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You’re W.O.R.T.H. It! A Collection of Motivational Quotes
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A Note from the Author
Years ago, I began collecting and posting quotes on my various social media platforms as motivation to myself and to my followers. I hope as you read these quotes, that one, two or even three motivate you to accomplish a goal, conquer a fear, and follow your dream. You are destined for greatness and know you’re w.o.r.t.h. it.
Thank you for reading.
Lisa Toban, MSW
It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière
If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly. Dr. Steve Maraboli
When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice. Brené Brown
If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. Anonymous
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everyone has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan
Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. Mary Kay Ash
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb
Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to their fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distraction that life presents to them. Jack Canfield
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the evitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. Charles Swindoll
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. Theodore Roosevelt
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 is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. Dr. Robert Anthony
If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. George Horace Lorimer
If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. Les Brown
Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something. Ralph Marston
I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfill our destiny, but our fate is sealed. Paulo Coelho
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey
Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. John C. Maxwell
Encouragement is like oxygen to the human spirit. Don’t forget you’re carrying someone else’s air. Encourage them; help them breathe. Jeremy Riddle
True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her. Zig Ziglar
A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you to become who you should be. Anonymous
Freedom requires that you discover your own inner language, your own life rules, your own vision. Zephyr Block-Jorgensen
Faith makes all things possible. Love makes all things easy. Hope makes all things work.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa
Goals are dreams with deadlines. Diana Scharf
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar
The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort. Michael Jordan
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop
Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you. Les Brown
To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine
Happiness is a journey not a destination. Souza
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Have hope. Be strong. Laugh loud and play hard. Live in the moment. Smile often. Remember you are loved and never ever give up. Anonymous
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein
Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday. John Wayne
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Steve Jobs
Kindness-Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia
If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King Jr.
Live every moment. Laugh every day. Love beyond words. Anonymous
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Green
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz
Cherish every moment. Anonymous
We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. Paulo Coelho
Change is a necessary part of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. Anonymous
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more. Brian Koslow
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
Seize the moment because some opportunities don’t come twice. Anonymous
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in limitation. Herman Melville
If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose. Bishop T.D. Jakes
One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever. Robert Holden
Sometimes it’s best to stay quiet. The silence can speak volumes without ever saying a word. Anonymous
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc
Whatever you do, don’t quit. Michael Hyatt
Everything happens for a reason, live it, love it, learn from it. Make your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile. Anonymous
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choice, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Self worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. Wayne Dyer
The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness. Maya Angelou
Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair. Anonymous
Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Stephen Covey
The greatest gift that one human being can give another is unconditional love. It’s the only thing, ultimately, that really matters. Joy Gardner
Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique and beautiful. Robert Tew
Happiness is not pleasure – it is victory. Zig Ziglar
Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. Brené Brown
Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. Anonymous
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Jimmy Johnson
The definition of successful people is simply ordinary people with extraordinary determination. Mary Kay Ash
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C.S. Lewis
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Maya Angelou
There are many tenets of wholeheartedness, but at its very core is vulnerability and worthiness; facing uncertainty, exposure, and emotional risks, and knowing that I am enough. Brené Brown
Know your worth. Know the difference between what you’re getting and what you deserve. Anonymous
It’s very important to remember where you came from and where you are going. Keep your goals, dreams & visions in plain sight. Lisa Toban
When the student is ready the teach will appear. Zen Proverb
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey
Work hard, play often and live in love. Stuart and Linda MacFarlane
Don’t count the day, make the days count. Muhammad Ali
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King Jr.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt
Every day I will renew my commitment and think about the benefits that come from it.
Life is an echo. What you send out, come back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Zig Ziglar
You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. Dr. Steve Maraboli
Rise up. Start fresh. See the bright opportunity in each new day. Anonymous
Make it a great day. Lisa Toban
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Ryun
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson
It is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
I am committed to being a better person today than I was yesterday; better thoughts, better decisions, better actions. Anonymous
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can have results or excuses not both. Anonymous
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe
There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson
Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive. Anonymous
It only takes one person to change your life… you. Ruth Casey
Get out of your own way…stop the paralysis by analysis… decide what you want, create a simple plan, and get moving. Steve Maraboli
It’s a good day to have a good day. Anonymous
I choose to live by choice, not by chance; to make changes, not excuses; to be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not used; to excel, not compete; I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others. Miranda Marrott
She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
Sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. Zig Ziglar
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Maya Angelou
Don’t think about what might go wrong. Think about what could go right. Anonymous
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, energies are contagious. Anonymous
Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you; pay more attention to what is going on within you. Mary Frances Winters
In a mirror is where we find a reflection of our appearance but in our heart is where we find a reflection of our soul. Anonymous
Dreams without goals remain dreams and ultimately fuels disappointment. Denzel Washington
The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Anonymous
Be truthful to who you are. Jason Patrick Sands
Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. Malcom X
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. Joel A. Barker
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
How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it. Jim Valvano
Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. Shaquille O’Neal
Reflection – Looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer. Anonymous
Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get. Michael Phelps
Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t. Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis
I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality. Anonymous
True desire in the heart of anything good is God’s proof to you sent before hand to indicate that it’s yours already. Denzel Washington
One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Anonymous
It’s always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela
Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts your life will start to change. Anonymous
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer
Be kind. Work hard. Stay humble. Smile often. Stay loyal. Keep honest. Travel when possible. Never stop learning. Be thankful always and love. Ritu Ghatourey
You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. John Mason
Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it. Anonymous
Ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. John Augustus Shedd
Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. Anonymous
This above all: To thine own self be true. William Shakespeare
If you don’t step forward you will always remain in the same place. Nora Roberts
You can forget what hurt you in the past, just never forget what it taught you. Shannon L. Alder
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself. Nina Dobrev
You have been created in an image of perfection, with all the inborn knowledge you need to know. Iyanla Vanzant
A real woman can do it all by herself. But a real man won’t let her. Paul Brunson
If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs. Tony Gaskin
Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about. Winston Churchill
You can teach what you know but you can only reproduce what you are. Bishop T.D. Jakes
Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. Mirror what you admire. Anonymous
There aren’t any short cuts to success. Daymond John
Your creativity is released through challenge. Bishop T.D. Jakes
Make today count! You have all the tools to begin your new venture. Do it today and DO NOT put it off for tomorrow. Lisa Toban
When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story. Iyanla Vanzant
Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert Schuller
We must value our ideas, our energy, our time and our life to a degree that we become unwilling to waste who we are. Iyanla Vanzant.
Within you is the power to rise above any situation or struggle, and transform into the brightest, strongest version of you ever. Anonymous
People act out of the need for healing. But remember, love will heal anything that is not an expression of love. Iyanla Vanzant
When you feel like quitting think about why you started. Anonymous
Fear speaks first and fear speaks loudest. Learning to listen to the small, still Voice within is the only way to dismantle its power. Marianne Williamson
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each of us is born with a gift. Discover it, nurture it and share it with the world. Steve Harvey
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. Josh Jameson
When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
Every day, be sure to tell somebody thank you. Anonymous
There can be no change without chaos. All real, lasting change comes as a result of trembling at the foundational level of what exists. Iyanla Vanzant
Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency. Denzel Washington
When life gives you lemons, you better make the BEST lemonade and sip on it. Lisa Toban
It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
When one desires that which is good, the results are always good. Paulo Coelho
Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged with faith and now I’m marrying my dreams. Tyrese
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Suess
The road to success is always under construction. Steve Harvey
Whatever’s good for your soul… do that. Anonymous
One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. Eleanor Roosevelt
What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win. Patty Berg
Vulnerability is the prerequisite to success. Paul C. Brunson
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean
Change begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsh
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Carl Gustav Jung
Some people won’t believe it until they see it, you won’t see it until you believe it.
Dr. Will Moreland
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
If you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying, then by all means try. Manuel Scott
Our deepest fear is not that we’re inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Marianne Williamson
You will never be happy if you constantly worry about what others think about you. Kevin Hart
It’s not what you have or don’t have. It’s what you give. Amy Purdy
The first step of any form of action is awareness. Mellody Hodson
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. Oprah Winfrey
Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. Marva Collins
Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. Nikki Giovanni
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. Lena Horne
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker
What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. Ralph Marston
When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
You are capable of amazing things. Anonymous
If you want to be a change agent, you have to be ready to fail. Robert B. Reich
Much of the success of life depends upon keeping one’s mind open to opportunity and seizing it when it comes. Alice Foote MacDougall
In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. Charles Shultz
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia
When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. Audre Lorde
If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?
Each person must live their life as a model for others. Rosa Parks
I am here because I believe in all possibilities. Whoopie Goldberg
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of only standing still. Chinese Proverb
If you can get, give. If you can learn, teach. Maya Angelou
Be your authentic self. Your authentic self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you’re supposed to be.
I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded.
Delete the negative; accentuate the positive.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are … each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness. Deepak Chopra
At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished…it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.
Keep it moving. Pastor John Hannah
I can’t wait to see the woman you become. Donovan Toban, Sr.
Don’t look to the left or right, just look straight ahead. Jennifer Toban
Do you. Donovan Toban, Jr.
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Lucille Ball
One who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin
There is no paycheck that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be. Oprah Winfrey
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. Bill Bye
The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. Anonymous
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi
What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do. Anonymous
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth
Always speak the truth, even if your voice shakes. Anonymous
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. Mother Teresa
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edison
About the Author
Lisa Toban believes that everyone can make an impact and contribute to a greater good when each acknowledges the leader within. Since 2007, Lisa is known to motivate, encourage and inspire individuals in personal, professional and leadership development. Many report through Lisa’s coaching and advising receives clarity and confidence to make life decisions and embark on the journey set before them.
Lisa holds a Master of Social Work degree, specialization in Leadership and Development in Social Services along with a Post Master’s Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Loyola University Chicago. In 2011, Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
Lisa resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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