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16 Motivational Memes That Can Inspire Anybody

Motivation can be difficult at times, especially when you’ve had a tough week or day when things aren’t really working in your favor. If you’re going through a rough phase, we’re here with some motivational memes that can make you smile even on a dull day.

Remember to acknowledge that you are not alone in your struggles. Let your struggles connect you to others, rather than allowing them to isolate you.

Because you matter. 

Without further ado, let’s get meme-ing.

16 Motivational Memes That Are Funny And Profound

It’s time to sit back, relax, and look through these funny memes 🙂

1. When YouTube motivational videos work…but briefly

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Source: Meme.Wala.1 on Instagram

Everyone watches those YouTube motivational videos and TED Talks when they are feeling down.

Some days it really helps you get back in the groove of things and get moving. But on other days, it falls flat on its face, much like a speeding motorcycle rider on a poorly constructed road.

You can always find the inspiration you need within yourself.

But sometimes, those motivational videos really make you want to change your whole life. Whatever side of the YouTube fence you find yourself on, we hope you enjoyed this meme.

2. When people underestimate you, but you make a comeback

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Meme created for Engagebay by author

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you surely must have heard of the new Game of Thrones prequel based on the history of the Targaryen dynasty — House of the Dragon.

After the lackluster ending of the original Game of Thrones franchise that left many fans disappointed, many were quick to write off the prequel even before it aired.

However, the show had a satisfying ending to its first season, which surprised many fans. Let us take inspiration from this and remember that we all get second chances in life to make things right.

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3. When you have only emotions, but no time … 

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Source: @neatmom on Instagram

Often, our mental health may not cooperate with our busy schedules. Especially those pesky emotions that come up unbidden in the middle of the week, when we have another million things to complete!

A quick and easy way to avoid a mental breakdown, or “menty-b” as the kids are calling it these days, is to simply have “quick spirals” and get back to your week.

Remember to strike a reasonable balance between hustling hard at life, and also taking your self-care seriously.

4. Fellow procrastinators, don’t give up hope!

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Source: @artmemecentral on Instagram

Especially if you work in a field that demands your creativity, you may get the urge to procrastinate.

For instance, writers are notoriously known to clean their entire desks before they can sit down to write.

If you are someone who struggles with this pesky habit, remember that you’re in good company. There’s hope left for us yet! On a serious note, the Pomodoro technique is an excellent method for anyone looking to break their procrastination habit and improve focus and productivity.

Do try it if you’re stuck with work, and let us know if it worked for you!

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5. It be like this sometimes (when waiting for inspiration)!

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Meme created for EngageBay by author

We all know this feeling when we really want to do well at work, and we are waiting for that one spark of inspiration to arrive.

But this is not always a great plan of action, nor is it very practical.

If this is your situation today, we advise you to stop waiting! Some days, you just have to dig a lot deeper and be the inspiration yourself.

Keep plugging away at your work, and don’t wait. Remember, you have done creative work before, and you can do it again for sure.

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6. When your mind just refuses to cooperate …

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Source: @operation_moksha on Instagram

Often, the very reason we may struggle is a conflict between our conscious mind and our unconscious mind, as any therapist would be able to tell you. In this meme that draws from the Star Trek series, this tussle between different parts of our minds is highlighted hilariously.

7. The moment you step outside your comfort zone …

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Source: @operation_moksha on Instagram

Drawing from the iconic sci-fi movie Back to the Future, this hilarious meme shows us exactly what’s going on in our minds whenever we break out of our familiar comfort zone to try something new.

But the good news is that it is most difficult initially, and it can only get easier from here.

The “shadow” is a term coined by the famous psychologist Carl Jung. It refers to the irrational, instinctive parts of ourselves that we may not consciously acknowledge.

Again the good news is that the shadow includes both positive and not-so-positive aspects of ourselves. So keep your hope high and break out of your comfort zone.

You won’t regret it.

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8. When the only way out is through …

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Source: @socraticmethodcbt on Instagram

This meme is as profound as it is funny.

Drawing from the classic Tom & Jerry cartoons we all loved as kids, this meme shows us that sometimes our fears are just in our heads.

Our fears appear larger than they actually are in reality.

Whether your fear is public speaking or just taking that big risk at work, the best way is to move towards the fear rather than away from it. Only by confronting our fears with deep honesty can we learn to overcome them.

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9. When we have to keep calm and pretend to smile …

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Meme created for EngageBay by author

If we are being completely honest, those boring afternoon meetings can be an absolute drag at times.

Sitting through these meetings and keeping your cool is an under-appreciated skill that we must all hone at some point in our careers. Remember when you’d just started your career and wanted to be included in all the meetings?

This meme draws from the popular comedy show Arrested Development, where Tobias Funke is trying to begin a new career as an actor. However, rest assured that you probably have better acting skills than Tobias, especially if you’ve been sitting through several meetings.

10. When you’re breaking out of negative loops one day at a time …

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Meme created for EngageBay by author

It is but natural that if you’ve been through a recent traumatic incident like losing a loved one, your body and mind may need a little bit of extra time to process all the emotions that come up.

However, if we are not careful, this can become a vicious loop where your emotions get in the way of your work and vice versa.

If you are struggling with these issues, please ask for support from friends and family or seek professional support.

This meme is a nod to the series The Office.

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11. When caffeine isn’t a panacea for all your problems …

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Source: @socraticmethodcbt on Instagram

This one is for all of us caffeine addicts out there.

Most of us usually have a morning ritual with a beverage of our choice, where we mentally prepare for the day ahead. While this is a great way to mindfully start your day, remember that neither coffee nor tea can actually solve your problems for you.

So grab that cuppa of espresso and get ready to be more alert as you find a way to solve your own problems.

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12. We have something in common with Tacos!

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Source: @socraticmethodcbt on Instagram

Who doesn’t love tacos, right?

Even when they fall apart into a delicious mess in our hands, we can’t help but love tacos.

So, in addition to sustenance, take warm hope from tacos and remember that even when you have days when you fall apart, it does not define you by any means. You are more than the worst experiences of your life.

Remember that with time, you will be able to pull yourself again and try again.

After all, failure is nothing but a stepping stone to success. So don’t give up, and don’t be ashamed of your struggles.

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13. Millenial humor about our terrible coping mechanisms …

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Source: @thepsychologistandme on Instagram

One thing that sets Gen-Z and millennials apart from the previous generations is our open-mindedness towards going to therapy.

These therapist jokes have now become a very popular meme template and are a nod to the sheer diversity of our coping mechanisms.

But, keep in mind that no matter what poor coping mechanisms you may have developed in the past to survive, you can always replace them with healthy coping mechanisms that will help you to thrive.

That said, being sarcastic is fun too! And a good dose of laughter never hurt anyone on a bad day.

14. When you grow up and understand Ross’s pain …

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Source: @socraticmethodcbt on Instagram

Most of us would remember this famous meltdown that Ross had in the famous sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 

Ross had an absolutely terrible year, and the sandwich broke the proverbial camel’s back.

We can all relate to this.

Some days you hold ourselves together through all the difficult aspects of the day, and then you stub your toe at night, and that causes you to break down. As adults, we can finally understand what our teenage selves couldn’t — how to hold ourselves together when “it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.”

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15. When your weekend plans made plans of their own… 

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Source: @alchemy.inc on Instagram

Have you ever had this experience, where you have made plans for the weekend only to have none of it work out?

And often, when our plans get canceled, we just want to sit comfortably and relax at home in quiet and peace.

Whether you identify as an introvert or an extrovert, make sure to include spending time with others and alone over the weekends. Too much socializing or too much time spent alone can be harmful to your mental health in the long run.

As with most things in life, it is about striking up the right balance.

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These are some of the memes we found interesting this week. Which meme resonated with you the most and made you smile?

Let us know in the comments below.

Our sincere hope is that these memes reminded you that you are not alone in your struggles, and that no matter how it seems dark, light always follows.

We aren’t here to push platitudes or quotes about success that may prove ineffective in the long run. The first step to combating burnout and lack of momentum is acknowledging what you’re going through.

It’s only by acknowledging our feelings that we can begin to let go of them, as most psychologists would tell you.

We are here to remind you that you hold great power in your hands to change not only your own life, but also the lives of those around you. If you have failed today, it is important you wake up tomorrow and fight harder. And there’s no shame in asking for help because you can help others when it’s your turn.

After all, isn’t that what community is all about?

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