Like a shot of espresso, quotes are pick-me-uppers in bite-size portions.
They’re easy to remember, like the classics, “empowered women empower women” or “she believed she could, so she did.” And they can be funny, quirky, or straight-to-the-point. But most importantly, they provide a boost of inspiration and motivation to keep you going.
So, if you’re in need of a pick-me-upper, look no further. When it comes to a woman’s spirit of empowerment, we’ve got some legendary female authors at Mindvalley. And we’ve rounded up 13 epic empowering quotes from them to fuel your transformational journey.
#1: On Forgiveness
If you are upset with someone, if you are angry with someone, if you hold a grudge against someone, the only person who is suffering is you. Just you.— Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani, co-founder of Mindvalley and author of Live By Your Own Rules
Getting hurt is inevitable. It’s a part of life we all have to face. However, many of us have trouble with the follow-up — forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the key, so the saying goes. It’s an act that’s about you, not about the person who hurt you. It’s about setting yourself free, allowing yourself to be the bigger person, and moving on without the dead weight of your past.
It’s easy to hold a grudge, but forgiveness gives you the power to access a higher level of consciousness.
#2: On Self-Acceptance
Don’t confuse acceptance with approval. The first is full of heart and the other is full of judgment.— Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of Conscious Parenting Mastery
Our greatest enemy seems to be ourselves. Unfortunately, we’re really good at judging, loathing, and rejecting every aspect of the person we see in the mirror.
It might be terrifying to accept yourself completely — the good and bad, flaws, and imperfections. But when you open up to do so, you’ll allow the light and love to shine through.
#3: On Greater Self-Love
The truth is, you are your own ‘special someone,’ and loving yourself is the first step to finding love outside yourself.— Deborah King, author of Be A Modern Master
The aim of self-love isn’t to be better or more deserving than others. Nor is its intention to make you feel ashamed for putting your needs before others.
On the contrary. Self-love is open and honest. It’s confident, warm, and caring. And it’s your fuel and foundation so that you can build the resilience to go through adversities and the compassion to give love from your overflow.
#4: On Better Self-Awareness
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.— Emily Fletcher, author of The M Word
Self-awareness is more than looking at the person in the mirror. It’s the conscious decision to be at one with your inner self.
It’s how you perceive your beliefs, thoughts, behaviors, and words as well as constantly evaluate them — do they hold you back from being the best version of yourself? Or do they empower you to rise to higher levels of consciousness and enable you to be your most authentic self?
#5: On Becoming More Authentic
Every single human being has, within, the impulse to express more of who they truly are.— Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Evolutionary Woman
Do you find it difficult to be yourself? We wear so many masks that it may be hard to figure out which one exactly is just you.
But what does it mean to genuinely be you? You may know who you are already — the version of yourself where you feel safe and comfortable in your own skin — and that’s such a wonderful thing. Becoming more authentic allows you to constantly level up with the version of yourself where you are just you.
#6: On Greater Confidence
When you believe in you, everyone else believes in you.— Marisa Peer, author of Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy for Abundance
If you feel like there’s something holding you back, chances are, it’s your self-confidence. Everyone has a lack of confidence once in a while and that can be healthy. But when it gets to the point where your negative self-talk is seriously affecting your life, it’s time to do something about it.
And Marisa Peer, Britain’s #1 therapist has a simple three-word solution: “I am enough.” The more you focus on positive words, the more it affects your cognitive function and your brain realizes you are enough.
#7: On Courage
Don’t make fear your enemy, make fear your fuel.— Lisa Nichols, author of Speak and Inspire
As Maya Angelou points out: courage is such an important virtue because it allows you to practice other virtues consistently. You can be kind, generous, fair, loving, and so on. But courage enables you to be persistent and insistent about it.
And with courage, you can do the inner work and find the confidence and authenticity to live your life with a positive purpose.
#8: On Greater Mindfulness
Life will get so much easier when you stop judging yourself and others. You lose so much energy when you judge others and it does not feel good in your heart.— Marie Diamond, author of Feng Shui for Life
We often hear about being mindful, but what is it exactly? Mindfulness is about becoming better attuned to your internal and external environment. It’s about your consciousness, awareness, intuition, as well as your perception.
Staying present is easier said than done. It does take practice and the more often you do it, the more perfect your mindfulness practice will be.
#9: On Developing Greater Positivity
The people who bring positivity to your life are the ones you should choose to invest your energy in.— Miki Agrawal, author of Zero to $100 Million
Like attracts like, as the Law of Attraction teaches. So, when you consciously put your energy into positive thoughts, you’ll attract positive outcomes.
Developing greater positivity helps rewire your brain to focus more on joy, gratitude, and awareness. And with positivity comes healing — emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.
#10: On Improving Quality of Life
It’s not the meaning of life we seek but our aliveness. Once we have that, the meaning of life is obvious.— Anodea Judith, author of Chakra Healing
When life starts to feel mundane and idle, we go looking for ways to improve it. It happens to the best of us. So, here are a few questions for you to ponder: What does your ideal life look like? How do you create a life you love?
Because a wonderful life is not just a movie. It’s also your opportunity to improve the quality of your life.
#11: On Making a Bigger Impact
You never know who needs you. Good energy is contagious. Share it.— Christie Marie Sheldon, author of Unlimited Abundance
There are so many things going on in this world right now, it can be overwhelming and stressful. Where do you even start with making a difference?
With yourself, of course. As they say on airplanes, you have to put on your oxygen mask first before you can assist others.
#12: On Alternative Healing
A smile is a natural and powerful healing force.— Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine
When you’re facing stress and anger on a daily basis, it affects your immune system. There are several ways to heal from this and one great way is energy healing.
Your body is an energy field, so practice healing techniques for a powerful energetic reboot. Smiling is one great way to start.
#13: On Unconditional Love
Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.— Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of Conscious Uncoupling
Love gives you a sense of warmth, safety, serenity, energy, and even euphoria. And unconditional love is the magical key to abundance.
It starts with self-acceptance. As you practice loving yourself unconditionally, those around you will feel that vibration, too. And, as the saying goes, love — yours, especially — makes the world go round.