10 Inspiring Self-Improvement Quotes

Self-improvement is a lifelong commitment to being the best possible version of yourself — intellectually, physically and emotionally.  

It allows you to reach your full potential and make the most of your life.

The key to successful self-improvement is staying motivated.  

The best ways to do so include reading self-improvement books, reading inspirational quotes, and listening to useful self-help podcasts.  

To help you boost your motivation levels, this article will share the 10 most inspiring self-improvement quotes.

“You’ve got to have rules to live by, and one of mine is always say yes. Put yourself in danger of something amazing happening to you.” —Tom Bilyeu

One of the major themes of self-improvement is that you must always put yourself “out there” to grow as a person.  

You must be willing to say yes to every opportunity, even if it puts you out of your comfort zone.

This quote captures that key theme perfectly.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.” —T.D. Jakes

This wonderful quote from pastor, author and filmmaker T.D. Jakes reminds us that self-improvement and personal development can only be achieved through change.  

If we never make changes to our lives, we can only expect to stay in the same position — in that same dead end job or terrible relationship.

Embrace change and the possibilities that it brings.

“Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement” — Baltasar Gracian

Understanding your own nature is an essential part of self-improvement.  

By understanding your own strengths and weaknesses, you can learn which parts of yourself need the most work.  

This quote highlights the importance of self-knowledge and how it should be performed when you start your journey of self-improvement.

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo

Another major theme of self-improvement is that the journey never ends.  

If you are on a lifelong journey of self-improvement, you could be lying on your deathbed and still thinking of multiple ways that you could be a better person in the coming hours.

This quote from Anthony J. D’Angelo suggests that becoming addicted to the constant and never-ending self-improvement journey will deliver the best results.

“Those who seek a better life must first become a better person.” — Jim Rohn

To get a better life, you must first improve yourself.  

Only when you improve your work ethic, attitude, and compassion will you be able to have a better career, stronger relationships and the physical body you desire.

“Growth is actually contagious, so if you want to reach your goals, you’ve got to get around people who are going in the same direction you want to be going, and you will catch the success.” —Dr. Henry Cloud

It is much easier to improve yourself if you are surrounded by positive people who are already their “best selves”.  

They will encourage you to become a better person and serve as a source of inspiration.

“Leap off the fence of indecision. Get out of the ‘Want to Lane’ and put yourself into the ‘Got to Lane.’” —Gloria Mayfield Banks

This great quote tells us to make our personal goals essential to our lives.   

Don’t sit back and think “I’d like to be a better spouse” or “I want to forge a successful career”.  

Make your goals “I must be a better spouse and I must have a career I love”.

“The dreaming has to be backed up by the doing.” —Carrie Wilkerson

This simple quote is one that you should memorise immediately.  

Whenever you embark on a journey of self-improvement, you will start by establishing some goals and devising a plan of attack.  

However, it’s crucial that you do more than just plan how to achieve these goals — you must put your plans into action.

In many cases, the planning component is the easy part of self-improvement.  

You need ensure the “the doing” part happens.

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho

This quote is fantastic for reminding us of the benefits that self-improvement brings.  

As you become fitter, smarter, more caring, and more successful in business, you will see your entire life improve.  

The effort that you put into your family life, physical fitness and professional life will deliver huge and often unexpected benefits.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius

This is classic quote from the Asian philosopher Confucius.  

Confucius reminds us of the importance of determination and perseverance.  

You will fail at some point — that is virtually guaranteed.

You will go off course and not meet the self-improvement goals that you have set.  

The key is to not give up when this happens.

By never giving up you will eventually achieve your goals and have the life you want.  

For me, this is the key thing which differentiates people who achieve something, and people who never quite get there.

Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international tax adviser who specialises in dealing with ultra high net worth individuals.

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