point to changing your mind-state into one more focused on the search for your purpose and passion in life.
This is generally a combination of the psychology of motivation, seeing the quote while under the effect of certain emotions – if you ever came across a Christopher Poindexter quote after a breakup, you know what I’m talking about – and some good wordsmithing
Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your own mindset and whether you’ve already closed yourself to the notion of quotes to push yourself or not.
And hey, don’t take my word for it, this is the research of psychologist Jonathan Fader, PhD, founder of the Union Square Practice in New York City.
There’s three main factors to consider:
There’s an innate understanding that occurs within our mind when we read a quote, which is that through this medium there is someone telling you that you can be better, that you can be stronger.
"It’s building that self-efficacy in that kind of dialogue that you’re having with yourself,” Johnathan Fader, PhD.
The power of rhetoric is the core of this factor. What is rhetoric you say? Well it is defined as “the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.”
Every powerful speech you’ve ever heard from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and many other inspirational figures both fictional and non-fictional, utilize the power of rhetoric to persuade, motivate, and energize the listener.
- Human Nature
It is our nature to be aspirational, to look up to those who have achieved before us and wish to emulate them.
Remember that it was a rousing and powerful speech given by Julius Caesar on the bank of the Rubicon River that inspired his army to follow him into an 8-year bloody war with one of their fiercest enemies, the Gallic tribes (modern day France and Belgium).
Words can make a lasting impact, especially if they are well-formed and relate to something you are going through. Communication is intrinsically tied to human nature, as such so are words and the power they hold.
These are the reasons why we’re choosing to go with this method; push yourself quotes will be a great positive motivation tool to start weaning off your distractions, working you slowly but surely to your greater goal of finding your purpose and passion in life.
This is why we’re going to do a little challenge.
This article will include 37 handpicked quotes.
What I want you to do is visit this article and read 5 of them each day for a week.
If you’re reading 5 of them a day, they will last you 7 days.
Use the time you’re undoubtedly on your phone either when you wake up but have yet to get out of bed or at night before falling asleep to read these quotes to yourself.
Say them out loud, let you hear your own voice say these words of conviction and strength.
If your inner voice rarely has anything positive to say about yourself, then let your outer voice take charge in being the voice of positivity in your life.
The rest of you will follow in time.
For those of you who don't want to keep loading the article everyday or are worried about getting distracted too often, I'd like to offer the solution of sending this article to you by email.
It will be the same content as the article, just split up over the days of the week so you can absorb everything at your own pace.
Now, without further ado…
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 1
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 2
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 3
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 4
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 5
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 6
Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 7: You Did It!
If you've made it down here and got through the entire list, that's awesome, and even if you haven't that's okay too.
The path of progress takes time, and breaking away from your current mindstate and replacing it with one that pushes you to be your greatest self is not as simple as flipping a switch.
By taking this challenge you took an active decision that, while seemingly insignificant, is a great first step on the path to self-mastery.
So, what's next is what you might be wondering now, and really you're still on the same level as when you started, meaning we still need to keep adding healthy stuff to your internet consumption.
You could start by thinking about a aspect of yourself that you would like to improve, let's say you're really nervous in situations where you need to socialize with new people.
You could go on Youtube and check one of the many channels dedicated to helping you deal with that very scenario like Charisma on Command!
You could spend some time learning about future technology and scientific advancements humanity has made over on Futurism.
You can also subscribe to my newsletter, where I'd be sending you a mixture of content all designed to help you improve your life and continue this dialogue about improving your life and finding your passion and purpose.