These 42 Thoughts Can Motivate You to Do (and Achieve) Anything

Whether you feel stuck or just need a good dose of inspiration from great minds, these should do the trick.

Whether you feel stuck or just need a good dose of inspiration from great minds, these should do the trick. (Photo: Joshua Earle/Unsplash)

Words have power — and the ones in this post are guaranteed to challenge the way you think and perhaps even change the way you live. They have inspired me to choose life, persevere and live life to the full.

Don’t give up on yourself just yet, your most amazing life is still ahead of you. Your very best work, project, experiences are in front of you, not behind you. Whether you feel stuck or just need a good dose of inspiration from great minds, these should do the trick.

  1. You must have a compelling response for: Why the hell am i doing this? —Elana Carter
  2. Give yourself permission to think and act without approval. Choose to do your most amazing work without anyone’s approval. Bet on yourself!
  3. If you don’t have room to fail, you don’t have room to grow.  — Jonathan Mildenhall
  4. Positivity trickles down through the ranks. Negativity spreads faster, like fire.
  5. Failure is not a sign of personal incompetence. It’s just one experiment that has gone wrong. Move on the next level.
  6. All you ever have to decide is what to do next. It really is this simple.
  7. You don’t rely on data or facts. You push the impossible.
  8. You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself. —Seth Godin
  9. If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it — teach yourself to be impatient. —Gurbaksh Chahal
  10. Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
  11. Growth begins at the end of your comfort zone.
  12. Change for the better; don’t change for someone else, change for yourself!
  13. If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.
  14. Passion is about why we do what we do. Not what, how or when.
  15. “Dare” might sound a bit over the top, but really it’s a gentle warning. Dare, but tread lightly. Dare, but know you’ll face stiff resistance at times.
  16. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
  17. You have three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.
  18. ‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
  19. Unless you try to master something beyond what you already know, you will never grow.
  20. Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice.
  21. No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
  22. Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
  23. Remember, being completely terrible at something is the first step to being pretty darn good at it.
  24. What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
  25. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done.
  26. Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will. — Unknown
  27. A setback is a setup for a comeback. —T.D. Jakes
  28. Do or Do Not. There is no Try. — Yoda
  29. Don’t wait to be chosen. It’s far more interesting to bet on yourself and find the guts you need to produce, the one who says ‘go’.
  30. Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. — Lolly Daskal
  31. Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. — Anonymous
  32. Don’t be subject to the tyranny of how things have always been done. Find your true north and push past the default.
  33. Almost everyone can sprint. The road to mastery requires consistency. Everything meaningful in life is a marathon.
  34. If you pursue your dreams long enough, compounding takes effect. Momentum will surge. Don’t give up just yet.
  35. Don’t invest in a career. Build a life. Take your dreams seriously.
  36. If you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything.
  37. Decide what you want or someone else will.
  38. You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year. — Henry Ford
  39. Give a damn. Many damns. More damns than anyone.
  40. Progress is the ultimate motivation.
  41. Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. — Denis Waitley
  42. The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. — W. E. B. Du Bois

Thomas Oppong is the founding editor at Alltopstartups (where he shares resources for startups and entrepreneurs) and the curator at Postanly (a free weekly newsletter that delivers the most insightful long-form posts from top publishers). These 42 Thoughts Can Motivate You to Do (and Achieve) Anything