Motivational Words and Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Motivational Words and Quotes that Can Change Your Life

One way to turn your life around is by reading and learning from motivational words.


“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude”

William James

William James, also known as the father of modern psychology, gave us thought-provoking insights and motivational words. He said, in the chaos of life, we tend to overreact and focus on the negative side of things.

Consequently, we are stressed, frustrated, annoyed, and irritated. As a result, we lose sight of the bigger picture and end up being demotivated.

We end up believing that everything really is a problem. These problems seem unmanageable. Furthermore, even the smallest task sounds truly stressful and keeps on throwing us off the track frequently.

Luckily, like William James, we have motivational words to help you. The alternate A-B-C-D-E perspectives mentioned below will not only help you get motivation but also facilitate you in creating habits of perspective. 

  • Acknowledge the totality of your being
  • Be Happy where you are
  • Chose your battles wisely
  • Do surrender to the fact that “Life isn’t fair”
  • Every day tell one person something you like about them

Acknowledge the Totality of Your Being

All of us deny the parts of ourselves that we deem unacceptable rather than accepting the fact that we are all less than perfect.

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”

Salvador Dali

One of the reasons it’s important to accept all aspects of yourself is that it allows you to be easier on yourself, and more compassionate. Whenever there is a feeling of insecurity, instead of pretending to be ‘together’, be open to the truth and say:

“I’m scared but that’s okay”

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

E. E. Cummings

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

Amy Bloom

“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.”

Mitch Albom

If you are feeling a little jealous, greedy or angry, rather than deny or bury your feelings, you can open up to them. It will help you move through them quickly and grow beyond them.

When you no longer think of your negative feelings as a big deal, or as something to fear, you will no longer be frightened by them.

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

Brene Brown

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”

Marilyn Monroe

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”

Mark Twain

When you open to the totality of your being, you no longer have to pretend that your life is perfect, or even hope that it will be. Instead, you can accept yourself as you are, right now.

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

Sharon Salzberg

“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.”

Heath L. Buckmaster

When you acknowledge the less-than-perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you also notice the positive. You will see the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for.

You will notice while you may, at times, act with self-interest in mind, at other times you are incredibly selfless. Sometimes you may act insecure or frightened, but mostly, you are courageous. You can get uptight as well as quite relaxed.

“I may not be perfect but I am okay just the way I am”

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

Lao Tzu

Rather than judging and evaluating yourself, treat yourself with kindness, motivational words, and great acceptance. You have imperfections but you can relax about them because the rest of us are also imperfect.

“for once, you believed in yourself. you believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.”

Sarah Dessen

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

C. G. Jung

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Your really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Lucille Ball

Be Happy Where You Are

Are you one of those people who postpone your happiness?

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in a way, some thing to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life will begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

Alfred D’ Souza

It is not that we consciously set out to postpone our happiness. We just conveniently and frequently say, “Someday, I will be happy too”. We tell ourselves we’ll be happy when for example:

  • Our bills are paid.
  • We get our first job.
  • We get a better job.
  • We get a salary raise.
  • We buy a new car.
  • The day we get married.
  • The day we have our babies.

“Find your happiness, not by seeking more, but by appreciating what you already have.”

Frank Sonnenberg

And once we have what we wish for, we are frustrated by another bill. Examples are challenges of the first job, exhaustion at a new better job, or more expenses eventually after salary raise.

Similarly, you might get frustrated that kids aren’t old enough or that you have teenagers to deal with. You will deal with it by giving yourself excuses.

You will conveniently repeat saying, we will be happy once our kids are out of their teenage phase. You will tell yourself that your life will be complete when you are able to go on a vacation when you retire. The cycle will continue.

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.”

William E. Gladstone

“All that matters in life is that you are happy with where you are, what you are, and with whom you are. Everything around you will be happy and smile with you. If that isn’t success, then what is.”

Debasish Mridha

Meanwhile, life never stops. It keeps on moving forward. The truth is, there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself say a couple of motivational words, and decide to be happy anyway.

“When you realise that you’re the only person responsible for your happiness, you’ll begin to approach life differently.”

Germany Kent

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the only way!

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

Charles Spurgeon

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

Omar Khayyam

“Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.”

Robert Green Ingersoll

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

William Feather

Chose Your Battles Wisely

“If you don’t take the time to get really clear about exactly what it is you’re trying to accomplish, then you’re forever doomed to spend your life achieving the goals of those who do.”

Steve Pavlina

There is a very popular phrase that helps in living a contended life. It suggests that life is filled with opportunities between making a deal out of something or simply letting it go.

Realize that it doesn’t matter really. If you choose your battles wisely, you’ll be far more effective in winning those that are truly important.

“Choose your battles wisely. After all, life isn’t measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It’s not winning battles that makes you happy, but it’s how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction. Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.”

C. Joybell C.

Certainly, there will be times when you will want or need to argue, confront or even fight for something you believe in. Many people, however, argue, confront and fight over practically anything.

They turn their lives into a series of battles over the relatively small stuff. There is so much frustration in living this type of life that you lose track of what is truly relevant.

“Choose your battles carefully. Peace is often far better than proving someone wrong.”

Katrina Mayer

The tiniest glitch in your plans can be made into a big deal if your goal is to have everything work out in your favor. This is definitely a prescription for unhappiness and frustration.

“Pick battles big enough to matter and small enough to win”

Jonathan Kozel

“Don’t follow in any footprints, make your own prints. Because, you are the future of tomorrow.”

Jackie Joyner Kersee

The truth is that life is rarely the way we want it to be. Additionally, other people often don’t act as we would like them to. From moment to moment, there are aspects of life that we like and others that we don’t like.

There are always going to be people who disagree with you, and who do things differently, leading to things not working out. If you fight against this principle of life, you’ll spend most of your life fighting battles.

“A more peaceful way to live is to decide consciously which battles are worth fighting and which are better left alone.”

Richard Carlson

“You are the only one who gets to decide what you will be remembered for.”

Taylor Swift

Do Surrender to the Fact that “Life isn’t Fair”

It’s definitely true that life is a bummer. Ironically, recognizing this sobering fact can be a very liberating insight. William Goldman asked the following question amidst a discussion over injustices of life:

“Who says life is fair, where is that written?”

William Goldman

Most importantly one of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others. We think that life should be fair, or that it will be someday. It’s not and it will not.

When we make this mistake, we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and complaining about what’s wrong with life. Therefore, we complain to others, discussing the injustices of life. “It is not fair,” we complain, not realizing that perhaps, it was never intended to be.

“It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.”

C. J. Redwine

One of the nice things about surrendering to the ‘life isn’t fair’ fact is that it keeps us from feeling sorry for ourselves.

It encourages us to do the very best we can with what we have. We definitely know it’s not life’s job to make everything perfect, it’s our own challenge.

“Life is fair. We all get the same nine-month shake in the box, and then the dice roll. Some people get a run of sevens. Some people, unfortunately, get snake-eyes. It’s just how the world is.”

Stephen King

When we surrender to this fact, it will help us to feel less sorry for ourselves. It’s an important realization that each one of us has a different hand with unique strengths and challenges.

This insight will help you deal with your personal struggles, parenting, or challenges at work where you have felt victimized or unfairly treated. Consequently, it will wake you up to reality and put you back on track.

“I looked up fairness in the dictionary and it was not there.”

William Giraldi

The fact that life isn’t fair doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do everything in our power to improve our own lives or the world as a whole. On the contrary, it suggests that we should. When we don’t recognize or admit that life isn’t fair, we tend to feel pity for others and ourselves.

Pity, of course, is a self-defeating emotion that does nothing for anyone, except make everyone feel worse than they already do. When we do recognize that life isn’t fair, we feel compassion for others and for ourselves.

Compassion is a heartfelt emotion that delivers kindness to everyone it touches.

“Nobody ever said that life was fair.”

Green Day

The next time you find yourself thinking about the injustices of this life, try reminding yourself of the above very basic fact. You may be surprised when it nudges you out of self-pity and into helpful action.

“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.”

John Mayer

Every Day Tell One Person Something You Like About Them

How often do you take time out to at least tell one person how much you like, admire, or appreciate them? Do you use motivational words for them?

“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!”

Lawrence G. Lovasik

When you ask people how often they receive a heartfelt compliment from others, common answers are:

  • Don’t remember
  • I have never received any.
  • Hardly ever
  • A long time ago, somebody complimented me and made my day.
  • Sadly, none in a long time.

“Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.”

Lawrence G. Lovasik

There are several possible reasons why we don’t vocally let others know about positive feelings towards them. I’ve heard excuses like:

  • They don’t need to hear me say that.
  • I do admire her, but I am too embarrassed to say anything.
  • They already know.

“Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.”

Emily Dickinson

However, when you ask people if they will enjoy receiving genuine compliments and positive feedback, the answer is the same. Nine out of ten times, the answer will be, “Yes! I will love it.”

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

John F. Kennedy

Whether your reasons for not giving compliments on a regular basis are any of the above, it’s time for a change.

“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly… lead the way”

Steve Maraboli

Telling someone something that you like, admire or appreciate about them is a random act of kindness. It takes almost no effort. Many people spend their entire lifetime secretly wishing that other people would acknowledge them.

They expect this mostly from their loved ones but compliments from strangers feel good too. It means that your thoughts are geared toward what’s right with someone. When your thoughts are positively geared, you feel peaceful yourself.

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.”

Richelle E. Goodric

Ensure that you make someone’s day and you will definitely feel fulfilled hearing someone say, “Do you know you are the first person ever to give me such a compliment?”. It will be the highlight of your day as well!

“It seems to me that no matter what religion you subscribe to, acts of kindness are the stepping-stones to making the world a better place–because we become better people in it.”

Jodi Picoult

“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

“It is never too late, no matter how old you get because anytime or any point in your life you can always have a chance to make a difference. You can always make a change for the better no matter what background you derived from. You can always do your best and be all that you can be because you will always be uniquely you. It is why it is always wise to listen to your eternal heart, your eternal instincts, and what it had always strove for and/or to do because really anybody can make a difference not only in their own lives but in the lives of others. It is never too late to shine; never.”

George Eliot

Takeaway from Usage of Motivational Words

The truth is none of us knows how long we are alive. Additionally, none of us know how many lemons life will give us. All of this is inevitable.

However, our perspective toward life’s happenings can bring a 360-degree change. Furthermore, use motivational words to be motivated to spend the days of your life peacefully.

“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost

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