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A Collection of Quotes To Motivate Yourself

Every now and then, you will find your drive being affected probably by negative thoughts, fear or even anxiety among other things. In order to succeed, it is important to understand your thoughts and how your react to such. You can then nurture your positive thoughts and neutralize the negative ones. This was well said by Joyce C. Lock:

“Build upon strengths and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.”

Tips on self motivation

Believe in yourself: A great quote by Shannon Macmillan states that, “If you believe in yourself, things are possible.”

One thing that can really kill self motivation is lack of confidence and this creates negative thoughts where people focus on their past failures and bad breaks among other things. To avoid this, start by focusing on past achievements to rejuvenate your confidence since you will understand how successful and competent you are.

Focus and avoid fear: as Henry David Thoreau once said,

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Start by setting up clear goals that you would want to achieve and make them realistic, establish deadlines and define a way of rewarding yourself for every goal achieved. Have a detailed plan and then take action. Any success gained will act as motivation to go for more.
Have direction: it goes without saying that you will easily lose focus if you don’t have direction.

Chuck Norris once said, “If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen, you’ve got to make it happen.”

After defining your goals, develop a strategy to achieve such. Understand the time of the day when you are most active, mentally alert or even communicative and plan the activities accordingly.

Reward yourself: it is good to set deadlines as earlier said and after a certain task, it is wise to consider whether the set goals were achieved or not. If this is positive, you should reward yourself probably by taking a break and touring the world alone, with your friends or with your family.

At times, things may not work out as expected but as David Wiemers said,

“Don’t let the low times keep you down. Learn from them and reach for the high times.”

You should not focus so much on your failures and you should, in fact, take such as a challenge to reach greater heights.

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

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.
Ken Venturi

Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.
John Donne

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller

Leap, and the net will appear.
John Burroughs

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
Jim Rohn

Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.
Jimmy Dean

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Jim Rohn

If you’ve got a talent, protect it.
Jim Carrey

Either you run the day or the day runs you.
Jim Rohn

No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.
Jessica Savitch al

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
Confucius

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Confucius

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
Aristotle

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

Know or listen to those who know.
Baltasar Gracian

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Baltasar Gracian

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
Baruch Spinoza

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
Baruch Spinoza

This became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
Bette Davis

Motivation aside, if people get better at these life skills, everyone benefits: The brain doesn’t distinguish between being a more empathic manager and a more empathic father.
Daniel Goleman

The best advice I got from my aunt, the great singer Rosemary Clooney, and from my dad, who was a game show host and news anchor, was: don’t wake up at seventy years old sighing over what you should have tried. Just do it, be willing to fail, and at least you gave it a shot. That’s echoed for me all through the last few years.
George Clooney

Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.
Edmund Burke

Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.
Goethe

Trust yourself, and you will know how to live
Goethe

You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!
Maya Angelou

Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.
Maya Angelou

Become the change you want to see – those are words I live by.
Oprah Winfrey

What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.
Cicero

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
Dale Carnegie

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.
Aaron Edward Hotchner

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.
Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
Francis Bacon

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Thomas Carlyle

Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.
Thomas Carlyle

Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
Thomas Carlyle

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
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If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.
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This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
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A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
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You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
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Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
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Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
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Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
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No matter how insignificant the thing you have to do, do it as well as you can, give it as much of your care and attention as you would give to the thing you regard as most important. For it will be by those small things that you shall be judged.
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Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.
Albert Einstein

Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
Cavett Robert

Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!
Les Brown

Every man’s life lies within the present for the past is spent and done with and the future is uncertain.
Marcus Aelius Aurelius

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation hard work and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident and none of my inventions came about totally by accident.
Thomas Alva Edison

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
Benjamin Disraeli

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Benjamin Disraeli

I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.
Mark Twain

You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.
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