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These 17 Motivational Posters from the 1920s Might Just Help You Stay on Track in 2013

Motivational poster

If you just aren’t feeling it this year (already), don’t despair.

Surely you realize you’re not the first to lose motivation so soon after you made (and probably broke) all (or some) of those new year’s resolutions. Staying motivated is hard work.

According to Fast Company, a British printing company, Parker-Holliday, created a series of posters in the 1920s around a fictional character named Bill Jones, whom “all workers were meant to emulate.” The savvy advice displayed in the style of the progressive Arts and Crafts movement was aimed at “that era’s cubicle-farm set,” but the messages are still relevant today, particularly as it relates to keeping your eye on the prize.

See if Bill Jones can do for you what he did for your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents back in the day (they appear to be aimed at men, but the messages are unisex nonetheless):

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  • SLUMPS ARE JUST A STATE OF MIND 1 of 17
    SLUMPS ARE JUST A STATE OF MIND
    You can lick them.
    Let's go!
  • WORRY 2 of 17
    WORRY
    never made anyone a dime.
    Be bigger than any unpleasant situation.
  • FRIENDLY CONTACT 3 of 17
    FRIENDLY CONTACT
    is the result of getting in on the right basis . . . to start with.
    Be yourself.
  • RESULTS 4 of 17
    RESULTS
    not excuses, count.
    An alibi artist is his own worst enemy.
  • TOUGH LUCK 5 of 17
    TOUGH LUCK
    is not recognized by real men.
    Snap your fingers and go after the next one.
  • OBJECTIVE THINKING 6 of 17
    OBJECTIVE THINKING
    insures results.
    It's the will to do that counts.
  • ‘IT CAN’T BE DONE’ 7 of 17
    'IT CAN'T BE DONE'
    means nothing to the fellow who tries.
  • CLEARED FOR ACTION 8 of 17
    CLEARED FOR ACTION
    It's easier done when things are 'ship-shape.'
  • LIFE’S TOO SHORT 9 of 17
    LIFE'S TOO SHORT
    for groping.
    Choose an objective and go after it.
  • IT’S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT 10 of 17
    IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT
    It's the size of the fight in the dog that counts.
  • SLUMPS 11 of 17
    SLUMPS
    Nothing has changed but his mental attitude.
  • DISORDER AND NEGLECT 12 of 17
    DISORDER AND NEGLECT
    are the bosom friends of waste!
    Let's show them the door!
  • REFUSE 13 of 17
    REFUSE
    to be sidetracked.
    You called to see Mr. Rightman. See him!
  • HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS WITH A SMILE 14 of 17
    HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS WITH A SMILE
    Try it on your next prospect.
    It works.
  • BIG MONEY 15 of 17
    BIG MONEY
    — isn't made by "hitting the high spots."
    Take them as they come.
  • MOST FAILURES 16 of 17
    MOST FAILURES
    result from looking for "soft snaps."
  • THOUGHT 17 of 17
    THOUGHT
    is essential to business development.
    The thinker wins.

All images used with permission from Fast Company

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