There are plenty of lists of the best motivational quotes but who’s to say what’s the best? There’s isn’t an official ranking of quotes so most lists are just based on editors’ opinions. Some lists are based on votes from users which makes the rankings less biased but even then, the inspiring quotes on the top get more exposure than the ones sitting on the last page and therefore tends to get more votes. The following “best quotes” list is just an opinion. Along with the quote is an interpretation of it. May these quotes inspire you to take action so that you can live your dreams.
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
Most successful people aren’t those born with talent. Most are average people who knew what they wanted and did everything they could to get it.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
Success comes from repeatedly taking action, not just doing it once. Those who succeed have disciplined themselves to take action long enough for their actions to become a habit.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
Without truly believing you’re capable of doing something, you’ll tend to not even try. When you believe it’s possible, you will more likely follow through with action.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Most people don’t take action because they’re afraid of failure. Well, not trying guarantees you won’t get what you want. Trying at least gives you a chance.
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
Dream all you want but without a plan and the motivation to act on those plans, your dreams will remain dreams. You’ll surely make mistakes along the way but don’t let that stop you from starting and don’t let setbacks make you quit.
“Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb
Without action, nothing happens but without vision, taking action can be a waste of time. There’s no point running around in circles. First, know where you want to go. Then, go.
“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
Being miserable is a choice. If you’re sick of feeling that way, stop continuing to choose feeling that way. Instead, do something about it. If you don’t like your current circumstances, change it. Feeling sorry for yourself will only produce more reasons to feel sorry for yourself.
“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” – Unknown
You could either wait for things to fall into place or you could go out there and put them into place.
“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” – Booker T. Washington
We tend to be prouder of the accomplishments where we had to overcome a lot of challenges to achieve. Things that come to us easily are sometimes seen as look rather than as great accomplishments.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
Some people look back on their life and regret not doing certain things. Instead of continuing to regret, do those things now if possible so that in the future, you won’t have the same regrets.
“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
Try. Even if you fail, you will at least never have to wonder, “What if?” Regret can be hard to live with, even harder than dealing with the pain of failure.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
On the road toward success, there’s one inevitability and that is you will face setbacks and disappointments. It happens to all of us so it’s not whether you get knocked down because that WILL happen but rather, whether or not you decide to get up each time you fall. Everyone falls, not everyone gets back up.
“There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.” – Mario Cuomo
Success is as simple as that. Know what you want, then do what it takes to get what you want. Everything else is a distraction.
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
We typically learn more from our failures than our successes so instead of using your failures as an excuse to quit, learn from them and use them to improve your odds of success on future attempts.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
The hardest step of any journey is usually the first one, the one that gets you started on the journey. Take the first step and the rest is just about perseverance, to keep taking more steps.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Have the courage to take that first step. That action alone will jump start a series of actions that can eventually lead you down an entirely, more desirable life path.
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
Your circumstances may play a role in how your life has turned out to this point but the results of today as well as the results of the future will mainly depend on what you decide to do about your circumstances and the decision to take action to improve your situation.
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc
The more you work, the more action you take, the more opportunities will come to you and the “luckier” your life will seem to be. Very few people find opportunities while lying on the couch.
“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
Nothing pisses off your haters more than seeing you succeed. If seeing the looks on your haters motivates you, then by all means, use that as a motivator to help you reach your goals.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
Often times, achieving a big goal can seem overwhelming, enough to cause people to not even get started. They may be many steps that you can not yet take but don’t let that stop you from taking some action. Taking even the smallest steps is better than standing still while staring at the road ahead.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso
If there are things you want to do in your lifetime, now is the time to do it. Who knows, this might be your last year. The chances are small but just in case, you best get going on the things you want to do before it’s too late.
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
Fear is what stops most people from really living their life. It’s only when they get the news that there life is soon coming to an end that they stop being so scared and start doing the things they’ve always wanted to do. Don’t wait until that time, do those things now while you still have your health and energy.
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans
Life can be tough, no doubt about that. Now, you can either let that fact confine and limit you or let it motivate you. Regardless of where you are in life, forward and backward, the direction of your next step is up to you.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Far too many people wait until things are perfect before they get serious about achieving their dreams. Things will rarely, if ever, be perfect so it’s best to do what you can and figure out the rest along the way.
“Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined.” – Unknown
Some people are literally born into success but the majority of the successful got to where they are because they refused to live an average life.
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci
You can dream all you want, prepare all you want, plan all you wan, but until you take action, none of that will change your life, only action will.
What are your favorite inspirational quotes?