Has anyone asked you what your personal life motto is – and for a moment you had to stop and think about it?
Having a motto could include one or a series of mini mottos to help you focus on being a better version of yourself. So, when the road becomes tough and you find it hard to maintain your inspiration, motivation and vision – you can recall your motto and never stop trying. Because life will get in the way, whether it’s work, friendships and sometimes even some relationships. Your personal life motto can be that reminder that you can and will make it past any diversion or setback. With a personal motto you will be motivated to become a goal setter and decision maker, especially when an opportunity might look more like an obstacle. In a nutshell this is a simple tool we devise for ourselves of the importance of what and who we value in our lives. Design your own motto to live by incorporating your core values and strip your life back by being 100% honest with yourself.
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- Has anyone asked you what your personal life motto is – and for a moment you had to stop and think about it?
- Why should I have a personal life motto? What are the benefits?
- Think about these famous quotes to prompt and awaken your creativity in setting a personal life motto
- Are you wondering how to create a personal life motto?
- Now that you have chosen a personal life motto, what next?
Why should I have a personal life motto? What are the benefits?
Questions provoke new ways of thinking. A motto is your personalised statement on what’s really important and can become the guide for your conduct and actions. Motivating you to deal with difficulties and persevere when situations seem bleak. In just the same way we recognise famous brands by their motto, such as ‘Because you’re worth it’ by L’Oreal or ‘A diamond is forever’ by De Beers. The point is when you adopt a motto to live by, you are allowing others to acknowledge the type of person you want to be. And the benefits are well worth the hard work.
- To stop those self-sabotaging behaviours.
- Help you stick with a new habit.
- Make you become accountable to your loved ones.
- Encourage you to build character strengths.
- Push you forward and keep you inspired.
- Increase productivity.
- Evaluate and find a work life balance.
Think about these famous quotes to prompt and awaken your creativity in setting a personal life motto
- Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind do not matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr Seuss
- The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. – Anonymous
- Life’s too mysterious to take too serious. – Mary Engelbreit
- No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt
- It’s OK to not be OK, as long as you don’t stay that way. – Anonymous
- I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou
- Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – T. Roosevelt
- Ask yourself if what you’re doing today will get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. – Anonymous
- Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. – Jose Luis Borges
Are you wondering how to create a personal life motto?
Someone once said, ‘you cannot come this far, to only come this far’. Mottos are not restricted to your business or brand. But making it more personal, you will make it more meaningful, like having a key word for the year or a power word for every day, it can simply resonate with where you are in life right now. I tend to think of having more than one motto helps me to confront different situations in my life and use several motto’s to motivate or inspire me. Turning a bible verse into a motto is a great idea. And a recent blog post prompted me to memorise a bible verse by writing it repeatedly, particularly when I face that difficult situation today. There are numerous bible verses that offer us a shelter in God for the times we pass through difficult moments we can know that He will always be there .
Here are ideas created from Psalm 119 founded on following God’s commands to spark your imagination
- Steady steps keep me on God’s course (vs 5)
- Your commands prevent me from doing foolish things (vs 6)
- Walk away, but not from God’s commands (vs 10b)
- Treasure God’s words, so that my vision is not blurred (vs 11)
- Obedience to God’s instructions are more satisfying than the divergence of riches (vs 14)
- Savour God’s instruction, be mindful of His way (vs 15)
- Perceptive discovery unfolds wonders of God’s law (vs 18)
- God’s teachings fill me with a new breathe of life (vs 25)
- Unfailing goodness makes all my choices kind, never insincere (vs 29)
- With my attention fixed on your promises, there is no diversion by meaningless distractions (vs 37)
- Live a life of wisdom, good sense and trusting God’s commands. (vs 66)
- God’s word is my footlight illuminating my every step (vs 105)
- Clear-cut revelation not two-faced hypocrisy sums up your truth (vs 113)
- Reflect in quiet retreat, wait and be renewed (vs 114)
Now that you have chosen a personal life motto, what next?
Like many well-known organisations, you might decide to choose one motto, but there is no rule. For example, you could have a motto for how you treat others and how you do your job. The main reason you should create one or more than one motto is to spur, trigger and propel you to move towards your goals, build on your dreams and endure in the difficult times. Setbacks will come, you will regret opportunities you missed. But what is significant is how you are energised towards committing for the long haul. If you choose a motto such as, ‘Love my God with all my heart, soul and mind‘, you can apply this to all your tasks and responsibilities.
Rather than being frustrated by the excuses you make for yourself. You can work hard, dream big and have fun while praying always. However, it is also important not to tear yourself down with negative self-talk, when you may not live up to your motto. As in time, your motto will become an expression of your character. And you should express that same compassion to yourself, particularly in times of failing instead of laying yourself on the line. When you feel stuck, return to your motto which will become your motivational tool to stimulate you from just writing it down, to jumping off the page into your life and reality.
In short, mottos are used by many – individuals, organisations and families. View it as a mini mission statement. Creating your own instead of using a famous motto can be quite simple. No flowery ramble, just a one line statement simple and to the point. Then the exciting part is you need to convert it to your daily choices and actions. In every moment, make it more than just a motivational tool as you commit to your goals and dreams for pursuing personal growth and living your best life. The choice is yours – whether you decide to coast through life or grab every task by the horns to turn your life around, propel yourself forward and get through the hard grind of work and personal routine. I believe the one motto we should all aim for is NO REGRETS. When I consider the parable of the talents and how I should utilise what God has entrusted me with, to help others and invest into the lives of those around me. I can provoke myself and hopefully you, to be that go-getter and rule breaker. Choose a motto that will steer, inspire, motivate and calm you across the life storms of adversity towards the mountain tops of prosperity.
Share your thoughts…
How can you create your own motto? Define your core values and what beliefs you have about your life to inspire you to be the best version of yourself.