The 33 Most Inspiring Quotes on Finding your Way

Words inspire. They remind us of what’s important. They force us to stop and take a look at how we’re moving through this life of ours and see if we’re really living every moment in a way that fulfills us. To help you find motivation in moments of doubt or confusion, I’ve created this whole post with quotes on finding your way. Hopefully, it nudges you to tune in with your inner self and helps you make sure you’re walking a life path that authentically suits you.

As a travel coach, I’m always helping my clients choose their path as they travel the world. I believe that only by taking the time to explore the inner you, can you get real about finding your way. And this journey is the true path to freedom, joy, and a fulfilled life.

So, I’m always happy to help fellow explorers find their way, even if it’s just with inspirational quotes. Here they are, my 33 favorite quotes on finding your way:

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”~ Jean de La Fontaine

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” ~ Jerry Gillies

“The best day of your life if the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to rely on or blame. The gift is yours, it’s an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.” ~ Bob Moawad

“What you discover on your own is always more exciting than what someone else discovers for you – it’s like the marriage between romantic love and an arranged marriage.” ~ Terrence Rafferty

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.” ~ Julien Green

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung

I spend most of my 20s gallivanting the world, looking outside towards the world to find comfort or a place that felt right. It was only once the journey went inward that I realized that if I felt at home inside myself, I could find peace and happiness wherever.

“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” ~ Hugh Prather

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” ~ Lucille Ball

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.” ~ Anonymous

If we wait until we’ll be able to do things perfectly, we don’t ever do anything. We sit around waiting for the perfect road map to achieve our dreams. But sometimes, to find what’s right, you gotta try things. Along the path of trials, you’ll go on wrong turns, screw up and realize that these dead ends aren’t for you. But it’s only by doing that, that you become more clear which path might actually work for you.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” ~ St. Augustine

“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.” ~ Anonymous

“If you do not like where you are, move. You are not a tree.” ~ Jim Rohn

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ~ Brene Brown

Authenticity is so often the missing pillar that could allow us all to be free. Without it we stay captive to expectations, norms and the natural movement of the herd.

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” ~ Susie Miller

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

“Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is that small voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”. ~ Mary Anne Radmarcher

Listening to this super quiet, super subtle voice within me is one of the most courageous things I do. It’s true… I’m not saying it just because the quote says it. The quote was chosen because it really hit home. Throughout my life, people have often told me that I was brave for the decisions I made or paths I chose. But to me, the bravest things I do are much more subtle. Trusting that no matter what, I’ll be ok. Believing that is what makes me feel strong and brave.

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~ George Addair

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Wayne Dyer

“A ship is always safe at shore. But that is not what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein

Get the hell out of your comfort zone NOW! It’s not there that you’ll find any growth or opportunities that’ll allow you to soar and be the best version of yourself. Sure it’s comfy and there’s no much movement that might cause motion sickness, but it’s that exact stagnation that will slowly cause you to wither. Be bold. Be brave. Leave the harbor and explore!

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.”  ~ Marie Curie


“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ~Samuel Backett

“Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost.” ~Gerard Abrams

“It’s okay to look at the past and the future. Just don’t stare.” ~ Lisa Lieberman-Wang

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.” ~ Robert G. Allen

The most amazing moments of your life happen because you are willing to risk failure, brave rejection and dare to dream. Stop playing it safe. Dream big, love deeply and leap courageously to live the best version of life for you.

“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s junk.” ~ Louise Smith

The past can weight on us… if we let it. Don’t let it. Spend some time accepting your past, so that you can finally soar fearlessly into the future. Question beliefs you’ve made, forgive and don’t be scared to keep learning and seeking new outlooks and perceptive. These gems will help you get rid of yesterday’s junk in your hands (heart and mind).

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” ~ Tony Robins

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.” ~ Unknown

“Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” ~ Rick Warren

We often get impatient about the road ahead and so forget the steps we’ve taken up until now. Recognize all the progress you’ve made to help motivate you to keep climbing. The road IS the journey, so stop obsessing about the destination. You’ll get there, but until then, enjoy what’s happening now.

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

It’s time to ditch the safe, comfy route. Why not venture out to the untidy side trail where the flowers bloom in disarray? True growth and fulfillment are found outside the comfort zone, away from the paved road. Go out and find your own custom made off-beat trail.

Which of the 33 quotes on finding your way did you find most inspiring? Let me know in the comments below.


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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Rich Hartner

    really good stuff, I appreciate the hard work you put into it!

    1. Jo

      Thanks Rich!

  2. Carla

    Nice compilation, Jo! Thanks so much!

  3. kal

    Hi Jo. I’m big-time into quotes and love using them in my articles. I find it is a great way to highlight an important point. Your article is a big find as there is a nice compilation of varied outlooks in life. Incidentally, my blog is on similar lines of self-discovery. Please do visit. I would love to hear your comments.- much like chooseyourway

  4. Kelechi-Ebibilem, Flora.

    This is helpful. Courage booster.
    Thanks for sharing.

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