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Be Inspired by Daily Quotes!

How do you keep yourself motivated? One way to maintain motivation is to read a daily inspirational quote for a daily dose of inspiration. For a change from the usual, quotes by women can be especially stimulating and thought-provoking!

First, why read a daily quote? Daily inspirational quotes can inspire, inform, motivate, encourage, nourish, entertain, validate, and at times, challenge us. While some quotes are religious in nature, many are not. The best quotes will have us considering their underlying meaning and how this meaning relates to our own lives and values.  In many cases, quotes will inspire us to action.

Another reason to read a daily quote is because it can introduce some positivity and inspiration into your life. It’s been shown that positive thoughts lead to positive actions. When you think and feel more positively, you approach life with a happier outlook and with renewed enthusiasm and energy. Freshly inspired, you are more open to new options and possibilities. Daily quotes by inspiring people can also make you feel more connected to the shared human condition.

Second, why quotes by women? Quotes are not inherently sexist –  a good quote, by either a man or a woman, can inspire men and women alike. There are certainly very compelling and powerful quotes by men. Quotes by men are well-documented and recycled, with many of them a little too familiar. There is something wonderful about encountering a less familiar quote that surprises us with a new observation.

Throughout the centuries, women have always had something to say but they haven’t always had the chance to be heard. One only needs to skim any general quote collection to see that most (usually 90% or more) of the quotes are by men. This is true even when the topic is women!

Women speak not only to the human condition but also to the uniquely feminine experience. By their words of wisdom and witticism, they encourage other women to celebrate themselves and to transcend discrimination and stereotypes. Review a collection of quotes by women and you will see that they are subtly yet distinctively different from their male counterparts.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from Women with Spirit: Daily Quotations by Inspiring Women (Compiled by Georgiana Carollus, 2012, distributed by Amazon):

“I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And, from that moment, my life changed.” Shirley MacLaine, American actor, activist, and writer, 1934-

“Hope is a renewable option: if you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.” Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist and poet, 1955-

“Let me listen to me and not to them.” Gertrude Stein, American writer and playwright, 1874-1946

Add  positivity and motivation to your life by beginning a practice of reading daily inspirational quotes!

Gift Yourself with Daily Inspirational Quotes

Would you like to start your day on a positive note? Consider reading an inspirational quote and gifting yourself with some inspiration before you get launched into your busy day. Reduce your stress and increase your happiness by introducing some positivity into your life right from the beginning of the day!

On a daily basis, we are all exposed to negative and fear-based messages. Most of us are strongly influenced by this negativity and the greatest struggle we have is maintaining our commitment, motivation, and persistence. We may have a vision that motivates us for a while but often, before we know it, our vision is a vague memory.

How can we keep ourselves motivated and on-track? Words can be powerful motivators. Inspirational quotes by known or relatively unknown writers, thinkers, heroes, and leaders can be the spark that re-ignites our vision.

Daily inspirational quotes can inspire, inform, motivate, encourage, nourish, entertain, validate, and at times, challenge us. While some quotes are religious in nature, many are not. The best quotes will have us considering their underlying meaning and how this meaning relates to our own lives and values.  In many cases, quotes will inspire us to action.

Inspirational quotes can introduce a daily dose of positivity into our lives. Our thoughts, both negative and positive, influence our actions. When we dwell on negative thoughts, these thoughts usually generate uncomfortable feelings and emotions. It can be hard, if not impossible, to maintain motivation in the face of negativity and self-criticism.

When you read an inspirational quote that touches you, you start to think and feel more positively. When you have a positive attitude, your mind begins to access the resources of the right brain – the creative, intuitive, and non-linear part of the mind. When you feel more positive, you may often find that you approach everything with a new perspective and that you are able to generate new solutions to problems.

One of the biggest values of daily inspirational quotes, I believe, is that they offer a single, isolated idea to contemplate. Quotation collections are fine but sometimes overwhelming because they offer too much to consider all at once.

Because the range of quotes is so broad, people have different preferences and resonate with some quotes more than others. Some prefer quotes that focus on a specific topic, such as success, motivation or inspiration, while others prefer a variety of topics. When you’re starting a practice of reading daily inspirational quotes, it is a good idea to identify what you would like the quotes to help you accomplish and what kind of quotes appeal to you most. If you like quotes by women, consider subscribing to a Moment of Inspiration by the Friend Yourself Project.

Begin your practice of reading daily quotes and introduce some inspiration and positivity into your life!

 

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