Originally posted on The Trek on December 20th, 2016
Looking for more inspiration to get you started on your first (or next) thru hike/section hike/backcountry adventure? Below are some little hunks of inspiration to motivate you to get started and to handle any complications that head your way! Make them your morning mantras, set phone reminders with them throughout the day, or hey, just passively scroll through them because you’re bored and it’s something to do!
Quit Dreaming and Get Going!
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot, novelist & poet
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore, writer & artist
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” ~ Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer
“If you love life, don’t waste time for time is what life is made up of.” ~ Bruce Lee, martial artist & actor
“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: The fear of failure.” ~ Paulo Coelho, lyricist & novelist
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it’s something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn, entrepreneur & motivational speaker
“The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.” ~ Meister Eckhart, philosopher
“We should all start to live before we get too old.” ~ Marilyn Monroe, actress & model
“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” ~ Brian Tracy, motivational speaker & author
“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” ~ Victor Kiam, entrepreneur
“Either move or be moved.” ~ Ezra Pound, poet
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” ~ Jim Rohn, entrepreneur & motivational speaker
“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” ~Hunter S. Thompson, author & founder of Gonzo journalism
Words of Encouragement During Challenging Times
“When you feel like quitting think about why you started.” ~ Anonymous
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could, some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist & poet
“Stay committed to your decision, but stay flexible in your approach.” ~ Tony Robbins, businessman & author
“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi, swordsman & ronin
“Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Mark Twain, writer
“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” ~ Warren Buffett, investor
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the U.S.
“Breathe. It’s just a bad day not a bad life.” ~ Anonymous
“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you, ’til it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist & author
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ~ Samuel Beckett, novelist & playwright
“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass, abolitionist
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor Frankl, author, psychologist & Holocaust survivor
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