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Empowering quotes,success,inspiration

[success]Only those who will risk going too far can find out how far one can go. ~ T.S. Elliott[/success]

If you’ve ever spent time thinking about how far you still have to go in life, or how many times things haven’t worked out the way you wanted, or why success seems to sit there, just out of reach, or whether what you think truly matters or not…listen up.

A performance coach for twenty some years says this about top performing athletes.

The way they think is crucial and it’s the core element of a champion.  Who they are, and what actions they take, fundamentally stem from how they think.  It’s vital to their success.

As it is for all of us.  Those thoughts we mentally repeat, create our beliefs. Positive and negative.

Every thought we have has energy and whether we’re athletes or not, focusing that energy is an absolute must if we’re to have peak experiences in our life.

Here’s some empowering quotes for a successful life that help us align with peak experiences, creating little shifts in thinking that bring more happiness, fulfillment and vitality into our world.

  1. Most of us are totally unaware that our inner conversations are the causes of the circumstances of our life. ~ Neville
  2. The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak. ~ Ralph Charell
  3. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.  ~ Confucius,
  4. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~ Unknown
  5. You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition. ~ W. Clement Stone.
  6. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. ~ James Allen
  7. Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have: it depends solely upon what you think. ~ Dale Carnegie
  8. Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. ~ Plato
  9. Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  10. The most important conversation you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. ~ Unknown
  11. You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not. ~ Isabel Allende
  12. If you don’t program yourself, life will program you. ~  Les Brown
  13. Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image. ~ Denis Waitley
  14. Guess who’s the number one person you communicate with on a daily basis? It’s you! Our internal conversations characterize how we view the world and influence every part of our lives- relationships, achievements, attitude and ultimately our degree of happiness. ~  Todd Smith
  15. If you want to change your life, begin by changing your words. Start speaking the words of your dreams, of who you want to become, not the words of fear and failure. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  16. Inner talking is the beginning, the sowing of the seeds of future action. To determine the action, you must consciously initiate and control your inner talking. ~ Neville
  17. Words are also seeds and when dropped into the invisible spiritual substance they grow and bring forth after their kind. ~ Charles Fillmore
  18. All that we are is the result of what we have thought… If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him… If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. ~ Buddha
  19. All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  20. Attitude precedes service. Your positive mental attitude is the basis for the way you act and react to people. ‘You become what you think about’ is the foundation of your actions and reactions. What are your thoughts? Positive all the time? How are you guiding them? ~ Jeffrey Gitomer
  21. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head. ~ Mark Twain
  23. Your possible future…and there are literally thousands of possible futures…is being formed by what you think and believe today.  ~ John Kehoe

So there we have it, the great thinkers and philosophers throughout the ages couldn’t have made it any clearer.

We need to fill our minds with the the greatest thoughts we can conjure up in the direction of where we truly want to go.

The best, most consistent thoughts that we have will keep us moving in the best, most harmonious direction.

Repetition of high quality thoughts is key.

We need to deliberately choose and guide our thoughts.

We are the master gardeners of our life, forever planting seed thoughts that bloom as our successes or failures, our joys or woes our love and abundance.

Knowing that each thought gives us a chance to reset our aim towards the most joyous, loving, compassionate and thrilling life imaginable is a huge incentive to pay attention to our inner conversations.

How do you deal with negative self talk? Maintaining focus can be such a challenge — so tell me, in the comments below…what’s your secret?

Your thoughts could really be helpful to our global community, not to mention me!

Thank you, as always, for stopping by and reading, and bless you for sharing. You most definitely rock.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle

Elle Sommer
Elle is the creator of Live Purposefully Now, a website with a wide variety of authors and topics whose focus is on helping you to change/re-direct and navigate your life. She is a self-confessed spiritual junkie, offering a deeper more holistic approach to life. This deeper approach sets you on a simple path towards your greatest future, helps you remove those limiting beliefs that hold us all back and supports you in achieving your dreams.


  1. “Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have: it depends solely upon what you think.”

    Damn. Take some time and let that soak in. Remember that there are people that would kill to be you, and do your utmost to make the best of your current situation! I really needed this.. time to stop moping around and make some changes!

    Thank you.

    • I wish I’d written some of these quotes Ragnar – they really tell a great story don’t they? Appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your thoughts and am really glad you’re inspired to make changes. 😀

  2. Hi Elle
    Some awesome quotes. I have been collecting quotes for quite awhile and I call it “quotes to live by”.
    I try to remember them when things are not going so hot. Remembering that this is only a temporary situation. I can always adjust my thinking. The inner talk seems to get us in a lot of trouble, filling our heads with self doubt. Would we ever put up with such nonsense from a friend.
    We can be or do whatever we want if we just do and believe.

    • That’s so true Mary, about putting up with the stuff we tell ourselves, which is why I think finding methods to support us in keeping our attention in the direction we want out life to go is so vital for our wellbeing. We’ve heard the same things over the centuries, but hearing and doing…well a different kettle of fish.

      Do you have a favourite one or two that you absolutely must use each day? 🙂

  3. Elle,
    You know how much I love quotes! I’m going to go back through and read them all thoroughly now! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • We do like our quotes Betsy. I’d be interested in knowing which ones, if any, on this list spoke to you? 😀

  4. Hi Elle,

    Love these quotes! My favorite is “Your possible future…and there are literally thousands of possible futures…is being formed by what you think and believe today.” ~ John Kehoe. I think that says it all. This one is definitely a keeper!

    • You’re so right Cathy – it totally it sums it up in a nutshell. Now all we need is to practice forming great thoughts. 😀

  5. Elle, I love your site header. You look so radiant:-)
    My all time favorite empowering quote…I’m AWESOME! (The Fitocracy robot tells me this every time I log a workout so I know it’s true. 😉 )

    • Hello Nneka – you touch my heart with your kind words. Thank you. That quote is awesome and what a wonderful assumption, yep, it must be true because you keep being told it. Do you use it at any other times in the day? 😀

  6. Elle,

    I love number 12. I always enjoy seeing lists of quotes like this, because it’s like “power inspiration!” I know we haven’t talked much lately, but I hope all is well with you. Keeping busy here, good things coming, and it’s always a pleasure to stop by your site and get some refreshment for the soul. 🙂 Take care.


    • Victor…how lovely to see you again. It’s great that you stopped by to say hello. And I’m happy to hear of the ‘power inspiration’ – I think I should print these out and keep them on my desk so I can remind myself on a regular basis. It’s so easy to forget. Here’s a question for you: You’ve been really busy lately, and I’m sure you’re having a fun time…do you have a quote or a dominant thought of any kind that help support you in living your life in balance? 🙂

      • Hi Elle,

        Well, I would say it’s more of a process to make sure that I squeeze as much production out of the time allied to do the work. However, I also do try to keep things in perspective. If I have the opportunity to read a book with my children or spend time with my family, I always pick family. The work will always be there waiting for me. The family time won’t. So, I guess you could say that I really do have a saying in my mind – “Family first, because you never get these years back.” 🙂

        • So important Victor…and love the point you make about never getting those years back. Looking at our ‘little sprites’ of 5 and 7 I can see how quickly things change and like you I want to stay focused on the joy and fun they bring into our world. Family first – so true. As always you rock. 😀

  7. Why yes I do:-) Every time I remember. At least 10 other times in the day. I do a fist pump too!

  8. Hi Elle,
    I suppose the most telling impact is of this quote”Guess who’s the number one person you communicate with on a daily basis? It’s you! Our internal conversations characterize how we view the world and influence every part of our lives- relationships, achievements, attitude and ultimately our degree of happiness.”by Todd Smith
    The other quote I always love is what Napoleon Hill said “every adversity carries equal or greater benefit” he was certainly not being flippant.Every adversity does carry the potential of bringing advantage to the table .The advantage of confidence in surmounting obstacles.

    • That’s a super quote Mona, I had to put it in because it’s so telling and a powerful statement in how to support ourselves in living our greatest life.

      It’s fascinating the different quotes that resonate with whatever our current state of consciousness is. It seems to boil down to perspective really including the Napoleon Hill quote (love him by the way). Do you think how we choose to see adversity as a challenge or opportunity means we’ll tackle it in differing ways? 😀

  9. Good question Elle.One that I personally like to keep mulling over.And my surmise,from personal experience,is in the affirmative .Yes,when we consider adversity as an opportunity things do pan out differently.One reason is that our vibes change instantly when we change our approach.We are,for that situation,in a state of balance,and on the lookout for extracting some constructive dividend.That might materialise in the material,intellectual,or spiritual realm.Sometimes on all three.
    Yet it needs to be acknowledged that our energies,frequencies,vibrations make a phenomenal difference to the outcome.

    • I think trying and testing is key Mona. It’s an experiential thing. No matter how much we study it’s only by the practice that we discover what works best for us, given that we’re all incredibly, magnificent unique beings. Super point about the vibrations. Feeling good as much as possible in the day, expecting something good and great to be our experience opens the door for us to at least receive happier outcomes. Then comes the receiving part, which can be problematic for some.

      Absolutely fabulous as always Mona. 🙂

  10. Thank you for all of the inspiring quotes 🙂

    As for your question, well, I am not sure we are at a place yet where we can be aware of even a fraction of our thoughts, even when we are in the present moment, because they run on so many levels and many run in such subtle ways.

    What I do is focus on how I am feeling and when I notice tension in my body and emotions, I try to relax and breathe while focusing on the tension and allowing it to be there. This helps to let go of those stuck energies and feel the positive side of things again, and I know that more positive thoughts are also flowing through my mind then.

    • Welcome to the conversation Gavriel and sooo appreciate your perspective. Feeling has always been the secret for me and the easiest place to start. Our thoughts, even those we’re unaware of induce feelings. Have you ever noticed that you suddenly have a feeling of doom, or joylessness from apparently nowhere? That’s what I mean…we never noticed the thought…but the feeling tells us we had it.

      And that’s a great point you made when you begin to feel more positive feelings, more positive thoughts join in.

      • Thank you Elle! I have definitely felt that many times. I use a combination of breathing with the Sedona Method, sometimes also EFT but not as often. I can then feel the confidence and faith surging back in. It isn’t always easy when the emotions are strong, but we are learning after all 🙂

        • So true Gavriel, we’re all learning…I find as my awareness grows, the practice gets easier. Notice I didn’t say easy…just easier. 🙂

  11. Excellent post, Gotta love quotes. Number 23 I love, I am a great believer of your future being made by how you think and believe. Thanks for Sharing

    • Thanks for participating in the conversation Frank. Isn’t it amazing how often throughout the ages we’ve been told this, in such a variety of ways, that you’d have thought by now we’d have got the message! 🙂

  12. Elle this is a wonderful collection that I am going to print and put in my journal for those moments when I need a positive reminder. One way I use is EFT I find that lifts me, a walk on the beach is another way. Love Ragnars quote too
    Love and hugs xx

    • Didn’t these people write such great things Suzie…when I was compiling it I was struck by how many sages, over the centuries have told us the same thing. And here we are still missing out on one of the the greatest gifts we have. Course I know you’re a wonderful practitioner of guiding your thoughts. Look at what you’ve done with your life. Your exuberance and joy come across with every piece of art and every word. I’ve loved your site from the first moment I clapped eyes on it. 🙂

  13. All of the quotes are so empowering with my favorite being this one – The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration, Elle!

    • As you can tell I love quotes too Cher. They motivate me when I’m stuck, inspire me when I’m in the doldrums and just generally lift my spirits. I’m so happy to be able to compile a list that do the same for you. 🙂

  14. My favorite quote on this list? “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~ Unknown” – I love that!

    • Hi Jessica, isn’t that a great quote. And so true. We forget about the spark of the divine in us all, how can we be anything less than great! 🙂

  15. I stumble on your site today, maybe it was an invisible force that led me here. Going through some challenging times at the moment. The following quote stood out and yell at me for some reason.

    You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you

    I will read some of your articles maybe my thoughts brought me here to have better thoughts tomorrow

    • Hello James. Welcome aboard. So sorry to hear about life being challenging right now. I think we can all sympathize with those days. For myself, when a challenge pops up and hits me over the head (sometimes it feels like a ton or bricks!) I usually have an aim from which to think. For instance my aim for today is hearing good news and happy outcomes. And I visit that thought as much as possible throughout the day. If you give something like this a whirl, I’d love to hear if it helped at all? 🙂

  16. Elle,
    Thank you for responding and the suggestions. I will give it a try. Its a relationship problem i am having and I think i am trying too hard to resolve the problem. I am sure everything will be it I just let it be

    • Hi James…the best and easiest thing I personally do is just to keep an image in my mind and feeling in my heart that everyone is happy! So I see smiles all around. May it all work out perfectly for you. 🙂

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