Have you ever been so struck by something you heard that it changed the way you act or think?
I love a good quote!
I’ve collected quotes for as long as I can remember.
I have hung them on mirrors, filed them in drawers, written them in books to carry around.
That is until Pinterest came along. Now I simply Pin them. (I love modern technology!😀)
Now there are some quotes that are just better than others.
To me these would be the quotes that have been so powerful they have changed my life.
I’m sharing some of them with you today because I have experienced just how powerful they can be.
Here are 7 of my all-time favorite life changing quotes:
Quote 1- “I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.” Benjamin Franklin
This quote makes me think long and hard about the words that come out of my mouth. (before they actually come out)
Benjamin Franklin was a MASTER at handling people.
He became so well-known for his skill that he was made American Ambassador to France.
He accredited his success with people to his determination to only talk about the good he saw in others.
If you try to live by this same creed you will see immediate results.
When you genuinely care about others it shows.
When you focus on positives it uplifts.
You may not become an ambassador but the relationships you have will be stronger because they will be built upon a foundation of respect and trust.
Quote 2-“…men are, that they might have joy.” Book of Mormon
We all go through the ups and downs of life, but every time I read this quote I feel like I can make it through anything.
To be happy is part of your divine destiny.
If you feel that there are too many hurdles in your life, try to remember why you are here on the earth…to have joy.
Work towards finding those things that will bring true joy into your life.
Quote 3-“Right decisions are easiest made when we make them well in advance.” Spencer W. Kimball
I first read this when I was just a teen. I hung it on my dresser mirror.
From this quote I learned that if you have a plan life is easier to navigate.
If there are things you struggle with (and we all have something) plan how you will handle these things and when faced with a decision to be made it will be much easier to make the right choice.
This can pertain to eating healthy, battling an addiction, exercise, homework. Pretty much anything.
It’s similar to programming yourself to automatically do something.
Quote 4-“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson
This quote is so inspiring!
We are the only thing holding ourselves back from reaching our own full potential.
We are in our own way!
When you think about the potential that’s within you sometimes it can be easier to just continue status quo.
Change is hard work.
But if you truly want to get the most out of life, get out there, jump in head first (with a plan of course!) and see how far you can swim.
Get out of your way and you may just surprise yourself!
Quote 5-“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln
Wow! No wonder Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president!
I’m sorry to admit that I have experienced this first hand. And on more than just one occasion.
I’m sorry because it was me who had the idea that I didn’t like someone (for whatever reason) but when I was forced to work with that person inevitably it would turn out that I would really enjoy working with them or I would learn a lot from them or become really good friends with them.
I’ve learned that if you start out with the right attitude (to be friends) it can save you a lot of grief.
When you approach people with an impartial attitude you’re much more likely to have a better relationship than if you judge them according to your own inadequate perspectives.
How many times have you been able to turn an enemy into a friend?
Quote 6- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou
If you’ve ever experienced this you know why this is so powerful.
When you make someone feel important, special, smart, needed, loved, beautiful, etc. that feeling stays with that person forever.
It is amazing how quickly we can forget things yet how long we remember how being around certain people makes us feel.
Set a goal to try to make anyone you come in contact with remember how you made them feel (in a good way of course).
Quote 7- “The way you speak to your children becomes their inner voice.” Peggy O’Mara
Raising 5 children and now having 3 grand-children makes me very aware of just how important how we speak to our children is.
When my own children find themselves repeating something I told them I can only hope and pray that it makes them feel good and increases their feelings of self-worth and confidence.
Make it a point to speak to your children in a way that will lift them up.
Not tear them down.
Your words are powerful whether you realize it or not.
You can either influence them for the better or the worse and being the most important people you will ever have in your life you should always strive for the better!
I hope these quotes inspire you the way they have me.
If you have any quotes that have really inspired you please share them in a comment below. I would love to add them to my collection!
Have a great week friends!
(Whew! It may be 11:00pm but I made the Motivation Monday deadline! Bonne Nuit! 😉)