Not all motivational quotes are good for you. Some can actually hinder your progress. And sadly, Pinterest is full of them.
They’re like back-handed compliments. On the surface they sound good. But later you realise, “hey… that wasn’t very nice!”
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, so I come across pseudo “motivational quotes” often. Then I saw the one that inspired this post, and I couldn’t believe how many people were saving it to their boards.
Here’s why I don’t like it. It completely removes all faith and confidence you have in yourself.
(Note: The word ‘God’ isn’t the issue here, it’s the fact that ‘self confidence’ is crossed out. If you were to replace the word ‘God’ with anything else, it’d still be harmful.)
- I don’t like it when people put themselves down.
- I don’t like it when people attribute their successes to something other than their own efforts.
- And I don’t like it when people tell others to not have faith in themselves, but something else.
Whenever I post up a quote for The Daily Goalgetter, I always make sure it sends the right message. That its intent isn’t to make someone feel bad about themselves.
Of course there’s the argument that to have confidence in God IS to have confidence in yourself, as you are connected to God on a spiritual level.
But why does self-confidence need to be crossed out?
Can they not co-exist?
I guess if you find this kind of quote motivating, then by all means, continue to use it.
Just be mindful of what you’re telling yourself.
Next time you come across a motivational quote – don’t just accept it as a good thing, think about it.
What’s it really saying?