30+ Motivational Words and Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Updated on December 14, 2017
A single word can help focus your intentions and motivate you to improve your life.
A single word can help focus your intentions and motivate you to improve your life.

What Are Some Helpful Inspirational Words?

Words have the power to motivate you and focus your mind on living intentionally. It's important to choose your words carefully, so I've listed a few words and quotes to help you decide what you want to improve.

1. Action

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. Believe

"Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution."

- David Joseph Schwartz

3. Clarity

"Clarity precedes success."

- Robin Sharma

4. Dare

"Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail."

- Lester B. Pearson

5. Encourage

"Appreciation can make a day - even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."

- Margaret Cousins

6. Forgive

"Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right; it makes you free."

- Stormie Omartian

7. Grateful

"I am grateful for all of my blessings."

8. Hope

"My life is full of hope and promise of beautiful things yet to come."

9. Improve

"I take an interest in continuous improvement."

10. Joy

"Joy overflows in my life."

11. Kindness

"I express myself with love and kindness."

12. Listen

"I listen to others with care, respect, and humility."

13. Mindfulness

"I act with mindfulness in every moment."

14. Nurture

"I nurture all my relationships with love, patience, and goodwill."

15. Outstanding

"I am achieving outstanding success in all areas of my life!"

16. Practice

"I practice patience and perseverance to ensure success in whatever I do."

17. Question

"I ask the right questions to progress in the right direction."

18. Release

"I release all my negative energy and want to spread positive vibes."

19. Smile

"I give the gift of a smile to everyone I meet."

20. Think

"I create my day and life with the thoughts I think."

21. Understand

"I am patient and understanding with everyone."

22. Value

"I value every opportunity I am given."

23. Winner

"I am a winner in all that I set out to achieve."

24. Excellence

"I strive for excellence in everything I do."

25. Youthful

"I stay youthful by taking care of my mind, body, and soul."

26. Zeal

"I live with zeal to spread love and cheer."

"I am ... " Sayings

Complete the sentence "I am ... " with your favorite word to motivate and inspire you!

Here are a few examples:

  • I am active.
  • I am beautiful.
  • I am creative.
  • I am dashing.
  • I am enthusiastic.
  • I am determined.
  • I am good.
  • I am happy.
  • I am impressive.
  • I am jovial.
  • I am kind.

What word would you choose to complete this sentence?

A Poem With Inspirational Words

This poem was written by an anonymous author. You can find single words or phrases you can use to draw inspiration for your own life.

One SONG can spark a moment

One FLOWER can wake the dream

One TREE can start a forest

One BIRD can herald spring

One SMILE begins a friendship

One HANDCLASP lifts a soul

One STAR can guide a ship at sea

One WORD can frame the goal

One VOTE can change a nation

One SUNBEAM lights a room

One CANDLE wipes out darkness

One LAUGH will conquer gloom

One STEP must start each journey

One WORD must start a prayer

One HOPE will raise our spirits

One TOUCH can show you care

One VOICE can speak with wisdom

One HEART can know what is true

One LIFE can make a difference

More Inspirational Resources

If you want additional quotes and inspiration, you can search the resources below to discover other words or phrases that inspire you to improve.

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    • JanaLee LM profile image

      JanaLee LM 3 years ago

      Beautiful and thought provoking lens. Loved the one about forgiveness setting us free.

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      Natalie W Schorr 3 years ago

      Inspiring lens!

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      pitlock 4 years ago

      Believe, love that one.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Really inspirational.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Grateful. Be thankful in all circumstances and your life magically transforms around you. Great lens. You have done a wonderful thing by sharing this one with us. Thank you .

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      nwmktchris 4 years ago

      Active/Activity- This word keeps my personal activity in focus. I talked about it at on a conference call at work today :)

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      semas 4 years ago

      @aesta1: Great choice of an inspiring word!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellence. It challenges me.

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      semas 5 years ago

      @Mary Stephenson: "Relax" - A great way to calm one.Thanks for sharing your one word quote.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      When things get to be too much and I am stressed I use the word "Relax". It calms me down.

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      giovi64 lm 5 years ago

      Exceptional lens!

      The word that animates me most is: ENTHUSIASM

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      knitstricken 5 years ago

      Super lens; I am GRATEFUL.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. My favorites?---Believe and Forgive. Thanks for sharing this!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this lens, it inspires me every time. - God Bless! :)

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      WhiteTigerSchools 5 years ago from 1990 Westwood Blvd Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      I like "active"

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      semas 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I think so.Sincerity is as important as kindness.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      1 word quotes is so motivating,thanks :] I have a question though:

      does SINCERITY as important as Kindness?

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      semas 5 years ago

      @achivevery: True! A very powerful one word to motivate yourself!

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      achivevery 5 years ago

      Dare is a powerful word

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love your awesome Lens - thanks for the inspirations. My word of the moment? Believe!

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      OMENA777 5 years ago

      Love this lens. Thank you.


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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      This Lens was just what I was looking for! Thanks for the useful info!

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      bloodpressureguy 5 years ago

      Improve: No one is perfect, but trying to get a little better each and every day is a great goal in life

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      lovemicheala 5 years ago

      CREATE - We are all part a fascinating creation and have the power to create!

      I love affirmations! Please check out my newbie lens on creating personal affirmations x

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Yes, Kindness. If we only had more of that, we would have everything.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Kindness....... because a simple act of kindness can transform a life!

      This lens is Angel Blessed!

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      BELIEVE - is my fav. I love this lens, and have linked to it from my lens: Secrets to success: 10 ways to stay "motivated" as an Artist. It's the little things like these that add up. I collected a bucketful of little rocks from some of my favorite places - cleaned them - wrote some one word affirmations like these on them - then placed them all over my house and property. When I happen upon them - they make me smile (and other people too).

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Believe is very powerful in my opinion. I also loved A Poem With Single Words That Inspire! Thanks. Awesome! Inspiring! Creative!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I like one word motivators that are verbs. My favorite one would be "Write!"

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      "Triumph". This word definitely motivates me wherever I am and whatever I do. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      xmen88 5 years ago

      Great quotes.

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      abundantoldasoul 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Good idea. Discipline helps.

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      SoundsOfBliss 6 years ago

      "Understand". I remember hearing once when you get frustrated with a situation like when someone's late or doesn't call, think "What else could this mean?" so this kind of condenses that. Nice lens. Thanks.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Dare, because it really pushes you to challenge your own boundaries and limits.

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      goldenprosperity 6 years ago

      ...And how are you doing today? 'funominal' A tough caregiver saying explains it all... it's just another nominal fun day, implying acceptance without complaint.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Thank you, Thank you !

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Two Words ofen great as one ! "Know Thyself !". Thank you Greece !

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      Sandyford 6 years ago

      Value is the one for me...I value everything at the moment and definitely think it's important to value what you have and the people close to you, otherwise it's easy to lose sight of the important things in life :)

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      daphnedangerlov1 6 years ago

      Believe is the one that motivates me. I love all the words you have on this lens though. I try to motivate my kids every day with affirmations and all these one word one are great.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I use the word "Discipline" to keep my mind focused on the task at hand, whether it be exercise or working on websites. :)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      one more great quotes collection from your. i love it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The right word at the right time....powerful!

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      TheresaBesaw 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorite lens. I like the magnets and I loved the poem. Just like the drop of water leaves ripples one little word can have a big effect.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      What a good way to reflect on life. Nice lens! Sundae ;-)

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      anaamhussain 6 years ago

      gratitude is the word that always puts a lot of things in perspective for me. Attitude of gratitude. great motivational stuff. bless you :)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I love your magnets and this lens! Blessed!

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      Gratitude - everything starts with it and, if you expect to get further, you have to be grateful.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      How powerful can be a single word! Thanks!

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      Fantastic! I've never heard of one word quotes before till now. Thanks for sharing.

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      marckq 6 years ago

      One word for your lens - AWESOME! thank you very much for sharing.

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      MegStewart LM 6 years ago

      very inspiring lens!

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I never really thought of one word as a quote, but I suppose it works.

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Wonder! Laugh! Sing! Dance!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great stuff!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great quotes, great designs, great lens :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      A beautiful collection of motivational one word quotes on magnets. I love that you covered the entire alphabet!

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      moonlitta 7 years ago

      oh yes... I forgot to mention Attitude for A- where I lensrolled your power words (really powerful) to my lenses on attitude...(you might miss this comment if you like:)

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      moonlitta 7 years ago

      I would use "commit" to "c" and "quality" to "q"...beautifully done! Have a great year ahead and best of luck!

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      These are really lovely. :) I love the simple graphics

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      TeacherSerenia 7 years ago

      What a great lens. Very nice. I think the one word that inspires me is - Question. I am always asking questions. That is how I learn. Knowledge is Power, right?

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      TeacherSerenia 7 years ago

      What a great lens. Very nice. I think the one word that inspires me is - Question. I am always asking questions. That is how I learn. Knowledge is Power, right?