19 Powerful Quotes that Motivate You to Start

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What are the best quotes that motivate you to start?

How do you get motivated to start working on your goals? 

No matter what goal you want to achieve, to even begin, you’ll need to dig deep and find your motivation.

That spark, that fire in your belly that moves you to take action. That gets you beyond daydreaming and planning endlessly.

What will it be for you? Where will you find your motivation?

For me, my motivation to start achieving my dreams and goals started with two simple (yet, life-changing) questions: Are you happy? And do you feel successful?


I wondered, why wasn’t I happy and why after multiple degrees and a “real job” did I still not feel successful? These two questions are really what got me into this (this being now a full-time blogger).  My answer to both was no, and my follow up questions to myself was, “why? And, now what?”

They’re pretty uncomfortable questions to ask yourself. And to get the truthful answer, you’ll have to lower all your walls, skip the prerecorded answers you’re used to giving everyone who asks you “what do you do?” and “how are you doing?”

Warning sign, if that question makes you cringe during small talk, something is up.

What’s scarier than actually answering those first two questions, is what your answers mean for you and your way forward. Do you ignore the truth and feel the fear? Stick your head back down into your life and continue on? Or do you do the brave thing, and wake up and find the motivated to live a life you love.

The motivation to maybe quit your 9 to 5, start a business, build a successful blog, or perhaps work from home. To just get started on whatever your dream is. 

To help you get started on building your own dream life, here are 19 quotes to motivate you to start achieving your goals. Plus, find some additional inspiration and encouragement to stop waiting and take action today!


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Finding Your Motivation to Start

Listen, they say talk is cheap, but I say planning and dreaming are free. It costs you nothing. 
Before I escaped the 9-5, I’d talked about it, dreamed about, wrote about it and really texted about it (sorry friends).
For years, I did everything but actually getting off my butt and walking (nay, running!) away from the life I hated to actually do it.

So, what changed? I was unhappy for a while.

I think about it now and I wonder if I was just impatient. Maybe I just couldn’t wait any longer? But, nope that’s not really it either. 

I wanted more, I wanted to feel alive every single day, I wanted to follow my dreams and build a life on my interests and talents. All I knew was I wanted to work hard, but for myself. I discover if I could do it and if I could actually ‘make it.’

My unhappiness turned to anger, but I didn’t stay angry, I didn’t stay stuck, I got going!

I can only imagine how much sooner I would have started my own business had I worked in a toxic workplace. 

So, what’s your motivation to start? You need to find it, connect with it and let it get you motivated! 


Give Your Life Meaning Quotes

Does your life need meaning and purpose? Want to wake up energized and excited to take on life? You need to set goals and get motivated about achieving them. It’s really that simple. Without ambition, without something to strive for you won’t find your motivation. The following quotes that motivate you to start illustrate the importance of motivation in our lives. Don’t just live, live a life worth living!


1. “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” – Les Brown



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There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Dennis Waitely



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3. “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.” – John Green


4. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan




Get Started Right Now Quotes

What are you waiting for? Why haven’t you gotten started on your goals? Start feeling your need and your desire to get started right now. Think about why it matters so much that you take action on your goals. Stop waiting for someone or something to change your life – only you can do that. This collection of quotes that motivate impress upon us the urgency and immediacy of getting motivated. 

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5. “There are 7 days in a week and “Someday” isn’t one of them” – Unknown


Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


7. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”  – J. R. R. Tolkien


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8. “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”– Plato



A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – George Patton





9. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar



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Motivational Quotes about Just Taking Action

Why’s it so hard to take action? Stop overthinking and planning every tiny detail. The only real way to get motivated to start is to get moving! Find a tiny step you can take and take it. This collection of quotes that motivate you to start illustrates how action is the key to motivation. You have to physically move yourself to build up your motivation. 


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11. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart


13. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci



Quotes that Motivate You to Work For It

Does achieving your goals and dreams seem hard? Is it too difficult for you to accomplish? Listen, the only thing standing between you and success is your negative mindset.  Yes, it’s hard work and there will be challenges as well as obstacles to success on the way. But, you can achieve your goals! This collection of quotes that motivate you to start encouraging you to get up, and get working on making your dreams a reality.  


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14. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou



Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison



16. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker


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17. “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” – Unknown


“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy


19. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser



Shareable Motivational Quotes

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What’s Your Motivation to Get Started?

Is it hard for you to motivate yourself to get started on your goals? Do you have big dreams and maybe even plans, but you just cannot find the motivation you need to begin. 

You say you want to get motivated, but all you’re doing is staying in bed, laying on the sofa watching Netflix or scrolling on Instagram is so much easier, isn’t it? 

When you’re fighting fatigue, have low energy, feeling lazy AF, and just cannot take action, it sucks. Can you relate?

Or maybe, even worse still is that you feel unhappy and unsuccessful in your career or life, but you’re afraid to get started. 

So, what about you?

Are you happy? And do you feel successful?

I dished, now you dish. You don’t have to tell me, but tell yourself.

I was finally able to face my answers towards the tail end of my stint in the 9-5. Being honest with myself with what I needed to get moving, and make better, dare I say truer, choices for myself. I challenge you to do the same!

Working a 9-5 is a choice, staying in a lifestyle or life that isn’t suited for you personally, is a choice.

Escaping that life, being brave and having faith enough in you to just get started, is also a choice. And it’s one only you can make.

What’s your favorite quote that motivates you to start?


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