Sometimes you just need the reminder: you got this! I get it. Whether you’ve had a rough week or hit a major roadblock, the path ahead can be hard to see. If you’re having a rough day or rough week, use these quotes to find the motivation and inspiration to keep moving forward.
At the end of the day, no matter what’s happening to you, you get to choose what comes next. That’s why I know, with certainty, that you got this!
Choose Courage Over Comfort
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” -Stephen King
I love what Stephen King says here: it’s all about having the courage to start. If you simply choose it, you can. No one ever truly feels “ready”, but if you choose courage over comfort and take messy and intentional action, you will get to where you want to go. How do you do that? Use these journal prompts to shift from fear and uncertainty to trust and courage.
It’s All About Mindset
“Whether you think you can or you can’t—you’re right.” -Henry Ford
If you tell yourself “you can do it!” then you can. Whatever you think is true will become true. This is because our brains are hardwired with tracks and what we say over and over becomes the truth to us.
As Susan Biali Haas M.D. explains: “Based on principles of neuroplasticity, your brain will hardwire in a thought that you think frequently.”
This means the mind believes what you tell it over and over. If you choose to believe you can, the mind will believe you can—and you will. If you continually tell yourself you can’t—well then the opposite is true. This is why you can’t overlook mindset work if you want to achieve your dreams and goals.
If you haven’t done much mindset work, checkout our blog post, What Does “Mindset is Everything” Mean for Female Entrepreneurs?
Do it Scared
“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.” -Steve Maraboli
Fear is a natural human response but that doesn’t mean it always represents a real threat. VeryWell Mind explains:
“[Fear] involves a universal biochemical response as well as a high individual emotional response. Fear alerts us to the presence of danger or the threat of harm, whether that danger is physical or psychological. Sometimes fear stems from real threats, but it can also originate from imagined dangers.”
The most important reminder is that you and your fear are not one in the same. You can power through obstacles and achieve your goals while still feeling the fear. The key is knowing that it will always be there.
When you can become friends with fear instead of running away from it, you come to see it as just another emotion you’ll feel on this amazing journey of living empowered, along with happiness, excitement and pride.
Follow Your Why
“Some [women] have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.” -Martha Graham
Without a strong why, the smallest obstacles will throw you off-course. Why? Because without an anchor, it’s easier to walk away when things get hard. Your why gives you purpose and that purpose is powerful. As author Jeff Boss puts it, “Purpose pulls. It’s what compels you to do, to create, to explore and discover.”
If you don’t have a powerful “why,” grab a journal and ask yourself these questions:
- What would make me want to jump out of bed in the morning?
- What matters more to me than anything else in the world?
- What does my ideal life look like?
Use these answers to get clear on why you’re trying to start that business, change careers, or start another life-changing journey. With the why clear, you’ll have the purpose you need to power you forward.
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“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” -Oprah Winfrey
Let’s reframe failure. Think of FAIL as: First Attempt In Learning. We all want to succeed and love the feeling of success, but winning doesn’t always push us to learn, grow, and change in the same way that failure does. What’s more, failure is inevitable if you’re pushing yourself to try new things and take risks.
If you’ve just experienced failure, keep this Oprah quote in mind to remember: you got this. Failure is an opportunity to learn, grow, and change on your path to greatness—not a set back.
You Run Your World
“I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.” -Beyonce Knowles
You are the creator of your own reality. While it may seem that others have control over what you do and how you live their life—they don’t. Yes they have opinions, but that doesn’t mean they’re worth listening to.
Focus on what you want to create and put your energy into that. Where thoughts flow energy goes, so shift your attention to what you do want and you may be surprised how easy it is to make it happen.
Do Everything with Passion and Purpose
“Passion is the secret ingredient that drives hard work and excellence.” -Kelly Ayotte
Like a strong why, passion keeps you going when the going inevitably gets tough. If you dread getting out of bed every day for work, ask yourself: what would light my soul on fire? What would make me excited to put the time and work in each and every day?
When a coach of mine asked me that question, the answer was clear—I had just been avoiding it. I knew I wanted to be an author and focus more on that and less on my marketing business. But I was scared to admit it to myself.
When I did, however, the world opened up and I started making choices I never would have made before. The result: I’m building a life that gets me excited to get out of bed every morning, one small step at a time. With passion, you got this!
Take Risks and Blossom
“And the day came where the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anaïs Nin
You’re taking a risk by staying exactly where you are. You’re taking a risk by deciding to take action and move the needle forward. Both actions are risky, but only one has the potential to change your life. Which risk are you going to take?
Ask yourself this question every single time you’re faced with the decision to do what’s easy versus what’s hard. Even better, make a pro’s and con’s list of each decision and you’ll see that the hard decision ultimately leads you to where you want to go.
You Have it All Within You
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” -J.K. Rowling
Everything you need is already within you. The thoughts, words, and actions you need to propel you forward exist within your being as we speak.
It’s easy to look outside of us for answers, opinions and ideas, but when you start trusting the innate power you have within you, you’ll find that it’s all there.
To find your own magic, you have to tap into your intuition. To do that, you need to get quiet. You need to dull the noise around you so the answers have a chance to float to the surface. Luckily, there are many ways to get quiet and start listening in:
- Sitting alone in a quiet room
- Taking a walk in a park
Discover which tools you love to use most and tune in more often. Your power is just waiting for you to find it.
Focus on What You Can Control
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” -Maya Angelou
You cannot always control what happens to you throughout your life. Yes, where thoughts flow, energy goes—but that doesn’t mean everything in our world is within our power. However, there is one thing you can control: yourself.
- You can control how to react and respond to every situation.
- You can choose to let something knock you down or teach you a lesson.
- You can control what thoughts litter your mind each day.
- You can choose who you spend time with.
When you’re struggling to make progress or feel motivated, ask yourself: what am I choosing?
Focus on the Good
“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” -Confucius
Energy attracts like energy. This is called Law of Attraction and Jack Canfield explains what it means:
“Simply put, the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you.”
Knowing this, you can understand how powerful it is to focus on good thoughts. When I say “good thoughts” I mean powerful thoughts. Ones that are focused on what you want, not what you don’t want.
For example, instead of thinking, “I’m scared I won’t get this new job,” you might think, “I can’t wait to start this new job.”
Notice the difference in energy between these two statements. When you need a reminder that you got this, simply change your thoughts to remind yourself.
Choose Who You Want to Be
“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” -Denis Waitley
As the Law of Attraction states, you attract into your life whatever you focus on. Waitley points this out in his powerful quote. You get to decide who you are—the more you think, say, and feel, I am successful, I am capable, I am worthy, the more true you’ll see it is because that’s the energy you’ll attract.
This is where affirmations can become powerful tools for shifting your inner dialogue and changing the script. Listen to episode 11 of Mindset Reset Radio, where Kari and I chat about the power of affirmations and how to create them for yourself.
Create Your Own Happiness
“Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have: it depends solely upon what you think.” -Dale Carnegie
No amount of material objects or “success” will make you truly happy. Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with who you are and what you have in any given moment. This is why an abundance mindset can be so powerful.
When we choose to see abundance all around us, we realize that we’re abundant because of the food in our fridge, the green grass growing in our front yard, the warm jackets hanging in our closet.
From this abundance comes an internal happiness because we see that all our needs are met. Everything else is just the icing on top.
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Take Control of Your Thoughts
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” -James Allen
I keep talking about how powerful our thoughts are—and that’s because we can’t stop our brains from thinking. We can slow down those thoughts in a meditative state, but our natural, biological state is to think. Scientific American explains:
“As social animals, we must keep track of who's on top and who's not and who might help us and who might hurt us. To learn and understand this information, our mind is constantly calculating “what if?” scenarios. What do I have to do to advance in the workplace or social or financial hierarchy? What is the danger here? The opportunity? For these reasons, we benefit from having a brain that works around the clock, even if it means dealing with intrusive thoughts from time to time.”
While we can’t stop our brains from thinking, we can choose what thoughts we hold onto and which ones we let go of. Using affirmations, mantras and meditation to continuously choose powerful thoughts keeps you moving in the direction you want to go.
That’s why all you have to do is decide where you want to be tomorrow—and you’ll get there.
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Dare to be Bold
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller
The human brain is designed to anticipate danger in order to keep you safe. In our modern world, however, it often creates the illusion of danger when there really is none. When we let go of fear’s hold on us by recognizing that it’s a natural feeling, we can be bold, create an adventurous life, and remind ourselves, “You got this!”
Ask yourself each week: what’s one bold thing I can do this week, even if it’s scary? Reframe the fear as a tool you can use in your life to make it less powerful.
Own Your Power
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker
Think about all the things you’ve done in your life. You got a job over dozens, maybe hundreds of other people. You graduated college. You helped someone during a hard time. All of these are instances in which you proved that you have power—and yet, it’s so easy to fall into the mindset that you have no power at all.
Next time you’re struggling to see your own power, write down 10 powerful things you’ve done in your life. Use that boost to refresh your mindset and start moving forward. Better yet, buy our Power Moves journal to remind yourself of your power every time you take it out.
Find Joy in the Little Things
“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” -Emily Dickinson
Too often we think that the “next big thing” will bring us joy: the new job, the new house, or the new car. Look around for the little things that bring you happiness everyday: the warmth of sun on your skin, the smell of coffee in the morning, great feedback from your boss or a client.
When you start living for the little things, that’s when you start truly living.
Celebrate the Little Things
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey
When you start celebrating the small things, you realize that there is so much more to celebrate in your life than you ever noticed. Instead of waiting for a big thing to celebrate, make a list at the end of each week of all the things worth celebrating, like allowing yourself to sleep in later or dealing with that crappy situation.
Like abundance, the more you find things to celebrate, the easier it becomes to see that there’s so much we’re not yet celebrating that deserves our attention.
Hear The Little Voice of Courage
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher
Courage isn’t found in taking big, risky steps. Courage is often seen in showing up every single day despite failures and setbacks. Courage is taking a step forward even when you don’t know how. Courage is asking for help when you’re not sure what to do.
Remember: you are courageous by simply showing up every day. You got this!
Know That It’s All Working For You
“Accept—then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” -Eckhart Tolle
Life doesn’t always happen the way that you plan. When things don’t go the way you thought they would, don’t fight it. Instead, accept it, sit with it, flow with it, and notice how your life flows with ease instead of resistance.
Ultimately, life is always working for you, not against you. Each set-back, change in plans or obstacle was put there as part of your journey.
Don’t simply accept failure. Instead, accept that life happens—and own your power to change what’s happening at any moment. You get to decide what comes next, and when you own your power, it’s easy to see that at any given moment, you got this.
Jessica Thiefels is a published author, host of Mindset Reset Radio, CEO of Jessica Thiefels Consulting, and co-founder of Don’t Ask How. She's been writing for more than 10 years and has been featured in top publications including Forbes and Entrepreneur. Jessica is on a mission to empower women to make their own rules and live with intention so they wake up every day excited about the life they get to live. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.