65 of the Most Motivating Mantras

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Most of us are surrounded by voices. Spouses, doctors, trainers, kids, workout partners—all of them have their own tips, advice and opinions (some helpful, some not so much) about what we should do to lose weight, get fit and lead healthier lives. But when was the last time you listened to your own voice? We all have an inner monologue—and it's more influential than you might think.

Mantras aren't just for yoginis and spiritual gurus—anyone on a weight loss journey can reap the benefits of embracing an inspirational phrase. Whether it's mental, verbal or written, the right mantra can help boost your confidence, create a more positive mindset and keep you laser-focused on your goals. It can help you power through that last tough mile, complete that last rep or resist that tempting cookie. You can also display the message in areas where you often need encouragement, such as your office, kitchen or workout room.

Do any of these mantras speak to you?
  1. Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. - John F. Kennedy
  2. The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. - John Bingham
  3. If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
  4. Slipping backwards? You may be backing up to get a running start. - Dan Millman
  5. You aren't fat—you HAVE fat.
  6. Find it and GO! - SparkPeople member BLUEROSE73
  7. Be stronger than your strongest excuse.
  8. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it, and eventually the confidence will follow. - Carrie Fisher
  9. You won't drown by falling in the water, only by staying there. - SparkPeople member MYTURN2012
  10. You were made for more than this. - SparkPeople member HOLLYPOTTER
  11. You are as important to your health as it is to you. - Terri Guillemets
  12. Everything you need is already inside you.
  13. I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. - Madonna
  14. Don't stop when you're tired. Stop when you're done.
  15. Take care of your body, your mind will follow. - SparkPeople member THEMOTIVATOR1
  16. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryan
  17. Remember that any exercise is better than no exercise.
  18. Trust the training. - SparkPeople member CHANGINGHORSES
  19. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what's inside you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of someone else. - Judy Garland
  21. If the plan doesn't work, change the plan—but never the goal.
  22. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. - Lucille Ball
  23. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle
  24. The first mile is a liar. Keep going.
  25. If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. - Fred DeVito
  26. There will be a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day.
  27. If you want what you've never had, you have to do what you've never done. - Thomas Jefferson
  28. Every journey begins with a simple step. - Maya Angelou
  29. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. - Elizabeth Glibert in “Eat, Pray, Love”
  30. It is never too late to be what you might have been. - George Eliott
  31. If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up.
  32. Don't let perfect get in the way of better! - SparkPeople member LAURA.BEALL
  33. You did not wake up today to be mediocre.
  34. Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.
  35. When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I’ll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease. - V.L. Allinear
  36. No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everybody on the couch.
  37. Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. - Sam Levenson
  38. My problems are always smaller than my potential.
  39. We do not stop exercising because we grow old—we grow old because we stop exercising.  - Dr. Kenneth Cooper
  40. Better sore than sorry.
  41. Carve your successes in stone. Write your failures in the sand.
  42. The greatest wealth is health. - Virgil
  43. Fitness happens at every size.
  44. You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
  45. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom. - Jack LaLanne
  46. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis
  47. Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them—just find a different way to stand. - Oprah Winfrey
  48. It doesn't get easier—you just get better.
  49. Three months from now, you'll thank yourself.
  50. You can have results or excuses—not both.
  51. Energy and persistence conquer all things. - Benjamin Franklin
  52. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. - Gail Devers
  53. The more you say "tomorrow," the more you'll weigh tomorrow. - SparkPeople member KIWI0284
  54. One bad chapter doesn't mean your story is over.
  55. If nothing changes, nothing changes.
  56. You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. - Jennifer Freeman
  57. Don't wait. The time will never be just right. - Napoleon Hill
  58. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. - Jim Rohn
  59. Today, I will love myself enough to exercise.
  60. You didn't come this far to only come this far.
  61. Yesterday, you said tomorrow. - Nike
  62. I have chosen to be happy because it’s good for my health. - Voltaire
  63. Nothing will work unless you do. - John Wooden
  64. Worrying is a waste of the imagination.
  65. Clear your mind of "can’t."
What motivational phrase or message keeps you moving forward? Share it in the comments!

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DEE107 4/25/2021
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DEE107 4/7/2021
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YOGA1973 3/16/2021
I’m not big on vain repetitions of stuff, but I DO meditate on positive things God says about his children/people. Report
SUNSET09 2/2/2021
Thanx for the motivators, SparkFriends Report
SUNSET09 2/2/2021
Thanx for the motivators, SparkFriends Report
QUEENFROG 12/4/2020
I love number 7. Report
PATRICIAANN46 11/26/2020
Thank You................. Report
My favorite is you'll thank yourself in 3 months. So true. Or I'll regret the could of... Report
SUNSET09 8/11/2020
These are motivating, thanx SparkFriend. Report
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Great list to print out and put on refrigerator Report
ISNESS 6/6/2020
I often think, „What doesn‘t kill me - makes me stronger!“ Thank you for this article a lot good quotes to remember! Report
I absolutely loved this blog.. and found a few mantras to use during meditation. Report
I hope I can remember even just a few of these. Report
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My all-time favorite mantra is
I choose to live by choice, not by chance;
To make changes, not excuses;
To be motivated and not manipulated;
To be useful, not used;
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity;
To listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others. Report
Love these!! Report
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My mantra: Leave me alone. Report
Love yourself- Report
I prefer prayer. Report
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We do not stop exercising because we grow old—we grow old because we stop exercising.
I can really relate. An ankle injury 2 years ago and countless excuses since to not exercise have taken their toll. I'm on my way back though! Report
Today I will love myself enough to exercise. Report
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Aspire to inspire before we expire. Report
Being stubborn by nature, I DO NOT GIVE UP and MAKE IT HAPPEN are my two mantras. Report
These are very motivating. Thank you! Report
never give up Report
When someone says "I'll be too old when I finish if I start this 5 year program today", ask them how old they'll be in 5 years if they don't. Report
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So many great thoughts! I love numbers 24 and 48. Report
Great quotes, thank you Report
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Glad I happened on this today. Thank you. Report
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"I am not that person anymore" Report
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I like "Three months from now you'll thank yourself." It seemed to resonate.and is easy to remember. Report
Og Mandino's books have sold over 60 million copies. He passed away in 1996, but his quotes are my favorites.
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.
Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.
Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. Report
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These are terrific! Report
Some great ones in here. I love "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliott
Love ❤️ the greatest wealth is health! Report
I Can and I Will! Report
I have a number I mantras that I use to help we get though some of lives experiences. Report