Some days at work we are just not ‘feeling it’, but don’t worry- it happens to us all. Even great captains of industry have had their fair share of bad days.

It can be difficult to get yourself motivated to get your work done, especially when you are close to a deadline and everyone is counting on you to deliver. On the grand scale of things, one day of being unproductive may not cause much of a ripple, but if you let your listless feelings overwhelm you, it can easily lead to another wasted day – and then another…..

Sometimes you have to question why one day you can feel driven and motivated, then the very next day you feel so burnt out that you wonder where you left your head! But it is easy to feel in control when you are busy dreaming up the next idea, and planning how to implement it. The difficulty comes with trying to stay motivated while you are putting your plans into action.

Time to roll up your sleeves

We know that the work has to be done, and we know there is no getting around it, so it is up to us to dig deep and find the motivation to get things back on track.

Getting your work done smoothly and efficiently is about setting your goals and creating a positive working environment. You have to push through your workload even when you don’t feel up to it, but motivating yourself to push forward and find that drive to succeed can be helped along by repeating to yourself some uplifting motivational quotes.

Sports quotes can help to inspire you

In the highly stressful world of competitive sports, many top-class sports stars throughout history have used inspirational, motivational and focussed quotes to help squeeze the very last drop of effort from their performance.

Given the driven nature of many sports, it is no surprise that athletes often come up with some inspiring and motivational things to say about hard work, perseverance, leadership, and winning. Some of these may help to rev up your productivity, especially when a deadline is closing in on you.

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Roger Bannister

I’ve known people with exceptional talent – and some have wasted it. Ambition spurs a man on.

Geoffrey Boycott

I know what it takes to get to the top.

Linford Christie

Advice for anybody – enjoy what you are doing, enjoy the process of learning and don’t be impatient.

Robin Cousins

It’s perseverance that’s the key. It’s persevering for long enough to achieve your potential.

Lynn Davies

It’s about you. If you win, it’s you; if you lose, it’s you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide.

Greg Rusedski

I’m an accumulation of every single thing I’ve done, good and bad.

David Millar

I have a number of alternatives, and each one gives me something different.

Glenn Hoddle

If sports is not your thing, then why not draw some strength from some of the most famous leaders of industry who never gave up at the first hurdle. Without their drive to work through their issues to succeed, then the world as we know it today would be a much poorer place to live.

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Thomas Jefferson

Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.

Sanjo Jendayi

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Indira Gandhi

No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.

Jonathan Sacks

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

Calvin Coolidge

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

Louis Pasteur

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Saint Francis

This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Winston Churchill

You are not your resume, you are your work.

Seth Godin

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.

Warren Buffett