This old Chinese proverb reminds us to stay motivated and get things done by reminding us that doing nothing only leads to lethargy.
Whether you're avoiding the work you have to do today or scared to face more personal goals, it's time to get up and do them, as standing around isn't going to make you feel any better. If you've ever spent a Saturday doing absolutely nothing, you know exactly how this feels -- a lot of times, getting nothing done can only make you feel more exhausted than a busy day does. Use that knowledge as motivation to keep on trucking, or you could find you feel even worse than when you started.
Tired of Being Tired [Zen Habits]