Spare Me Your Inspirational Quotes!

You can’t help but read them…

They’re everywhere; especially on social media.

I’m talking about those inspirational quotes that force you to re-evaluate your entire existence.

Here are a few that come to mind:

“The person who goes the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –George Addair

All famous quotes. All good. And I’ll be the first to admit that at least three of them have been plastered on my coffee mugs and my cubicle walls. But at what cost?

Inspirational quotes are very motivating and powerful. They can help propel us out of the rut we’re in; be it at work or at home. They speak to us; help guide us when we’re craving personal growth, change and new challenges. But can they also leave an after taste of scarcity?

What’s wrong with being who we are, just as we are? Can the messaging leave us feeling like we aren’t accomplishing enough, when we’re already struggling to keep our heads above water, between our families, our friends, our careers and our communities?

It’s like there’s all this pressure to do more, be more. Take more risks. Be braver. Be better. Dream bigger. Jump higher. It’s exhausting! Especially when you already feel like a bit of a failure for not accomplishing most of the things you set out to do in a day.

When are we enough? When do we have enough? I think we should be focusing on what we already have and what we’re already doing, rather than what we don’t have and aren’t doing.

I truly believe that inspirational messaging plays an essential role in society by pushing us to be better parents, better partners and better colleagues. Everyone needs a good motivational quote sometimes.

But as we continue on our individual pursuits to live an extraordinary life… let’s simply be mindful not to fear the ordinary, along the way.