I love to read and my latest book is Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans. It just came out this week and he’s been sharing quotes from the book on social media including this one from Brene Brown.

“The big question I ask is when I had the opportunity, did I choose courage over comfort?

I know most of us love quotes but how often do we turn the inspiration into motivation? How often do we make motivation work for us by translating it into action?

Let’s use this quote as an example.

Think about what that quote could mean in your life, for your choices.  Don’t simply be intrigued by it or inspired by it.  I want you to be changed by it.

Tomorrow morning, when you wake up, what if you ask yourself, “What can I do today to choose courage over comfort?

What would that look like? What choice could you make or what action could you take?

That’s how something like this quote becomes a tool instead of merely a moment of inspiration.

Tools are only valuable when they are used.

Each and every day we are saturated with inspirational quotes and motivational sayings. It’s all well & good to read them, repost them, or send them to your friends.  But, that won’t do anything for you.  That will not change you.

So, how do you use them? How can you use this quote or any other motivation as a tool to change what you do, to influence your choices, your path, your decisions?

How can you make motivation work for you? How can you turn inspiration into motivation and motivation into action?

Catch yourself in a challenging moment and ask, “Am I, right now, choosing comfort over courage?”

What can you do differently?

What would be a courageous choice?

Or, start your day with that question.

The way to turn moments or ideas into tools is to actually apply them to how you think, how you speak, how you make your choices.

What can you do before you go to bed tonight to choose courage over comfort?

How can you work to translate ideas into action, having them meaningfully influence the way you go through your day, how you speak to yourself, how you interact with others, what you eat or don’t eat, when you stop, & how you reel yourself back in when you start to drift?

How can you make this motivation work for you?

And, how are you going to do this today?