19 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Take Action

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19 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Take ActionYou know you need to take action on a project, but you’re feeling slightly apprehensive.

What if you can’t get started?

What if things don’t go as planned?

What if it takes way too long to accomplish what you initially set out to do? 

You could keep asking yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of “what if” questions.

The only problem is that these questions won’t help you get to where you need to be.

Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to take direct action.

In this post, I offer a collection of nineteen inspirational quotes to help you get out of your rut and take action.

Lift your head up, take a deep breath, and roll up your sleeves!

What will you be inspired to do today?

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

– Ernest Hemingway

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

– Dale Carnegie

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.

– Farrah Gray

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

– Amelia Earhart

Stop worrying about what can go wrong and get excited about what can go right.

– Unknown

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine Floor.

– Neil Simon

Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

To those who need encouragement, remember this: beware of quitting too soon. Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was rejected by twenty-three publishers. The twenty-fourth publisher sold six million copies.

– Ann Landers

Action is the foundational key to all success.

– Pablo Picasso

Never mistake motion for action.

– Ernest Hemingway

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

– Confucius

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.

– W. Clement Stone

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

– Maya Angelou

Somewhere someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer.

– Louise Hay

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

– John F. Kennedy

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

– Confucius

How about you? Which of the above quotes resonates the most with you? Do you have any additional quotes about action that you’d like to share? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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2 Responses

  1. Mike McCormick

    Love this list (and the skateboard graphic that accompanied it on FB). Thank you for the inspiration, Rashelle!

    • Rashelle

      I’m glad to hear you liked the list, Mike. Thanks for reading and for your comment!