Some people may look at certain quotes being posted online and find them silly or pretentious and hey, they might be right. But I know for a fact that they make a tremendous difference for me on a day to day basis.
In the last few years, I’ve become fully self-employed and faced a certain amount of health and personal struggles. I put together a list of quotes that have genuinely helped me through it all.
Some I use like an affirmation, some I repeat like a mantra in my head and some are just genuinely nice thoughts that reflect my worldview. I print them up in pretty fonts and stick them in various places to help remind me of some simple truths.
1. “Argue for your limitations and they’re yours.” – Pam Oslie
I heard this from the author Pam Oslie at a brilliant workshop she held here in Galway a few months back. I don’t think a day has gone by since where I didn’t think back to that sentence.
How often do we stop ourselves from doing something because we think we’re not rich enough, or clever enough, or we don’t have enough time? What we think and believe becomes our reality. Challenge that constantly. Which brings me to this lovely next quote…
2. “What we ardently desire, vividly imagine and enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.” – Colin P. Sisson
This is my holy trinity for achieving something. Desire. Imagine. Act. It might take time, but it will happen.
3. “In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole and complete.” – Louise Hay
This is a very calming sentence that helped me get through a lot, particularly a period of financial instability. Without getting too spiritual, it helps me to think we are each a part of a whole, a system of energy that works flawlessly no matter what happens. Relax and trust the process.
4. “Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi
Another beautiful quote about how we are more than meets the eye.
This one reminds me to keep taking risks and listen to my intuition, even, and most especially, if it’s guiding me towards a challenge. Whenever I get fearful of doing something, I think to myself ‘stop acting so small’ and more often than not, I snap out of it.
5. “There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour
Aspire to inspire. If you tackle a problem or do something with passion, you never know who’s watching that might go ‘If they did it, so can I.’ It doesn’t always have to be anything huge either.
6. “The way you judge someone, often says more about you than it does about them.” – Pam Oslie
Another gem I picked up from Pam Oslie’s workshop. You can make observations without judging someone, sure. But if someone’s independent life choices are making you angry, it’s often because it somehow applies to your own life and personality. This can often be difficult to swallow, but using this way of thinking has really helped me grow as a person.
7. “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson
I will never forget that time a friend told me: ‘The eye of a photographer is a gift. You should use it.’ That really woke me up. I think we are all good at something and if each of us followed it, the world would be a very cool place.
8. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower
Oh, this is a tough one but so true. One of the reasons we stay in toxic relationships (family, friends, work, partners) is because something within ourselves tells us we don’t deserve better. When we realize our own value, so do other people.
9. “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Imagination is one of the most powerful tools we have in life. What goes on in our heads is literally the only way we experience reality, so if we let our imagination fly, there are endless possibilities out there. This is also why I think using visualization to manifest what you desire really works. Our mind is where it all starts.
10. “Feel it. That thing you don’t want to feel. Feel it and be free.” – Nayyirah Waheed
The fear of something is a lot more crippling than actually facing it ever will be. Letting something fester inside you is poisonous to your body and mind. Even something as simple as saying stuff out loud or writing it down, can be a huge release. Learn to articulate your feelings, even if it’s uncomfortable. Have that difficult conversation you’ve been meaning to have with someone and you’ll both be stronger for it.
So there you have it, my Top 10 Quotes to Help You Through Life! When you’re going through some major changes or just need a pick me up, it’s helpful to have these little ques to keep yourself empowered. I hope that you were able to take something positive from this post!
What are some of your favourite quotes that keep you going?