If you want to succeed in achieving your goal, you also need to set your mind to it. These growth mindset quotes will inspire you to get on the path of self-resistance and become unstoppable.
I have been working on my mindset for a long time now and it changed my entire view of the world completely. I have been reading books by the greatest achievers and thinkers. And I have turned around the way I understand the reality around me and how we function.
The first biggest change that I have made which brought me to pursue my dream life, (and live it) is the understanding that we are 100% responsible for what happens to us, not the system, not God, not our insensitive companion, or a retrograde Mercury.
It’s all us and the choice we make. Because, yes, we always have a choice, even when you think you don’t.
Once we understand this simple concept and we work towards changing our thoughts and our choices, that’s when the magic happens.
Mind though, that it is just the starting point, not the finish line. And it’s not easy. It is a constant nurturing of your mind with understanding and learning. Believing in your capability but also working hard towards what you want.
It’s about understanding that if it doesn’t work, it’s not because of the system, or the others, it’s because you are doing something wrong that needs to be changed, or that we needed to learn a lesson. The process is different for anyone.
We need to know ourselves well enough to understand it. Nobody can tell us more than we can.
The concept of Growth Mindset has been studied and defined by Standford University researcher Carol Dweck who says (quote):
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
Isn’t it relieving to know that it’s all about putting in the work and not about the talents you were born to?
These quotes that I am about to share are not only inspirational but real actionable suggestions on how you should approach life and make your choices in order to be successful in every aspect of your life.
And no, even if you hear the overrated phrase “law of attraction” I can it is not fluffy stuff.
Your thoughts influence your actions which shape your reality. It’s based on logic, not pure fantasy. And yes you’ve got to do the work. Like my favorite human and fervent supporter of the law of attraction, Jim Carrey said, “you cannot just believe in it and go eat a sandwich!” You’ve got to do the work!
I love to take notes of phrases from the books and articles that I am reading that I find significant or strike a chord. So I thought I should put them together with the hope to help you get inspired too!
101 Growth mindset quotes
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Eleonore Roosevelt
“Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try”. Jack Canfield
More quotes by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is the author of great motivational and self-help books such as
Some of his famous and effective quotes, that I have personally embraced, even before meeting him are:
“If you get clear on the what, the how will be taken care of.”
“You only have control over three things in your life—the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take (your behavior).”
“If you are going to be successful, you need to give up the phrase, “I can’t” & all of its cousins, such as “I wish I were able to.”
“Avoid Toxic People Until you reach the point in your self-development where you no longer allow people to affect you with their negativity, you need to avoid toxic people at all costs. You’re better off spending time alone than spending time with people who will hold you back with their victim mentality and their mediocre standards. Make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive, nourishing, and uplifting people—people who believe in you, encourage you to go after your dreams and applaud your victories. Surround yourself with possibility thinkers, idealists,”
“All you have to do is DECIDE what you want. BELIEVE you DESERVE IT, and PRACTICE the success PRINCIPLES.”
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.”
“When you do something you love with passion and perseverance, you are already a success. Even if you never hit the big time, who cares?”
“If you are going to be a winner, you have to acknowledge the truth—it is you who took the actions, thought the thoughts, created the feelings and made the choices that got you to where you now are. It was you!”
“Success consists of going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
“You will never become successful as long as you continue to blame someone or something else for your lack of success.”
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
“If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” Robert Fitz
More quotes by Robert Fitz, from his book
“In the creative process, you do not make choices about what you do not want. You make choices about what you do want, and all that is left is compromise.”
“You can get rid of all your problems and still not have what you want.”
Other powerful quotes from different authors and outstanding human beings
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, and no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” Confucius
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” EE Cummings
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
“Success is not an accident. Success is a choice.” Stephen Curry
“It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.“Theodore Roosevelt
“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” – Helen Keller
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet. In order to learn how to do it.” Vincent Van Gogh
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
Vincent van Gogh
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent van Gogh
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” ― Émile Zola
“I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.”
― Vincent van Gogh
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein
“What you feed your mind, will lead your life.”
― Kemi Sogunle
“We ought to relentlessly ignore excuses, especially those we are told by ourselves.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
— Louise L. Hay
Considered by some as “the closest thing to a living saint” Louise Hay was an incredible human being and one of the founders of the self-help movement. She has recently passed away but she left a beautiful legacy and continues to share her deep knowledge and love through her books.
The first one, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, has been revised and expanded in 1988, and has been translated into 25 languages throughout the world. It continues to leave her mark and help people overcome difficulties, mental and physical. She is an inspiration to follow, especially if you know her personal story.
More Growth Mindset Quotes by Louise Hay
“Every thought we think is creating our future. “
“I am willing to release the need to be unworthy. I am worthy of the very best in life, and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it.”
“If I want to be accepted as I am, then I need to be willing to accept others as they are.”
“When there is a problem, there is not something to do, there is something to know.”
“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.”
” ‘All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation, only good will come. I am safe.‘ It will work miracles in your life.”
“Responsibility is our ability to respond to a situation. We always have a choice.”
“I found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to love yourself.”
“If a thought or belief does not serve you, let it go!”
The Compound Effect
I have been recently reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and I found it extremely powerful and with many inspirational thoughts but also actionable tips. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
“Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”
“You alone are responsible for what you do, don’t do, or how you respond to what’s done to you.”
“Forget about willpower. It’s time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.”
On the power of “why,” a great book is Start with Why by Simon Sinek
“It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.”
And here is what I also think about being lucky:
“The (Complete) Formula for Getting Lucky: Preparation (personal growth) + Attitude (belief/mindset) + Opportunity (a good thing coming your way) + Action (doing something about it) = Luck”
“Your biggest challenge isn’t that you’ve intentionally been making bad choices. Heck, that would be easy to fix. Your biggest challenge is that you’ve been sleepwalking through your choices.”
“The real cost of a four-dollar-a-day coffee habit over 20 years is $51,833.79. That’s the power of The Compound Effect.”
“Consistency is the key to achieving and maintaining momentum.”
“There’s nothing wrong with ordinary. I just prefer to shoot for extraordinary.”
Damn, I loved this book so much! I actually got the Audiobook and it’s narrated by the author himself and it feels like he’s talking to you. So powerful!
“If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.”
OK, enough of that! just go and get yourself the Compound Effect book!
More growth mindset quotes on gratefulness and taking responsibility for your actions
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” Oprah Winfrey
Oprah has a lot to say on the growth mindset topic. Here are some of her best quotes.
“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it.”
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
“One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.”
“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.”
“Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural.”
Growth mindset quotes by the great Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ― Walter Bagehot
“Unless we take that first step into the unknown, we will never know our own potential!” ― Allan Rufus
“We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’t.” – Frank A. Clark
“If you find a path with no obstacles it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. But it is the ability to resist or use failure that often leads to success.” – J.K. Rowling
I speak about the ability to persist and be consistent and persistent in my article on the 8 blogging mistakes to avoid if you want to become a successful blogger
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” ― Thomas Watson
“Effort is grossly underrated.” — Gary Vaynerchuk
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”― Anais Nin
“The best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” ― Wallace Wattles
“I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could.” ― Carol Dweck
“Genius is not enough; we need to get the job done.” ― Carol Dweck
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas Edison
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ― C. JoyBell C.
“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.”
― Erica Jong
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” Jane Austin
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Jack Sparrow
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ― Mark Twain
“Courage is found in unlikely places.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
“The past has no power over the present moment.” — Eckhart Tolle
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” —Eckhart Tolle
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle
“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” Eckhart Tolle