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40+ Quotes To Read When Everything Appears To Be Going Wrong In Your Life

Has anyone ever told you that life isn’t meant to be easy?

It may be true, yet it’s the last thing you want to hear when in the midst of self pity.

You feel perfectly entitled to feel sorry for yourself and you wish those positive do gooders could see how awful your situation is. I totally get this. I’ve been there a few times when life has delivered unexpected doozies.

Relationships end and life becomes a struggle, or you don’t get that job you really wanted. You miss an important deadline, the stock market crashes or you lose your home. There are a multitude of things that don’t go the way we want them to and it’s natural to feel sorry for ourselves.

Here’s the thing though:

It’s okay to have the blues for a while in any one of these instances and more. In fact, I always say it’s important to feel the emotion instead of stuffing it down.

However, problems arise when we get stuck in self pity and it becomes our automatic go to in any difficult situation.

Becoming stuck in this mindset means we run the risk of never learning from our mistakes in a positive way. It also stops us from feeling empowered, finding solutions and achieving what we want in the long term.

Regularly feeling sorry for yourself over a long period of time can also lead to depression. And it can even lead to physical health issues like coronary heart disease.

Even more alarming; an article written in The Independent states that self pity can be as bad for your heart as smoking 20 cigarettes a day!

Contrary to much you might read about self pity, it’s not an emotion in itself; it’s a state of mind. It happens when you focus too much on your own problems and believe you are a victim of circumstance.

This mental focus leads you to feel emotions like sadness, anxiety, hurt and helplessness.

It feels good to wallow in self pity over the short term and that’s why it’s easy to fall into. But if we stay in it for too long, it becomes like a deep black pit that’s difficult to climb out of.

The good news is, there are a number of ways to change this debilitating state of mind. The sooner you nip it in the bud and get started the easier you can let go of self pity for good.

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1. Give Yourself Compassion First

When something doesn’t go the way you want it to, instead of trying to grin and bear it, allow yourself to feel sad.

We are meant to feel a whole range of different emotions. Trying to be positive in the midst of a difficult time, means you have to stuff the real emotion down. This is not good for you or good for others, because the emotions are likely to resurface at a later time.

Allow yourself to really feel what you are feeling. Be compassionate with yourself just as you would with a dear friend or loved one. Reach out to others and ask for support if you need it. And let others be there for you when they want to be.

This enables you to really connect with your emotions and feel supported. And when you do this you are less inclined to resort to feeling sorry for yourself later.

Start taking up these 13 Simple Habits to Cultivate Self-Compassion.

2. Become Aware of the Pain of Self Pity

There is a turning point between a healthy feeling of hurt and sadness and moving onto self pitying. And because it feels good to begin with, it’s easy to miss the turnaround.

Feeling sorry for yourself not only creates pain for you but it creates pain for others too. Not many people want to be around you if you are always down. Or they could even feel guilty for being happy around you.

It’s not long before your friends begin to avoid you, because it doesn’t feel good to be around you. Instead of seeing that as something else to feel hurt about, become aware of the pain you are creating for yourself.

No one can make you feel anything, only you control the way you feel. Become aware of the pain you are creating and make a firm decision to change it.

3. Refuse to Be a Victim

Victim mentality is quite often the cause of self pitying behavior. It’s called the drama cycle and for some reason we choose to blame someone or something else for the way we feel.

The drama cycle initially feels good, because as a victim, someone else tries to save us from our problems. This means we feel nurtured and it’s nice to know someone cares about us. We feel significant.

The thing is this destructive cycle can become quite addictive and plays havoc with our relationships. Most people don’t want to associate with someone who looks for a personal negative on everything they say and do. And the person who is constantly rescuing begins to feel tired of the extra responsibility.

Decide that your relationships are too important to risk damaging them. Make a stance and refuse to be a victim. Handle things like a responsible adult would and look for your part in any situation.

4. Change the Hidden Question That Keeps You Stuck

As humans, we ask ourselves questions all the time. In fact, it is the basis of our internal communication. And the answers we receive are based on the quality of the questions.

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The question victims most often ask themselves is “Why?”

“Why is this happening to me?”

“Why did she do that?”

“Why did he say that to me?”

The problem is these are low quality questions. And because our unconscious mind immediately answers those questions, it will give low quality answers. For example;

“Because you’re not good enough..”

“Because she doesn’t like you”

“Because he doesn’t value you.”

Any question beginning with “Why” will keep you stuck in your current situation feeling like a victim.

Make a decision to banish the word “Why” from your vocabulary and replace it with words like “What”, “How” and “When”.

For example;

“What can I do to get a different outcome?”

“When will I contact her and explain how I feel?”

“How can I change the situation?”

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As you change the quality of your questions, you will notice how much more empowered you feel regardless of the actions of others.

5. Take Responsibility for Your Perception

There’s a multitude of ways we can see a situation. But if you regularly hold pity parties, it’s virtually guaranteed you only see things in a certain way.

The way we filter information influences the way we perceive things, and this is based on past and present experience. So if we have consistently seen things in a negative way in the past, it’s likely we will continue to do so unless we bring awareness to the table.

Psychotherapist and international expert on mental strength Amy Morin states that our emotional state influences how we perceive reality.

And the way we perceive reality also affects how we feel, so it’s a self perpetuating cycle.

No one makes us see anything the way we choose to see it. And in my experience the way we initially view things, is often not what is really happening at all.

Our perception creates our reality and by changing our viewpoint, we are able to change any experience.

Take responsibility for the way you are viewing a situation and challenge yourself to see it in a different way.

If you feel troubled by an experience, get yourself a sheet of paper and write a list of every perception you can think of. You will be surprised at how off the mark you initially were.

6. Embrace Courage and Be Kind to Yourself

It takes courage to hold up the mirror and look at our part in things, but this is the only way to sustainably change. This is because we only ever have complete control and influence over ourselves.

There are always two parts in any situation, whether it’s a disagreement with someone else or that job you didn’t get. And when we look at our part, we gain insights on how to change or improve next time.

Holding up the mirror doesn’t mean beating yourself up for your mistakes. This is just another form of self pity.

Be kind to yourself in this process. Observe yourself and give yourself advice as you would a trusted friend.

As you do this, you will notice your self-pity decrease and self-empowerment increase. You will always gain personal growth and benefits from each circumstance.

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7. Acknowledge the Good in Your Life

The main mindset of self-pitying behavior is to have a negative default. This means we rarely look at the good things we have in our life.

Because of this, the fastest way to turn this around is to make it a practice to regularly focus on the good. You may have heard this before and that’s because it’s true.

I am a big believer in keeping a gratitude journal and have been doing this daily for eight years. It certainly keeps me on track with acknowledging the good.

Begin each day by writing down 5 to 10 things you are grateful for. Make them different things each day. From the simple things like the drinking water coming out of your tap to the bigger things like your pay cheque arriving.

You can also do this out on your daily walk or driving to work. Instead of being lost in your thoughts at those times, stay aware. Actively look for things to be grateful for like the trees or rain.

As you practice the attitude of gratitude you change your automatic default from negative to positive.

8. Notice Others Less Fortunate

With all the disasters happening in our world right now, it’s easy to find examples of others less fortunate. This is comparison used in a positive way.

That person you thought spoke rudely to you yesterday is a minute hurt compared to people currently losing their homes in fires globally. That is huge pain. They’re trying to put their lives back together and help others right now.

Instead of feeling wrapped up in your own despondency, look for ways you can help others and make a difference.

Contribution is one of the fastest ways to feeling good and taking your attention away from yourself. It builds huge positive connection with others. You will feel like you are doing good in the world and see you are making a difference.

This is good for you, good for others and good for the greater good. And you will notice your self-confidence and empowerment soar.

Final Thoughts

Self pity isn’t a good or bad thing; it just doesn’t work over the long term. The more we feel sorry for ourselves, the more inclined we are to keep repeating unwanted circumstances.

Life will never be easy all the time, because that’s not why we are here. As humans, we are here to experience variety, which includes pleasure and problems. And within each unwanted issue is the opportunity to grow and create a better life.

Give yourself support and look for solutions to create the life experiences you deserve. From this standpoint, your problems will no longer have the hold on you they once had.

More Positive Vibes

  • 11 Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude
  • How to Think Positive Thoughts When Feeling Negative
  • How to Gain Confidence and Really Boost Your Self Esteem

Reference

^ The Independent: Why Self Pity Is Bad for Your Health
^ Psychology Today: 9 Ways to Get Past Self Pity

For some people, putting in the hard work that it takes to stay fit is as natural as sleeping, eating, and breathing — it’s a necessary part of their life.

For the rest of us, finding the motivation to finish that last set of burpees isn’t so easy. There are plenty of distractions keeping us from fulfilling our full fitness potential. That top level might not be a set of six-pack abs or a 400-pound bench press; just putting the work in when you want to quit can be enough.

When you don’t feel like you can finish another rep, or when you just don’t want to get up for that 5 a.m. wakeup call, just remember these words of wisdom from some of the fittest men who have ever walked the earth. These 25 quotes will help you to power through the pain, inspiring you to be the best version of you possible.

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“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion.”

“There is no magic pill”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger, seven-time Mr. Olympia

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“In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.”
– Rich Froning Jr., CrossFit Games champion

“You shall gain, but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit.”
– Pavel Tsatsouline, chairman of StrongFirst and father of the modern kettlebell movement

“There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best.”
– Ronnie Coleman, eight-time Mr. Olympia

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“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”
– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor and pro wrestler

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“There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.”
– Hugh Jackman, actor and member of the 1000-pound lift club

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“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”
– Sylvester Stallone, actor

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“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”
– LeBron James, three-time NBA Championship winner

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“I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.”
– J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans

“Most people give up right before the big break comes — don’t let that person be you.”
– Michael Boyle, performance coach to the 2013 World Series Championship Red Sox and owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning

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“I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve — not only to please the coach and the fans — but also to feel satisfied with myself.”
– Cristiano Ronaldo, forward for Juventus and captain of the Portuguese National Soccer Team

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“You’re going to have to let it hurt. Let it suck. The harder you work, the better you will look. Your appearance isn’t parallel to how heavy you lift, it’s parallel to how hard you work.”
– Joe Manganiello, actor and one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time

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“You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go.”
– Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and 2010 Super Bowl MVP

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“If you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.”
– Ray Lewis, two-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL Hall of Famer

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“You dream. You plan. You reach. 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, swimmer and 18-time Olympic gold medalist

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“When you have a clear vision of your goal, it’s easier to take the first step toward it.”
– L.L. Cool J., rapper and actor

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“We run for the people who think they cant.”
– Dick Hoyt, retired Lt. Colonel from the Air National Guard who pushes his quadriplegic son through over 1,000 marathons, triathlons, and Ironman races.

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“I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration, and took the time necessary to learn karate and became a world champion.”
– Chuck Norris, martial artist and actor

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“Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.”
– Jack LaLanne, bodybuilder known as the “Godfather of Fitness”

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“To keep winning, I have to keep improving.”
– Craig Alexander, Ironman World Champion

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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
– Michael Jordan, 6-time NBA Championship winner

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“I know that if I set my mind to something, even if people are saying I can’t do it, I will achieve it.”

– David Beckham, internationally renowned former soccer player

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“We must appreciate and never underestimate our own inner power.”
– Noah Galloway, former Army Ranger and 2014 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy

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“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

Muhammad Ali, champion boxer

87 Inspirational Quotes for Work (Motivation to Work Hard and Smart)

We are once again at the start of a workweek.

So I thought this would be a good time to share 87 of the most inspirational work quotes.

Quotes that will motivate you, help you to focus and work smarter and also reduce the stress and pressure you may feel at work (or in school).

These quotes have helped me many times to re-ignite my own motivation on a rough or bad day and to find a calmer and less stressed focus so I could keep working consistently towards my own goals and dreams.

I hope they will help you to do the same.

Motivational Quotes for Work

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. “
Alexander Graham Bell

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
George Lorimer

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
Dalai Lama

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”
Viggo Mortensen

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
Henry Ford

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
Denis Waitley

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
Jim Rohn

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
Dale Carnegie

“Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”
Tyler Perry

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
Zig Ziglar

“The future depends on what you do today.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Confucius

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.”
Gary Ryan Blair

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Saint Francis

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Dale Carnegie

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
Eva Young

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
William Patten

“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
Patrick Suskind

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”
Irish Proverb

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
Conrad Hilton

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”
Elbert Hubbard

”This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Alan Wilson Watts

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
Stephen R. Covey

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
Albert Einstein

RELATED: 145 Words of Encouragement

Hard Work Quotes (and Quotes about Working Smarter)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
Joseph Barbara

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”
Seneca

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Bruce Lee

“Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”
Gertrude B. Elion

“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
Olin Miller

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”
Confucius

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Stephen Covey

“Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.”
Henry L. Doherty

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”
Chanakya

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Beverly Sills

“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
Jim Carrey

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
David Allen

“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.”
Mildred Struven

“Think of many things; do one.”
Portuguese proverb

“If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”
David Allen

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
Francis Chan

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Vince Lombardi

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day.
We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.
Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird. “
Anne Lamott

“Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.”
Haile Gebrselassie

“Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.”
Margaret Fuller

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali

“There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.”
Roger Staubach

“Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.”
Brian Tracy

“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
Peter Drucker

Uplifting Quotes for a Rough or Stressful Day at Work

”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
Brian Tracy

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

“You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Dale Carnegie

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
Richard Branson

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
Hermann Hesse

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall

“It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.”
Colin Powell

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
M. Scott Peck

“The best way out is always through.”
Robert Frost

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”
Denis Waitley

“As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.”
Margaret Heffernan

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.”
Joan Collins

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
Helen Keller

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
Maya Angelou

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”
Harry Golden

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
Barrack Obama

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton

Shruti Rai

A French graduate by education and an HR person by profession Shruti was never into Fitness due to her hectic work schedule , until she got diagnosed with Thyroid 4 years back and that was the beginning of her fitness entrepreneurship careers. She started with Zumba and then there was no stopping her. Her love for staying got her to become a licensed Zumba & Piloxing instructor. She even started her own Fitness studio named “Change” which is popular for their Bollywood fitness programs.

Protima Tiwary

From ‘I need to be skinny’ to ‘I need to be strong’ Protima Tiwary has worked towards her fitness goals and achieved them. She started her fitness journey back in 2012 with running which lead to a drastic weight loss, but she realized this wasn’t about being skinny, it was about feeling strong. She slowly started including weight training in her regime which lead to another transformation. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I realized I needed to share my journey with everyone. I kept it real, I still do. I’ve learnt from my mistakes too, and I have spoken about all of it. I want everyone to know it was no superhuman feat to achieve this, it just needs discipline. I want people to know that it Really is as simple as saying “I can do it” and sticking with it. “ – Protima Tiwary

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Going to the gym often remains on the “to-do list” for some of us. Workout motivation can seem out of reach.

Of course everyone wants to have a healthy lifestyle and be in shape, but how can we keep up in this fast-paced world? A full time job, a family that needs our attention, other duties that we can’t say “no” to, and so on.

In the evenings, we often find ourselves sitting on the couch, planning our next day (no exercising on the list whatsoever) while having a late snack because we were so busy we didn’t find the time to eat. Then comes the guilt…

Sadly, we start cutting-off things that we should actually do for ourselves and this always leads to negative outcomes. But how can we perform at our best if our bodies start to fail us?

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay fit or just clear your mind after a busy day at work, fitness should become an important part of your life. Words are powerful so a few workout motivation quotes might be that “something” you need to make it a priority.

And don’t be disappointed for not getting the results you want super fast. When it comes to getting in shape, consistency is the key. You must stick to your workout routine even if you really don’t feel like it. For more motivation, you can always come back and re-read the workout quotes we’ve prepared for you.

Better yet, choose your favorite one, create a text image and use it as a wallpaper on your phone. Just a small trick to keep you going.

Here are 20 fitness motivation quotes to help push yourself out of your comfort zone:

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

— Jim Ryun

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.

– Gene Tunney

Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.

– Khloe Kardashian

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

– Jim Rohn

Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.

– Jack LaLanne

I hate every minute of training. But i said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

– Mohammad Ali

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Do today what others won’t so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.

– Jerry Rice

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

— Sean Patrick Flanery

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

— John F. Kennedy

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

– Fred Devito

Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.

– Usain Bolt

Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

– Jerry Dunn

Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.

– Jillian Michaels

If you ever lack the motivation to train then think what happens to your mind & body when you don’t.

– Shifu Yan Lei

Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.

– George A. Sheehan

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.

– Jackie Joyner-Kersee

We must train hard. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.

– Vince McConnell

You can have results or excuses, but not both.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Remember this: Your body is your slave. It works for you.

– Jack LaLanne

75 Inspirational & Funny Fitness Quotes To Motivate Your Gym Clients

Looking for inspirational fitness quotes to motivate your gym members? Or give yourself a nudge in the right direction? Maybe you’re researching funny fitness quotes to share on social media.

Whatever your reason, this article had got you covered. We’ve compiled over 75 of the best fitness quotes that you can copy, paste, or just read quietly to yourself…

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Fitness Motivation Quotes

Positive fitness quotes and motivational sayings can give people the nudge they need to get started. Here are some of the very best…

  • We don’t need to be perfect… we just need to get started.
  • Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection – Mark Twain.
  • It never gets easier. You just get better at it.
  • Shift the focus from what your body looks like to what it can do.
  • Each day is another chance to change your life.
  • The same voice that says “give up” can also be trained to say “keep going”.
  • It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
  • It’s not until you get tired that you see how strong you really are. – Shaun T
  • You can’t out-train a bad diet.
  • A healthy lifestyle is something we refine over time, not overnight.
  • You don’t have to go fast… you just have to go.
  • Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. – Michael Pollan
  • It’s ok to fail… consistent doesn’t mean perfect.
  • The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • Have a purpose and you won’t need motivation.
  • Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Funny Fitness Quotes

Here are a few hilarious quotes to get some chuckles down at the gym…

  • I’m always weirdly proud when my pee is clear…
  • Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going! – Jillian Michaels
  • I need to get in shape. If I were murdered right now, my chalk outline would be a circle.
  • Cut carbs? Sure, I can do that… *slices bread.
  • Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping.
  • Eat clean, stay fit, and have a burger to stay sane. – Gigi Hadid
  • Sore? Tired? Out of breath? Good… it’s working.

Quotes About Why You Should Exercise

If you’re looking for wise words on the benefits of exercise, then someone else had already said it best…

  • It is health that is real wealth. – Ghandi
  • Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
  • We don’t stop exercising because we grow old… we grow old because we stop exercising
  • A person too busy to take care of their health, is like a mechanic too busy to take care of their tools.
  • You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.
  • The quality of your sleep depends on the quality of your day. – Deepak Chopra
  • Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done. – Jim Rohn
  • Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley
  • Everything you do now, is for your future.

Fitness Goals Quotes

Here are a few of the best fitness quotes about achieving our goals…

  • Our bodies are capable of anything… It’s our minds we have to convince.
  • Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.
  • If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you
  • What seems impossible today will one day become your warm up.
  • A one-hour workout is 4% of your day.

Gym Fitness Quotes

These are some popular gym and bodybuilding motivational quotes…

  • Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.
  • The best exercise is the one you actually do.
  • Remember why you started.
  • If it was easy, would it be worth it?
  • Wake up with determination. Go to be with satisfaction.
  • Strength grows in the moment when you think you can’t go on, but you keep going anyway.
  • The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit. – Tim Ferris
  • If you’re persistent you’ll get it. If you’re consistent you’ll keep it.
  • The body achieves what the mind believes.
  • Don’t wish for it – work for it.

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Female Fitness Quotes

Here are some awesome quotes from legendary women in the health and fitness industry…

  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! – Jillian Michaels
  • I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t. – Neila Ray
  • Progress not perfection. – Kimberly Snyder
  • I win or I learn but I never lose. – Marie Forleo
  • When you start eating food without labels, you no longer need to count the calories. – Amanda Kraft

Fitness Quotes By Famous Athletes

These fitness quotes by famous athletes are both inspiring and insightful on what it takes to be successful in sport…

  • You miss 100% of the shots you never take. – Wayne Gretzky
  • Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom. – Jack Lalanne
  • I train to be the best in the world on my worst day. – Ronda Rousey
  • Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart. – Gene Tunney
  • The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow. – Ritu Ghatourey
  • If you don’t practise you don’t deserve to win. – Andre Agassi
  • I didn’t have the same fitness or ability as other girls, so I had to beat them with my mind. – Martina Hingis
  • I still look at myself and want to improve. – David Beckham
  • I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die. – Serena Williams
  • I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. – Michael Jordan
  • I hate every minute of training. But I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. – Mohammad Ali
  • If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself. – Usain Bolt
  • The best abs exercise is 5 sets of stop eating so much crap. – Lazar Angelov
  • Everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. – Michael Phelps.
  • Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. – Jerry Rice
  • Practise puts brains in your muscles. – Sam Snead
  • Blood, sweat, and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn. – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

New Year Fitness Quotes

Looking for quotes to inspire people who want to exercise as part of their New Year resolutions? Here are a few to get you started…

  • Stop waiting for Monday, January 1st, or anything else. Start now.
  • A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.
  • Every day is a fresh start.
  • If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.

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How Do I Motivate Others to Exercise?

Motivating others is an art and a science. Sharing inspirational fitness quotes is one way to make people believe they can achieve their goals. But it’s probably not going to get them out of bed for that early-morning workout.

Motivation is often intrinsic so it’s not something that you can do for others. The best approach is to lead by example, inspire them to be the best version of themselves, and be ready to help when they decide to take action.

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Exercise is defined as physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy. May these quotes inspire you to exercise daily so that you may live a healthy life.

1. “Good things come to those who sweat.” Anonymous

2. “The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper

3. “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.” Anonymous

4. “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.” Anonymous

5. “Daily exercise is one of the keys to excellent health.” ATGW

6. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” Anonymous

7. “Make every workout count.” Anonymous

8. “For me, exercise is more than just physical – it’s therapeutic.” Anonymous

9. “Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.” Anonymous

10. “Don’t wish for a good body, work for it.” Anonymous

11. “Sweat is just fat crying.” Anonymous

12. “Exercise, my natural high.” Anonymous

13. “You have to exercise, or at some point you’ll just break down.” Barack Obama

14. “Even when all is known, the care of a man is not yet complete, because eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise, while possessing opposite qualities, yet work together to produce health.” Hippocrates

15. “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” Tich Nhat Hanh

16. “Running is not just exercise; it is a lifestyle.” John Bingham

17. “The body achieves what the mind believes.” Anonymous

18. “Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” Erin Gray

19. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Anonymous

20. “If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.” Robin Sharma

21. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.” Jim Rohn

22. “A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.” Anonymous

23. “Every workout counts even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Just do it.” Anonymous

24. “Exercise more. Soon, it’s going to feel amazing.” Anonymous

25. “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise.” Thomas Edison

26. “Today I will love myself enough to exercise.” Anonymous

27. “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” Thomas Jefferson

28. “Fitness starts in your head. You must choose to eat clean, exercise regularly, and treat your body with respect.” Anonymous

29. “Exercise to have fun and be healthy, not just to lose weight.” Anonymous

30. “I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

31. “Exercise is therapy.” Anonymous

32. “Remember that any exercise is better than no exercise.” Anonymous

33. “Exercise as soon as you get up, you will see what a difference it makes to your life.” ATGW

34. “Exercise equals endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Anonymous

35. “To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” Gene Tunney

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