We all need a little extra motivation when thinking about facing certain challenges. Some days, it feels so much harder to muster up the energy to tread untested waters. It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive as we try new things, but it’s not wise to let that emotion control us. We need to develop the right mindset as we undertake new challenges.
I have a selection of Mind Over Matter Quotes I like to read to help get me into the right mindset. Here they are and I hope they work for you too! –
3 Mind Over Matter Quotes to help you overcome any obstacle
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
This is my go to quote and it makes absolute sense. If you begin any task thinking you cannot do it, you’ll be right. We cannot accomplish that which we are untried in, when we have already written ourselves off. The mind is a powerful thing. By pushing past fears and doubts, our potential is limitless.
Always remember, everything has to be done for the first time. An example that is often cited in regards to this is that of the 4-minute mile. At one time this seemed an impossible feat. 4-minutes, our bodies just weren’t built for that kind of time!
On the 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier at a time of 3:59.4. It shocked the athletics world. A feat that had seemed impossible had been broken and Bannister went on to do it again.
The thing is, now that other athletes had seen that the four-minute mile was no longer impossible, many more started completing the milestone. Bannisters record has been broken 18 times since with a staggering 17 seconds taken of the mile record.
It goes to show that once the thought of impossible has gone, many more people can achieve the same. The difference in the people who break these records is they already know they can do it. They’re not waiting for anyone else to show them it can be done.
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it: and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius
This post resonates with me when i’m going through a particularly painful moment. Our mind is the master of our emotions, and we are the masters of our minds. How do we react to external influences? It is easy to feel slighted by people, to have our feelings hurt and ego’s damaged. But how do these people have that power over us?
The truth is, that they don’t. We, for the majority of time, have the final say over how much someones words or actions affect us. By choosing to not let certain words or people get to us, we transcend petty grievances that can be so time consuming.
This is not to say that someone who sets out to hurt you is in the right, far from it. It is realising that some part of that person or situation is out of balance and they are lashing out. Usually we are not even the subject of someones ire, just caught in the crossfire.
This also refers to small grievances; words spoken in a brash way, a situation not panning out as we had hoped, or someone slighting us with an action. We must be careful in saying that at no point should we ever feel hurt by the actions of others. People fight through some awful situations and are completely justified in how they feel. In fact I have seen people using quotes, such as the one mentioned, in order to justify certain brutal behaviour, or in some cases, blaming a victim.
First analyse your feelings. Analyse if they are a major or minor emotion. Is it your pride or ego that has been hurt? If so, know you can choose how this effects you. Pride & Ego are not important, what matters is how you feel about yourself. If you carry out your life in a way you approve of, how can anyone else tell you that is wrong?
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
I particularly enjoy this quote as it goes hand in hand with my love of learning. It’s true that when you take in new information you will never be the same. Some part of you will have changed and whether you remember the information or not, it will always be lodged in the subconscious somewhere.
This is a reminder to me that we constantly need to improve ourselves. Learning is a lifelong study where we take in information from much more than just books. Though books are one of life’s great pleasures!
We learn lessons in all walks of life if we are open to receiving them. Learning allows us to grow as a person. New ways of thinking have improved the world around us, as people invent new ways of doing things. To think outside of the box, is to step away from the crowd. To be a leader rather than a follower.
How many times during a day do you think to yourself, “There must be a much better/easier way to do this?” Well there could be, but why are you waiting for someone else to find it? Be unique, be original – all of life’s greatest inventions have come about as solutions to problems. So when you next come across a problem, what solution can you think of that could change the world around you?
These three quotes are my go-to inspiration when I need my mind to get into that perfect place. That place where potential is limitless, no obstacle is too big to overcome. Sure, it seems hard, but there are ways around anything and with enough persistence, barriers can be smashed and solutions stand in their place.
Let me know some of your favourite mind over matter quotes in the comments below!