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30 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Believe In Yourself

30 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Believe In Yourself

Every once in a while, when I need little reminder of what I’m capable of achieving, I like to find a good quote to bring my spirits up.

Here I’ve collected 30 motivational quotes which will remind you to believe in yourself, even when the going gets tough.

1. Stay true to who you are.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

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    2. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve waited, there’s always time to make a change and strive for more.

    It is never too late to be what you might have been.  ― George Eliot

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      3.Don’t get stuck worrying about what you’ve missed out on, instead, open up your eyes for the new opportunities right in front of you.

      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 which has been opened for us. ― Helen Keller

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        4. Don’t get overwhelmed by your goal if it seems to big. Focus on that one small step you can take first.

        The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ― Confucius

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          5. You can’t chose what life throws at you, but you can chose how you respond.

          I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ― Maya Angelou

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            6. You talents and abilities will improve over time, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

            If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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              7. It’s okay to be afraid of failing, you just can’t let it stop you from trying.

              In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.- Bill Cosby

              8) Be motivated by your desire to prove the naysayers and cynics wrong.

              A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

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                9. Success isn’t about not failing, it’s about bouncing back after you fail.

                I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. – George S. Patton

                10. You have to understand that you can’t have success without first experiencing failure.

                I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

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                11. Your most important education, isn’t happening inside of a classroom.

                Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

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                  12. You’re bound to hit rough patches in life, but if you don’t keep pushing forward, you’ll get stuck in the rough patch far longer than you need to.

                  If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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                    13. It doesn’t really matter what other people think you should be doing with your life. All that matters is that YOU know what you’re doing with your life.

                    I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want. – Muhammad Ali

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                      14. Success doesn’t just fall in your lap. You have to get up, do the work, and go find it.

                      Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. – Kyle Chandler

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                        15. Sometimes you have to do something you hate, in order to achieve something you love.

                        You’re not going to enjoy every minute of the journey, but the success you’ll find at the end will make it all worth it.

                        I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali

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                        16. What good is being a success at something you don’t care about?

                        It’s better to be happy doing something you love, even if you don’t find success right away.

                        I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. – George Burns

                        17. You can recover from a failure, but it’s hard to forgive yourself for never trying in the first place.

                        Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. – George Edward Woodberry

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                          18. Everyone starts out as an amateur, but it’s only those who keep trying that become true successes.

                          Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. – Christopher Morley

                          19. Just because you failed at accomplishing something, doesn’t mean you’re a failure as a person.

                          Remember that failure is an event, not a person – Zig Ziglar

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                            20. If you’re not failing at anything, chances are you’re not succeeding at much either. The two go hand in hand.

                            If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

                             21. Sometime you have to take a leap of faith to find success.

                            You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine. – Flip Wilson

                             22. The more you try, the better you get. So instead of worrying, just get started and you’ll eventually figure things out.

                            The more we do, the more we can do. – William Hazlitt

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                            23. If you wait for the perfect timing, you’ll end up waiting forever. It’s better just take what you’ve got, and get started.

                            Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. – George Herbert

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                              24. If you want to be a resilient, tough, and irrepressible person, you’ve got to try, fail, and try some more.

                              Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

                              25. You’re more than capable of finding success, but it will only happen after you put in the work.

                              The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi

                              26. Don’t give up, because you’re probably much closer to success than you realize.

                              Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

                              27. Your potential and ability to succeed is not confined by your current situation. You’re more than your current circumstances.

                              The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

                              28. Success doesn’t always involve hitting a home run. Most of the time, is just about showing up, every single day.

                              Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

                              29. Experience, knowledge, and skill don’t always go hand in hand with success. Sometimes your lack of experience is your best asset.

                              Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. – Anonymous

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                                30. If you let your fear of failure stop you from trying, you’ll miss out on far more than had you just failed in the first place.

                                The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard

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                                We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

                                “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

                                Are we speaking the same language?

                                My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

                                When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

                                Am I being lazy?

                                When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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                                Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

                                Early in the relationship:

                                “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

                                When the relationship is established:

                                “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

                                It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

                                Have I actually got anything to say?

                                When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

                                A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

                                When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

                                Am I painting an accurate picture?

                                One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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                                Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

                                What words am I using?

                                It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

                                Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

                                Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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                                I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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