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124 Inspiring Show Up For Yourself Quotes

“Talk To Yourself Like Someone You Love.”- Brene Brown

We have all heard it before, you have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else. Yet, loving oneself is hard, really hard.

We are our own biggest critics. We tend to be very good at finding fault with ourselves, and slow to recognizing our positive traits.

The quotes in this article can help to remind ourselves of the importance of loving ourselves, and the rightness of that. They give us that push to say, “Right, I’m a good person with talents and skills, and I am worthy of love.”

Learning to recognize who we are, accept who we are, and then love who we are, while challenging, can be what allows us to go out into the world with confidence.

If we can be happy in who we are, then we will be more accepting of others, and this opens the door to more fulfilling relationships. So, as difficult as it may be, showing up for yourself is essential to a full and gratifying life.

How Quotes Can Help

Quotes can play a major role in figuring out who we are, leading us to where we want to be, and helping us to live that truth.

Quotes on any topic can do so much to build us up and encourage us, help us find our way, remind us to be the kind of person we want to be, and even just laugh and relax.

What quotes have that make them so popular and effective is the fact that they are brief. Quotes are little gems of wisdom that say a lot in only a few words.

We can quickly read the phrase and capture its meaning. Our world moves at an alarming pace, and quotes fit that pace.

We are surrounded by quotes. We see them on the side of buildings, they are posted in the subway trains, they are on the side of our cereal box, on a grocery store bag, on a coffee mug, and engraved in jewelry.

There is a simple reason that we see quotes everywhere. It’s because they strike a chord with us. As we race through our day, reading an inspirational quote as we sit on the bus on our way to work can motivate us to set an intention, and it can influence the kind of day we will have. They help us to focus on what is important in life, and more specifically, on our own life.

Quotes are effective as a way of directing our thoughts, and in this article that direction is showing up for yourself, loving yourself. Read through these wonderful quotes and see what resonates with you. You could be on your way to a more rewarding and meaningful life just by connecting with a few words.

40 Motivational Show Up For Yourself Quotes

1. “Be the very love that you crave.” - Christine Kane

 Be the very love that you crave. Self-Care

2. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.” - Budda

3. “There is nothing rarer, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the essence of beauty.” -Steve Maraboli

4. "Recognize and reward people for excellence, not for just showing up." - Frank Sonnenberg

5. “I’m tired… KEEP SHOWING UP! I don’t feel like it… KEEP SHOWING UP! I can’t see any results… KEEP SHOWING UP!” - Unknown

6. “Self-care is a divine responsibility.” - Danielle Laporte

7. “Life is about putting forth your best effort and showing up. When you show up to the gig fearless and put forth your best, who knows what could come of it?” - Shangela

8. “Showing up is essential. Showing up constantly is powerful. Showing up constantly with a positive outlook is even more powerful.” - Jeff Olson

9. “You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.” - Jessica Ortner

10. "The worst thing that happens in life is not death. The worst thing would be to miss it… I think the great danger in life is not showing up." - Rachel Naomi Remen


11. “Talk to yourself like someone you love.” - Brene Brown

12. “Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort." - Deborah Day

13. “I don’t know where to start”… JUST START! DO SOMETHING! Take that first step. Every step you take adds up and sooner or later, you’ll lack back and see you’re at the top of that staircase.” - Unknown

14. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” - Diane Von Furstenberg

15. “Perseverance doesn’t always mean winning and losing. Perseverance means showing up and rising to the occasion and performing.” - Michael Chiesa

16. “Loving yourself isn’t vanity; it’s sanity.” - Katrina Mayer

17. “When you rebuild your spirit, its branches will bear the fruit that brings strength back to your voice.” - Harpreet M Dayal

18. “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” - Lucille Ball

19. “Impress yourself. Show yourself that you can grow and get better. It’s never about competing with anyone else. In the end, it’s just you vs. you.” - Marcandangel

20. “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” - Shannon L. Alder

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

21. “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” - Carl Jung

22. “Self-Care has very little to do with your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.” - Tyra Banks

23. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does- that makes you a winner right there.” - Venus Williams

24. “If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.” - Wayne Dyer

25. “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” - Katie Reed

26. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” - Rupi Kaur

27. “Most of your life is showing up. You do the best you can, which varies from day to day.” - Regina Brett

28. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” - Maya Angelou

29. “Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” - Parker Palmer

30. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” - Woody Allen

31. “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” - Unknown

32. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” - Marianne Williamson

33. “Be your own best cheerleader. Show up for yourself and believe in yourself, and you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.” - Alan Young


34. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” - M. Scott Peck

35. “There’s nothing more daring than showing up, putting ourselves out there and letting ourselves be seen.” - Brené Brown

36. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” - Buddha

37. “Just show up and things will happen.” - Mother Teresa

38. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” - Maya Angelou

39. “There is a verison of yourself you have not met yet. Keep showing up until you’re introduced.” - Jim Kwik

40. “Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every relationship that you have.” - Unknown

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25 One-Liner Show Up For Yourself Quotes

41. "To stay on the map, you’ve got to keep showing up.” - Peter Gallagher

42. "To me, bravery is to stand up for what you believe in." - Sophie Turner

43. "Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you." - John Wooden

44. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” - Henry David Thoreau

45. "Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you." - LL Cool J

46. "Keep showing up for your side of the job and give genius a chance to do its part." - Elizabeth Gilbert

47. “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” - Woody

48. "It's important to stand up for what you believe in." - Cody Linley

49. "Actions speak louder than words." - Becca Fitzpatrick

50. “Half the battle is just showing up.” - Stephen Hawkin

51. “No matter how you feel. Get up. Dress up. Show up and never give up.” - Unknown

52. “Worthiness, it is there, always there and today, I hope you find it.” - Harpreet M Dayal

Worthiness, it is there, always there and today, I hope you find it. Self-Care

53. "If you fell down yesterday, stand up today." - H.G. Wells

54. "Be different, stand out, and work your butt off." -Reba McEntire

55. “Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.” - Pema Chodron

56. "Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice." - Shawn Johnson

57. “Carry hope in your pockets, let it see the light of tomorrow.” - Harpreet M Dayal


58. "It’s better to show up than to give up." - Bernie Sanders

59. "I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you." - Tina Turner

60. "The world is run by those who show up." - Ron Nehring

61. “Be happy, and the reason will come along.” - Robert Brault

62. “Showing up is not all of life- but it counts for a lot.” - Hillary Clinton

63. “The willingness to show up changes us, it makes us a little braver each time.” - Brené Brown

64. “Decisions are made by those who show up.” - Aaron Sorkin

65. “If you don't show up for yourself, who will?” - Alan Young

If you don't show up for yourself, who will? Self-Care

25 Long Show Up For Yourself Quotes

66. “Showing up begins long before you stand at the start. Prove yourself an exception in a world where people talk more than act. Intent without follow-through is hollow. Disappoint yourself enough times and empty is how you feel. Make yourself proud. Fill yourself up. Show up.” - Gina Greenlee

67. I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can’t ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won’t stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you’d be surprised that people say ‘Can I be of help? - Maya Angelou

68. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep, loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

69. “Compassionate action has to start with ourselves. If we are willing to stand fully in our own shoes and never give up on ourselves, then we will be able to put ourselves in the shoes of others and never give up on them.” - Pema Chodron

70. "You have two choices. you can keep running and hiding and blaming the world for your problems, or you can stand up for yourself and decide to be somebody important." - Sidney Sheldon

71. “No matter how many obstacles we face from birth—the outcome of letting loose love and showing up marks humankind— for success wins human equality, discretely.” - Kamini Arichandran


72. "You have two choices. you can keep running and hiding and blaming the world for your problems, or you can stand up for yourself and decide to be somebody important." - Sidney Sheldon

73. “With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.” - Susan Weiss Berry

74. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” - Bob Moawad

75. “The less I know – the more the world opens up, wide and waiting. This is how I have come to understand the taste of freedom. I am filled with resistance. But still, I am here. One letter on this screen at a time, I am here. Neck aching and back bent and eyes burning, I am here. This is what it means to show up. This is what it means to trust the calling. This is what It means to write.” - Jeanette LeBlanc

76. "Standing up for yourself doesn't always involve verbal confrontation. Sometimes it's about not wasting energy on people who are negative." - Sherry Argov

Standing up for yourself doesn't always involve verbal confrontation. Sometimes it's about not wasting energy on people who are negative.

77. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

78. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” - Jean Shinoda Bolen

79. “When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs, and habits – anything that kept me small. Judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” - Kim McMilllen

80. “Sometimes I act like I have my shit together more than I do. Sometimes I act like I don’t have my shit together as much as I do. I’m done acting. I’d rather just be okay with however together my shit is at the time, and still do my best to show up, as I am.” - Scott Stabile

81.“In your twenties. Your twenties are your selfish years. It is a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of yourself. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little and ever touch the ground.” - Kyoka Escamilla

82. “Show your work, and when the right people show up, pay close attention to them, because they’ll have a lot to show you.” - Austin Klean

83. “. . . when it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about: showing up for the people you love, again and again, until you can’t show up anymore.” - Rebecca Walker

84. “Showing up is essential. Showing up consistently is powerful. Showing up consistently with a positive outlook is even more powerful.” - Jeff Olson

85. “Remember, most of us got something for nothing the first time just by showing up here at birth. Now we have to qualify.” - Robert Fulghum

86. “If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” - Victoria Moran

87. “How you show up for yourself will speak volumes when its tome to show up for others. You cannot fill the cup of your neighbor or loved ones when you’re depleted. Take care of you. Take care of them. In that order.” - Alex Elle

88. “That’s when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn’t the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn’t enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn’t enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn’t. Not enough.” - Jenny Han

89. “If we want to change things, we must first change ourselves. If we want to play, if we want to change the world, we must first show up on the field to score.” - Paul Rusesabagina

90. "When you come from a family of ten children you learn very early on in life to stand up for yourself and hold your ground regarding the things you're passionate about." - Sufe Bradshaw

When you come from a family of ten children you learn very early on in life to stand up for yourself and hold your ground regarding the things you're passionate about.

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91. “Just keep showing up when most people quit.”

92. “When you work on showing up for yourself, you need to remember that cutting off toxic people from your life is part of that process.”

93. “Self-care is showing up for yourself like you do for others. Self-care is honoring the boundaries you have set for yourself. Self-care is releasing the habit of overextending in whats that are unhealthy and draining.”

94. “This year, I will love the work in progress that is me.”

95. “Bravery is the choice to show up and listen to another person, be it a loved one or perceived foe, even when it is uncomfortable, painful, or the last thing you want to do.”

96. “The formula for success is 2% talent, 8% luck and 90% of showing up every day.”

97. “Taking care of your mind, body and soul is part of showing up for yourself.”

98. “Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.”

99. “Showing yo for yourself means that you practice self-compassions and honor your boundaries.”

100. “A man shows up. For himself and others. He doesn’t run, he doesn’t pass the buck, he shows up. And when he is hurt, or when he has done wrong, or has made his own mistake — a man shows up. For himself and others.”

101. “Show yourself how much you can depend on the person you’ve become”

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102. “Showing up for yourself in the ultimate sense means that you make choices that honor your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs as they arise.”

103. “Showing up for people is ninety percent of the battle. Just make sure your hair is really cute.”

104. Whenever one person stands up and says, ‘Wait a minute, this is wrong,’ it helps other people do the same.

105. “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.”


106. “Instead of showing up to let everyone know how great we are, show up to find out how great everyone else is.”

107. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

108. “Do yourself and the world a favor and learn how to show up for yourself.”

109. “This is your reminder that you are capable of great things… You just need to start by showing up.”

110. “You can do the hard things and the first step is to show up.”

111. “It lives in the small things… the joy of people showing up.”

112. “Every time I start to ignore and act as if I don’t care, there you go again showing up and messing up my mind.”

113. “The energy we show up with is more often not the energy we encounter.”

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114. “They DID TRY QUITTING…Winners DO NOT QUIT! They show up. Rain hail or shine. They show up when it works, when it’s hard. They show up every single damn time! And that…that right there is the difference. Keep showing up.”

115. Showing up for yourself should mean that you practice self-forgiveness.”

116. “Even if you don’t see the results right away. Keep showing up until you do see the results. Even if you don’t say the results for a very, very long time… KEEP SHOWING UP!”

117. “We are in each others life for a reason. Thank the person in your life for showing up.”

118. “How you choose to show up magnetizes what shows up for you.”

119. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so that we can show up for the life that is waiting for us.”

120. “Trust yourself, you have survived a lot and you will survive whatever is coming.”

121. “Show up. Do the work. Get better. Stay positive. Do good. Keep pushing everyday. You’ll be amazed at where that gets you in life.”

122. “Show up. If you truly want to have clients and customers notice you and take you seriously, you have to put yourself out there, unapologetically.”

123. “Before anything else or anyone else, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. If you’re not treating yourself well on the inside, you will not be happy or healthy on the outside. Self-care is essential to your wellness.”

124. “What if the results don’t come? They’re not going to come if you quit. KEEP SHOWING UP!”

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Next Steps

To ensure that the quote that resonated with you does the most it can to take your life to the next level, you want to make it part of your life, and you can do that by following some super easy steps.

Which Quote Is Right?

  • The first thing you need to do is choose a quote. This is something that you don’t want to rush, so create a time when you can sit down with the list of quotes and read through them. The quotes are organized into categories to make it easy to navigate. There are two ways you can approach finding the right quote:
  • Read the category titles. If you know which area you want to focus on then choose that category and read through those quotes.
  • If you are not sure of the focus you want to take, then just start reading the quotes, and let them lead you. Check off the quotes that strike a chord with you, and then reread them to narrow your decision.
  • Choose one or two quotes. Since the purpose is to have a phrase that you incorporate into your life, it is better to have fewer quotes. Too many quotes and you will be getting them confused, and your focus will be scattered.

How Do You Display The Quote?

  • Your quote must be visible to you. Seeing the quote throughout your day will establish it in your mind, so you want to have it visible in different places where you spend time during your day. Here are some ideas:
  • If you are a jewelry lover, you could have the quote engraved on a favorite bracelet, ring, or pendant.
  • If coffee is your thing, and you need that morning coffee, what better way to start your day than with a mug that has your quote on it?
  • Do you love to go to the gym? Put your quote on your fav T-shirt, or even on your gym bag.
  • Is it your routine to curl up on the couch in the evening to watch your favorite show? Why not embroider your quote on a cushion that you can hold onto.


How Do You Make The Message Part Of Your Life?

The purpose of the quote is to make a change in your life, and in order to do that you need to do something with those marvelous words that you have put in lots of places so you can readily see them. Try these ideas to make those words really have an impact:

  • Read the quote and think about the words. Focus on the meaning.
  • Determine how you are going to take the meaning of those words and bring it to life during your day. Think of concrete things that you can do.
  • If you are focusing on being braver socially, then maybe you decide you will strike up a conversation with the next person in line at the coffee shop, or get out of your cubicle at break and talk to a colleague.
  • Don’t make it too big. Think small, doable steps, and build on each success.
  • Build in a time during your day, maybe a few times if possible, to read the quote and reflect on it. Let the words sink in. This might happen at lunchtime, and bedtime. It’s a great way to start and end your day.

Frequently Asked Question

What Do I Do If The Quote Doesn’t Seem To Be Working?

Not getting results? It’s likely time to change your quote. Ask yourself why the quote isn’t working. Maybe it’s not a good fit for the focus you want, maybe it’s too lengthy.

Return to the list of quotes and read through them again, and select a quote that is more in line with what you are trying to achieve.

124 Inspiring Show Up For Yourself Quotes