Life coaching quotes

I love reading quotes. Quotes make me think, laugh and then think a bit more. Whenever I feel tired or lacking in motivation to reach my big goals, I go on to read a handful of quotes. It’s like Zig Ziglar said:

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.

The nature of quotes is that they usually hold a lot of wisdom, which makes them perfect to use as life coaching quotes. When the right quote is said in coaching sessions, it can really make the client relate and understand the point the quote is trying to make.

Below are a few quotes I hope that will make you think/laugh/feel inspired or generally brighten your day a bit.

The famous ones

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein

Happiness depends upon ourselves.Aristotle_Altemps_Inv8575
Aristotle

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.
Walt Disney

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Be yourself, everyone else is taken
Oscar Wilde

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
Dr. Seuss

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The not so famous ones

Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.
Earl Nightingale

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.
Brian Tracy

You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
Dale Carnegie

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.sir winston churchil
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
Robert Schuller

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Every failure is just another step closer to a win. Never stop trying!
Robert M. Hensel

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
Unknown

The successful man is the average man, focused.
Unknown

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
R. Allen

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”
George Bernard Shaw

My favorites

Below are some of my favorites quotes. These are the ones I can really relate to, as I honestly believe that they share a certain truth that touches everyone, and if we can just apply what they say to our day to day life, it will make dramatic changes in our environment.

You cannot teach humans anything.
You can only help them discover it within themselves.
Galileo

This is a quote I live by. We can’t force anyone to learn anything unless they want to be taught. You can’t coach someone to change unless they want to change. The only way to change people is to let them see for themselves that if they decide to change, their world will change as well.

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it!
Michelangelo

This one is very true. Most people are afraid to think big since they either don’t know how to reach the big goal, or they are actually fear that they WILL reach it. This makes them settle for small goals, which they are comfortable with. If you aim high and miss, you will still fall on a higher ground than if you would have aimed low.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm
Winston Churchill

I think that Churchill is one of the greatest leaders in history, and someone we can all learn from. That saying emphasizes one of the most basic principles of success which is persistence. You never fail unless you stop trying, and when you realize that then the path to success really comes down to keep trying to reach your goal and learning from your failures along the way.

Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.
Dr. SeussDr Seuss and the Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss has a knack of taking the most basic principles in life and explains them in a way a child will understand – he actually made a career out of it :).
In this quote, he captures one principle that I really like, which is focusing on the positive. Every event has both positive and negative effects. Sometimes the negatives are more easily spotted, but if we make a conscious effort to find the good in everything we do, our life will be completely different, and our environment will change accordingly.

13 thoughts on “Life coaching quotes

  1. Josh

    Exceptional Post here Ido! I LOVE motivational quotes, quotes by historical people who have been through hardship just like you and I, Making analogies and sayings from these hard times in which others can relate and find motivating towards their personal goals.
    I have always been a avid fan of Oscar Wilde’s quotes, such strength within words

    A true Wordsmith! 🙂
    Great work, keep it up.

    Josh

    • ido

      Thanks Josh!

      Hearing the things great people throughout times said, and relating those things to my life always makes me feel empowered and gets my motivation levels up.

  2. Geat quotes! One of my favourites, which I use a lot with patients is from Winston Churchill – If you’re going through hell, keep going. Thanks.

    • ido

      I don’t think I heard that one.
      Nice one.

      Thanks!

  3. I love these quotes! I haven’t heard of most of them but they all are really powerful and meaningful.
    Even great people have failures in order to reach the successful point that they are in now. That’s how we learn and improve ourselves. The quotes are both enlightening and motivational. Great post!

    • ido

      Thank you Andy.

      Quotes inspire me as well, and sometimes when I feel lack in motivation, or when I start doubting myself, I remember Churchil’s quote above.
      Even the greatest people in history had bad days, and doubts, they just dealt with them and kept on going.

  4. Hey Ido,

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Thank you for sharing it. I personally enjoy the quotes of Einstein and Galileo Galilei. There is just something really special about those individuals that I truly admire.

    They are the dreamers and I love to dream big just like them. “Imagination is more important than knowledge” is just one of the wisest quote that I have ever heard in this lifetime and one that I think should be more widely known in this day and age.

    Galileo was just a different human being; he gave the world so much, yet he was prosecuted and put under house arrest. So sad to know that that had to happen to him. I will be memorizing his quote that you shared because I think that it is so powerful and very true.

    I also have a question about one of the not so famous quotes that you mentioned: “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone by R. Allen”. There is also another quote that I know that sounds very similar to it. It goes like this: “Everything you want is just on the other side of fear”. Do you know who was responsible for that quote?

    Thanks again and I will be coming back to your website for sure!

    Warm regards,
    Jason.

    • ido

      Thanks Jason!

      The quote you mention was made by Jack Canfield which is best known as co-authoring “Chicken Soup for the Soul”.
      He is a great speaker as well, and a great inspiration for many people.

      • Fantastic! Thank you Ido. Keep up the good work.

  5. Tyler

    It really is amazing what motivation or life lessons you can find in history. Every successful person struggled, endured hardship, and failure, but they kept pushing through. Like Winston Hensel said “Every failure is just another step closer to a win”

    Thanks for sharing, really appreciate the time and effort you put into this.

    • ido

      It’s exactly like you point out!

      As a matter of fact, what distinguishes the successful people from the masses is the fact that they experience failures along the way, but keep persisting in achieving their goals.

      I think that listening to people who has already “been there and done that” can really motivate in reaching our own goal.

  6. Michael

    Hi Ido. I often find quotes like these make me pause for a moment to think about how lucky I am in my life, what I have achieved, and what also lies ahead of me. Whenever I meet an obstacle in my career or personal life, I often look to quotes like these for inspiration. It really brings everything into perspective.

    • ido

      I can totally relate to what you are saying. When I’m going over quotes of great people I keep thinking to myself: If he did it by thinking and acting like that, if I do the same, I will reach the same results.
      It always brings the motivation levels up.

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