Top 15 Motivational Quotes for Personal Self Development


With Self Development, you give yourself the opportunity to live an enjoyable, meaningful, and balanced life by learning how to manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

No one will tell you when to start working on self-development. No one will make you work on your self-development either! If you’re looking to get the most out of your life, it’s up to you to go out and get it!

Also, see our blog article on Managing Your Motivation.


 I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. — Maya Angelou

Personal development is not just about professional development. Self development encompasses how you live your life, what you value most, and prepares you for career development.


 You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are. — Fred Rogers

Self development includes developing your decision making. Understand where your values are and use them as your guide to align your priorities.


 You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand. — Irene C. Kassorla

You don’t just suddenly discover who you are one day, you are in control of your journey in life. You have the ability to create the life you want. Be accountable for what you create.


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 Let him who would move the world first move himself. — Socrates

If you want the world to be a good place you start by knowing and controlling yourself. Let how you live your life reflect what kind of world you want to live in.


‎ Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending. — Chico Xavier

You cannot change your past but you don’t have to carry it with you either, the past doesn’t have to define your future. Also, you will find that it’s possible to look at the past in ways that may change.


 Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. — Theodore Roosevelt

Waiting until the “right” time is wasting your time. The only moment we are in control of is “now.”


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 To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble. — Bill Watterson

Each goal in your personal development will come with it’s own set of challenges. Find which ones are worthy of your time and effort.


 Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. — George Bernard Shaw

You don’t just find yourself one day. You make the decisions that shape your life.


 Change your thoughts and you change your world. — Norman Vincent Peale

Everything we see in our world is our perception. The thoughts we have about the world become our reality. When you change your thinking, your perception and how you interact with the world will change.


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 The only person you are destined to be is the person you decide to become.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

No matter what opportunities life presents, you have a decision in what you work towards and value.


 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Daily habits have a powerful effect on the results you will experience.


 Character is simply habit long continued. — Plato

Your life is made up of many moments we call “now.” Habits influence how you act in those moments. These habits add up to your daily routine, and ultimately how you live your life.


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 The better you think, the better decisions you make. The better decisions you make, the better actions you take. The better actions you take, the better results you get. — Brian Tracy

Thoughts influence your emotions which in turn influence your actions. When you change your thoughts you can change your life.


 Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. — John Wooden

You don’t need the approval of others. Everyone has their own perception about people and situations, it is not your job to change that. You don’t need to prove anything, keep focusing on your goals. If you spend your time pleasing others you aren’t spending that time focused on your own values and achieving your goals.


 Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. — Carol Burnett

You are in control of your life, no one else can change your thoughts or actions. If you put others in charge, you won’t be satisfied with the results.


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