Inspirational Words of Encouragement to Motivate You or a Friend

Why Do We Want Inspirational Words?

Tens of thousands of us search for inspirational words every day.

That may even be how you found your way to this article. And, as the title promises, it will provide you with three words of encouragement I believe will inspire you (or those you wish to inspire) far more effectively than any motivational quote or poster ever could.

But first, it’s important to understand why we seek inspirational words in the first place.

What are we hoping to find?

It seems apparent we are either:

1) Intending to inspire someone, or

2) Have recognized our own need to be inspired.

Unfortunately—at least if results are our desire—the vast majority of words people consider “inspirational” are rather useless.

If a person desires happiness, real change, motivation, or improvement in any area of their life (or the life of a friend or family member), that person isn’t searching merely for inspirational words. They’re searching for results—real, tangible results.

That’s why I was somewhat shocked to find that most articles that appear when searching for “inspirational words” offer little in the way of results.

Everyday Mantras for Mindfulness

Today I plant the seeds for the life I long to live.

I am open and willing to flow with life’s changes.

I build a space of calm and clarity all around me.


My creativity is precious and unique.

One activity at a time; there is no need to rush.

No one can distract me from this moment but me.

I am supported in my work and goals.

Today, I will see the world with enthusiasm and curiosity.


My breath is an entryway to a place of inner calm.

I will seek the sacred in the ordinary.

Each person I meet is a friend and fellow world traveler.

I am capable of small positive changes.

Balance in all things brings peace and contentment.


Today, I will create something new.

My mind longs for new information and growth.

Acts of kindness ripple through the world.

My compassion does not go unnoticed.

Time is never wasted when I am fully present.


Today, I will step outside my comfort zone.

Setting goals for the future gives me direction in the present.

My five senses are a doorway to the present moment.

I will heal by connecting with others.

I am a constant work in progress, and that is okay.

“Everything you need to accomplish your goals is already in you.”

Words of Encouragement for Success

I have integrity and drive and worked persistently for this moment.

I am worthy of praise—both from others and myself.

With each day, I will take smaller steps toward my joy.

Working toward my goals inspires others around me to do the same.

Improvement and growth are never linear.


The more I improve myself, the more I can help the world around me.

I have the power to spread love to each and every person that crosses my path.

My path is unique and I will walk it with pride.

I will pause and appreciate this beautiful moment.

I can define what “success” means for me at this given moment.


I will spread enthusiastic light to those who need it today.

I built this mountain with small stones, and only then began to climb.

This day can act as a beacon of hope for the days when I need inspiration.

My community supports me and I support them.

I will be present in my current joy.


Change is inevitable, in good times and in bad.

There may be trouble ahead, but I am strong enough to face it.

People trust me because I am trustworthy.

Each success is an opportunity to help others.


“Never give up. There is no such thing as an ending. Just a new beginning.”

Mantras for Good Health

My body is a beautiful creation that changes and grows.

I choose actions, food, and ideas that help me stand taller and stronger.

Each day, my body can heal itself.

I fill my mind and body with light and love.

I exercise to greater understand my body.


I send loving kindness to each organ and area of my brain.

Peace with my body inspires others to find peace for their own.

Feeding my mind feeds my body.

I am allowed to take the time to heal.

I will listen to what my body is trying to tell me.

I will seek help when I cannot help myself.

My health standards come before anyone else’s beauty standards.

I will check in with myself and give my body what it needs.

When I feed my body well, I am more capable to connect with those around me.

Today, I will speak kindly to my body.

I am thankful for my abilities.

I will proceed through my day with determination, not judgment.

I set my own standards and benchmarks.

My mental and physical health comes before my career.

I will find new ways to support the health of those around me.


“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

Words of Encouragement for Times of Sadness

Tears are a river that takes you somewhere…tears lift your boat off the ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Though I feel pain, I am still my true self.

When I care about emotions, I am more capable of caring for others.

Change is the pathway to growth.

I will nurture my inner pain and listen to its message.

I did everything I felt was right at the moment; I have no need for regret.

I am not alone and I am not forgotten.

Asking for help makes me stronger.

From change comes great possibility.

I will listen to my sadness with patience and love.

My words, thoughts, and ideas are important to the world.

I am deserving of rest and rejuvenation.

The world outside my mind does not define me.

I am protected in love and kindness during this difficult time.

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” –Pema Chodron

Although I feel out of control, I am safe, cared for, and healthy.

The dangers of the past do not define who I am today.

I am not a burden to others, as they are not a burden to me.

For now, I will seek joy in the small moments.

I am deserving of self-patience and self-love.

The world needs to hear what I have to say.

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.” – Christine Caine

Mantras for Challenging Times

When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Anger

I have solved similar problems in the past and can do so again.

I cannot be defined by society’s labels. I am unique.

I can use this anger to spark positive change in myself and those around me.

My anger stems from fear, and I will comfort that fear with loving kindness.

My small acts of compassion matter to the world.

Each small step adds up to a long journey toward peace.

Day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. I only need to focus on now.

The success and positive energy of others empower me to change.

There are beautiful days ahead.

I will find small beauties in the world today.

Forgiveness begins with taking care of my own hurt.

My challenges inspire lessons for myself and those around me.

Beyond mountains, there are mountains.” –Haitian Proverb

My feet are on the ground, I am breathing, and I safe.

Resting will clarify my next positive step forward.

I am only responsible for my own actions.

I believe that there is love in the world and love in myself.


“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” – Mohammed Ali

Extensive scientific research has shown that repeating encouraging mantras and phrases like the ones included in this post can help you focus your mind, achieve your goals, and live more mindfully. Remember to write your favorite mantras down and post them throughout the house – or around your desk – as a physical reminder to you to speak kindly to yourself.

Life is always fluctuating. And just as the world outside us constantly changes, so can the way we view it. Make positive changes today and start living the positive life you’ve always imagined.

Inspirational Quotes About Life And Success

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best motivational quotes so you can start the year by taking control of your thoughts, thinking positively and setting new goals.

Here are my favorite inspirational quotes about life:

What’s your favorite mantra? How have words of encouragement changed your outlook on life, or helped you to live more mindfully? Share it with us in the comments below. 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
– Steve Jobs

 “Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.”
– Sanjo Jendayi

 “When you are inspired in your work, everything seems to fall into place.”
– Wayne Dyer

“Success only comes to those who dare to attempt.”
– Mallika Tripathi

 “Positive thinking is like fuel to the car. It will keep you energized throughout your work.”
– Abder-Rahman Ali

 “You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”
– Irish Proverb

“It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.”
– Zig Ziglar

 “Believe in yourself. Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
– Helen Keller

 “As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.”
– Margaret Heffernan

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
– Joseph Barbara

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”  – Carlton Fisk

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“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
– Colin Powell

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
– Michael Jordan

Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.
– Albert Einstein

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
– Carlos Castaneda

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
– Seth Godin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
– Charles Darwin

Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.
– Chinese Proverb

You are not your resume, you are your work.
– Seth Godin

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.
– Alistair Cook

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!
– Henry Ford

When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.
– Harley Davidson

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Your limitation — it’s only your imagination.

Great things never come from comfort zones.

When you change your thoughts, you change your world.
– Norman Vincent Peale

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
– Beverly Sills

Be the person to bring strength during difficult times. Use the words listed above to prompt zeal and confidence in the hearts of your workmates and friends.

Finally, before we conclude this post, we would like to share with you some spiritual words of encouragement. These inspirational messages are spiritual quotes from the Bible, which you or your friends may use in times of distress and helplessness.

There are times when you only need spiritual uplifting words of encouragement and healing. You may or may not believe in the Bible, but you may want to consider the power of the following biblical passages.

Words of Encouragement from the Bible

 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
– Isaiah 41:10

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
– Matthew 6:34

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.”
– Isaiah 40:29

  • “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
    – 1 Corinthians 10:13

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    – Deuteronomy 31:6

    “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear, but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
    – 2 Timothy 1:7

  • “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

  • “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
    – 2 Corinthians 12:10

     “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” 
    – Romans 12:12

    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
    – 2 Corinthians 4:16

    “For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
    – Proverbs 3:26

    “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” 
    – Psalm 55:22

    “Our faith can move mountains.” 
    – Matthew 17:20

     “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
    – 1 Corinthians 16:13

     “Rise up … take courage and do it.”
    – Ezra 10:4

  • “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17

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  • “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
    – Galatians 6:9

    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
    – James 1:2-4

    “God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life.” 
    – Romans 8:28

     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
    – Proverbs 3:5

    This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
    – Psalm 119:50

    But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
    – Isaiah 40:31

    The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
    – Psalm 23:1

    I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
    – Psalm 121:1-2

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
    – James 1:5

    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
    – Philippians 4:6-7

    What is the price of five sparrows – two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
    – Luke 12:6-7

    Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
    – 1 Peter 5:7

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
    – Matthew 11:28

    Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
    – Matthew 7:7

    I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
    – Philippians 4:13

    Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
    – Psalm 31:24

    Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’
    – Mark 10:27

    In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
    – Psalm 120:1

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    – Lamentations 3:22-23

    “With God all things are possible.”
    – Matthew 19:26

    Final Thoughts on Words of Encouragement

    When life throws you rocks, throw back with words. You are more than what you were made for. Don’t allow yourself to fall and never get back on track. Live the life you deserve.

    More important, spread positivity. Once you reclaim your grip, share your experiences to the world. Let your friends, family, workmates, and everyone know that they can be strong again, too.

    Aside from words of encouragement, there are specific habits that help raise your happiness level. If you’re interested to know more about them, I recommend you grab a copy of Happier Human. It contains 53 habits that science has proven to increase personal happiness when incorporated into your life.

    Have you been in a really stressful situation lately? We’d love to hear about your experience. Feel free to share your story in the comment section below.

    Can you relate to any of the quotes and affirmations stated above? We’d love to know which one.

    Likewise, if you like any of the images in this post, why not share it through your favorite social media platform? That will be greatly appreciated.

    Well, I hope you got value from these words of encouragement. Perhaps they will guide you on the path to helping you love life.

    List of 200+ Motivational Words

    • Accomplish
    • Accomplishments
    • Achieve
    • Act
    • Action
    • Active
    • Admiration
    • Admire
    • Adventure
    • Alive
    • Ambition
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    • Appreciate
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    • Attain
    • Attitude
    • Beauty
    • Believe
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    • Bliss
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    • Clarity
    • Commit
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    • Confidence
    • Content
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    • Courage
    • Create
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    • Dedicate
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    • Dream
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    • Drive
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    • Earnest
    • Empower
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    • Encourage
    • Encouragement
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    • Endurance
    • Endure
    • Energetic
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    • Enjoy
    • Enjoyment
    • Enthusiasm
    • Envision
    • Escape
    • Excellence
    • Experiences
    • Faith
    • Faithful
    • Faithfulness
    • Fearless
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    • Finish
    • Finisher
    • Fire
    • Fix
    • Focus
    • Forgive
    • Freedom
    • Fulfilment
    • Glory
    • Goal
    • Goodness
    • Gratitude
    • Happiness
    • Happy
    • Harmony
    • Honesty
    • Honor
    • Hope
    • Humble
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    • Hunger
    • Imagination
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    • Impetus
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    • Incentive
    • Ineffable
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    • Inspiration
    • Inspire
    • Inspiring
    • Integrity
    • Interest
    • Joy
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    • Kind
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    • Know
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    • Laugh
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    • Life
    • Live
    • Limitless
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    • Mission
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    • Obstacles
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