Most of us either have or have had a behavior that we’d like to change at least once in our lives. Whether that means adjusting out patterns in relationships, striving to communicate more effectively, taking steps to stop smoking, becoming kinder to ourselves, or something else, change is a process. Quotes, mantras, and affirmations are a great way to stay focused and remind yourself what you’re striving for. So, what are some quotes you can use to motivate behavior change and put yourself in a mindset that serves you?
25 Quotes To Motivate Behavior Change
Here are 25 quotes about change to inspire you:
1# “There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus
2# “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
3# “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles
4# “If you do not change direction, you might end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu
5# “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
6# “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Y. Davis
7# “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
8# “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy
9# “Change brings opportunity.” – Priyanshu Singh
10# “Without remaining open to change, we cannot remain open to life.” – Ram Dass
11# “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” – Benjamin Disraeli
12# “One day or day one. You decide.” – Paulo Coelho
13# “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. – John Kenneth Galbraith
14# “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
15# “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
16# “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
17# “How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
18# “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” – Libba Bray
19# “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King Jr.
20# “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
21# “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
22# “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” – Madonna
23# “Change, like healing, takes time.” – Veronica Roth
24# “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu
25# “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
Self-compassion is crucial for change. If you’re struggling with change, self-compassion, or anything else that’s going on in your life, a therapist or counselor can help.
Find A Therapist
In therapy, you can talk about your goals and find solutions or skills that’ll help you facilitate change and work through any other concerns you might have. Therapy is a confidential space where you’re in control. To find a therapist, you can search the web, ask your doctor for a referral, contact your insurance company to see who they cover, or sign up for an online therapy platform with licensed providers like BetterHelp. Change is possible, and no matter how you find a therapist, you deserve to thrive. Don’t hesitate to take the first step and reach out today.