Most people think of Mondays as difficult. I disagree. To me, these days are no harder than any other during the week. Therefore, I wanted to offer some statements that I find uplifting (depending on the circumstances). The following are seven statements from various motivational speakers, to help you get through the week.


  1. There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs

You just have to put in the work on a daily basis. There are no short cuts or quick trips to success.

  1. The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.

You can envision anything that you want for yourself. That’s the easy part. To get there you have to be willing to take action, sometimes massive action, to help the dream become reality.

  1. It’s not over, until I win.

You have to be willing to keep fighting. Successful people usually believe that they can keep trying and keep pushing to be better and better until they arrive at the destination they envisioned.

  1. The mind, once expanded by a concept, can never return to its original size.

The beauty of learning is that each new lesson helps us to grow and become better than we were. Once that starts happening we never return to square one, even if we face challenges.

  1. Never allow another person’s opinion of you to become your reality.

You have the power to decide who you are going to be. Do not believe that you have to accept the limits that other people may perceive for you. Often they are trying to protect you from disappointment but they are not always right. You can put in the work and become more than anyone else might imagine. It is only important that you believe that it is possible.

  1. Have courage and be kind.

It’s not always easy to be kind but it is a good way to be as you move through life. Be kind to others and to yourself. Also remember that it often takes courage to pursue your dreams or to dare to live your life on your own terms. Courage doesn’t mean that you are not afraid or worried about a bad outcome. It just means that you are willing to try and you are committed to staying on your course of action, no matter how slow you accomplishments may be in coming.

  1. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Never become someone who believes that they know all the answers. If you find yourself where you feel like you are the smartest one in the room, then you need to get into another room. It is the only way to keep growing; by challenging yourself to get better and better.


Motivation is a state of mind. Hopefully you will be able to get into the mindset that you need to have a successful and effective week.



Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. For more of her writing visit