5 Positive Self-Talk Quotes to Remind You to be Kind to Yourself

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Being positive and kind to yourself is one of the most important things to do in life, and admittedly, it can be one of the hardest. This list features 5 of the most positive self-talk quotes to motivate you to get through the new year and all it has to offer. 

Change can be intimidating, even when the change is a number attached to what day or year it is. To combat that negative mindset with change, increase the usage of positive self-talk in your everyday routine. Here are 5 of my favorite quotes to encourage positive self-talk. 

1. “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” – Admiral William McRaven

Making your bed has been proven to be one of the smallest and most important changes to someone’s routine, life, and overall well-being. Making your bed can be something that you have control over to immediately start your day. You may not have control over the weather, but you have control over the fact that your bed is made and ready for you to peel it back when you get back home. To continue with that trend, Admiral McRaven is saying that making your bed will be the kickstart to more positive thinking and more openness to change. 

2. “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” – Charles Bukowski

As one of the most notable poets and novelists to date, Charles Bukowski was known for his uncensored writing. No topic was off limits, and no sentence was too far out. Some may even say he was vulgar or (find another word), but he was also incredibly passionate. He was passionate about finding who you loved, what you loved, and catering your life to that. To achieve those things, he was a big believer that loving yourself was the key, and had to be mastered before you could truly love anything else. 

3. “Be very very very gentle with yourself. The world is very very hard on you.” – Srividya Srinivasan

As a seasoned professional in the world of communications and literature, Srividya Srinivasan knows the challenges of an environment. Though you may not always be able to control that environment, she points out that it’s incredibly important to stay positive within yourself, because if you don’t grant yourself grace, you may lose it altogether. This world is hard, life is expensive, friends and family can be difficult, and work lives can be stressful, but the ability to be gentle with yourself and grant yourself grace will never lose its importance. 

4. “I feel like if it’s not scaring you, you’re doing it wrong.”-  Anna Kendrick

You may know Anna Kendrick from Pitch Perfect, but she does more than just sing acapella for the Bellas. Her book Scrappy Little Nobody includes tons of her personal anecdotes and enough quotes to describe life at every stage. She takes on life in such a genuine way. It has given her a true following and love from her fans. They buy into her values and her beliefs that if you want something it is not going to be a walk in the park, but the hard days and the trails will be worth it. 

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5. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand

If your high school was anything like mine, you read Anthem by Ayn Rand as a summer reading book, though of course, that is only the beginning to the legacy Ayn Rand left the literature world. Starting your days with the mantra that no matter what obstacles fall into play, no one is going to get in your way of what you want, is a powerful way to live, and that’s exactly what she pushed for.


Positive self-talk is incredibly important to your personal growth. As these famous writers, actors, and entrepreneurs have so beautifully stated, the way you present yourself to yourself is of utmost importance for your own standard of living. How you treat yourself will be a door into the way you allow others to treat you. So do so with kindness and grace. 

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