Inspirational quotes are the essence of wisdom.

They embody the most amount of information in the least amount of words. While they are a “dime a dozen” on social media these days, it’s important to remember inspirational quotes are good for you! They help shape the right way to think in an age of information overload.

How do they inspire?
The problem is finding the best ones and understanding why they are so. Which is best for you? Only you know the answer to that, but in short the criteria for good inspirational quotes should include the following:

  • Useful to the mental aspect you want to tap into.
    For example you might want to enhance your understanding about your character, so you’ll search for character based inspirational quotes. Another aspect of the mind you might want to tap into might be dealing with adversity or even motivation to overcome complacency.
  • Should tickle your “vibe”
    Sometimes the quote – or even the author of the quote – will just “feel good” beyond logic or explanation. These are also important to consider as the person who wrote or created these words of wisdom might have lived through a similar situation to you.

With that in mind, here are three inspirational quotes that will beat any other you’ve read.

  1. “Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin

This inspirational quote is a great for the confidence and especially appeals to your ego. The reason it’s so effective is because it encourages you continue to push beyond your current circumstance to new levels. The added beauty is it came from one of the great comedians of the 80s – Steve Martin – so you know it has an element of authenticity as well.

  1. “Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret.” – Unknown

The beauty of this inspirational quote lies in the use of negative connotations to drive action. There is nothing quite like regret and this quote shows it can even trump change on the scales of action versus inaction.

  1. “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger

The use of metaphor is one of the great tools of wisdom. Metaphor allows the message to be carried upon an existing concept in the reader’s mind to deliver a wonderful description of how well adversity can shape the even most ordinary individual into something extraordinary.

Why not!
There you have it, inspirational quotes at their best and why they deliver the goods when you need it most! Enjoy these inspirational quotes and remember to use them wisely!

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Chris Everingham is an International Athlete, National Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby team, qualified Dietitian, Nutritionist and educator. Chris combines over 11 years of health and fitness experience to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life. Watch The #AskEvro Show where he talks about health, nutrition, exercise, mindset and peak performance strategies at www.chriseveringham.com.

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