9 Inspirational Mantras Successful Women Swear By

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Though they’re not magical, mantras can be an important tool in motivating ourselves and finding that confidence to go out and get what we want. Posting one or two of these above your desk and keeping them in the back of your mind can help give you that extra push when you need it!

1. Dan Millman: Slipping backward? You may be backing up to get a running start

Even if you find yourself being pulled backward, it’s just a minor setback that’s preparing you for a huge leap! Don’t get discouraged by a small step back. Instead, keep working hard and prepare for your opportunity to shine!

2. Maya Angelou: If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be

Especially when we’re young, we’re always trying to fit in and be ‘normal’, but you need to learn to embrace what makes you different and play it to your strengths!

3. Lucille Ball: Love yourself first and everything else falls into line

Be true to yourself and not trying to be someone else, loving yourself will lead to higher self-confidence, and being more comfortable with yourself! Once you love yourself, others will be more drawn to you both personally and professionally.

4. Julie Andrews: Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth

Even if it seems like you’re hitting brick walls time after time, it only takes that one success to pull yourself up! Keep on going and don’t let your past failures dictate your future!

5. Vince Lombardi: Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence

As much as we all try, no one will ever be perfect. However, if we strive for perfection, we might just land somewhere close (but don’t burn yourself out trying to be perfect, remember to take care of yourself too!).

6. Phillip Sidney: Either I will find a way, or I will make one

If there doesn’t seem to be a way to get what you want, create the way yourself! Whether that’s starting your own business, or pitching a new idea to your boss, take charge and chase after what you want!

7. Chinese Proverb: Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults

A good mantra for relationships, both personal and professional. Don’t get so worked up or hold grudges against small issues, and if someone gives you a small act of kindness, remember it!

8. Thomas A. Edison: If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves

The biggest inhibitor to your success is yourself. If you’re feeling nervous, thinking you’re not good enough for that job, or you’re scared to ask for that raise, suck up that fear and just go for it! You’ll be astounded by what you can accomplish!

9. Jim Rohn: Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present

Instead of dreaming of that place in time where you’ll finally have what you want, create your happiness now! Go grab that job that you love, surround yourself with great people, and take time for the hobbies you enjoy!


Which mantra do you swear by? 

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  • Lisa // Fjords & Beaches

    My manager (who rocks!) recently quoted Hilary Clinton to me, and it’s a mantra/quote I’ll never forget:
    ‘When they go low, we go high’. So simple, and so brilliant!

    — Lisa // FjordsandBeaches.com

    • Nursedani82

      I love that quote too but it actually was Michelle Obama who originally said this

      • Lisa // Fjords & Beaches

        Thank you! I love Michelle Obama, so this actually made me really happy :)

    • Debbie UK

      Do you think you can go lower than genocide murdering thousands of innocent people, including women and children, as in Benghazi, when she was foreign minister? To quote : ‘We came, we saw, they died…’ and then she burst into laughter. Before you troll, google it and learn. You sound terribly naive.

      • Lisa // Fjords & Beaches

        Never meant to ‘troll’ anyone, and clearly I have some googling to do. Thank you.

  • Natalie Harney

    “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present” This is one of my absolute favourite quotes

    – Natalie

  • lilian Tahmasian

    I loved all these quotes!!! <3 Thank You!


  • Atsuna Matsui

    Love these mantras. I was feeling a little down today so I needed this.


    • Lisa Collins

      We’re sorry to hear that Atsuna, are you feeling better, we’re glad we could help, even if just a little x

  • Michael

    In love with these mantras! They’re so brilliant. Thank-you so much for sharing these!

    I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend,

  • Chichi

    thanks for putting these together, needed some boost!

  • Natalie Redman

    Great mantras to live by! Either I’ll find a way or I’ll make one is a good one!