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While we’d all like to be nothing short of Superwoman, there are times when the best of us feel weak. Empowerment is about building the women around us up and being true to who we are. If you’re in the mood for a little inspiration along the way, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some absolutely empowering quotes by strong, wonderful women.

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright

You have a voice. We all do. It’s how you choose to use it that really matters, though. Shying away from speaking out is always a mistake. When you have something that has to be said, for whatever reason, go ahead and say it. For far too long, women have kept their thoughts, opinions, and needs to themselves. Opening up and being honest with the people around you is the best way to combat that. I promise that you will feel a whole load better for having put the truth out there than for keeping it inside forever.

“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter

Whatever you want to do, it’s going to take some hard work, determination, and a whole lot of self-belief. Thinking that your dreams will be handed to you on a plate is naive. It’s never going to happen. But, if you’re willing to make a plan and put it in motion, you’ll likely see a truly positive change in your world. That’s something that’s truly beautiful too. If anyone would know about how to take the power they deserve, it’s sure to be Beyonce.

I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay

Contrary to what you may have heard, you’re 100% in control of your life. That means that you get to choose your own adventure; choose your own destiny. If you hope and wish for your life to be a certain way, it may never happen. However, if you work at creating an existence that suits you, it will. This is all about knowing what you want and having the guts to go out there and get it. If that’s not empowering, I don’t know what is.

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

And now, for something a little harder. Forgiveness. It’s easy to tell someone that you forgive them, but it’s a whole lot harder to actually do it. Holding onto grudges is a surefire way to make your life a living hell, though. It’s just not healthy to hold onto things and let them fester inside you. Before you know it, you’ll become a walking, talking ball of resentment and anger. So, before that happens, it’s time to let go of the past. Forgive all the people who have crossed you over the years and, most importantly, forgive yourself.

“Every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.” – Ani DiFranco

No one else in this world can define you. If you keep that in mind, the ball will always be in your court. Sometimes, we worry too much about what others happen to think of us. If you do that enough, you can fast send yourself around the bend. It’s not worth it. Figure out who you honestly are when no one else is watching and then work at being the very best version of that particular person. That’s all you can do.

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

It’s perfectly natural to be scared of things. You may worry about changing careers, leaving a toxic relationship, or starting a new project. What if everything somehow goes completely wrong? It could happen. Of course, it could. But fear should never be the thing that stops you trying. When you need change in your life, you will sense it. It will be a feeling that you simply cannot shake, no matter how hard you try.

All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time.” – Julie Andrews

If life were always plain sailing, we’d surely get bored of it. There’s one thing that all of us need to accept — times will go up and down. There will be moments in your life when you’re scared to move forward. There will be times when it feels as though you’re moving backward. Through all the rocky times, though, keep in mind that things will pass. Nothing lasts forever and you just need to stay strong.

The wise words of these women ought to be enough to bolster you up and take on the world. The point is that we all have so much to give so, with a little self-belief, we can achieve the greatest of things. So long as you remember that, you’re certain to truly go far and empower those around you too. 

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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