My Favorite Inspirational Quotes about Change

My Favorite Inspirational Quotes about Change by Sharon Martin, LCSW

Today I decided to share a few of my favorite inspirational quotes about change. They are my favorites because I have found them all to be very true for myself and my clients.

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The first quote I chose is from one of my favorite psychologists Carl Rogers. Psychotherapy is a process of changing one’s self. Have you noticed that you can’t change what you can’t accept? First we must open our hearts and eyes and completely accept ourselves. Only then, will we be able to change.


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The second inspirational quote is from Geneen Roth, who has written many wonderful books on emotional eating. This quote really speaks to me because I frequently see clients who are trying to emotionally shield themselves from getting hurt (again). In reality, the hurt has already happened and your efforts to protect yourself emotionally just leads to more problems in the present.

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I’ve been saying a paraphrased version of this quote for years. I was so excited when I recently realized it is an Eleanor Roosevelt quote. We tend to over estimate how much other people are thinking about us. Generally the opposite is true. We are spending most of our time worrying, analyzing, and critiquing ourselves.


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The final inspiration quote that I chose is from the writer Joseph Campbell. Sometimes we get caught up in what we think our life should be and what we’d hoped and planned it would be. No one’s life turns out the way they expected. When we hang onto that fantasy life, however, we miss out on what is right in front of us. Letting go of the life you had planned, allows you to embrace your reality and find joy in it.

Do these quotes ring true for you? Do you have a favorite inspirational quote about change?

Sharon Martin, a licensed counselor and psychotherapist in Northern California, specializes in helping adult children of alcoholics and others who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and self-criticism. She has a private psychotherapy practice in CA where she is available for online counseling. Sharon is also the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and write the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today.

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