08/09/2010 03:15 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

How to Motivate Yourself: 21 Quotes to Help You Refocus and Renew

Quotes are a wonderful source of inspiration. Many people collect quotes (myself included) or display them in their physical space as personal reminders. I love reading quotes when I need an energy boost or a little help getting motivated to tackle my daunting to-do list. For this post, I decided to share the quotes I return to most often to spark my motivation.

Mindful Reading Tip!
Try reading the quotes slowly. Allow your eyes to gently soften then close after you read each one, visualizing the words and what they mean to you. Just like a delicious piece of cake that you want to savor! But not all cakes are created equal, so taste this collection and notice if one outshines the rest. Then, sit with that quote for a couple of minutes and let its words work their magic! Below are 21 curated quotes just for you!

The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. -John Burroughs

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. -Harold B. Melchart

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. -Dale Carnegie

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. -John Henry Newman

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Albert Einstein

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? -Marianne Williamson

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao-Tzu

Things do not change; we change. -Henry David Thoreau

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. -G.K. Chesterton

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -St. Francis of Assisi

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. -Confucius

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 which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller

The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one. -Elbert Hubbard

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. -James Gordon

You have to get to the point where going for it is more important than winning or losing. -Arthur Ashe

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. -Louis Pasteur

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. -Ambrose Redmoon

Often you just have to rely on your intuition. -Bill Gates

It's easier to live with disappointment than regret. -Andre Agassi

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. -J. Pierpont Morgan

Did you have a favorite quote? Do you have another quote to add to the mix? Please share!

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Thank you to @chadrem and @SafetyInNumbers for contributing to this post on Twitter!

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