37 Push Yourself Quotes and the Life Changing Challenge You Can Do with Them


Another day, another grind, nothing seems to change with the passage of time.

Nice little short poem to describe how we’re feeling, eh?

With the crappy hand life dealt you, it just feels so much easier to just lay down and take it, right?

I know what it’s like, friends and family telling you to push yourself harder, but for you it’s ‘Hell you mean push yourself harder? I can barely push myself out of bed to put food in my belly!’

It’s easy to just talk about it, but the soul crushing reality of this shitty life you’re living isn’t going get solved by others telling you to push yourself.

The fact you still wake up everyday is a sign that you are pushing yourself!

But hey, judgement is easy to throw around because it’s light, made up of only shallow surface thoughts; empathy is a lot heavier.

Empathy takes time, empathy means opening yourself up to try and understand what the other person is going through.

It’s just like Busta Rhymes notes in his incredible collab with Stevie Wonder ‘Been Through the Storm’

“Feel a little of my pain, follow and sing to it. Homey, I seen it all, if you ain't knowin' I been through it.”

What I want to promise you is that this article has none of that cookie-cutter “You Can Do It!” bullshit attitude.

There’s more to building yourself out of your despair and finding your purpose and passion in life than forced positivity. Trust me, I know.

It all starts with a need.

Say it with me; “I need to change my life. I am not happy with the path I am currently on. I need to create change for my sake.”

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

This is step one, accepting your reality for what it is, and understanding that no one is going to get you out of this beside yourself.

The next step is to help you find your purpose and passions in life, because if you don’t have a focus for the flame of life you are trying to cultivate that will replace the current dark and hollow center of your spirit, it will die out again and you’ll be lost and hollow once more.

But actually, before that we need to have a talk about the biggest roadblock you will face at the beginning; distractions.

In a previous article, we talked about a very real hypothetical situation where you keep pushing your assignment further and further away because of the power technological distractions have on your mind.

What we need to be in agreement about is that your distractions are likely formed by your habits.

In this day and age, it’s very likely that one of your main common habits is staring at a screen, smartphone or otherwise.

So, now I need you to ask yourself a question, what type of media are you consuming most of the time whilst your face is in front of a screen?

There’s a fascinating conversation to be had regarding the absorption of information – or anything really - and how that affects our body and subjective reality.

It’s reflected in so many sayings that so many of us hear frequently such as “You are what you eat”, and “You are what you read.”

Science is backing up these notions more and more; what you eat has a direct translation to what the microbiome in your body looks like!

Beyond that, even psychologists have conducted studies that show reading can allow you to go through a powerful subconscious phenomena known as ‘experience-taking’, where the reader disconnects from their own ego and gets completely immersed in the character they are experiencing the story through.

And queue every avid book reader rolling their eyes and muttering ‘Duh!’.

Jokes aside, there is a powerful scientific indication that the type of media we absorb directly affects us in a myriad of ways.

So, what have we learned so far?

  1. Life isn’t easy for many of us and pushing yourself is a long and hard journey.
  2. To start creating positive change, you must accept your situation for what it is.
  3. If you’re dedicated to changing your life, you need to find a fulfilling reason to get out of bed every day.
  4. The first roadblock will be your distracting habits that you developed to cope with life.
  5. What information you absorb on a daily basis has a direct effect on your mindset.

The reason we covered these is to give you the proper frame of mind for life changing actions to be something you can create with your own two hands.

How is this so? By understanding the fundamental power you have through the information you absorb on the daily.

I asked you earlier what type of content do you consume regularly while feeding your smartphone/Internet habit?

powered by Typeform

If the answers had anything to do with spending hours on end on social media, clickbait-y articles, celebrity gossip, looking at random memes, or cycling through thousands of try not to laugh challenge videos, it’s pretty likely that you’re absorbing the equivalent of junk food on the internet.

Now I won’t deny, they’re tasty, they give comfort, but they provide no real productive value.

But hey! You have this habit – using your smartphone - that allows you to be in front of a lot of information, and I guarantee you this habit is deeply ingrained into your day-to-day, as it is for most of us now.

Existential questions of spending so much time on the Internet aside, why not try and take this neutral-negative habit, and turn it into a positive one?

You could say we’re shifting what your habit focuses on.

Now we can’t go and start making huge changes to your habit all willy-nilly, that won’t work and is more likely to just burn you out and make you feel like you’ll never succeed.

Nah, that is counterproductive, which is the opposite of our goal!

To go along with the previous junk food analogy, we’ll be adding a small bit of healthy food to your internet consumption diet.

So we have to start small, but also have a positive impact and help you push yourself.

Gasp! Why not a list of quotes to help push yourself?

As if the title didn’t already give it away…

But this is the perfect starting point in all actuality.

It’s a simple enough task that doesn’t stray off the beaten path of your habit too much, but gives you a positive message that you can view on the daily.

It may seem stupidly simple and I don’t blame you for being skeptical, but there is a scientific basis for all of this.

Quotes to push yourself, quotes to motivate yourself, inspirational quotes, they have certain factors that make them perfect as a starting point to changing your mind-state into one more focused on the search for your purpose and passion in life.

This is generally a combination of the psychology of motivation, seeing the quote while under the effect of certain emotions – if you ever came across a Christopher Poindexter quote after a breakup, you know what I’m talking about – and some good wordsmithing

Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your own mindset and whether you’ve already closed yourself to the notion of quotes to push yourself or not.

And hey, don’t take my word for it, this is the research of psychologist Jonathan Fader, PhD, founder of the Union Square Practice in New York City.

There’s three main factors to consider:

  • Coaching

There’s an innate understanding that occurs within our mind when we read a quote, which is that through this medium there is someone telling you that you can be better, that you can be stronger.

"It’s building that self-efficacy in that kind of dialogue that you’re having with yourself,” Johnathan Fader, PhD.
  • Language

The power of rhetoric is the core of this factor. What is rhetoric you say? Well it is defined as “the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.”

Every powerful speech you’ve ever heard from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and many other inspirational figures both fictional and non-fictional, utilize the power of rhetoric to persuade, motivate, and energize the listener.

  • Human Nature

It is our nature to be aspirational, to look up to those who have achieved before us and wish to emulate them.

Remember that it was a rousing and powerful speech given by Julius Caesar on the bank of the Rubicon River that inspired his army to follow him into an 8-year bloody war with one of their fiercest enemies, the Gallic tribes (modern day France and Belgium).

Words can make a lasting impact, especially if they are well-formed and relate to something you are going through. Communication is intrinsically tied to human nature, as such so are words and the power they hold.

These are the reasons why we’re choosing to go with this method; push yourself quotes will be a great positive motivation tool to start weaning off your distractions, working you slowly but surely to your greater goal of finding your purpose and passion in life.

This is why we’re going to do a little challenge.

This article will include 37 handpicked quotes.

What I want you to do is visit this article and read 5 of them each day for a week.

If you’re reading 5 of them a day, they will last you 7 days.

Use the time you’re undoubtedly on your phone either when you wake up but have yet to get out of bed or at night before falling asleep to read these quotes to yourself.

Say them out loud, let you hear your own voice say these words of conviction and strength.

If your inner voice rarely has anything positive to say about yourself, then let your outer voice take charge in being the voice of positivity in your life.

The rest of you will follow in time.

For those of you who don't want to keep loading the article everyday or are worried about getting distracted too often, I'd like to offer the solution of sending this article to you by email.

It will be the same content as the article, just split up over the days of the week so you can absorb everything at your own pace.

Now, without further ado…

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Push Yourself Quotes Day 1.jpg
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
— Steve Maraboli
Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you.
— Travis Bradberry
Don’t say you don’t have enough time or enough money to change the world. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Gandhi, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci and Jesus Christ.
— Shannon L. Alder
How will I know who I can become if I don’t give myself the chance to try new things, to push myself beyond my normal boundaries? Who might I be if I am away from the things that I currently use to define myself?
— Eileen Cook
Greatness is what happens when you aren’t afraid to relentlessly push yourself to tear down all your walls of limitations.
— Edmond Mbiaka

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 2

2 - how to find purpose and passion in life.jpg
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
— Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
— Oscar Wilde
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go...
— Dr. Seuss
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
— Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 3

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
— Winston S. Churchill
Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.
— Steve Maraboli
Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.
— Roy T. Bennett
If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.
— Lev Grossman
The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.
— Peter Shaffer

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 4

4 - finding your passion and purpose.jpg
We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
— Santosh Kalwar
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
— Napoleon Hill
There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.
— Judith McNaught
Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?
— Justin Alcala

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 5

Push Yourself Quotes Day 5.jpg
This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month, or a shitty year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever. And anyway, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your soul needs most. I believe you can’t feel real joy unless you’ve felt heartache. You can’t have a sense of victory unless you know what it means to fail. You can’t know what it’s like to feel holy until you know what it’s like to feel really fucking evil. And you can’t be birthed again until you’ve died.
— Kelly Cutrone
It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
— John Green
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
— Haruki Murakami
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven...
— John Milton
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 6

6 - need to find my passion and purpose.jpg
It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
— Dale Carnegie
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
— Agatha Christie
Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
— Jim Morrison
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
— Alice Walker

Push Yourself Quotes Challenge: Day 7: You Did It!

Push Yourself Quotes Day 7.jpg
There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.
— Kazuo Ishiguro
The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.
— Bruce Lee
Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
— George Herbert
Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.
— Criss Jami
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
— Albert Einstein
You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
— Malcolm X
When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

If you've made it down here and got through the entire list, that's awesome, and even if you haven't that's okay too.

The path of progress takes time, and breaking away from your current mindstate and replacing it with one that pushes you to be your greatest self is not as simple as flipping a switch.

By taking this challenge you took an active decision that, while seemingly insignificant, is a great first step on the path to self-mastery.

So, what's next is what you might be wondering now, and really you're still on the same level as when you started, meaning we still need to keep adding healthy stuff to your internet consumption.

You could start by thinking about a aspect of yourself that you would like to improve, let's say you're really nervous in situations where you need to socialize with new people.

You could go on Youtube and check one of the many channels dedicated to helping you deal with that very scenario like Charisma on Command!

You could spend some time learning about future technology and scientific advancements humanity has made over on Futurism.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter, where I'd be sending you a mixture of content all designed to help you improve your life and continue this dialogue about improving your life and finding your passion and purpose.