What do losing weight, running a marathon and being a great salesman have in common? I know, that last one really ruined the pattern; however what unites these three achievements is undoubtedly MOTIVATION.

It is an inner drive that pushes us to the edge of being fearless, timeless and limitless. It is a great power that has its roots in the deepest and strongest power we have, our mind. A great master is the one who can master his own mind. How long can you stay without having a thought and how does that affect your daily life?

Our thoughts have a great impact on the life we live, they are our silent hidden motivators and therefore, it is of deep importance to nourish them repeatedly with positivity and hope because our mind is probably the only thing we can preserve from aging.

Here are the 40 motivational thoughts to live by

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Unknown

“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Goethe

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” –Stephen Covey

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

“Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

“Go where you are celebrated—not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Eliot, author

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” – Anna Freud

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”  -Swami Vivekananda

If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities. If you believe it won't, you will see obstacles. Wayne Dyer

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” –Pablo Picasso

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” — William Durant

 “I succeed on my own personal motivation, dedication, and commitment. My mindset is: If I’m not out there training, someone else is.” – Jennings, Lynn

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – E. Joseph Cossman

Perserverence is stubbornness with a purpose

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”  – Pele

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Anonymous

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." - David Brinkley

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” -Ray Goforth

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” ― Andy Rooney

“Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it”. – Katharine Whitehorn

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. John Scully

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible” —Audrey Hepburn

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry For

“It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.”– Vince Lombardi

“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 that has been opened for us.” –Helen Keller

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

How Successful People Think

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” —Plutarch 

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” — Napoleon Hill