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Aleksandr Noudelman | 10 Inspirational Quotes for Positive Change

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By Aleksandr Noudelman


These inspirational and famous quotes have the ability to change your mindset so that you can live a more effective and content life. Use them for at least one month and then see how much has changed for the better.



1. David Livingston on Moving Forward

“I will go anywhere as long as it’s forward.” ~ David Livingston

This is one of my favourite positive quote that can be easily used each day to remind ourselves that the best way to go is to move forward. There’s no going back and there’s no standing still, onward we must go. So many times we get brainwashed into a sense of comfort of complacency, but you have to keep the fires burning and the engine rolling.


2. Elbert Hubbard on Positive vs. Negative

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

It doesn’t matter what your focus is on as long as it’s positive and is something you can focus your attention on. You don’t need to hundreds, if not more, of positive things taking place in your life at a given time. You just need one positive thing that you can think about again and again to maintain your content state. In fact, even if you have a bunch of negative things occurring in your life, you can safely ignore them all and just keep your mind on that one positive thing and all the negative things will go away.


3. Helen Keller on Sunshine and Shadows

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” ~ Helen Keller

Leave it to Helen Keller to provide an upbeat look at life. Here’s a woman that could just as easily have given up on life, born deaf and blind. Many of us complain about how hard life is and we don’t have anything holding us back. Imagine how hard it would be to have a positive attitude when it seems life dealt you a pretty low hand. But she made the most of it and she has plenty of quotes that help people live better lives today.


4. Oprah Winfrey on the Power of Changing the Future

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey”

Oprah is a household name all across the world. She hosted her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired from 1986-2011. She is also an accomplished actress, producer and philanthropist. An influential and powerful woman, she has served as an inspiration to millions. She has a large following worldwide. Most of her childhood was mired by tragedies and misgivings. One day, she decided to make the change and that change led her to the success she sees today. You can do the same.


5. Zig Ziglar on the Importance of Positive Thinking

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Positive thinking infuses our actions with a positive charge and makes all of the things we do better. Negative thinking has just the opposite effect, it saps us of energy and makes everything we do more of a struggle than ever before. You won’t believe the difference when you switch over to being positive from being negative. It might take some time, but eventually you’ll hit the tipping point and then everything will shift. You can spend a lot of time and effort in vain if you have negative thinking.


6. Seth Godin on Optimism

“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” – Seth Godin

The quote was taken from Godin’s book Linchpin. In the book, Seth Godin teaches us that our ability to be a linchpin, to become the purple cow is about the positive relationship and interaction we build with others. He encourages us to follow our creative instincts, practice humanity, show love to others, and foster our uniqueness and talents


7. Colin Powell on the Power of Optimism

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” ~ Colin Powell

When you’re always optimistic you give yourself the greatest chance of success. Here Powell is saying that it multiplies the force of your efforts many times over. This means that if you take the same action, but do it once in a mindset of optimism and once in a mindset of pessimism the outcomes will be very different. The action you take with an optimistic mindset will be far more effective and produce much better results. The trick is always having this mindset even after a failure.


8. Abraham Lincoln on Roses and Thorns

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

It’s so true that most people describe the thorn as being the prickly part of the rose instead of the rose being the beautiful and sweet smell part of the thorn. It’s really a matter of how you look at it, so why not always take the positive side of things and give it the most magical spin you can. It is what it is, a plant that has both positive and negative to it, much like life, so which part do you want to focus on?


9. Thomas Edison on Our Greatest Weakness

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

It happens to the best of us and sometimes it can have a bad effect, depending on the way we react to it. Failure, like many other things, is something we have got used to over the years or not. To some it has become a lifestyle, an ingrained habit we just can’t break ourselves from if we don’t have the right mindset. The greatest example, when it comes down to failure, is Thomas Edison. He failed more than 10,000 times before he created the light bulb.


10. C. S. Lewis on When You’re Too Old

“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” ~ C. S. Lewis

It’s easy to think that the time has passed us by to set a new goal or have a new dream. Maybe we’ve reached some of our goals and now we seem like we’re just coasting along. Or maybe you think you’re too old to get started on some great work. This is a quote for those that feel they’re past the point of starting up anything new. It should spark a new fire and get you dreaming and goal setting again. Always have a goal and a dream to pursue as this is when you’re at your happiest.


About Aleksandr Noudelman

Aleksandr Noudelman is a Digital Marketing Manager with over 7 years of experience in social media marketing, copywriting, digital marketing, search engine marketing and education. Feel free to contact Aleksandr Noudelman if you have any questions or would like to see a particular topic covered.

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