They encourage us. They speak to us. They remind us. They empower us. They comfort us.
“That’s the best thing about quotes; they can trigger something within us, make us think and inspire us to take action.” — Zdravko Cvijetic
Yes, inspirational quotes can infuse you with the motivation to take action toward your goals and live the life you desire.
“When things get tough, many people turn to a motivational quote for a bit of inspiration. Some of these pithy sayings have become celebrated parts of society’s lexicon.
What makes some turns of phrase so powerful that they become mantras for generations?
Depending on whom you ask, the appeal appears to lie in a combination of good wordsmithing, motivational psychology, and a measure of self-selection.”
“Inspirational quotes are important because they activate an emotional pulse point in our hearts and minds when we are in a distressing situation. The right quote can help us to see light at the end of the tunnel, and give us that extra burst of hope and courage to persevere.”
— MC Kelby
Motivation is an all-important piece of your life’s puzzle. Without a little motivation — or a lot — we’d never reach our goals in life. There’d be nothing to keep us moving forward to complete our tasks.
Oftentimes we encounter a situation that requires a few words of wisdom from someone who’s been there. In this post, it’s my hope that you’ll find some of the following quotes useful in your life’s journey.
They’ll help you through tough times, lift you up, and remind you that your life is what you make of it. Use these bits of wisdom to help you build momentum and you’ll come out on top.
When times have you down or you feel at your worst, an inspirational quote just might be the answer you need. Read through each quote carefully, then choose one that speaks to you.
“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain
We surround ourselves with many types of people. The small ones belittle our ideas and dreams. The really impressive people in our lives encourage us and lend their hand to help us make our dreams come true.
With this encouragement, not only do we accomplish our dreams, but we also discover that we too can be one of the great people in the world.
- Notice the people you surround yourself with.
- Determine the great individuals in your life.
- Listen and absorb their advice, guidance, and understanding.
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”— Mikhail Baryshnikov
Do you compare yourself to others? Honestly, the only person you need to compete with is you. If you’re constantly trying to keep up with others, you’ll never feel like you’ve fully succeeded. Strive to better yourself first and the rest will fall into place.
- Figure out what you’d like to improve in yourself.
- Determine what steps are necessary to get you where you want to be.
- Work on those things one by one.
“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. “ — Brittany Renee
It’s much easier to follow in someone else’s footsteps. Believing in your heart and making your own choices can be daunting at times, but it’s an important part of the learning process. Mistakes are teachers and victories are windfalls.
You’ll experience true celebration if you live your life through your own heart and mind. Being yourself allows you to grow. Being someone else only brings regret.
- Determine if you’re doing what’s right for you.
- Ask yourself, “If I do this, can I pat myself on the back when it’s completed?”
- Allow yourself to be who you are, rather than what others think you should be.
“The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” — Socrates
Society has a way of making people believe they aren’t as good as the next person. When they can’t measure up to the standards of others, some people put up a front hoping they’ll look better in the eyes of others.
We have to stop trying to stand-out and start showing our true self. It’s easier to remember who you really are than trying to keep a web of lies from becoming tangled.
- Take time to remind yourself of your positive traits.
- Figure out who you really are.
- Every day remind yourself that you are unique.
“People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses.” — Dr. Laura Schlessinger
For many, an excuse is an easy way out. Whether you’ve made a promise to yourself or someone else, creating an excuse to get out of it is easy. Sometimes even a bad excuse seems better than saying nothing at all. In reality, an excuse of any kind isn’t any better than the paper it’s written on.
When you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you can’t or don’t want to, then simply say no.
People want to believe the words you speak, so being honest with yourself and others is better than committing and then not following through.
- Know what you realistically can and can’t do.
- Be sincere in your promises.
- Follow through.
“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.” — Ivern Ball
You can have all the information in the world stored in your mind, but if you lack the desire or passion to get things done, that knowledge is useless. In order to be successful at anything you have to have an eagerness to make it work. Without passion turning the light on, no one will ever see the glow. You mightn’t use what you know right away, but never let knowledge go to waste.
- Learn something new every day.
- Never let knowledge go to waste.
- Have the courage to be enthusiastic, even in difficult times.
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Confucius
There are people in this world who’ll never admit when they’re wrong. However, in order to fully understand something and reach true wisdom, you have to know what areas of your life could use improvement. After all, you can’t possibly know everything. That’s precisely why you have to be willing to constantly learn and improve upon your skills.
- Know your strengths.
- Always be open to learning.
- Work to improve your weaknesses
“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.” — Aesop
It’s much easier to hold your ground if you’re not facing danger straight on. Yet when you do this, you can’t properly learn and grow. When you stay where it’s safe, you stagnate and go nowhere.
By having the courage to do what’s necessary to conquer your challenges, you’re building the strength, confidence, and knowledge to succeed.
- Look at your challenges straight on.
- Dig into yourself for the courage to face these valiantly.
- When conquering your challenges, you become more resilient to future problems.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle
Many of us sit back and wait for an opportunity to come knocking. Unfortunately, wishing for opportunities doesn’t make them happen. You have to look for possibilities in your life and strive to make something happen when you find them.
Recognizing opportunities when they show up, and creating your own opportunities, are the best ways to achieve success. If you give yourself the chance, you may find that there’s an opportunity knocking on every door.
- Don’t wait for someone else to find opportunities for you.
- Learn to recognize opportunities and take action promptly.
- Be open to answering the call when new opportunities present themselves.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
Unfortunately, many of us too often find ourselves wishing for what could have been. Instead of looking forward, we dwell on the past. We focus on our regrets, which causes us to miss many opportunities that are presented to us.
There’s a reason for a lot of things and regardless of what has happened in the past, there’ll always be a door in front of you, waiting to be opened. Looking for the good in every situation can help you find these open doors so you can pass through and enjoy what’s ahead.
- Find something good in every situation.
- You can’t change things from the past, so let go.
- Allow yourself to smile even in the most desperate of times.
“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders. “ — George P. Burnham
If you decide you can’t do something, then you won’t accomplish it. Telling yourself that you’ll try gives you the real potential to succeed.
Whether or not you succeed, it’s only through trial and error that you can build the wisdom and the willpower to endure any situation.
- Be hopeful about your situation.
- Convince yourself that you can only gain if you try.
- It’s far more rewarding to try than to say “I can’t.”
“Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” — Matthew Keith Groves
If you stop trying to win, then you won’t have a chance. It’s like running a marathon. You can’t win if you don’t run and the more training you do, the better your odds of winning.
No matter what you do in life, if you practice over and over you’ll see improvement.
- Maintain a positive mindset.
- Constantly work toward your goal.
- Have a short memory when it comes to past failures.
“It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity.” — George Matthew Adams
So many people see themselves as failures when something they’re working on goes wrong. For this reason they scrap the whole idea. What do you think would happen if they had instead started the process over again, knowing what they didn’t know the first time around? Greatness just might be achieved, but they never took the opportunity to find it because humiliation took over.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
- Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way — create your own.
- Opportunities can arise in the oddest of places.
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” — Auguste Rodin
Everything in life is an experience you can learn from. Be it good or bad, if you take the time to absorb the wisdom which comes from these experiences, you can use them to better yourself and the lives of others. If you’re wrong, there’s no shame in admitting it. It takes a bigger person to admit when they’ve made a mistake than it does to place blame elsewhere.
- Admit when you’ve made a mistake.
- Learn from your mistakes to avoid making the same one twice.
- Use your experiences to help others.
“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.” — Michel de Montaigne
Every day is a gift we’ve been given free of charge. We just can’t waste it away. Instead, make the most of each and every moment. After all, we don’t know just how many we’ll end up getting in our life.
Wouldn’t it be sad to know that we’ve simply wasted away such a precious and meaningful gift?
- Set goals and know where you want to go.
- Learn the value of life.
- Remind yourself every day that life is a gift.
“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” — Dale Carnegie
Our life will never be perfect, that’s a fact. However, if we spend all of our time worrying about what might be coming our way, we’ll never reap the benefits the world has to offer. The worrywarts of the world miss out on so many joys because they focus all their energy on the things that could happen so they miss out on the good things that actually did happen.
- Nothing good comes from worrying.
- Take time to enjoy the moment because once today is over you can never get it back.
- Focus on the good things in life — no matter how trivial they may seem.
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” — Anonymous
It’s far less difficult to get angry or fly off the handle when you can work around negative things in your life. Learning to handle your stress is important.
Do your best to not let stress engulf you. It’s easy to let negative feelings pile up until they all pour out at once. When you can easily adjust to changes or difficult situations, you’ll lead a much happier, healthier life.
- Learn to let trivial things go.
- Don’t hold your feelings inside.
- There’s no such thing as perfect.
“ As long as man has been alive, he has been collecting little sayings about how to live… these little epigrams of life advice have taught essential lessons. How to respond to adversity…How to meditate on our mortality. How to have courage…Fundamentally, each one will teach you how to be a better person. If you let them.” — Ryan Holiday
No matter what circumstances you face in life, you always have a choice of which path to follow. Each path comes with its own consequences, some good and some bad, but the quality of your life is in your hands.
If you need some motivation to make the most of your life, use these quotes to help you enjoy your life and be an active participant. Don’t settle for being an observer. Let these invigorating quotes guide you, give you strength, and prove to you that you’re not alone on your success journey. Let these quotes motivate you to overcome obstacles and achieve greatness.
Everyone is capable of great things, but not everyone grasps those opportunities.
Let the world see what you’re capable of achieving.
Choose the life you want and go for it!