I admit it. I’m a self-help nut. Just ask my friends and family and they’ll tell you that I am on this constant quest to become the best version of me possible, which often entails reading a multitude of non-fiction books about how to overcome my challenges and listening to podcasts designed to give me either new health and wellness information or at least a new outlook on life.
However, one thing I also enjoy is taking in positive quotes for women. I find these particularly enlightening because it seems like there is so much negativity in the world today. You can’t even turn on the news or scroll through social media without seeing stories or opinions that are more sad than happy, more pessimistic than optimistic, and more hurtful than caring.
That’s not the kind of person I want to be, so I tend to focus on the good things in life instead. That’s where my positive quotes for women come in to play. What is one of my favorites?
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. ~ Patricia Neal
I firmly believe that staying positive can not only prevent, but also cure many ails. No, I don’t think that you can just think your way out of cancer or diabetes or some other major disease, but I have experienced many times when keeping an optimistic outlook seemed to help me get rid of my cold sooner or get over some other minor ailment more quickly.
Even top healthcare agencies such as Johns Hopkins admit the power of positive thinking when it comes to achieving higher levels of health and wellness by way of reducing the risk of major health issues such as heart attack or coronary artery disease. Claret Medical adds that staying positive also strengthens your immune response, lowers your risk of depression, and helps you better cope in periods of stress.
To see this in action for yourself, the next time you’re on the couch or lying in bed sick, repeatedly tell yourself, “I am healthy. I am strong. I will feel better in no time.” See what it does. When I do this, I find that it instantly energizes me and makes me feel better. My hope is that it does the same for you.
I’m not the only one who loves positive quotes for women either. So, here are some other quotes to consider, such as this one, which is inspiring to one of my fellow writers:
If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family. ~ Mother Teresa
Allyson Baughman is a brand storyteller and she says that she loves this quote because “it keeps me honest.” What does she mean by this?
“Too often, I get caught up in the energy of my work,” says Baughman. “I see what I do making a difference, and I want to do more. And more. And more. But, I’ve got two phenomenal young kids at home, and a phenomenal husband. Nothing I do at work matters if the most important people in my life feel like they’re getting my leftovers.”
Baughman goes on to explain that she reminds herself that, though Mother Teresa inspired thousands of young women during the course of fulfilling her ministry, when these women flocked to her, she turned them away. She sent them “back to their children, back to their husbands, back to their real work,” says Baughman.
So, when she is tempted to make her days even longer, “when I’m tempted to write one more thing before going home,” she says, “this quote stops me. Saves me. And, I’m grateful.”
Maybe this sounds familiar to you? Maybe you’re also the type of woman who wants to do more and more and more, even at the expense of everything—and everyone—else?
If so, perhaps it’s time to put that same passion, that same drive, into the people around you versus putting it into your work. If Mother Teresa was right (was she ever wrong?), you’ll likely feel happier because of it.
Avivit Ben-Aharon, founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of Great Speech Inc, says that she has many positive quotes that also help her get through her days. Here are some of the ones she loves most:
Everything is figureoutable. ~ Marie Forelo
Ben-Aharon says, “When an issue arises at work, I chant this because it reminds me that I am a solution-based entrepreneur and it helps me focus on solutions rather than the problem, [which] is more effective.”
Isn’t this so true? When an issue arises, it is easy to become so fixated on that problem that you just can’t see the solution. Yet, there is always a solution. It might not be an easy one, but it is a solution nonetheless.
For example, if you’re struggling with a particular co-worker or client, one option is to talk to them in an attempt to work out your differences. If that doesn’t work, another option is to let that client go or find a new job.
Admittedly, these last two solutions wouldn’t be easy to do, but they are still solutions. You are never stuck where you are because there’s always another way. All you have to do is figure out what that way is and decide whether you want to take it.
When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. ~ Tony Robbins
Ben-Aharon says that she likes this quote because of its ability to “direct the mind to focus on what’s really important.” And what’s really important? The things that are going good in your life.
We all have troubles, or situations that challenge us to the core. Yet, if that is all that you focus on, your body and mind stay in a state of fear. You start playing the “what if?” game, constantly telling yourself everything that could potentially go wrong.
Fortunately, if you change your approach by becoming grateful for things in your life, those are what magnify instead. You begin to see more and more blessings around you, which makes it easier to stay positive, even when things aren’t going as well as you’d like.
It’s similar to when you buy a new car and suddenly you see that same model (maybe even the same color) all over. It isn’t that more people have started buying that same car when you did, but more so that your mind has become more aware of it, making it appear in your life more often.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. ~ Alice Morse Earle
“Today is our present,” says Ben-Aharon, “and I remind myself every day not to take my present for granted and not to focus on the past or worry about the future.”
Though this isn’t always easy to do, Ben-Aharon admits that this is probably the biggest thing she struggles with, it is amazing how much better you feel when you approach each moment in life as if it should be cherished. And it should because tomorrow is never promised.
The Ecology Global Network shares that 105 people die each minute. So, if it has taken you five minutes to read this article, more than 500 people have perished in that time. Did these people know they were going to die? Maybe. Maybe not.
Don’t wait until you’re on your death bed to appreciate the things you have in your life today. This means, don’t wait until tomorrow to wear that favorite dress or to use your grandmother’s favorite platter. Do those things today.
Life is too short to keep putting important things off until tomorrow because tomorrow will never come. And it’ll make your todays so much happier when you live as if it is your last day on earth. That way, if it is, you’ll know that you lived it in a way that is consistent with your best self, the self that you want others to always remember you for being.