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40 Motivational Quotes that Will Super-Boost Your Motivation

40 Motivational Quotes that Will Super-Boost Your Motivation

Sometimes all you need is a little boost, some extra motivation, to focus your mind and help you achieve your goals.

Below are 40 motivational quotes that will help you stay focused and motivated to continue on your journey toward accomplishing your goals.

1. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A Edison

2. “Get around the right people. Associate with positive, goal-oriented people who encourage and inspire you.” Brain Tracy

3. “Your success lies within you.” Zig Ziglar

4. “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela

5. “Well done is better than well said.” Benjamin Franklin

6. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi

7. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

8. “You have to be someone.” Bob Marley

9. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” Robert Collier

10. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” Earl Nightingale

11. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs

12. “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

14. “Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” Christopher Reeve

15. “I’ve failed over and over and over again. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

16. “Only I can change my life. No one else can do it for me.” Carol Burnett

17. “Nothing big will happen in your life, until you build off of the many small things.” John Paul Aguiar

18. “A hard thing is done by figuring out how to start.” Rand Fishkin

19. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Jim Rohn

20. “I do believe in fate.” Sir Alex Ferguson

21.”Its always too early to quit.” Norman Vincent Peale

22. “I want the world to be better because I was here.” Will Smith

23. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher

24. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” Barack Obama

25. “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.” Dave Ramsey

26. “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” Kahlil Gibran

27. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” Warren Buffet

28. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

29. “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” Belva Davis

30. “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” Mike Gafka

31. “The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.” Emil Motycka

32. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” Dale Carnegie

33. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey

34. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” Teddy Roosevelt

35. “If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” Jesse Jackson

36. “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” Winston Churchill

37.”You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky

38. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Jim Rohn

39. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen

40. “Only I can change my life. No one else can do it for me.” Carol Burnett

Bonus: You have what it takes to achieve your goals.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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