Inspirational words can be found in a motivational quote, an inspiring poem, a thoughtful text from a loved one or a song that energizes you. They can spark positivity and lift you up in a time of struggle or challenge.
And sometimes a single inspirational word can be more than enough. To encourage and inspire you.
It’s meaning – the feelings and pictures that it represents and the emotions it sparks in you.
Short Inspirational Words
Here is a list of 6 simple, but powerful inspirational words that can have this effect.
Read them slowly and think about how they make you feel. Hopefully, you too will find them inspiring:
To me, being ‘enough’ is being more than sufficient. But it’s not about measuring or comparing. It’s learning to know and trust in yourself.
We know we could be better, faster, richer, fitter, smarter, better looking etc, because we are constantly bombarded with messages telling us so. But the word ‘enough’ is knowing that we are okay with who we are — warts and all, instead of always focusing on what is missing, which leaves us feeling unmotivated.
The word ‘enough’ is inspiring as it reminds you that how you are right now is perfectly okay, and yet there are still possibilities for growth.
Ah, the possibilities that the word ‘yet’ provides!
It’s brutally honest and yet still inspirational (see what I did there?), by acknowledging that something hasn’t happened up until now, but it’s still an open possibility.
“I’m not a very good runner….yet”
“I can’t swim as well as the others…yet”
I use this word often with my kids when I’m trying to encourage them to keep trying something that has been difficult for them and it’s a simple way of opening their minds to the concept of having a growth mindset.
Next time you start saying ‘I can’t, I don’t, I’m not….try adding ‘yet’ to the end of it and see how it fits.
I’m sure you don’t need to know the official definition of the word ‘begin’, but it certainly helps to illustrate how it can be an inspiring word:
To do the first part of an action: go into the first part of a process (Merriam-Webster)
We all have those actions, habits or tasks that we know we need to start in order to grow and develop further. But sometimes starting them is the hardest part.
What do you need to just ‘begin’?
In order to get ourselves into an inspired state, we need to truly believe.
As this famous quote by Gandhi states, beliefs are the ground zero for success:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Helping others, looking beyond ourselves and being of service to those who need, is truly inspiring.
It’s a win/win situation for both parties and science backs this up.
You only need to think of that feel-good feeling you had the last time you were able to help somebody. It will inspire you to do more, help more and boosts your confidence in yourself.
“For it is in giving that we receive.” Saint Francis Of Assisi
Have you ever noticed that a huge big goal doesn’t seem so daunting once you’ve started chipping away at it?
That’s because you’ve created momentum.
strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events
Much like the snowball effect, by starting towards your goal (however small that action) you’ve created momentum. From there, the perceived effort of continuing has been reduced and it’s easier to keep going, picking up speed and reaching big goals.
List of Inspirational Words
Different words will of course inspire different people. And some words have more power at different stages of life.
Here is a list of 34 more single inspiring words that may resonate with you:
Inspirational Words of Encouragement
You’ve found an inspiring word….now what?
Of course, it’s all good and well to read a word that inspires you…and then do nothing with it.
But, if you want to keep it fresh in your mind, check out How To Make Your Inspiring Word Really Stick.
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