Forgive and forget.

Honesty is the best policy.

Speech is silver, silence is golden.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

There are any number of life mottos available for you to pick from. If you are wondering why you need one, here is the answer below.

Replaces negative thinking with positive ones:  Human beings tend to be self critical. We constantly measure our successes and failures with our peer group and undermine our own achievements in the light of others. Having a motto like, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” makes us adopt a more balanced view, that all of us have our own shares of successes and failures.

Break/ make habits.  In the humdrum of daily life, it becomes so easy for us to form negative habits, be it eating junk food, drinking, smoking or not exercising. At the same time, building a good habit takes rigorous focus and consistent effort over a period of time. Having a simple motto like “Where there is a will, there is a way” can help you to break the chain of unhealthy habits and form positive ones.

Define yourself. All of usneed to stand for something. Bring about positive changes in the world, As Gandhi ji said “ Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Whether it is ethical behavior, integrity or personal ethics, we all need to uphold a value or an ethic.

Accept others unequivocally.  “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”. “Live and let live”. These are just a few of the mottos that show how the way important it is for us to accept others just the way they are. Acceptance of each other, tolerance of the habits of others can bring us lots of inner peace. It can also reduce the amounts of stress and conflicts in our daily lives.

Inspire yourself. “Stay hungry, stay foolish”. Steve Jobs said this to remind us how important it was for to stay hungry for success and not rest on our laurels or to ever feel content that we know everything. As Mary Angelou rightly said, “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated”.

Sail through troubles. “This too shall pass”. “If winter is here, can summer be far behind”?  These immortal lines remind us that no trouble is permanent and is just a transitory phase that will pass leading us to happier times.

Become more productive. “Slow and steady wins the race”. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”.

“haste makes waste” are just some sayings to show that not everything done in a hurry can turn out right. Pick a motto to do things in your own way, slowly and steadily.  Regardless of the advice of others, when you are convinced that you have the right game plan, stick to it and execute.

Have fun!  Life mottos can also be great fun.  Poke some fun with “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks” or “Every dog has his day”.  

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