We love ourselves a good quote and so we asked our community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us and we’ve highlighted some below.

Anahi Abe-Brower | Founder of Worthy Picks | Sustainability Thought Leader | Designer

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it… Attitude is more important than facts. It is more ore important than the past, than education, money, circumstances, than failures and success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, ability, or skill. It will make or break a business, a home, a friendship, an organization. The remarkable thing is that I have a choice everyday of what my attitude will be. I cannot change my past. I cannot change the actions of others. I cannot change the inevitable. The only thing I can change is my attitude.” – Chuck Swindoll I am an unshakable optimist and I think I have a pretty positive attitude most of the time, but when I am having a tough day or life seems to be going uphill allot, I read this quote to myself and it immediately lifts me up! I am infused with my own power to choose my attitude and it guides me into trusting that if I have the appropriate attitude for the situation at hand, life will also guide me and help me. I love how positive and uplifting this quote is and how it infuses the reader with his/her own power to choose. Read more>>

Suresh Ramaswamy | Transformational Teacher and Award-winning Author

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Howard Thurman As a transformational teacher and life coach, I often come across people who feel frustrated in their current job or profession. These individuals are exceptionally skilled and are stars in their careers. From the outside, they are success stories. However, inwardly, these individuals feel increasingly uninspired and tired. They have a song in them they are unable to sing. They tend to rationalize continuing down the same path. But in the end, they have to find a way to explore and express their soul interests. I love Howard’s quote; he is pointing at the same thing. We have to ask ourselves: “Is what I am doing making me come alive?” When we do what makes us come alive, we find deep fulfillment because we align ourselves with our higher purpose. That is also when we contribute to the collective in a beautiful and inspired way. Read more>>

Manuela Lendoyro | Figurative Artist

I have a favorite anecdote I once heard about Pablo Picasso, in which he was doodling on a napkin in a cafe. As he was leaving, and about to throw the drawing away, a lady, who had been watching him the whole time, asked if she could keep the napkin instead. He then replied, sure that will be $10,000. Stunned, the lady asked how that was possible since it only took him 5 minutes to complete. To which he answered, no ma’am, it took me over 50 years to draw this in 5 minutes. I love this story because it is a perfect example of how success it’s not achieved overnight. It’s also gets me thinking about how to value and give merit to all the hard work it takes to create something. Creative individuals sometimes get caught up with the urge, and the personal pleasure that it gives us, to make something; that we forget about hundreds and thousands of hours, and the innumerable mistakes, that it took to get us to where we are now. Read more>>

Anne Liu | Musician & Economist

There is a saying that I really live by, it’s “you can’t take what is not meant to be yours, but you can’t hide from what is meant to be yours.” This really motivates me to work my hardest and give my all into what I’m doing. It is so important to have the correct mindset to do anything. If you want to be “ranked” best at something, then change that mindset to “do” your best. Because competition with others will always distort our abilities and self-confidence; it shifts our attention to what others are doing instead of focusing on our own. Your mind then becomes clouded with negative emotions the more you look at others and it does not direct your efforts into your craft whatsoever. Just giving your all at your craft and really really do your best will take you to places that you’ve never imagined. It also eliminates the feeling of regret that you didn’t work hard enough or the guilt of “what if I had just done a bit more.” You want to be satisfied with all your efforts, which triggers a healthy and positive cycle that leads to an internal motivation to achieve your goals. Read more>>

Mia Najor | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

My favorite affirmation is “I Radiate Love.” I love LOVE so much and I believe my purpose is to show love to others and to myself. I am not sure there is any other real reason that I am here. This affirmation helps me to remain open hearted and to receive and give love rather than giving into bitterness and resentment. Read more>>