Monday, December 10, 2012

Two Quotations for the Week

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
– Thomas Jefferson

This quotation showed up on Pinterest a few times over the last week. I’ve heard it before, but it especially resonated with me right now. It’s obviously no secret that I’ve struggled with anxiety quite a bit. And even though I have my moments, I’ve really gotten a lot better about a lot of my crazies.

In order to lessen my anxiety about whatever I needed to get over, it was as simple as just stepping outside of my comfort zone. I say “simple” here, but for the bad crazies, it’s a lot easier said than done. Something can seem simple without necessarily being easy.

If you break down that Thomas Jefferson quotation, you really have the secret to accomplishing whatever you want.

Idly sitting back and waiting for something to change or to reach a far off goal will do very little. Doing the same things, business-as-usual will not change anything either. If you’ve been witnessing steady growth (personal, financial, or otherwise), you’ll continue to see the steady growth. But if you want different or more, you have to make some sort of change.

There is a certain risk factor involved here. Changing the status quo also means there is a chance that things might get worse. But, I believe that as long as you’re smart about it and truly listening to your gut, following your heart, and using your brain, you’ll be better off in the long run.

I would really sit back and figure out what it is that you want and then make an action plan to get it done. Just like the quotation says, you have to be willing to do the actions. There are lots of things I want, of course, but I’m not quite ready to jump out of my comfort zone to get it done.

But that’s also how you know when you really want to accomplish a great goal. When it doesn’t matter what is standing in your way, you’re ready to plow through every barrier, leap over every obstacle, and truly break out of your comfort zone­ with no fear.

Another aspect of this quotation is that if you do the norm, you’ll get the norm. (At least you’re almost guaranteed…) This weekend, when I was with Kiel and Sarah, we were talking about the risks we had each personally made. We had all ignored the well-beaten path and opted instead for scarier, albeit more adventurous road. (And, we discussed, with that bumpy less traveled road comes some big ups and also some big downs, but the payoff in the end is well worth it.)

This quotation by Edison goes hand-in-hand with Jefferson’s:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.”

Yea… couldn’t agree more. I sometimes find myself thinking, “Oh this time it will be different.” Even though, I’ve said something similar about forty times before. You must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

The past few weeks have included lots of leaps of faith and lots of personal changes in the hopes of reaching some of my goals. I’m excited. Willing. And ready to go. But it isn’t to say that I’m without my occasional hesitation. I let what other people think is “normal” creep into my head sometimes, instead of doing what I know will work for me. Jefferson’s quote has officially been transcribed in a few prominent places and I will carry it with me throughout the coming months when things might get a little bit harder. Because I know that the journey (not just the destination) is worth it.


{photo via Martha Stewart}


  1. As someone who also struggles with anxiety issues, I can totally relate to this post. Thanks for being so real - it's very encouraging to see someone else stepping out of their comfort zone in order to live life fully. Here's another quote you might like; it's one of my favorites:

    "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
    ~Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. This is completely true. Life is about taking risks, even though the risks can be very, very scary.

  3. True!

    Love your blog by the way. I always wait for you to post :)

  4. I've never heard this quote, either but it's a great one-- you're always so inspiring! I have a quote book that I keep all of my favorite ones in. Checkout my gift guide of the week: For the tech lovers.

    A Pop of Style

  5. Wonderful post. So true and so timely for me!

    Thank you.

    Fleur de Lyss

  6. Hi Carly! I am new to blogging, and have been following yours since what seems like forever! How do you make your quote photos/wallpapers? I am very interested in making my own!


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