Sometimes we just need that little PUSH.
There are times in all of our lives where we need a little inspiration to remind us why we should never give up. If we look to astrology and to our horoscopes, it can be easier to determine the types of motivational quotes we need, tailored to our own personalities, to get us up and moving again.
I try to wake up every morning with a positive attitude. Wearing an outfit that says “I came to win” definitely helps, but having to get up early and almost missing the bus and forgetting my lunch takes my positivity down a notch or two.
I will be the first person to admit it: finding your motivation every single day — and at 6 o’clock in the morning, no less — is a tough feat.
Throw in having to walk to the bus stop when it’s raining or snowing. I deal with people who have awful attitudes day in and day out, and all the other stuff, it adds up over time.
The motivation to do my best and be my best starts to fade. But I never give up.
And I’m not always the best person to say that you shouldn’t let the little things get you down. I often let things bother me.
Anyone who knows me will say I am not a quitter. I embrace my small wins as much as the big ones.
And I think that, in itself is a quality that keeps me motivated. That’s why I keep kicking life back, even when life gets hard.
No one expects you to be motivated all the time.
And certainly not all on your own. It doesn’t matter if you’re training for a marathon or practicing for an interview or just trying to get out of bed in the morning, you don’t have to do it alone.
And I don’t care how clichéd that sounds because it’s true; you don’t have to be your own cheerleader. Because it really is hard and no one can say that it’s not.
But that’s why I am a firm believer in finding words and people and books to help me not only find my motivation, but keep it up when I’d rather just call it quits and go back to bed.
When you read books or stories, or watch movies, about people who found their motivation and did something great with it, it inspires you to be more like them.
It also teaches you how to stay motivated even in the face of adversity. Maybe not like them specifically, but definitely someone who can find that inspiration within themselves.
And the first way to do that is to surround yourself with friends and family who see that motivation inside you because the people you love ALWAYS know what to say to make you feel better.
But more than just a support system, you need to be able to motivate yourself. Yes, I know I said no one expects you to be your own cheerleader, but what I mean is that no one expects you to do it alone.
In reality, you SHOULD be your own cheerleader. When you know that you have your own back and that you find your motivation to make yourself happy, that’s when the magic happens.
That’s when you can finally succeed in getting that totally awesome job you want, cross the finish line of that marathon, and get out of bed in the morning.
Because now you know that you are a force of nature and you can do anything you set your mind to because you say so.
And if that’s not motivation enough, there’s even MORE you can do to motivate yourself. What, you thought I was done? Nope.
For all those times when you do get out of bed and you do make it to work, but you still feel down on yourself, there’s training your thoughts to be more positive.
It really is that simple. Motivation starts in your brain. If you get up in the morning convinced that it’s going to be crappy, guess what? It will be crappy! Go figure.
But when you wake up determined to be happy, things start to go your way.
Whether you incorporate a mantra that you repeat into your morning routine, set reminders on your phone throughout the day or you read some motivational quotes before you go to bed to clear any negative thoughts you’ve had that day, it helps to keep your mind as positive as possible.
Most importantly, pick quotes and words that you personally connect with. Otherwise, you won’t really feel like they’re working to make you feel more motivated.
ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless. — Unknown
Aries, you are fearless in everything you do, but sometimes you have to fake it ‘til you make it. You don’t often let people see you when you’re not at the top of your game, except for maybe a few close friends.
When you’re in a rough patch in life, you tend to handle it yourself. It’s not so much that you’re stubborn, but really that you like being able to trust yourself in any situation — good or bad.
And if you can be there for yourself when things are good, you should be able to be there when things are bad, too.
This motivational quote is perfect for you, Aries, because like it, you are bold and unwavering.
You don’t let the little things in life get you down, but sometimes (just like everyone), you need a reminder to keep your chin up and make it happen.
This quote keeps you thinking about what’s most important in life instead of worrying about everything that could go wrong.
When you want to try something new, take risks, or just keep being the badass Aries you always are, look to this quote for that extra boost of confidence.
TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20)
Right now, everything may seem overwhelming and impossible, but take a deep breath and know that you will get through this. — Unknown
As a Taurus, you are constantly looking for stability in your life. Of course, life never turns out the way you expect, does it? And to make sure the chaos of life doesn’t make you crazy, you need some words of wisdom to keep you in check.
That way, when you’re dealing with some unsettling change, or feel like you’re way outside of your comfort zone, you have that little voice in your head to stay sure of yourself.
You like having a support group of your closest friends and family when you’re dealing with these kinds of situations, but even you know that they can’t always be there for you.
You try not to get too overwhelmed when you feel like you’re losing your cool — thanks to your unwavering stubbornness — but there will still be times when you question if you’re even as strong-willed as you think you are.
Self-doubt won’t get you very far, Taurus, so keep reminding yourself that you’re a force to be reckoned with.
And if you need someone to reinforce your self-confidence, trust that you can be the person to do that, even if you need help from motivational quotes like this one to get you started.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
It feels like your positivity and enthusiasm for life is unending, Gemini, which makes you just a contagiously happy person to be around.
In pretty much any situation, your friends know that you’re there to spread love and happiness — it’s one of the reasons they love having you in their lives so much!
But you just as well as anyone else that it’s impossible to keep that upbeat attitude 24/7. But does that bring you down? Never! You just know that sometimes you need to take a few minutes to recharge your batteries before you can get back to being your old self.
So how does a Gemini recharge her batteries? Well, it definitely helps to have a few different techniques on hand, that’s for sure. You hate the routine that comes with self-care, so you try to mix it up.
That can mean going over to your best friend’s house and playing with their pets, taking a walk outside, or listening to music. But one thing that always seems to help bring that enthusiasm back into your life no matter what is motivational quotes.
They remind you to keep smiling and spread that happiness with others. Make this quote your new morning mantra!
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
You carry so much love in your heart. Give some. To yourself. — R.Z.
Cancer, you have SO much love in your heart for the people in your life that it seems almost impossible that you’re able to keep spreading the love around to more and more people. Seriously, how do you do it?!
When most others would let their friends and family know that there’s a limit to everything, you’re the gift that keeps on giving. Don’t get me wrong, everyone could use a Cancer in their life, but you need to know when enough is enough.
You’re so used to giving love, Cancer, that you always forget receiving is just as important. More important than receiving love from others, though, you forget to love yourself.
But for someone who knows what a foreign concept loving yourself is, how do you even know where to begin? Giving yourself the day off from listening to everyone’s problems is a start, but what about treating yourself to some kind words?
Words can make a much bigger impact than material treats can because they last forever (and they’re free!). So start with a motivational quote like this one and repeat it daily to remind yourself that you — yes you, Cancer — are worthy of the love you constantly share.
LEO (July 23 – Aug 22)
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. — Maya Angelou
Do you need a reminder of how awesome you are, Leo? It doesn’t seem like you would, but then again, you can’t be expected to be confident and on top of your game ALL the time, right? Right.
And even though you feel like you have a reputation to uphold (one that requires you to be a trailblazer with a ton of confidence), NO ONE expects you to be that person every day except you.
But all of this pressure you put on yourself is NOT healthy, girlfriend. In fact, it can make you feel like a failure every time something goes wrong – which is simply not true.
When you’re running low on confidence, it’s important to remember to shine brightly. You’re one of the few people who can light up a room every time you walk in, Leo, so there’s no reason to get down on yourself.
In fact, when you’re feeling this crappy, that’s when it’s most important to keep kicking ass. Because if you can exceed your own expectations when you’re at your lowest, imagine what you can do when you’re on top of it all.
And just like this motivational quote, all it takes to get to that mindset are a few words to get you in gear.
VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
She was a savage, a fucking brute unafraid to fight for what she wanted. Brave enough to go to war for what she deserved. — R.H.Sin
I’ve never seen anyone do determination like you do, Virgo. In fact, you should be the role model for anyone who wants to achieve their goals because you make it looks so easy (even though we both know it takes a lot of hard work).
But even if you have to work extra hard or put other things aside until you can accomplish what you set out to do, you know that it’s all worth it in the end when you finally have proof of your determination.
You can also be very critical and tough on yourself — even when you know at the back of your mind that you have no reason to be — which is why you can either lose your drive or burn yourself out.
Finding that balance between pushing yourself to achieve your goals and being critical enough to know when you need to improve is a very fine line, but if anyone can find it, it’s you, Virgo.
Making a mental note to stay tough (the good kind of tough, not the harmful kind) and driven no matter what life throws at you is how you’ll make it in life. And if that mental note comes in the form of a motivational quote, then all the better, right?
LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Do the universe a favor, don’t hide your magic. — Unknown
When people think of you, Libra, they think of someone who is so unselfishly kind; someone who never expects anything in return for the kindness you share with others.
You spend so much of your time making sure that everyone in your life is happy that you often forget that you deserve the same.
And you might be thinking that as long as you put the people you love first in your life then that makes you happy, too, but that’s not always the case (and that’s okay).
You need motivation, Libra, and lots of it. You’re always so motivated to placate others, but what you really need to do is redirect that motivation to be kind to yourself.
Following the words of this motivational quote, it’s important to do you — no matter what that means. You might want to take a break from being everyone’s number one fan or pick up a hobby that makes you incredibly happy (even if no one else understands it).
However you do it, always remind yourself that doing you is how you make Libra feel important and needed.
SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Sometimes you have to give yourself pep talks. Like, ‘hello. You’re a badass woman, don’t be sad, you got this and I love you.’ — Unknown
Scorpio, you’ve got a LOT going on in your life, so it’s no wonder that you can sometimes feel chaotic and harried – all totally normal feelings, by the way, when you’re always on the go.
But always being on the go means you never really get to stop and smell the roses, as it were. And when you realize that the things you’ve left behind in a flurry are really just a giant mess (as you’re racing off to do the next important thing on your schedule), it’s time to slow down and get your crap together.
It’s important to know that life isn’t about a busy schedule that makes it hard to enjoy the little things in life. It’s about making the most out of every day, even if that means spending more time than usual being a perfectionist.
You already know that value of friendship, but do you also know how much of a BAMF you are?! It’s true! And here’s a secret: you don’t have to do more than you can handle to prove that.
This motivational quote is perfect for you because it’s all about staying true to yourself and remembering to enjoy every single day life gives you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 19)
The best is yet to come! Believe it! — Unknown
If anyone knows that life is never what you expect, it’s you, Sagittarius. That’s why you march to the beat of your own drum; you don’t need ANYONE telling you how to live life or try to dictate the person you should be.
But all of this inability to take responsibility for the important things can make you seem like a “fly by the seat of your pants” type of person – and not in a good way.
You would rather spend as little effort as possible on a lot of different things instead of focusing your attention fully on the most important things in life.
One thing you need to remember, Sagittarius, is that life is a journey. Rushing through it isn’t going to get you where you want to be any faster, so it’s important to slow down and enjoy the ride.
It sounds like a total cliché, but sometimes you need a little cheesiness for it to really stick with you. Your motivational quote will help you enjoy your journey through life.
More importantly, remind you that your future is WAY bright. So instead of feeling like you have to flake on everything that’s significant to you, remember this quote and use it as fuel to keep looking towards the future because there are good things ahead for you.
CAPRICORN (Dec 20 – Jan 19)
Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently. — Unknown
Nothing says “destined for success” like you, Capricorn, and that’s the truth. You defy all logic when it comes to accomplishment because your brain doesn’t work like everyone else’s.
You know how to look at all the ins and outs of a problem and find a solution that you’re not only proud of, but proud enough to share with everyone around you.
You have bad days where you just feel off somehow — just like we all do — but you try not to let it bring you down.
Of course, saying you’re not going to let it bring you down and actually not letting it bring you down are two different things. And sometimes, you need to be your own cheerleader to make sure that those off days don’t turn into off weeks.
I’m almost positive you already have a list of your favorite motivational quotes for these exact moments, but here’s one more you can add.
It’s all about staying driven no matter what happens because even though you like to prepare for disaster, life is NEVER what it seems. And you know not to back down just because life gets hard; that’s how you got so successful already, isn’t it?
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are. — Mandy Hale
Aquarius, you obviously don’t need pointers on how to be unabashedly yourself, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it in the form of a compliment, does it? You make being yourself look easy, even when there’s always someone out there trying to tear people down for doing this exact thing.
But even if this happens, you know that the only person’s opinion that matters is your own — and not just anyone is going to make you think twice about it.
But there are times when you feel like you’re trying too hard to rebel, even when that’s not the case at all. But having people try to bring you down for being yourself without excuse or shame can take a toll on you after a while.
Luckily, you’re willing to try just about anything to make sure you keep up your “don’t care” attitude, including motivational quotes. Try creating a morning mantra of it or writing it on a post-it note and sticking it in your planner.
Like I said, you don’t need a reminder to be yourself, but it’s always good to have reinforcements … just in case you DO need them.
PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone. — Unknown
Pisces, you may be a dreamer, but you have more strength than people give you credit for. However, you sometimes let your emotions get in the way of your strength and bring you down, no matter how hard you try to stay positive.
But before you get too down on yourself, remember that trying still means you haven’t given up, which takes a lot more strength than you realize. And if you can find strength in even the lowest of places, then you’ve got the kind of motivation a lot of us wish we had in our lives.
You have an ace up your sleeve though. Pisces. Because you’re such a dreamer, you see opportunity in places that seem like dead ends to everyone else. This makes you a good role model for those who need that extra boost of motivation, but for the times when your emotions seem to take over, this motivational quote will help you find your way again.
Keeping it close to you at all time — hey, set it as a reminder on your phone, if you want to! — will remind you that your strength is an incredible part of you that should never be forgotten.
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Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She’s passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a book in the future.