Words of Motivation

Sampling of motivational words

Words of motivation can encourage you and inspire you in your journey. Using motivational words and quotes can help you keep going during your darkest days. Simply knowing others have struggled too, but have prevailed is an enormous encouragement.

We all need motivation in different ways at different times, so here is a sampling of words of motivation to hopefully fit every circumstance.



When you need to get up and get going, but just can’t find the will, think of Will Rogers’ famous words: "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

When you fear you will meet with opposition, turn to Napoleon Hill: "The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going."

When you worry you are setting the bar too high, Les Brown has this to say: "Shoot for the moon... even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

When you wonder why you should help your undeserving neighbor, Jackie Phillips reminds us: "It is better to lend a hand than point a finger."

When you find it hard to pay attention to anyone’s good advice but your own remember this: "The human body is equipped with 2 ears and 1 mouth, and we should use them in that same proportion." (Author Unknown)




When you are afraid to try something new, hold onto the words of John F. Kennedy: "We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes."

If you find it hard to achieve any one goal, but keep flitting from one to another, take Josh Billings’ advice: "Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there."

When you run out of patience, take a deep breath. "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." (Author Unknown)

Success isn’t just in the end result; it’s in the journey. As Booker T. Washington said, "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

Don‘t waste your life succeeding at something you don’t care about. George Burns put it best: "Fall in love with what you're going to do for a living. To be able to get out of bed and do what you love to do for the rest of the day is beyond words. I'd rather be a failure in something I love than be successful in something I hate."

Your attitude affects everything in your life. Earl Nightingale tells us, "A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it magically connects us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change."

Keep your favorite words of motivation close at hand, by writing them in your journal, on sticky notes on the fridge or your desk, and even on a sticker on your steering wheel!

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