50 Empowering Quotes that Will Shift Your Perspective

Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have. Whether you perceive yourself positively or negatively, empowered or helpless, your mindset directly effects the way you proceed through life. The key to cultivating an optimistic, empowered mindset is recognizing that you have a say in the direction your life takes, and that you are in sole control of the decisions you make.

To help you to cultivate a new mindset, I have compiled 50 powerful quotes that can help you to plant the seeds for empowered living. Once the you reach the end of this list, consider the degree to which you believe that your health, happiness, and inner peace begins and ends with you.

  1. I AM. Two of the most powerful words; for what you put after them shapes your reality.
  2. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” ~Les Brown~
  3. The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.
  4. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
  5. “Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself.” ~Nathaniel Branden~
  6. People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.
  7. If you change your thoughts, you change your behavior; if you change your behavior, you change your life.
  8. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” ~Nora Roberts~
  9. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~Steve Furtick~
  10. “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one.” ~Tom Hiddleston~
  11. “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ~David McCullough Jr.~
  12. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~Earl Weaver~
  13. If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.
  14. “No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” ~Alan Watts~
  15. Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.
  16. “A true friend is someone who can offer peace and happiness. If you’re a true friend to yourself, you need to be able to offer yourself true peace and true happiness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh~
  17. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”  ~The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky~
  18. You create your own calm.
  19. “If the things behind you are tripping you, you’re moving in the wrong direction.” ~Steve Maraboli~
  20. “Whatever is on your plate got there because you said yes to it.” ~Danielle LaPorte~
  21. “Health is a relationship between you and your body.” ~Terri Guillemets~
  22. “Your future depends on many things. But mostly on you.” ~Frank Tyger~
  23. “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt~
  24. “Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” ~Dalai Lama~
  25. “The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.” ~Rod Steiger~
  26. “Do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” ~Rumi~
  27. Jealousy comes from counting other’s blessings instead of our own.
  28. “The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become.” ~Mandy Hale~
  29. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”~Steve Maraboli~
  30. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” ~Henry David Thoreau~
  31. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” ~Lupita Nyong’o~
  32. “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be, you can’t see how it is.” ~Baba Ram Dass~
  33. You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.
  34. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone inability to see your worth.
  35. “I am the me that I choose to be.” ~Sidney Poitier~
  36. Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
  37. “If you plan on being less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” ~Abraham Maslow~
  38. “Life is a creation, not a discovery. You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it. You are creating your reality every minute, probably without knowing it.” ~Neale Donald Walsch~
  39. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~Nelson Mandela~
  40. “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” ~John Maxwell~
  41. “On any given day, you can massively change the direction of your life.” ~John Maxwell~
  42. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~Maya Angelou~
  43. “Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko~
  44. “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” ~Tom Sims~
  45. “Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~Brian Tracy~
  46. “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” ~Buddha~
  47. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.~
  48. “You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming others for who you are now and forget to blame yourself.” ~Sham Hinduja~
  49. “Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.” ~Marc Chernoff~
  50. Treat people as you would like to be treated. Karma’s only a bitch if you are.

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