Showing posts with label motivational quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label motivational quotes. Show all posts
If you dream of starting your own business, these quotes may just give you the extra push you need to get started -- and to keep going.

Starting a business can be hard. Not just the actual process of starting a business, but simply making the decision to take that first step (once you do decide to take that first step, here's a handy guide to creating a brand and making your startup look like a real business).

You'll need to work harder than you ever imagined. You'll need to work smarter than you ever imagined. You'll need to think about the big picture while relentlessly focusing on the small picture, surround yourself with the right people, spend a little time planning and a lot of time doing. Yes, starting a business can be hard.

And incredibly rewarding.

If you're looking for that extra bit of motivation to start your own business, here are some words of wisdom that can help you make your startup dreams a reality:
  1. "Success can be attained in any branch of human labor. There is always room at the top in every pursuit." -- Andrew Carnegie
  2. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -- Steve Jobs
  3. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -- Farrah Gray
  4. "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as  that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." -- Nolan Bushnell
  5. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey
  6. "Don't worry about failure. You only have to be right once." -- Drew Houston
  7. "Growth and comfort do not coexist." -- Ginni Rometty
  8.  "Control your own destiny or someone else will." -- Jack Welch
  9. "I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succee the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I  had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation  on which I rebuilt my life." -- J.K. Rowling
  10. "A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in." -- Nicole Snow
  11. "I knew that if I failed, I wouldn't regret that. But I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying." -- Jeff Bezos
  12. "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." -- Oprah Winfrey 
  13. "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."  -- John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  14. "The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. 'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way." -- Tim Ferriss
  15. "Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress." -- Seth Godin
  16. "Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an  overnight success." -- Biz Stone
  17. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes -- understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." -- Arianna Huffington
  18. "It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."  -- Warren Buffett
  19. "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it." -- Estee Lauder
  20. "Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you." -- Tony Hsieh
  21. "When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to  start a business. You don't have to convince investors about the merits of your idea.  You just have to convince yourself." -- Ryan Holmes
  22. "Being a woman in business doesn't come without challenges. My advice? Surround  yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated." -- Jessica Alba
  23. "People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no  matter how impressive their other talents." -- Andrew Carnegie
  24. "You don't need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea." -- Larry Page
  25. "In my experience as CEO, I found that the most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence. Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly." -- Ben Horowitz
  26. "Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career." -- Meg Whitman
  27. "If you do what you've always done -- you'll get what you've always gotten."  -- Tony Robbins
  28. "It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." -- Warren Buffett
  29. "Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others." -- Jack Welch
  30. "All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA." -- Reid Hoffman
  31. "No man can become rich without himself enriching others." -- Andrew Carnegie
  32.  "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from  the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." -- Steve Jobs
  33. "Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers: They all say, 'I didn't quit.' -- Ben Horowitz
33 Motivational Quotes from Business Leaders Who've Inspired Me

33 Motivational Quotes from Business Leaders Who've Inspired Me

If you dream of starting your own business, these quotes may just give you the extra push you need to get started -- and to keep going.

Starting a business can be hard. Not just the actual process of starting a business, but simply making the decision to take that first step (once you do decide to take that first step, here's a handy guide to creating a brand and making your startup look like a real business).

You'll need to work harder than you ever imagined. You'll need to work smarter than you ever imagined. You'll need to think about the big picture while relentlessly focusing on the small picture, surround yourself with the right people, spend a little time planning and a lot of time doing. Yes, starting a business can be hard.

And incredibly rewarding.

If you're looking for that extra bit of motivation to start your own business, here are some words of wisdom that can help you make your startup dreams a reality:
  1. "Success can be attained in any branch of human labor. There is always room at the top in every pursuit." -- Andrew Carnegie
  2. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -- Steve Jobs
  3. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -- Farrah Gray
  4. "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as  that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." -- Nolan Bushnell
  5. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey
  6. "Don't worry about failure. You only have to be right once." -- Drew Houston
  7. "Growth and comfort do not coexist." -- Ginni Rometty
  8.  "Control your own destiny or someone else will." -- Jack Welch
  9. "I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succee the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I  had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation  on which I rebuilt my life." -- J.K. Rowling
  10. "A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in." -- Nicole Snow
  11. "I knew that if I failed, I wouldn't regret that. But I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying." -- Jeff Bezos
  12. "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." -- Oprah Winfrey 
  13. "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."  -- John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  14. "The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. 'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way." -- Tim Ferriss
  15. "Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress." -- Seth Godin
  16. "Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an  overnight success." -- Biz Stone
  17. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes -- understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." -- Arianna Huffington
  18. "It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."  -- Warren Buffett
  19. "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it." -- Estee Lauder
  20. "Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you." -- Tony Hsieh
  21. "When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to  start a business. You don't have to convince investors about the merits of your idea.  You just have to convince yourself." -- Ryan Holmes
  22. "Being a woman in business doesn't come without challenges. My advice? Surround  yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated." -- Jessica Alba
  23. "People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no  matter how impressive their other talents." -- Andrew Carnegie
  24. "You don't need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea." -- Larry Page
  25. "In my experience as CEO, I found that the most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence. Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly." -- Ben Horowitz
  26. "Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career." -- Meg Whitman
  27. "If you do what you've always done -- you'll get what you've always gotten."  -- Tony Robbins
  28. "It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." -- Warren Buffett
  29. "Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others." -- Jack Welch
  30. "All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA." -- Reid Hoffman
  31. "No man can become rich without himself enriching others." -- Andrew Carnegie
  32.  "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from  the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." -- Steve Jobs
  33. "Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers: They all say, 'I didn't quit.' -- Ben Horowitz
Maybe you want to start a business. Maybe you want to change careers. Maybe you want to get fit, or gain a new path, or in some way take your life in a new direction.

To do that, sometimes all you need is a little push, a little nudge. A little burst of motivation and inspiration.

Here are fifty of those nudges.

Pick the one that makes your skin tingle, your heart race, your motor rev, and place it somewhere you'll see it every day: your monitor, your screen saver, your background, and let it help take you to the place you've always wanted to go.

1. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." Walt Disney

2. "Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote." Travis Kalanick

3. "The question I ask myself almost every day is, 'Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?'" Mark Zuckerberg

4. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Chinese proverb

5. "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." Florence Nightingale

6. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." Amelia Earhart

7. "Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda

8. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain

9. "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu

10. "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker

11. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

12. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen

13. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." Farrah Gray

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

15. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." Henry Ford

16. "You can't fall if you don't climb. But there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground." Unknown

17. "Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." Joshua Marine

18. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Booker T. Washington

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

20. "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." Jimmy Spithill

21. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." Steve Jobs

22. "The best revenge is massive success." Frank Sinatra

23. "My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had -- every day I'm learning something new." Richard Branson

24. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

25. "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain

26. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

27. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." Anais Nin

28. "There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." Aristotle

29. "Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." Teddy Roosevelt

30. "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." George Addair

31. "Fall seven times and stand up eight." Japanese proverb

32. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

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

34. "It's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower." Paul Graham

35. "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do." Bob Dylan

36. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Albert Einstein

37. "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." Chinese proverb

38. "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou

39. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky

40. "It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela

41. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius

42. "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." Tony Robbins

43. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

44. "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills

45. "Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him." Booker T. Washington

46. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." Vaibhav Shah

47. "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

48. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand

49. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs

50. "Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success." Biz Stone
50 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Achieve Your Goals

50 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Achieve Your Goals

Maybe you want to start a business. Maybe you want to change careers. Maybe you want to get fit, or gain a new path, or in some way take your life in a new direction.

To do that, sometimes all you need is a little push, a little nudge. A little burst of motivation and inspiration.

Here are fifty of those nudges.

Pick the one that makes your skin tingle, your heart race, your motor rev, and place it somewhere you'll see it every day: your monitor, your screen saver, your background, and let it help take you to the place you've always wanted to go.

1. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." Walt Disney

2. "Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote." Travis Kalanick

3. "The question I ask myself almost every day is, 'Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?'" Mark Zuckerberg

4. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Chinese proverb

5. "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." Florence Nightingale

6. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." Amelia Earhart

7. "Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda

8. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain

9. "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." Lao Tzu

10. "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker

11. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

12. "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen

13. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." Farrah Gray

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

15. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." Henry Ford

16. "You can't fall if you don't climb. But there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground." Unknown

17. "Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." Joshua Marine

18. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Booker T. Washington

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

20. "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." Jimmy Spithill

21. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." Steve Jobs

22. "The best revenge is massive success." Frank Sinatra

23. "My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had -- every day I'm learning something new." Richard Branson

24. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

25. "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain

26. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

27. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." Anais Nin

28. "There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." Aristotle

29. "Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." Teddy Roosevelt

30. "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." George Addair

31. "Fall seven times and stand up eight." Japanese proverb

32. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

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

34. "It's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower." Paul Graham

35. "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do." Bob Dylan

36. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Albert Einstein

37. "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it." Chinese proverb

38. "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou

39. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky

40. "It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela

41. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius

42. "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." Tony Robbins

43. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

44. "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills

45. "Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him." Booker T. Washington

46. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." Vaibhav Shah

47. "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

48. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand

49. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs

50. "Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success." Biz Stone
Everyone needs some inspiration, and these motivational quotes will give you the edge you need to create your success. So read on and let them inspire you.


As entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and bosses, we must realize that everything we think actually matters. If we are seeking success, we must think successful, inspiring, and motivating thoughts.

Read on to find the words of wisdom that will motivate you in building your business, leading your life, creating success, achieving your goals, and overcoming your fears.

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success:

1. "If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission." --Anonymous

2. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." --John Wooden

3. "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." --Anonymous

4. "If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary." --Jim Rohn

5. "Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it's safe or certain." --Anonymous

6. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." --Swami Vivekananda

7. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." --Walt Disney

8. "Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." --Anonymous

9. "If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got." --Anonymous

10. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill

11. "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly." --Proverb

12. "Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy." --Anonymous

13. "Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." --Vaibhav Shah

14. "Opportunities don't happen, you create them." --Chris Grosser

15. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." --Albert Einstein

16. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." --Eleanor Roosevelt

17. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." --Thomas A. Edison

18. "If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents--start charging for it." --Kim Garst

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

20. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt

21. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it." --Henry Ford

22. "If you're going through hell keep going." --Winston Churchill

23. "The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." --Anonymous

24. "Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." --Anonymous

25. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." --Oscar Wilde

26. "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." --Anonymous

27. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." --Bruce Feirstein

28. "When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you." --Lolly Daskal

29. "I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams." --Oprah Winfrey

30. "No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist." --Anonymous

31. "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." --Nathaniel Hawthorne

32. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." --Albert Einstein

33. "Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." --Anonymous

34. "Do one thing every day that scares you." --Anonymous

35. "What's the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable." --Anonymous

36. "Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --Lolly Daskal

37. "Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent." --Anonymous

38. "Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it." --Anonymous

39. "Your problem isn't the problem. Your reaction is the problem." --Anonymous

40. "You can do anything, but not everything. --Anonymous

41. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." --Steve Jobs

42. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." --Ray Goforth

43. "Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life." --A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

44. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." --Thomas Jefferson

45. "The starting point of all achievement is desire." --Napoleon Hill

46. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." --Robert Collier

47. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." --Thomas J. Watson

48. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." --Michael John Bobak

49. "You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing." --Philippos

50. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." --Mark Twain

51. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." --Pablo Picasso

52. "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." --Zig Ziglar

53. "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." --Earl Nightingale

54. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." --Vidal Sassoon

55. "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. " --Les Brown

56. "I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing." --Martha Stewart

57. "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." --Anonymous

58. "The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." --Colin R. Davis

59. "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." --Ralph Nader

60. "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." --Maya Angelou

61. "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." --Bill Gates

62. "A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them." --Henry Kravis

63. "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

64. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy." --Tony Robbins

65. "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." --Audre Lorde

66. "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." --Mark Twain

67. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." --Bruce Lee

68. "There is no traffic jam along the extra mile." --Roger Staubach

69. "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." --Dale Carnegie

70. "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

71. "If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it--teach yourself to be impatient." --Gurbaksh Chahal

72. "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." --Robert Kiyosaki

73. "If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!" --T. Harv Eker

74. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." --Steve Jobs

75. "Two roads diverged in a wood and I  took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference." --Robert Frost

76. "The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors." --Napoleon Hill

77. "The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." --Denis Waitley

78. "In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it." --Jane Smiley

79. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." --George Bernard Shaw

80. "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." --Diane Ackerman

81. "You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." --Michael Jordan

82. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." --Jim Ryun

83. "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." --Dale Carnegie

84. "There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox

85. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." --Francis Chan

86. "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." --George Lorimer

87. "A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at." -- Bruce Lee

88. "Success is ... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others." --John C. Maxwell

89. "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." --Wayne Dyer

90. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." --Anatole France

91. "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all." --Dale Carnegie

92. "You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals." --Booker T. Washington

93. "Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable." --Theodore N. Vail

94. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." --Herman Melville

95. "What would you do if you weren't afraid." --Spencer Johnson

96. "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it." --Washington Irving

97. "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." --Truman Capote

98. "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." --John R. Wooden

99. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." --Margaret Thatcher

100. "A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done." --Vince Lombardi

As we read these thoughts, know they are sources of guidance in times of need, they can give us inspiration in times of struggle, they can motivate us in times of tribulations--success is not final and failure is not forever:

It is the motivation we to choose that matters most.

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed

Everyone needs some inspiration, and these motivational quotes will give you the edge you need to create your success. So read on and let them inspire you.


As entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and bosses, we must realize that everything we think actually matters. If we are seeking success, we must think successful, inspiring, and motivating thoughts.

Read on to find the words of wisdom that will motivate you in building your business, leading your life, creating success, achieving your goals, and overcoming your fears.

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success:

1. "If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission." --Anonymous

2. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." --John Wooden

3. "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." --Anonymous

4. "If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary." --Jim Rohn

5. "Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it's safe or certain." --Anonymous

6. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." --Swami Vivekananda

7. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." --Walt Disney

8. "Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." --Anonymous

9. "If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got." --Anonymous

10. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill

11. "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly." --Proverb

12. "Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy." --Anonymous

13. "Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." --Vaibhav Shah

14. "Opportunities don't happen, you create them." --Chris Grosser

15. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." --Albert Einstein

16. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." --Eleanor Roosevelt

17. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." --Thomas A. Edison

18. "If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents--start charging for it." --Kim Garst

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

20. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt

21. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it." --Henry Ford

22. "If you're going through hell keep going." --Winston Churchill

23. "The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." --Anonymous

24. "Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." --Anonymous

25. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." --Oscar Wilde

26. "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." --Anonymous

27. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." --Bruce Feirstein

28. "When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you." --Lolly Daskal

29. "I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams." --Oprah Winfrey

30. "No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist." --Anonymous

31. "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." --Nathaniel Hawthorne

32. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." --Albert Einstein

33. "Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." --Anonymous

34. "Do one thing every day that scares you." --Anonymous

35. "What's the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable." --Anonymous

36. "Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --Lolly Daskal

37. "Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent." --Anonymous

38. "Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it." --Anonymous

39. "Your problem isn't the problem. Your reaction is the problem." --Anonymous

40. "You can do anything, but not everything. --Anonymous

41. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." --Steve Jobs

42. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." --Ray Goforth

43. "Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life." --A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

44. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." --Thomas Jefferson

45. "The starting point of all achievement is desire." --Napoleon Hill

46. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." --Robert Collier

47. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." --Thomas J. Watson

48. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." --Michael John Bobak

49. "You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing." --Philippos

50. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." --Mark Twain

51. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." --Pablo Picasso

52. "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." --Zig Ziglar

53. "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." --Earl Nightingale

54. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." --Vidal Sassoon

55. "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. " --Les Brown

56. "I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing." --Martha Stewart

57. "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." --Anonymous

58. "The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." --Colin R. Davis

59. "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." --Ralph Nader

60. "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." --Maya Angelou

61. "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." --Bill Gates

62. "A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them." --Henry Kravis

63. "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

64. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy." --Tony Robbins

65. "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." --Audre Lorde

66. "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." --Mark Twain

67. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." --Bruce Lee

68. "There is no traffic jam along the extra mile." --Roger Staubach

69. "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." --Dale Carnegie

70. "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

71. "If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it--teach yourself to be impatient." --Gurbaksh Chahal

72. "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." --Robert Kiyosaki

73. "If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!" --T. Harv Eker

74. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." --Steve Jobs

75. "Two roads diverged in a wood and I  took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference." --Robert Frost

76. "The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors." --Napoleon Hill

77. "The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." --Denis Waitley

78. "In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it." --Jane Smiley

79. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." --George Bernard Shaw

80. "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." --Diane Ackerman

81. "You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." --Michael Jordan

82. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." --Jim Ryun

83. "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." --Dale Carnegie

84. "There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox

85. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." --Francis Chan

86. "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." --George Lorimer

87. "A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at." -- Bruce Lee

88. "Success is ... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others." --John C. Maxwell

89. "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." --Wayne Dyer

90. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." --Anatole France

91. "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all." --Dale Carnegie

92. "You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals." --Booker T. Washington

93. "Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable." --Theodore N. Vail

94. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." --Herman Melville

95. "What would you do if you weren't afraid." --Spencer Johnson

96. "Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it." --Washington Irving

97. "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." --Truman Capote

98. "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." --John R. Wooden

99. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." --Margaret Thatcher

100. "A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done." --Vince Lombardi

As we read these thoughts, know they are sources of guidance in times of need, they can give us inspiration in times of struggle, they can motivate us in times of tribulations--success is not final and failure is not forever:

It is the motivation we to choose that matters most.
Whether you’re a mother who wants the best for her children, a hard worker waiting for your promotion, or someone dealing with a personal tragedy such as a job loss, divorce or losing a loved one, we all need hope while we go through these tests of faith.

But hope can only be accessed once we get out of our heads and quit over-rationalizing. We need to be truly convinced that better things are in store for us. Even if things may not seem to be going right in our present, we need to believe that there’s a bigger plan that we cannot yet see.

These 10 steps will inspire you and give you the boost of hope that you need to keep going when you’re feeling hopeless about the future.

1. Take a Step Back to Regroup and Honor Your Feelings

If you’re overwhelmed by your emotions, and if the feelings of insecurity are plaguing your mind, it’s a sign that you need to step back and engage in some serious self-care.

Go for a walk, speak with a friend, take a mini-vacation, listen to music, meditate, or journal. Anything that helps you returns to center and balance.

Acknowledge and reward yourself for each milestone you reach, no matter how small. Every step you take matters and bring you closer to your dreams.

Focus on the now by taking conscious, deep breaths and appreciating all that’s in your present moment.

2. Revisit Your Vision and Goals

If you’ve hit a wall, it would be beneficial to revisit your goals and vision. Take note of the exact goals that you had laid out and remind yourself of what inspired you to create them in the first place.

For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, was it because your doctor recommended it or because you want to get healthier?

The key is to set goals that you’re fired up about and that you’re willing to commit to. Your goals need to be connected to an overarching vision that will galvanize you to overcome any obstacle.

Create a vision board, or write a descriptive and vivid account of what you would like to achieve.

3. Manage Your Expectations

Another possible reason that you’re losing motivation is that your expectations are too high. Often our biggest disappointments occur from having unrealistic expectations. ‘Unrealistic’ doesn’t always mean that you can’t achieve your goals, but that you may need more time or resources to actualize it.

For example, when opening a new store, instead of hoping to make 10K, focus on breaking even and perfecting your systems of operation. Set positive and specific goals that feel manageable, especially in the beginning stages. Setting healthy expectations that are easy to reach will encourage you to keep going.

4. Have a Contingency Plan (Plan B)

There’s always a chance that your plans won’t work out as you hoped they would. I know that it’s hard to accept failure as a possibility without getting dejected, especially if it’s important to you. But I’ve always found that having an alternative plan keeps failure in perspective.

Plan B is like a safety net there to catch you in case you lose your grip. In creating a Plan B, it’s essential to assess what went wrong in your previous plan. What could you have done differently? What are the lessons from the experience that can equip you with the knowledge to get it right the next time around? Ask friends, mentors, and coaches for candid feedback to supplement your own insights.

Let a solid Plan B comfort you in knowing that failure is not the end of the road but merely a bend that’s leading you somewhere else.

5. Find Sources of Positive Reinforcement

Hope is like a candle flame that can burn out without constant positive reinforcement. We need reminders to stimulate us with hope about the future. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to be inspired, such as acknowledging our small successes along the way and remembering the times when we were able to overcome obstacles.

You can also find inspiration in books, music, movies, affirmation, and other people’s stories. I also love being in the presence of young children who radiate with optimism. Find your own unique sources of motivation that work for you.

6. Have a Strong Circle of Support

As social beings, we benefit tremendously from having support from a community of people that matter to us. Friends and family members are the primary lifeline for most of us but we can also extend our network to include a trusted group of mentors, coaches, counselors or a support group who are open to hearing our story and who believe in the vision that we have for our life.

Whenever we’re down and out, these are the people who can be a source of comfort and help us get back in the game.

7. Stay in Touch with Your Vision

It’s easier to feel hopeful when we’re guided by a strong vision for our future. That’s why it’s essential to clarify your vision.

Goal-setting, vision boards and visualization are a couple of techniques that can give shape to our dreams. By committing to these practices, our vision will become more tangible and within our reach.

Touching base with our goals will make them feel real and give us a focal point towards which we can direct all of our energy.

8. Stay Well-Informed and Be Proactive

Without knowledge and action, hope is just psychological fluff. Hope should propel us to seek out more information about what we desire and take directed steps towards realizing it.

Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and it gives us the capacity to make more mindful choices. It strengthens our belief that we have what it takes to influence outcomes and to consciously move forward.

9. Stay Focused on the Present Moment

Hope has a future orientation and can therefore direct our thoughts away from the present time. It’s essential that don’t spend too much time planning for the future.

Even though we want things to get better, we have to make peace with where we are in our current lives. This quiet acceptance will give our inner peace and prevent us from becoming overly attached to future outcomes.

10. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude generates a feeling of warmth and abundance. Based on the Law of Attraction, the more appreciative that you are for all that you have, material or otherwise, the more you’re likely to attract towards you.

So, the next time you’re feeling down about the future, take a deep breath and think of all the wonderful things and people around you. You’ll feel an instant shift in how you see your life when you see how many things in your life you can be grateful for. You can maintain a gratitude journal or think of a few things you’re thankful on a daily basis.

The Bottom Line

The next time you feel hopeless while waiting for things to happen in your life, remember that life is ultimately about the journey and not the destination. Hold your dreams close to your heart, work steadily towards them, but don’t forget to look around you and appreciate the gift of being alive on this beautiful planet.
10 Things to Do If You’re Feeling Hopeless About Your Future

10 Things to Do If You’re Feeling Hopeless About Your Future

Whether you’re a mother who wants the best for her children, a hard worker waiting for your promotion, or someone dealing with a personal tragedy such as a job loss, divorce or losing a loved one, we all need hope while we go through these tests of faith.

But hope can only be accessed once we get out of our heads and quit over-rationalizing. We need to be truly convinced that better things are in store for us. Even if things may not seem to be going right in our present, we need to believe that there’s a bigger plan that we cannot yet see.

These 10 steps will inspire you and give you the boost of hope that you need to keep going when you’re feeling hopeless about the future.

1. Take a Step Back to Regroup and Honor Your Feelings

If you’re overwhelmed by your emotions, and if the feelings of insecurity are plaguing your mind, it’s a sign that you need to step back and engage in some serious self-care.

Go for a walk, speak with a friend, take a mini-vacation, listen to music, meditate, or journal. Anything that helps you returns to center and balance.

Acknowledge and reward yourself for each milestone you reach, no matter how small. Every step you take matters and bring you closer to your dreams.

Focus on the now by taking conscious, deep breaths and appreciating all that’s in your present moment.

2. Revisit Your Vision and Goals

If you’ve hit a wall, it would be beneficial to revisit your goals and vision. Take note of the exact goals that you had laid out and remind yourself of what inspired you to create them in the first place.

For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, was it because your doctor recommended it or because you want to get healthier?

The key is to set goals that you’re fired up about and that you’re willing to commit to. Your goals need to be connected to an overarching vision that will galvanize you to overcome any obstacle.

Create a vision board, or write a descriptive and vivid account of what you would like to achieve.

3. Manage Your Expectations

Another possible reason that you’re losing motivation is that your expectations are too high. Often our biggest disappointments occur from having unrealistic expectations. ‘Unrealistic’ doesn’t always mean that you can’t achieve your goals, but that you may need more time or resources to actualize it.

For example, when opening a new store, instead of hoping to make 10K, focus on breaking even and perfecting your systems of operation. Set positive and specific goals that feel manageable, especially in the beginning stages. Setting healthy expectations that are easy to reach will encourage you to keep going.

4. Have a Contingency Plan (Plan B)

There’s always a chance that your plans won’t work out as you hoped they would. I know that it’s hard to accept failure as a possibility without getting dejected, especially if it’s important to you. But I’ve always found that having an alternative plan keeps failure in perspective.

Plan B is like a safety net there to catch you in case you lose your grip. In creating a Plan B, it’s essential to assess what went wrong in your previous plan. What could you have done differently? What are the lessons from the experience that can equip you with the knowledge to get it right the next time around? Ask friends, mentors, and coaches for candid feedback to supplement your own insights.

Let a solid Plan B comfort you in knowing that failure is not the end of the road but merely a bend that’s leading you somewhere else.

5. Find Sources of Positive Reinforcement

Hope is like a candle flame that can burn out without constant positive reinforcement. We need reminders to stimulate us with hope about the future. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to be inspired, such as acknowledging our small successes along the way and remembering the times when we were able to overcome obstacles.

You can also find inspiration in books, music, movies, affirmation, and other people’s stories. I also love being in the presence of young children who radiate with optimism. Find your own unique sources of motivation that work for you.

6. Have a Strong Circle of Support

As social beings, we benefit tremendously from having support from a community of people that matter to us. Friends and family members are the primary lifeline for most of us but we can also extend our network to include a trusted group of mentors, coaches, counselors or a support group who are open to hearing our story and who believe in the vision that we have for our life.

Whenever we’re down and out, these are the people who can be a source of comfort and help us get back in the game.

7. Stay in Touch with Your Vision

It’s easier to feel hopeful when we’re guided by a strong vision for our future. That’s why it’s essential to clarify your vision.

Goal-setting, vision boards and visualization are a couple of techniques that can give shape to our dreams. By committing to these practices, our vision will become more tangible and within our reach.

Touching base with our goals will make them feel real and give us a focal point towards which we can direct all of our energy.

8. Stay Well-Informed and Be Proactive

Without knowledge and action, hope is just psychological fluff. Hope should propel us to seek out more information about what we desire and take directed steps towards realizing it.

Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and it gives us the capacity to make more mindful choices. It strengthens our belief that we have what it takes to influence outcomes and to consciously move forward.

9. Stay Focused on the Present Moment

Hope has a future orientation and can therefore direct our thoughts away from the present time. It’s essential that don’t spend too much time planning for the future.

Even though we want things to get better, we have to make peace with where we are in our current lives. This quiet acceptance will give our inner peace and prevent us from becoming overly attached to future outcomes.

10. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude generates a feeling of warmth and abundance. Based on the Law of Attraction, the more appreciative that you are for all that you have, material or otherwise, the more you’re likely to attract towards you.

So, the next time you’re feeling down about the future, take a deep breath and think of all the wonderful things and people around you. You’ll feel an instant shift in how you see your life when you see how many things in your life you can be grateful for. You can maintain a gratitude journal or think of a few things you’re thankful on a daily basis.

The Bottom Line

The next time you feel hopeless while waiting for things to happen in your life, remember that life is ultimately about the journey and not the destination. Hold your dreams close to your heart, work steadily towards them, but don’t forget to look around you and appreciate the gift of being alive on this beautiful planet.