60 Empowering Quotes to Help You Get Things Done

60 Empowering Quotes to Help You Get Things Done

Here are 60 quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, to empower you to take action, navigate through life’s challenges, and get things done.

  1. Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing.  Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.
  2. It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed or if you’ve been beaten.  All that matters is that you learn something, get back up, and try again.  Because winning is a good feeling, but winning when nobody else thought you could is an awesome feeling.
  3. Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.  Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  4. ‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
  5. Don’t think too much, or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
  6. Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.
  7. If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.
  8. Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice.
  9. Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin.  Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
  10. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
  11. There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.
  12. You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great.
  13. Sitting on the right track is equivalent to racing down the wrong track.
  14. Procrastinators who say, “There’s always tomorrow!” deny the reality that one day, they will be wrong.
  15. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
  16. It’s easier to take a small action now instead of a big action ‘some day.’
  17. What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
  18. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists.  It rewards people who get things done.
  19. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
  20. The best way to prepare for the future is to take care of the present.
  21. Don’t forget what happened, but understand that you cannot move forward while looking backwards.
  22. Don’t carry your mistakes around with you.  Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones.
  23. Mistakes teach you important lessons.  Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.  The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
  24. Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.
  25. No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
  26. Your mistakes should be your motivation, not your excuses.
  27. Past mistakes should teach you to create a wonderful future; not cause you to be afraid of it.
  28. Don’t get caught up in wasted potential from years past.  Potential is all we ever have.  Read The Power of Now.
  29. No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you always have the choice to turn around.
  30. You don’t drown by falling in the water.  You drown by staying there.
  31. Stop looking back at the door shutting behind you before you walk past the door opening in front of you.
  32. Growth begins at the end of your comfort zone.
  33. Being uncomfortable and uncertain is part of learning and growing.  Get used to it.  It’s worth it.
  34. In order to be creative, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
  35. Take a chance on the opportunities your gut says are good, because some things only happen once.
  36. Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.
  37. If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.
  38. When you stop worrying about what you can’t control, you have time to change the things you can control.
  39. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
  40. You might think you’re not good enough, but you’ll surprise yourself when you try.
  41. People seldom do things to the best of their ability.  They do things to the best of their willingness.
  42. Don’t worry about others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  43. You’ll never reach your destination if you keep stopping to tell everyone where you’ve been and what you’ve accomplished.
  44. If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.
  45. “Time changes everything.”  That’s what people say, but it’s not really true.  Doing things changes things.  Not doing things leaves things exactly as they were.
  46. Every day we are faced with great opportunities disguised as difficult circumstances.
  47. There is a hidden treasure inside every problem.  It’s your job to find it.
  48. Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m Possible.”
  49. If you want to get over a problem, stop mulling it over and talking about it.  Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind.  It’s nearly impossible to move beyond something when you’re obsessing over it.
  50. Worrying is like a rocking in a chair: it keeps you busy, but doesn’t get you anywhere.
  51. Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.
  52. The one who wins the race in the long run is usually not the strongest or the fastest, but the one who has tried the hardest.
  53. Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.
  54. The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.
  55. The only difference between an obstacle and an opportunity is your attitude.  Read How Full Is Your Bucket?
  56. When something bad happens, you can either let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you.  The choice is yours.
  57. You have three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.
  58. Don’t look back and ask, “Why?” Look ahead and ask, “Why not?”  When it comes to your dreams and goals, be too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.
  59. No matter how many times you break down, there should always be a little voice inside you that says, “NO, you’re not done yet!  Get back up!”  That’s the voice of passion and courage.
  60. Approach the start of each day with one goal and end the day with one word: DONE!

And here’s a few bonus quotes from successful entrepreneurs who inspire us:

  • “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” -H.E. Luccock
  • “If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” -F. Wikzek
  • “I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.” -Timothy Ferriss
  • “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” —Arnold Toynbee
  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill
  • “Always make your future bigger than your past.” —Dan Sullivan
  • “Remember the difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘Go!’, a leader says ‘Let’s go!’” —E.M. Kelly

Photo by: Natalie Johnson


  1. Kevin says

    Thank you for these empowering quotes. I need to make some changes, and take some serious action on my biggest goal, and this list provides the right motivation.

  2. laurie says

    I honestly look forward to your encouraging words in these posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I also share your posts with my friends on Facebook and hope it inspires them too. =)

  3. Christine K. says

    I love getting your email updates and reading all your articles – the thoughts make sense and always inspire me. Thank you so much!

  4. says

    Empowering quotes, thank you for the inspiration! I especially like nb. 8: ‘Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice’. Our own choices do shape most of our future, and this is why raising our self-awareness to the highest possible level is so important!

  5. victor says

    It has been about four months since I joined this site’s email newsletter, and for sure I am really benefiting from your posts. Thank you for motivating me again this morning.

  6. says

    I love your website and receiving your emails and quotes. Todays empowering quotes could have been written for me and I’m determined to act on them and start living my life as it should be lived. Thank you!

  7. Roger says

    Inspirational collection of quotes that give ya just the kick in the but you need to start getting things done. Printed!

  8. MZK says

    This article should be retitled: 60 Rules on How to Truly Live Your Life.
    Thank you for this awe-inspiring, thought provoking collection.
    Many quotes provide a little boost but these quotes provoke intelligent debate and the obvious answer is you cannot lose if you follow even one of these rules in your life. Rather, the more you align yourself with this collection, the higher your claim to a fulfilling happy life.
    According to the wisdom of the ages, the key is to take on the smallest possible step and master it cold before you move onwards. Each dimension on its own and never altogether until you have mastered them all, one by one. Then, the world is yours.

  9. Fardeen Alemi says

    When I see a post being published on your page, it’s like a light for me.

    Your words motivate and inspire me in so many ways.

    Simply Thanks :)

  10. Graham says

    4. ‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’”

    I entered a business competition last night. I’m probably unqualified for it, probably won’t win. BUT – I’ve been working like crazy for it. I saw the sudden opening of the competition, put everything together, and sent it off. I might have waited until the weekend to enter, but I didn’t. The anticipation is wonderful. I’ll take ‘Finished last’, but I aimed for First Place, and I’ve got a chance.

  11. Andrew Chia says

    Really interesting quotes. Just pondering 1st quote, can it be interpreted as ” The last step of struggle leads to the first step of success”

    I would like to use some of your quotes as content topic for my blog if you don’t mind.

  12. John William Alonzo says

    ” 50. Worrying is like a rocking in a chair: it keeps you busy, but doesn’t get you anywhere”

    Good one, it’s short, but it’s deep.

  13. DYVINE says

    I started reading and I couldn’t stop. There are so many things that I want to do with my life, but I always have an excuse as to why they can’t be done.
    The first thing I am going to do is finish applying to grad school, and the second thing I am going to do is continue to partner with my BFF to get this business off the ground.

    I know I can do it! Thanks for the quotes!!!

    I am going to post one a day for myself, and others to read!

  14. says

    Thank you for doing this. When I feel blue, I go to your website to recharge. Always works. I am grateful for your work. You certainly make the World a better place.

  15. ifeanyi says

    Best inspiring quote. #9… Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the condition perfect. Just referring to me direct.


  1. I love how some of these quotes actually have the ability to motivate you to increase your productivity. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  2. These are some of the best productivity quotes I’ve read in a awhile. Certainly motivates me to get something done today. Thanks.

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