ESSENCE Asks: What Affirmations Inspire You?

We asked what affirmations inspire you. Here's what you had to say.

Yolanda Sangweni Jul, 31, 2011

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.