10 Quotes That Will Help You Live Your Best Life

Itxy Lopez


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Sometimes, we need a little push in the right direction. Towards our dreams, or the girl we love, or a friend we keep pushing away.

Those light shoves can come in any shape or form. A stranger might give you advice at the coffee shop, or you might watch a movie that’s all too relatable.

There’s something you want in your life right now. It might be an experience, a person, a chance.

But you’re so scared to go after it.

Maybe one of these quotes can be the push you need. Perhaps one will help you take a step toward your best life — one that makes you proud.

The Key to Great Work and Relationships

“You have to be willing to just open your chest a little too much and show rather more than is comfortable of your heart and of your mind.” — Neil Gaiman

Being vulnerable isn’t easy. Wearing your heart on your sleeve, out in the open where everyone can see, increases the chances of someone walking by and sticking a needle into it.

Vulnerability is a risk, but just like all risks, it pays off.

Honesty connects us. Truth bonds us in the same way a piece of string will unite two cans and create magic.

Trusting someone with parts you’re afraid to expose strengthens your relationship. With your partner, your family, your friends, and even your work.

When you show people who you are, say what you think, act the way you want, not everyone will approve. You’ll receive strange looks and mean words.

But you’ll also find your people. These people, the ones who’ll love and accept you as you are, matter a lot more than those who don’t.

The world is filled with liars and people who manipulate themselves to fit in with other people who manipulate themselves.

Stand out. Be brave enough to be yourself.

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

“If you immerse yourself in something, you are going to get ideas about it. But you have to do the immersing first. You’re not just sitting there, waiting for the lightning to strike.” –Margaret Atwood

One of the most popular excuses people use to avoid unfamiliar situations is, “I don’t know what to do.”

People sit on their dreams of writing books and scripts, of designing and editing, of becoming photographers and artists because they don’t know what to do. As if ideas were rain, and they fell from the sky.

As Margaret Atwood said, you can’t wait for lightning to strike.

I didn’t know what my book would be about until I started writing it. You have to grab your camera and take a picture. You have to grab a notebook and start writing, sketching, planning.

You do anything but sit there and wait. Eventually, an idea will fly by. As you keep going, working, and practicing, three more will come. Before you know it, you’re drowning in ideas.

It seems silly — to start without an idea, but that’s how it works. Accept it, and begin.

The Most Important Person In Your Life

“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” — Jorge Luis Borges

We’re always waiting.

Waiting for someone to fall in love with us and change our lives. Waiting for the Universe to hand us our deepest desires. Waiting for the day we’ll finally be happy.

Waiting as if we didn’t have the power to change our lives.

But you do. You have power, and you’re allowed to use it.

You can change your mindset and the way you view the world. You can create opportunities, and take risks on your terms. The best part is, you can do it anytime you want.

You can change your life by making a choice and taking a small step forward.

Waiting for something or someone to alter your course is like waiting for snow to fall in San Diego.

You have courage and bravery and confidence and power inside of you. It might not feel like it. You might feel as though you’re at the whim of fate or too weak, but everything you need is there.

Stop waiting. Plant your own garden.

Do You Know What It Takes to Succeed?

“We expect good to equal greatness, but good isn’t really gonna get you too far. “ — Caity Lotz

I live by these words: Good does not equal greatness.

Dreams vary. Some people want easy, comfortable lives, and others want lives that set their souls on fire.

If you want to achieve high levels of success and do what others are afraid to do, then you can’t do the bare minimum. You can’t do good enough work and expect extraordinary results.

You have to go all in and do what your goals require of you. You work hard. The results might not be great yet, but you do it anyway.

I write every day because I love it. But I also write because I want to make a full-time living and write bestselling books.

It’s not just dreams that require greatness. A good partner or friend shows up, shows they care. You don’t half-listen during a conversation or take without giving.

You fight when things get hard and do your best. You have to dedicate yourself to who you want to be.

Good enough isn’t good enough for greatness.

Are You Goals Really Impossible?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela

Everything we have now once looked impossible. Cars. Planes. Making a living online.

I’m a twenty-two-year-old woman who didn’t go to college. It should be impossible for me to make a living through writing, but it’s not.

Your dreams might look as untouchable as the sun, but they’re not impossible to reach.

Even if you’re a single mother raising two kids or a young man whose parents don’t support anything outside of the traditional lifestyle, becoming who you want is possible.

If you have a bit of skill and a will to do what you love, you have everything you need. It’ll take a lot of work and determination, but you can do it.

Just because something looks impossible doesn’t mean it is. You can break any barrier in your way. All you have to do is begin, and you’ll find out for yourself that you were wrong all along.

Stop Overcomplicating

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” — Abraham Lincoln

The first time I read this quote, I was eighteen and a recent high school graduate who had no plans for her future. These words were comforting.

Whatever I chose to do, all I had to do was be good at it.

Whether you’re an artist, a baker, a business owner, a friend, a mother, a father, just be the best you can be. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes, but as long as you strive to be as good as you can, you’re doing it right.

When it comes to passion, give it your all. Let your curiosity and enthusiasm run free, like a toddler who’s just been placed down on a field of dandelions.

Passion is beautiful. You get to learn everything about a subject, practice, succeed, and fail. It’ll make you feel alive and lucky to be able to dedicate yourself to something.

Let yourself be damn good at anything you do, and don’t worry about what anyone thinks.

The Type of Risks You Take Matter

“So, you have to ask yourselves this question. Are you willing to take a risk to do something stupid? Or are you willing to take a risk at doing something great?” — Harriet Lauler, The Last Word

Choosing the supposed safe path is never a smart option. You might not risk embarrassment or failure, but you’re risking your joy. Why would anyone gamble on happiness?

No matter what options are presented in front of you, each has pros and cons. Even the “fail-proof” options.

The question is, which risk are you willing to take?

What is “safety” worth to you if you’re not happy? If you don’t enjoy your life? You can daydream or you can live.

Both are risks, but which one is better? Know this: the people who choose the traditional option that society says is the right one are the people who end up with regrets.

They wish they could go back and have a do-over. But they can’t. Is that the life you want for yourself?

Do you want to take a risk to do something stupid or great? It’s up to you.

This Is Why You Just Do It

“You don’t know. You can never be sure. But you take the plunge anyway.” — Rachel, Imagine Me & You

The future is dark and the only way you can uncover its secrets is if you walk into it with a flashlight.

Over and over again people stop themselves because they don’t know what the results of their actions will be. They don’t know what’ll happen if they quit their jobs, propose to the love of their lives, or finally travel the world.

But when are we ever sure of anything?

If you have a desire that’s burning your soul and heart as if someone has lit a fire in your ribcage, you have to do something about it.

You’ll always be afraid, and you’ll never be ready, which is exactly why you have to do it.

Close your eyes and leap because you don’t have a choice. The desire will continue to ache. One day, the fire will consume you.

Always do what scares you. If you don’t know what you’re doing, learn. If you’re afraid of rejection, get over it. If you don’t feel ready, who cares?

You’ll never be sure of anything other than what you want. So take the plunge anyway.

How to Keep Going No Matter What

“You have to believe in your position or nothing will be driving your work. “ — Anne Lamott

The idea of giving up when your situation gets difficult is as tempting as an ice cream cone in the summer.

There will always be lots of reasons why you should quit: You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re stumbling your way through the forest and taking too long to reach the end.

Your belief in your work, your belief that what you’re doing is good for you or for the world, has to be stronger than your doubts. This is what’ll push you to keep fighting.

You need a driving force as solid as a brick wall. Sometimes, the wall will crack, but you can’t let anything knock it down.

The reasons to quit can be convincing, but if you believe in your work, that’s the only reason you need to continue. Silence everything else. Those doubts and negative voices don’t matter.

Live Like Every Day Matters (Because It Does)

“The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters.”―Jeff Olson

There’s a reason I show up, sit down at seven-thirty every day, and write. I have dreams to reach, and you can bet I’m going to do everything in my power to achieve them.

Every day matters. Every day is another chance to build momentum. All of the little actions you take build up in the end. Writing a page a day means you write 365 by the end of the year.

And it’s not just about dreams. It’s about everything you do.

Today’s the day to tell your partner you’re in love with them. Today’s the day you get off your laptop and spend time with your kid.

It’s up to you to make the most of every moment you get. Every day will look different. I’m not saying you can’t watch your show with your sisters or watch dumb videos on YouTube for laughs.

But don’t waste time on shit that doesn’t matter. Don’t scroll on social media just to pass time. Don’t avoid hard conversations. Say what you mean. Work hard. Do what makes you happy.

Everything you love to do and enjoy is important, so make time for it. Make the best out of your every day.

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