20 Motivational Quotes for an ADHD Day

Executive Function & ADHD, Mindset

March 29, 2023

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I’m a huge fan of motivational quotes and I find it can be a fun way to manage ADHD by getting inspired by others and seek to develop some of their inspirational qualities in myself.

The thing is, whenever my motivation lags, quotes help me recharge. Sometimes, when I am just having a day when the dopamine is working against me, I enjoy finding witty, funny, or inspiring quotes that remind me of what I’ve forgotten while drowning in doubts, fears, or overwhelm.

Even though I consider myself to be proficient at managing my mind, this motivational dip happens to me from time to time. I figure, I can’t be alone in this. There must be others on the ADHD continuum who do too.

That’s why I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite quotes that help me out of the funks I get myself into on occasion.

So, here’s a list of my 20 favorite motivation quotes all in one place. Enjoy!

20 of My Favorite Motivation Quotes for an ADHD Kinda Day

It always seems impossible until its done – Nelson Mandela

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. ~ Franklin P. Jones

It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change~ Queen Elizabeth II

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.~ Will Rogers

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.~ Nelson Mandela

A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.~ Mark Twain

I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.~ Cicily Tyson

Bad decisions make good stories.~ Ellis Vidler

Just Start. Don’t worry that you don’t have all the answers yet.~ Allie Webb

I am an early bird and a night owl… so I am wise and I have worms~ Michael Scott

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.~ Henry Ford

Think like a proton. Always positive.~ Unknown

There will never be a right time. Stop waiting and start doing.~ Mel Robbins

I did’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.~ Benjamin Franklin

Doubting yourself is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice.~ Mel Robbins

Well-behaved women seldom make history.~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.~ unknown

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.~ Dalai Lama

If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.~ unknown

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.~ Winnie the Pooh

Did it Work??? Did you find some inspo to pull you out of the funk?

If none of these quotes do the trick for you, check out the post I wrote on how to flip the switch from procrastinating to productive. It’s my other chosen method for getting back into go-mode.


If these funky days are more common than you want to admit (I won’t tell!), maybe there is a lagging executive function skill that’s at the root of the problem. Skills can be learned but only if you are aware of what to work on. If you want to learn about how your executive function serving you take the skills quiz to find out!

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Hi, I'm Kathryn.

I'm an ADHD life coach, and I can help you with all the lies your brain tells, reach your goals, and live an empowered life.

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