20 Quotes For our Future to Inspire Greatness in 2020

Does anyone else feel like they need a little inspiration for the future?

It’s almost 2020 and most of the time we are filled with fear. Why is that? We are constantly needing to restore our faith in humanity and that is quite sad. We are about to embark on a turn of the century by going into a new decade.

It’s about time we start a new beginning with a fresh coat of paint. We need to focus on the future in a positive light, am I right? Who’s with me?

If you are in need of an inspirational boost, I have compiled a few quotes about the future that will make your heart sing. It’s a great time to be alive, everyone! Let’s inspire some greatness into the lives of others.

Here are twenty quotes for our future to inspire greatness in 2020.

Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

To me this means that we need to think humbly and with much heart. If you are doing something, that means you are not doing nothing. Getting up and solving your problems doesn’t happen on it’s own. Look around you, find the tools you need to make things happen and do it.


All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale

To me this means that there are three things you need to make things happen: a plan, a path and courage. The hardest out of all of these is the courage, obviously. The plan is the fun part! The path is the way and the decision to get up and do something about your problems takes courage. What’s holding you back? Most likely it’s you. You may be in your own way. That’s okay! Realize it, create a plan and start on your path. You can do it.


Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.

Desmond Tutu

To me this goes back to my Artfirmation intention that “Love wins every time”. Each human is of value no matter where you come from, who you pray too or what you look like. I love that hope is included in this quote because they are both intertwined. Love and hope are the key to finding a positive future. This also means that we need to act on love and hope to survive. Don’t be afraid of love and hope, it will be the source of our future.


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

To this is one resonates deep. It takes years to understand who you are, what you are meant to do and how you can achieve it. There are years that you will believe you can’t do it and there are years that it will be easy. There will be doubts, fears and worry throughout your journey to find yourself. Listen to each one of them, learn from them and never stop believing in yourself. You are way more powerful than you realize. Pain brings clarity. Own it.


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Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.

Malala Yousafzai

To me this means that we don’t need to wait until the future is upon us to make changes in our life. There are a lot of things that we have on our to-do list that never get done because life gets in the way. Writing down your dreams and making them a reality is a lot easier than it sounds. Break things down to life-size pieces and tackle it one day at a time. Create your future now so that when it is here, you’ve made it a good one.


The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

To me this means that you are going to have to step outside of your comfort zone to make things happen. You’re going to have to do a lot of things you don’t want to do in order to achieve success, wealth, health and a positive future. You are going to feel uncomfortable during events of the unknown and that’s okay. Working with impossibilities makes things possible. There are going to be times where you need to do things you never knew you could do. You got this.


For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.

Wallis Simpson

To me this dives deep inside yourself to see what kind of a person you really are. What does your spirit say about you? Are you strong-willed, independent, courageous and good? Are you weak, insecure, selfish and lazy? Really assess your own life and the decisions you’ve made to see where you are today. If you’re strong in your mind, your life will follow. You know what they say about spirit? It’s the hardest to break.


You only have one life, and if it is not going in the direction you want it to, now is the time to make changes. 

Joyce Meyer

To me this is about self reflection. You and you alone are responsible for your thoughts, actions and decisions. If you don’t like the way your life is going, you have the power to change it no matter if you think you don’t. It may not happen overnight, but you are the one who will need to make changes, big or small, to see the direction altered. It also means you have one life so you have one chance to get it right. Choose wisely and take your time.


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To me this is about inner awareness. It took me years to truly understand what I had inside of me and the power that held. Love, support and knowledge all go into the journey that is self awareness. Ralph is saying that your choices of future and past all reflect the power you have inside of you. It benefits you to learn about yourself daily. Consume all the knowledge, write all the journals, talk to all the people. Do whatever it takes to learn about yourself.


If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

To me this has to do with the power of thought. You can see things in two ways, of course. You can be a glass half full or a glass half empty person. The mind is very powerful and often times will tend to lean towards the negative because of the way the world is designed. Fighting for happiness is a mindset and a daily job. One of the reasons I created Artfirmations is because you need to remind yourself daily of the positivity otherwise the negativity will swallow you whole. Think positive! Change your thoughts, change your world.


Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

To me this means that we don’t lean on our support system enough when we are going through things. This is a positive quote about sticking together for sure. Safety in numbers! However, it’s so much more than that. Trying to solve your problems by yourself can be terrifying. If you surround yourself by your loved ones, family, friends and those you trust, the problems seem to get smaller and more manageable. It’s important to know who you can trust in every situation.


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

Henry Ford

To me this is something I need to remember more often! When things seem to be going against you, everything feels out of control. You feel certain that you will fail because of the stacked odds, however, it’s the strongest of people that understand that they can conquer it. Like a plane taking off against the wind, it is not going to be easy. If things are against you, keep fighting, keep trying and never give up. There are smooth sailing skies ahead.


There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.

Josiah Gilbert Holland

To me this is a step by step quote which is a friendly reminder not to take things on all at once. I am often at fault for trying to do too much at once and I crash because of it. I am learning the power of succession, the power of patience and the power of time management. You can’t manage too many things and expect them all to be 100% successful. If you can focus your energy solely on one thing, it will prosper. Use the force, Luke!


You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Maya Angelou

To me this is such an awesome quote because…creativity! I’ve never thought of it like this because for me, creativity comes and goes with my emotional state of mind. I have to be in a good place for my creative juices to flow. But with this quote from the unstoppable Maya Angelou, I can think of creativity much differently. The more creative juices you use, the more you have…such a different perspective of it! Instead of being depleted and not being able to creative, I can now understand that I have untapped creative resources that will never end. Time to create!


What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan

To me this is a statement about the value you put on success, money and worth. Don’t get this confused with laziness! Essentially, a person can get up, do nothing and go to bed. That’s not what Bob is saying. He is saying that the fact that you are alive, breathing and able to have a bed at night is more than enough. Anything else on top of that is what you want to do with your life. Money doesn’t put value on the things that are important to you, it’s the process of your choices that determine success. Choose wisely!


If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

Steve Jobs

To me this is a quote about your career choices. Steve was a complex being with many talents. He was passionate about what he did and it showed, still to this day, even though he is long gone. RIP Steve. Putting vision on your work creates motivation. With motivation you can really move through your work without being pushed. It’s important that you are happy in what you do, otherwise the resentment, hatred and unhappiness seep in and you won’t truly be successful in your career. Listen to your inner vision when it comes to your career choices. Steve did!


Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; what would it look like?

Brian Tracy

To me this is a choose-your-own-adventure type of quote. It’s a question not many of us like to ask because it brings out the feeling that we don’t have what we ultimately want. But the truth is, that on this ‘list of the perfect life’, you will find that you have (hypothetically speaking) more than half already. If you don’t have the things that make your life ‘perfect’ currently, then you have got yourself a list of goals! Either way, this list is important for reflection on your past, your current state and your future goals for yourself. Get writing!


I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.

Albert Einstein

To me this is a quote about hindsight. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. I have had several people say no to me throughout my life and each time it has hurt like hell. I have learned to accept the power of ‘no’ and use it as a tool to make myself better. There is always a reason for every ‘no’ and that means you need to learn from it. After it hurts, purge it and take the steps you need to learn why you were told no in the first place. Later, your future self will thank you because it made you smarter, stronger and ready for the right path.


What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.

Don Zimmer

To me this is a quote about working hard and loving it. Just because you may not be skilled in everything you need to be successful today, doesn’t mean you can’t learn for the future. I love the term ‘hustle’ too! It’s a newish term for those that rise and grind! Get up, get out and make things happen! Giving it 110% ALL the time is not really reality for me, but I can mentally try every time if I have the desire. Sometimes giving it your all means resting and listening to your body to recharge for the hustle. Hustle hard, stay humble.


Whatever you do and whoever you are, own it.

Caylin White

This one is mine. All mine. I love this quote so much that I tattooed it on my body. The term “own it” means that you should never be fake, superficial or something you aren’t. If you are bold, brave, smart and unstoppable – own it! If you are selfish, evil and lazy – own it. Don’t pretend you’re something you aren’t so you can fool people that care about you. Be you, all the time. Even on Facebook.


I hope 2020 is your best year yet simply because you believe in the power of positivity, the beauty within and the magic of love.

What’s your favorite quote for inspiration? Share it with me in the comments!

Go forth, friends and prosper!

XO

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