8 Powerful Quotes That Encourage You to Let Go and Start Over

8 Powerful Quotes That Encourage You to Let Go and Start Over

Given the challenges we all face in pursuing our goals and dreams, it’s common to find ourselves in need of motivation to keep moving forward. But there are also those times when you come to an even more difficult point in your journey, when what you really need is an affirmation to let go of your current life and begin a new one.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know how much I love sharing quotes and affirmations that uplift and support others in their personal growth. Here are some of my favorites that have taught me to stay true to who I am and let go of the fear that comes with embarking on a new path. Please click the sharing links above this post to inspire your friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook!

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot

This quote always reassures me that no matter how old you are, or how many mistakes you’ve made along the way, you can always take the steps necessary to rediscover your true purpose in life.

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” — Paulo Coelho

This is a beautiful reminder that you have the capacity to do whatever you want with your life. Right now, actually. No need to wait for the “right time.”

“It is not wrong to go back to that which you have forgotten.”— West African proverb

Some people feel like once they’ve chosen a particular path, that they can never turn back. Not true! Once you realize that you’re not where you’re supposed to be, you can go back to that homeplace, that starting point that feels right to you.

“We attain freedom as we let go of whatever does not reflect our magnificence. A bird cannot fly high or far with a stone tied to its back. But release the impediment, and we are free to soar to unprecedented heights.” – Alan Cohen

This quote is an affirmation that nothing can hold you back unless YOU let it. The sky is the limit when you release what’s keeping you from moving forward.

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” — John Pierpont Morgan

It doesn’t take this big, grand display of courage to make a change in your life. Sometimes, all you need to do is make the decision that you WILL begin exploring a new path.

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” – Joseph Campbell

One of the biggest challenges to making progress with something new is not being able to LET GO of the old. This quote is a great reminder that when you try to keep one foot in the familiar as a Plan B, you never give yourself a chance to really succeed at Plan A.

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” — Mary Pickford

Sometimes life gives us a second chance, but we’re too ashamed to take it. Instead of holding on to your past mistakes, accept the truth that there’s something better waiting for you when you let go.

“Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job. And onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another – that is surely the basic instinct . . . Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.” – Barbara Kingslover

At some point, we all need to take a moment to step back and consider whether the highway we’ve been driving on for years still leads to the ultimate destination we want for our lives. If it doesn’t, it might be time to get off at the next exit and start doing something else!

What are YOUR favorite quotes that help you let go of fear and move toward the life you really want?

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  1. The best thing that has happened to me, is to have discovered this site. Happy Black Woman. When at this point in my life felt life such a failure that my life was over. Reading all of this stuff has given me energy to get up and do something with my life. Thank you hv a great weekend.

  2. lolz

    I love quotes that boost me up at the time when i feel so lost n confused it inspires me to go ahead….

  3. Lucky


    This one is very excellent,
    I love sharing of quotes to all my fellows and friends, i was planing to start a new way to share quotes by email to all i knew, i was searching for a message how to make a start. This article was end of my search.



  4. Letitia

    I totally needed to see this quote because I am in a situation where I need to gain the courage to let go and move on to another chapter in my journey. Thank you!

  5. Hi there i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere, when i
    read this paragraph i thought i could also make comment due
    to this brilliant article.

  6. Love Kingsolver’s work. Have you read, “Animal, vegetable, miracle”?

    Some of my favorites:

    “”The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.”
    Toni Cade Bambara

    “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
    Audre Lorde

    “In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”
    Alice Walker

    • I haven’t yet read any of her work but looking forward to. I recently bought “High Tide in Tuscon” just because of that quote!

  7. Great list! I’m preparing for a big life 360 and all of these are spot on.
    Here’s one that’s become my personal mantra:
    “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

  8. Pauline

    Love these quotes.
    How we all need to have the courage to let go of what nolonger serves us.