15 Motivating Quotes to Keep You Kicking Butt All Summer Long

Sometimes there's nothing more motivating than a great quote. Here are 15 of our favorites to help power up your summer!

Losing weight requires a lot of things—a sustainable diet plan that works for your body, an exercise program that keeps you challenged, a support network of family and friends, some sort of accountability and structure to keep you on track.

But more than any of that, what you need is the right mindset—having a determined, positive outlook can make a huge difference in your success. This, however, can be more difficult than it might seem.

As anyone who as tried to lose weight knows, it’s easy to turn to negativity or feel hopeless when things get tough or you’re not making progress as quickly as you’d like. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to help you get your head back in the game, from weight loss blogs to friends to favorite books. One of our favorite sources of turn-things-around motivation are quotes. They may be short, but a great quote packs a serious punch and will leave you thinking about it—and working your butt off because of it—for many days afterward.

With the arrival of summer—a season that can be super challenging it comes to staying on track and feeling good about your efforts—we gathered up 15 of our favorite, most motivating quotes, which you can turn to all summer long to help you stay on track when times get tough. After all, in the words of Zig Ziglar:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar

Right on, Zig. So here’s some more fuel to add to your daily motivational fire. You’ve totally got this!

1. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.”— Brian Tracy

2. “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” –Chinese proverb

3. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” –Ralph Marston

4. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis

5. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

6. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, never the goal.” –Unknown

7. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” –Florence Nightingale


8. “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” -Gary Player

9. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan 

10. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” –Will Rogers

11. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese proverb

12. “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” –Mary Kay Ash

13. “There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.” –Beverly Sills

14. “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." -Ray Kroc

15. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." -Yoda

Make it WayBetter

Whether it's one of the above quotes or a favorite of your own, write down some words that inspire you when you read them. Put them in your wallet, your purse, a locket--something that comes with you everywhere--and turn to them when you need a boost.