Mind-Shifting Inspirational Quotes for Everyday Life

Updated on September 25, 2019
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I've used the following quotes during different aspects of my life and can honestly say that they have shifted my thoughts for the better.

Enjoy these inspirational, motivational quotes that can help you alter your perspective on life.
Enjoy these inspirational, motivational quotes that can help you alter your perspective on life. | Source

Life can be a struggle sometimes. We may wake up some mornings feeling energized and ready for the day, and other times we wake up wishing we could just crawl back in bed and let the world pass us by.

I've found that motivational and inspirational quotes can not only help you get through those tough life circumstances, but they can also give you an extra bit of hope when you are making progress toward a goal or dream you have.

Having been through several big life challenges myself, I started looking for quotations and sayings that would help me see the world in a better way. As I began filling my mind with positive words, I found that my whole perception of life changed. Instead of looking at each challenge as a bad thing, I began to see it as an opportunity to grow and better myself. Now, as a result, I don't let anything hold me back from chasing my goals and dreams.

No matter how hard the road is, I know that a little positive self-talk can go a long way. I've used the following quotes during all different aspects of my life and can honestly say that they have shifted my thoughts for the better. After reading through this article, I hope you walk away feeling confident in yourself. If you have a dream, go chase it! I'll be cheering you on the whole way.

Combating negative thoughts about scars.
Combating negative thoughts about scars. | Source

Combating Negative Thoughts About Scars

Scars—we all have them. Sometimes they're physical, and other times they're emotional. We often think of scars as being synonymous with imperfections because they are a blemish on our skin or heart. They are something that we weren't born with but that we must now live with forever. Society has taught us to cover them up because they are ugly and they tarnish our image, but I'm here to tell you otherwise.

I came up with this quote after receiving quite a few scars myself, the biggest being the four small ones I have from gallbladder removal surgery. When I initially saw the marks on my stomach, my positive self-image began to decrease and I felt like a part of my beauty had went away.

A few of my family members and friends noticed and they pointed out how strong I was and that my scars had nothing to do with how beautiful I am as a person. That's when I realized that they are simply a representation of a life event that I was able to overcome. It's amazing how just a simple mind-shift can change the way we view ourselves.

An inspirational quote for getting healthy.
An inspirational quote for getting healthy. | Source

Staying Motivated to Get Healthy

I think there's this assumption that you have to workout for a certain amount of time every day and you need to do a particular workout so that you can get healthy. Although this may be true to an extent, I think we are over-complicating the matter. Yes, we need to burn calories to keep extra fat off. Yes, we need to keep moving so that our muscles stay strong and our body is better able to fight off diseases. The problem is that we hear so many voices telling us what we should and shouldn't do, and that's enough to get anyone unmotivated.

My challenge for you is to find something that you enjoy doing and use that to work toward building a better body and a better you. There are SO many different activities that require movement. Here are some ideas to get you moving a little more:

  • If you enjoy shopping, turn your mall trip into your exercise time. Instead of taking the escalator or the elevator, take the stairs instead. Also, park your car further from the door so that you have to walk a little longer to get inside.
  • If you enjoy yard work, use a push lawn mower. Other options include pulling weeds each week (that will give your legs and back a good workout) and planting flowers.
  • You could always take up a sport. Find a league in your city or go to a local park with some friends and throw a ball or frisbee around. Yes, it's that simple!

Find what drives you and use that as your motivation to get fit!

Inspirational quotes are useful for all aspects of life, whether you are facing a tough time or you are pursuing new dreams.
Inspirational quotes are useful for all aspects of life, whether you are facing a tough time or you are pursuing new dreams. | Source

Getting Over Those Hills in Life

When I was a cross country runner, our coach used to take us to a different mountain every Monday so that we could practice running on them. We all dreaded those workouts and felt like dying in the end, but we knew that we would be stronger from it all. A friend of mine and I came up with this motivational and inspirational quote to get us through each workout. We decided that if we saw the hill or mountain as an opportunity to be a faster cross country runner, then the pain was worth it.

You can easily relate this to the emotional hills that we all face in life. Maybe you are struggling to make ends meet or you are trying to be a great student, but you have a full-time job and a family to take care of as well. Rather than seeing your hill as something that's impossible to overcome, starting looking at is as an opportunity to better yourself.

A motivational quote for living in the moment.
A motivational quote for living in the moment. | Source

Living in the Moment

How often do you find yourself looking for the next big thing in life? Do you constantly wish that you had a better car, house, or life in general?

When we get caught up in focusing on all the things we don't have, we forget about all the blessings we actually do have. I'm sure we've all missed great opportunities that have been right in front of us because we were so focused on the future or a desire we had. I encourage you to take a look around you today and find what opportunities are sitting right there waiting for you.

Remember to be thankful for life.
Remember to be thankful for life. | Source

Being Thankful for Life

Monday morning hits and you feel exhausted and have no desire to go to work. You know you have a busy week ahead of you and you're absolutely dreading it. I totally understand—we've all been down that road.

But at least you woke up today.

Somewhere in the world, someone breathed their last breath last night. They no longer have the chance to hug their loved ones, make an impact on the world, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature. Let that be a motivator for you to take advantage of each and every day you are given. Never take one breath for granted because you never know when it will be your last. Let this motivational and inspirational quote be a reminder of how precious life is.

Even adults deserve a reward.
Even adults deserve a reward. | Source

Treating Yourself

Who says that an inspirational quote has to be all about helping everyone else but yourself? I think that as adults, we often forget to reward ourselves when we've accomplished something or have done something good. Although we may not need these treats to get motivated to do things, they are still nice to have. They give us that little extra boost and they validate why we do what we do.

The next time you do get through a hard week or find yourself reaching a goal you had created, then treat yourself! There is absolutely no shame in that.

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      23 months ago

      thanks for sharing this great inspirational quotes.


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      3 years ago

      Thank you...these positive thoughts are great.

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      3 years ago from Colorado

      Good post, I like how your quotes take a positive look at the challenges that life brings us. We should never give up on pursuing our dreams.

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      Alaina Rail 

      4 years ago from India

      Great Quotes and sayings. I hope to read more from you :)

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      5 years ago

      Some very cool, inspirational sayings. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tori Canonge 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      angelnoyal - Yes, feel free to share!

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      5 years ago

      These are great! I love a good quote to get you out of a slump

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      5 years ago

      Hi Torres. Excellent hub!!! When we look in the mirror and we want to give up, the good thing to do is to read motivational quotes. They give us strength for the future and help us when we fall down.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      5 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I'm also a believer in mottos and quotes for daily inspiration.

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for all your support everyone! I'm glad to hear that everyone is finding this hub to be uplifting and positive :)

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      6 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful and uplifting. Keep writing, and if the others are this good, then you will be a great instrument of the Supreme. Peace.

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      Maria Giunta 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is a great collection of positive thinking quotes, well done Torrs13. I like your quote about scars...too many people think of them as imperfections but they are part of the human spirit of survival. Voted up, beautiful and pinned.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Torrs13 for such a nice post. Great collection of motivational quotes. I like the one that says I need to look around for the opportunities we may in front of us.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Torrs13, welcome to HubPages. I love this, my favorite is the one about the scars, when I had my hip replacement leave the stples in (I know he couldn't) then my scar would look like a zipper on my hip.

      I gave this a thumb-up, UABI, and shared.

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      6 years ago

      Awesome!It really inspired me.

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      Amie Butchko 

      6 years ago from Warwick, NY

      I really enjoyed your hub and it inspired me today. Some of these quotes really touched me with truth and I will take them forward as I go!

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      Susan W 

      6 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Nice quotes, Tori! I absolutely love inspirational quotes because they have the power to really change your perception of the world. I just wrote a hub on inspirational image quotes, I guess 'great minds think alike'! Really lovely, shared and voted beautiful.

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much heidithorne! I am glad you enjoyed them :-)

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      Heidi Thorne 

      6 years ago from Chicago Area

      What a lovely collection of quotes! What I really appreciated is that most of them were YOUR quotes. It's easy to find and use those of others, but more difficult to create them. Voted up, beautiful and sharing!

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Sushma!

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      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      You have a wonderful week as well BlondLogic!

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 years ago from Brazil

      I enjoy reading positive quotes, they help me stay on track. If I am feeling less than optimistic, I am less productive and less happy. They act like a short 'pep talk'.

      Good selection of quotes, I will be sharing and pinning.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      Sushma Webber 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      For years I have collected quotes that have inspired me. Recently I shared 15 Quotes on Mindfulness and Just Being on my blog to share it with others. I like your idea of putting images with quotes and creating a hub with motivational suggestions to support them. Well done!

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much CrisSp!!! Your words mean a lot to me!

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Here's another kick a*s hub from one positive and inspirational hubber! I like your energy. Well done!

      Up and sharing.

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      So glad to hear it gave you a positive lift travmaj!

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      6 years ago from australia

      Absolutely what I needed to wake up to this monday morning. Very much appreciated. Thank you for this. Voting up and across -

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      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sassy Diva! I also like to read quotes to feel better and lift my mood. As for getting a following, I would say to write what you know, be passionate, interact with people, and be active on the site! I always do my best to take time to respond to comments and to engage with people I'm following and vice versa. There are tons of great writers on this site and I have learned so much from being here.

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      Madalyn Maria Myers 

      6 years ago from Forestville M.D.

      I am glad that you wrote this hub article. I love to be inspired. I always read quotes to feel better about myself. I wanted to ask how do you get a good following on hubpages. Do you have any tips?

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much philosophicalbrit! I think that if you can create your own quotes, then they mean a lot more to you and can be a lot more motivating!

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      Oscar Gilmour 

      6 years ago from A coffee shop

      Wow. Excellent Hub :D I was feeling down the other day and these messages certainly helped. It's nice to see a Hub filled with original quotes, not some copy/paste from another website. Well done :)

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much Jodah!

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful hub Torres. What I liked most was most of these quotes were written by you. Well done, and loved the whole message of the article.

    • Torrs13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Glad you enjoyed them torrilynn!

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      6 years ago

      these quotes were filled with great positive vibes. I thank you for them.

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      Tori Canonge 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you SANJAY!

      Positive thinking is so powerful isn't it, billybuc? It's amazing how just one change in your thought process can alter your mood.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it...the power of positive thinking...or...we are what we think!

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      6 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice and interesting hub. Voted up.


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