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Life can be really challenging sometimes and despite that wishful thinking to always have a happy life, you’ll sometimes find yourself with obstacles which will make you feel demotivated. Some days can feel slow and far from productive and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to find it in you to keep one foot in front of the other. This is natural. There are times when you feel down and you can’t seem to find the light you need to follow through the dark tunnel.

When you feel like you’re walking alone, the journey can seem so much more tiring and appreciating the little things you ought to be thankful for can be hard to do. However, there are still ways to pick yourself up and keep going. Life doesn’t stop just because you feel sad. Life won’t improve if you do nothing and I believe that each person has it in them to keep going and strive for success.

Motivation can be of two kinds—intrinsic and extrinsic. Having both kinds can help you feel happier and more purpose-driven in your life. However, there are times when you can’t seem to feel intrinsic motivation, the need for more extrinsic motivation kicks in. Sometimes, we tend to forget what it was that kept us going in the first place. This may be caused by your busy lifestyle or generally being stressed out with life that you just want to stop and rest for a while. Naturally, you can do that. But you also have to remind yourself that in order for your condition to improve, you have to find it in you to push forward no matter how hard it seems.

There are a lot of reasons to keep on living and by living I mean not just dragging yourself meaninglessly through each day. By finding reason behind what you are doing, you can appreciate the effort you put into your actions and be more fulfilled when you see the results. All of these can be possible when you find reasons to stay motivated.

It isn’t that hard, when you think about it. However, when you find yourself sitting tired and feeling empty with not enough reason to live your life to the fullest because of whatever it is that is pulling you down, having some reminders can help you push forward with purpose. Here are some motivating quotes to help you have a clear path towards your goals:

Quotes to keep you motivated


  1. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
  2. “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” – Zig Ziglar
  3. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  4. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Victor Frankl
  5. “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” – Lou Holtz
  6. “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” – Donald Trump
  7. “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” – Steve Maraboli
  8. “All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” – Henry David Thoreau
  9. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more towards your coveted goal.” – Napoleon Hill
  10. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee
  11. “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t… It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” – James Gordon
  12. “When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” – Kelly Cutrone
  13. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse
  14. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
  15. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  16. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  17. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – Clement Stone
  18. “We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale
  19. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
  20. “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” – Les Brown
  21. “The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
  22. Everyone suffers some injustice in life, and what better motivation than to help others not suffer in the same way.” – Bella Thorne
  23. “One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.” – Edward de Bono
  24. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
  25. “Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.” – Michael Schumacher
  26. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” – Anonymous
  27. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
  28. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  29. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
  30. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Book of Proverbs
  31. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
  32. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  33. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.” – Steve Jobs
  34. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde
  35. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Anonymous
  36. “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal
  37. “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” – Anonymous
  38. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  39. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier
  40. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos
  41. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
  42. “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” – Guy Kawasaki
  43. “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
  44. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
  45. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
  46. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
  47. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
  48. “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
  49. “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
  50. “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 Watiley
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