What are the words that keep you focused and motivated each day? They may have come from your grandmother, a favorite book or celebrity.

We asked our ESSENCE Facebook friends to ask, “What affirmations keep you inspired?”

Here what you had to say:

Jonelle wrote: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Lori said: “Whatever leaves your life makes room for something better.” –Iyanla Vanzant

Gina wrote: “Real integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” –Oprah Winfrey

Destiny wrote: “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

Juliette wrote: “I trust the process of life to bring me my highest good.”

Stephanie wrote: “Where I’ve been is going to make me better as I get to where I’m going.”

Jeni said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” — Maya Angelou

Ora wrote:  ‎”Trusting a person is giving someone the ability to destroy you completely and confidence that they won’t.”

Tracy said: “Don’t confuse the people who are always around with the ones who are always there.”

Benita wrote: ‎”Love is the only force that can turn an enemy into a friend.”

Tell us what inspires you. Log on to the ESSENCE community page here.

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