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10 Inspiring Quotes for Uninspiring Times


10 Inspiring Quotes for Uninspiring Times

Just a little dose of inspiration for those moments when you need it most.

  1. Your best music is still inside you. – The only way for us to have long-term happiness and success is to live by our highest principles, to consistently act in accordance with what we believe our life is in fact about.  That music you hear inside you motivating you to take risks and follow your dreams is your instinctive calling to the true purpose in your heart and mind.  Don’t ignore it.  Be enthusiastic about all that you do, and the possibilities that lie ahead.  Have the courage to pursue your calling.  Don’t die with your music still in you.  Read The Power of Intention.
  2. It’s never too late to be who you could have been. – It’s a matter of switching gears, never looking back, and BECOMING the person today that you always knew you were capable of being.  Entertain every thought, say every word, and make every decision from their point of view.  Walk the way they would walk, dress the way they would dress, and spend your free time the way they would spend theirs.  Choose the friends they would choose, eat the meals they would eat, and love and appreciate yourself the way they would.  These steps MUST come in order for there to be change.  There’s no other option, no other way.  But since this person is who you REALLY are deep down, that makes this task a bit easier.  You just have to STOP BEING WHO YOU AREN’T.
  3. You are greater than the problems you face. – You are more than what you are going through.  You are not the mistakes you have made.  Let the problems come, and let the problems go.  Whatever the issue may be, engage yourself purposefully and enthusiastically in the goodness that still exists around you.  You may want the hero’s journey to be an easy climb, but it never is.  The rockslides in your life are there for a reason.  They create the stepping stones that guide you deeper into your own heart.
  4. Challenges are simply opportunities. – When you encounter resistance, it means you are moving forward.  When you come across a challenge, it means you have reached an opportunity for growth.  Life becomes more rewarding as it becomes more demanding.  Each new challenge is an opportunity to stretch beyond your previous limits.  Most of the advantages you enjoy today were born in the difficulties through which you once traveled.  So revel in the beauty of each challenging effort.  Give your best to life, and life will return the favor many times over.
  5. Tough times serve a purpose. – From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story – a story that says, “I learned and I survived.”  There are moments when troubles enter your life and you can do nothing to avoid them, but they are there for a reason.  Only when you have overcome them will you understand why they were there.  So be brave and press forward; you will not see the light at the end of the tunnel until you walk through the darkness.  Read Awaken the Giant Within.
  6. There’s no excuse for giving up on your goals. – Whether a goal is possible or impossible for you depends more on what you do about it than on any other factor.  Your persistent, focused attention is what brings possibilities to life.  Certainly there will be obstacles that stand in your way.  And you can choose to use these obstacles as excuses for giving up – many people do.  But the truth is, if you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.  You just need to find the strength and willpower to keep going.  Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.
  7. You are closer than you were yesterday. – The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a little miracle of progress happens.  So don’t give up.  You were strong enough to get this far; you are strong enough to take another step.  Even when life issues you a series of roadblocks and disappointments, you can steadily achieve.  Even when you cannot make a lot of progress, you can make a little progress.  And these small steps forward add up, day after day, and ultimately lead to achievements far more impressive than those that are possible from a single effort.
  8. Your opinion of YOU is what’s important. – Most of the good things you do will go unnoticed by others.  Do them anyway, because you will notice.  Many of the contributions you make will not be fully realized by others.  Make them anyway, because you realize they are the right things to do.  It’s great when you receive recognition for the things you do, yet even when there is no possibility of recognition, YOU still recognize the reasons you are putting forth the effort.  Your honest, authentic view of yourself influences all that you do.  And that view is formed mainly during times when no one is watching.  Your life is a living expression of who you know yourself to be, regardless of what others think or see.
  9. It’s OK to let some people walk away. – You don’t have control over the things people say about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize it.  Leave people to their opinions and judgments.  Let them love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be.  Or let them walk away if they choose.  They can’t harm you either way; it’s their understanding that is faulty, not yours.  Read Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
  10. There’s a lot to appreciate in this moment. – Your journey will be much lighter and easier if you don’t try to carry your entire past and future around with you.  Take a break.  Let go of your obsession with yesterday’s struggles and tomorrow’s to-do list, and simply enjoy the beauty of what’s right here, right now.  Sometimes you have to stop thinking that some new richness will fulfill you, so you can fully experience the richness that’s already yours.

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36 Comments

  • So true guys. The sad thing is that many people do quit right when they are on the verge of success and don’t force themselves to keep going that little bit longer.

    Love the first quote too. The key to happiness in life is to do what feels most right for you, regardless of what anyone else thinks. :)

  • Thank you for this. I need to make some changes, and this list provides the right motivation. Looking at it on my phone now, but I will revisit it again later when I’m at home so can print it.

  • Inspiring quotes and advice indeed. It’s good to be reminded of the things that you already know and to open up to knowing more. My partner turned me on to your site today and I’m hooked. I will pass it on to others I meet through my work. Namaste!

  • Once again, great timing! I loved the quote on not giving up. You may feel worn out, like you just can’t take another step… but something inside of you just gives you that little extra bit of energy. Sometimes that’s all it will take to reach a breakthrough.

  • Thank you so much for your blog. I read it all the time and just love the inspiring stuff that you put on here. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Marilyn Dalrymple
    December 5th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Marc and Angel, I enjoy all your blogs so much, and I usually share them (giving you credit, of course). It must be a tremendous amount of work for you to keep this blog going, but there are so few positive things around to read now - please keep this site going. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

  • Thank you for those beautiful words, inspiring and thought provoking indeed. Much appreciated
    today. :-)

  • Fabulous inspiration. Since I bumped into your blog I have gained a lot and am very thankful to you guys. Your blog is inspiring, educational, and enjoyable and that’s why it’s my go to source for motivation when I need it. Been spreading the word on to my family and friends and they love it too.

    Many thanks and much love guys!

  • Number 3 really resonated. I needed that. I am currently recovering from an accident that made me unable to move - every position was extremely painful. 3 weeks later I can now walk around the house elegantly. I still need my husband to push me in a wheelchair for trips outside, so I know I have more work to be done to get myself back to optimum health. I must make patient, careful choices, and be thankful for the good people are supporting and healing me. As I move through this I am learning to be more contemplative, compassionate and attentive to others, and to be careful where I put my energy, so that I can focus on what matters and still enjoy my life.

  • Your daily emails inspire me to further greatness, help me overcome my fears and give me faith for the future. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  • I just love these inspiring quotes… and all the posts you put together. :)

  • Thank you for you inspiring words. NO 2 really hits home; people give up who they could have been because they are to scared to take a chance. IT TAKES COURAGE.

    I stopped listening and talking to people who told me that I was irresponsible and selfish when I resigned my job. How could I teach my child about being happy when I was miserable being someone I didn’t want to be? This decision changed my life.

  • @Hazel:
    I wish you all the best in your recovery. The recovery process may be slow and painful at times, but during this time you end up finding out a lot of truths…about yourself mostly. What you’re made of, where you find that last bit of strength to push yourself in your healing process when the pain is at it’s greatest. It may be difficult to see at this moment, but everything you’re going through now…will enable you to touch and help others in a very personal way in your future. I’m glad you have people around you who are supportive and who love you. Take care Hazel.

  • This really helps me get through my last weeks of the semester… it has been really tough one for me, reading this just automatically made my mind relax :) thanks.

  • I was introduced to your site by my sister and ever since i have been hooked. Your words inspire me in my moments of darkness. Seriously, I’m going through a divorce and your words help me so much… it’s as if they are speaking to me. I have made some printouts and pasted them up in my office cabin and keep reading them them over and over, and keep changing them.

    Thank you very much… keep up the good work.

  • ” You are not the mistakes you have made. Let the problems come, and let the problems go.” Thank you for constantly reminding me that I’m not alone and that I need to stop berating myself for every little misstep in my life!
    Your emails are a blessing to us all! Keep them coming!! ;)

  • YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING! Thank you for all that you do to help people make a difference in their lives.

  • I needed to hear these words. I have recently found that I am petrified of the next step in my journey, and have needed some encouragement to find a way through it. I can gladly say that I am feeling an ample dosage of gumption this morning - something I have been severely lacking. Thank you Mark and Angel, for helping each individual in their purpose. Keep inspiring.

  • All the letters from Marc and Angel have helped me get over a difficult period in my life.
    Thank you.

  • Superb! COULDN’T AGREE MORE!

  • Oh, I needed those words today! Tough times at work. Thank you very much! I will print this out and post it on my wall to remind me.

  • LOVE this!
    I was just talking to someone about needing inspiration!
    Thanks you SO much Marc and Angel!!!

  • I have a strong belief in #8.

  • Three years ago I sustained a serious lower back injury. The neurosurgeon removed my L-4 & L-5 disc and replace them with someone else bones. It took me an entire year to recover and I ended with a permanent right foot drop. I use a walker to move around since is very important not to loose your mobility for too long. Eventually I ended walking 1/2 block daily. I told my son that I will walk again and return to work like before, which I did. Your human spirit and your inner desire to get better is the driven force to your full recovery. We both are lucky to have our spouses emotionally & physical support during our recovery. You will become a much stronger person than you was prior to the accident. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

  • This blog never fails to inspire me. :)

  • very inspiring! #10 really resonates with me: “There’s a lot to appreciate in this moment.” that’s why i hike in the mountains every weekend…meditating on the beauty and the physical exertion keeps me so present…everything else falls away for awhile and i feel so blessed and grateful for life!

  • #2 is huge for me. Great post.

  • Love it! I’m glad I stumbled upon your website. Great stuff! I’ve bookmarked you and will be back soon.

    Cheers!

  • Thank you for your blog. it is an inspiring source for those moments when we need it most. Actually, I do not pass even a single day without visiting your blog for some inspiration. It makes me feel bigger than I am.

  • Amazing! #8 and 9 resonated with me. I love your emails so much and you’ve helped me do much that I always forward them to my twenty year old son. Bless you for blessing others, restoring their lives and helping to heal.

  • I like this one: Tough times don’t last, Tough people do.

  • There are times when I’m down or just wanting to give up & when I start to feel like I cant take it anymore I come here to your blog. Because of yall & this wonderful blog my days get better & I’m starting to remember that I can take life head on. THANK YOU!!!

  • Found this quote on a government website of all places:

    “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Thomas Jefferson

  • Thank you so much for the lovely and inspiring quotes and tips, I can’t help reading them everyday and sharing them. Amazing what you guys are doing. It puts a smile on my face every day.

  • Inspiring. Thank you very much! I like it a lot…

  • Thank you :)

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