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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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                                10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

                                10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

                                Are you stressed out and overwhelmed, wishing you had more time to do the things that really matter? Are you ready to do something better, something special in your life or your career?

                                You were born with a gift that no one else in the world can express like you. When you dance to your own music, you naturally develop your innate abilities and excel in work and life. You are a total rock star. But when you live someone else’s idea of who you should be, it throws off your groove.

                                Many people—maybe you—stopped following their dreams way too early in life because their talents were ignored, minimized, or shamed. They didn’t have the chops to win an American Idol competition or nab an Olympic gold medal, so they stopped expressing their inborn gifts altogether.

                                You don’t need to be an award winner to rock your life. Living your dream life is about discovering your superpowers and feeling vibrant and joyful when you use them. It’s about owning what makes you unique and finding like-minded people to support you.

                                Here are 10 success principles to help you live a rich and rewarding life on your terms that have worked with thousands of people in my workshops and will work for you, too.

                                1. Get a Hobby to Move Closer to Your Dreams

                                If you never became a professional dancer or a world-renowned author, it does NOT mean you should stop dancing or writing! These activities make you come alive, even if you “only” do them as favorite pastimes.

                                Engaging in a hobby is one of the most important success principles you can follow to move closer to your dreams.

                                When you try something creative for the first time or in a long while, you begin to see opportunities at work and in life that you were unaware of before. You also feel happier and more energized, according to a recent study from New Zealand.[1]

                                Some of my most burned-out executive clients reinvigorated their careers by discovering a creative outlet that refueled them after the workday ended. Research at San Francisco State University shows that having a hobby lowers stress and helps you succeed at work.[2]

                                So, give yourself permission to try new things and revisit old passions you gave up long ago. Setting aside just one hour a week for personal exploration can significantly change your life.

                                Who knows? Your creative outlet could transform into a thriving business or lead to a new profession down the road.

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                                2. Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

                                Did you know that you are more likely to succeed when you develop your natural strengths rather than work on your weaknesses? The problem is that you probably don’t know where your true talents lie.

                                Here are a few options to help you discover your unique strengths. You can:

                                • Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey[3]
                                • Try Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment[4]
                                • Answer a few Superpower Questions

                                Once you understand what makes you tick, you can use these skills at work and your personal life to get more done in less time. If you boost your unique abilities through practice and study, you can accelerate your career and become a leader in a field that matters to you. It’s worth investing in yourself this way.

                                3. Jumping off a Cliff is NOT Required

                                Here’s the deal: most people are too afraid to change. When participants first come to my workshops, they tell me they have mouths to feed, bills to pay, and fear that if they follow their dreams, someone will get hurt.

                                The old saying “leap and the net shall appear” does not comfort them. Because they are hesitant to plunge into the unknown, they believe their only option is to stay put where they are in life. Can you relate?

                                You do not have to sacrifice the life you have now to start a new one. I was a psychology professor by day and singer by night for years before I transitioned into a full-time music career.

                                Just take a little time out each week to do what enlivens you through a hobby, volunteer work, etc. Get a feel for it.

                                Is it what you really want? If so, increase the time you spend doing it and make the transition when the time feels right.

                                4. Give Your Inner Critic Some Love

                                The main culprit that keeps you from stepping outside your comfort zone and getting the life of your dreams is KCRP or K-CRAP – the radio station that plays 24/7 in your head. The moment you try to do something interesting with your life it slaps you down with such chart-topping killer hooks as “Who do you think you are?” and “You’ll never be good enough!”.

                                Have you ever noticed that KCRP’s mean-spirited DJ sounds like your parents, teachers, bosses, and other authority figures who shut you down creatively? These folks don’t need to stifle you any longer (although they often still do) because your inner critic does it for them. That keeps you stuck in a rut.

                                To break free, try thinking of this DJ as a gruff old grandfather who gives you crap to keep you safe. Remember, this grumpy grandpa is woefully out of touch with the times. So, his stern opinions don’t really matter much, do they? Give him a pat on the back for his good intentions, and put your focus back on what makes you come alive.

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                                This success principle will give you the courage to venture into the unknown where you can dance to the beat of your own drummer.

                                5. Embrace Your Inner Weirdo

                                Many of us don’t go after our dreams because we’re afraid folks will find out how odd or strange we are. But our little eccentricities often turn out to be our greatest strengths. Yes, it’s good to be quirky.

                                Odds are, you lost track of your true passions and talents before you were even old enough to know you were getting off-track. You became slowly “adulterated” by learning to:

                                • Take on family roles that don’t match who you really are.
                                • Spit back what teachers taught you in school rather than risk getting bad grades for being original.
                                • Hide parts of yourself that don’t seem acceptable to certain social groups.

                                The price for fitting in is that you may wind up leading a life that doesn’t fit you all that well. Your true calling becomes clear when you embrace what makes you different from others and allow yourself to stand out from the crowd, even if it feels awkward.

                                Often, the very qualities you view as your flaws are your greatest gifts.

                                6. See the Bigger Picture to Find Your True Calling

                                I cannot stress the importance of this success principle enough. Your true calling is right in front of you. But you may miss it because you’re looking for it in the wrong place.

                                To “see” it clearly, try widening your point of view.

                                Case in point: Maria felt she needed to retire early from being a police detective, so she could travel abroad. I encouraged Maria to think of ways that she could continue to serve as a law enforcer (a career she loved) and travel overseas at the same time.

                                A few months later, Maria landed a job with the United Nations in Bosnia training the local police force to understand and embrace human rights procedures.

                                Like Maria, you are an everyday rock star capable of accomplishing greater things than you can imagine. Is what you’re looking for right in front of you, too? Do you have an inkling of what it may be?

                                Look beyond your day-to-day activities, your current job, and even the town you live in. View your life from an eagle’s perspective and be open to new possibilities.

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                                7. Try a Little Wish-List Magic

                                Pretend I’m your fairy godmother and I give you permission right now to be your most magnificent self. What kind of life would be music to your ears? It doesn’t matter whether it seems unattainable or even downright crazy. Write it down on a wish list.

                                Get quiet. Be honest. Think big.

                                What would you like your career, your relationships, your health, your finances, and your spiritual life to be like? Jot down enough details so that your wishes seem tangible to you. Then, look at this list every morning before you start your day and every night before you go to sleep.

                                Sounds silly? It’s not. It works! Permitting yourself to daydream about a rich and fulfilling life is the first step to manifesting it.

                                8. Take Breaks to Get Clues About Your Ideal Future

                                Did you know that working straight through to a deadline leads to diminishing returns? Research shows that taking a break for 15 minutes every 75 to 90 minutes can help you recharge, refresh your focus, and get more done in less time.[5]

                                Wait, it gets better! A Stanford study shows that walking increases your creative output increases by 60 percent. Doing repetitive activities such as walking, running, riding your bike, swimming, and sweeping allow solutions to problems to pop into your mind out of nowhere.[6]

                                What does this success principle have to do with creating your dream life?

                                These mini-breaks allow you to get vital clues for what to do next to attain your ideal future. Plus, you won’t waste precious time and energy getting lost in other people’s agendas.

                                9. Take Action on Your Inspired Ideas

                                Once an inspired thought pops into your mind, take action.

                                This is one of the most powerful success principles for turning your dreams into reality; the sooner the better. Whatever it is—from calling an old friend to taking a new route home—be sure to do it!

                                Pay attention to your oddball hunches. You need to go after what you want, not just dream about it. As comedian Jim Carrey warns,

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                                “You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”

                                10. Count Your Rockstar Moments

                                Still not sure you have what it takes to get your dream life? This final success principle is guaranteed to help.

                                Make a list of everything you’ve ever accomplished. As you read back through it, put a star next to each item, and let it sink in.

                                You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how good you’ll feel about yourself afterward. You’ll also see how effective you’ve been in the past at getting what you want. You’ve succeeded before, you can succeed again.

                                You already rock. You just need to own it. Trust me, you’ve got this!

                                Final Thoughts

                                Eleanor Roosevelt said,

                                “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

                                Following these success principles will help you find the time and energy to do the things that really matter and live with clear intention.

                                By spending just one hour a week doing something you love, focusing on your strengths and achievements, embracing what makes you different, and acting on inspired ideas, you can create a life that is a perfect fit for you, step-by-step.

                                If you don’t have a clue about what your dream life could look like yet, don’t worry. Your heart knows. It has been “talking” to you for a long time. It’s just being muffled by KCRP, buried under a lot of “shoulds” and fear.

                                This article can also help you figure out the life you truly want to live: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up.

                                Stand still, get quiet, and listen. It’s constantly telling you what you need to do to realize your own rockstar potential. It may be just a whisper now, but the more you pay attention to it, the louder it will get, and the easier it will be to follow.

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