Personal growth can mean different things to different people. However, it usually refers to improving one’s skills, habits, behaviors or actions.

People also measure their progress differently. What some see as a small improvement, may be a great achievement to others. But no matter how demanding you are of yourself or how much you want to accomplish, the important thing is to be able to acknowledge your progress.

Seeing how far you’ve come can sometimes be hard. This usually happens when you’re not happy with the results you’re getting. You’re not giving yourself enough time to get from point A to point B, so you always feel that whatever you’ve accomplished is not enough. You feel stuck, like you’re not really going anywhere.

Whenever thoughts like these come to mind, you need to give yourself some credit. It doesn’t matter how slow you’re moving as long as you’re moving. Be ambitious but be kind to yourself. Strive to become better, but also remember to celebrate each small success and be grateful for how far you’ve come.  

Here are 25 personal growth quotes to acknowledge your progress:

Be patient with yourself. You are growing stronger every day. The weight of the world will become lighter…and you will begin to shine brighter. Don’t give up.


ROBERT TEW

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.


FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.


MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.


HENRY WARD BEECHER

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.


CHINESE PROVERB

Slow, steady progress is better than daily excuses.


ROBIN SHARMA

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.


THOMAS EDISON (more Thomas Edison quotes)

Self growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.


STEPHEN COVEY

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.


WINSTON CHURCHILL (more Winston Churchill quotes)

The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered with darkness, and struggle to reach the light.


SANDRA KRING

Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress is progress.


JEFF OLSON

We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

OPRAH WINFREY

Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but unlearning old limits.


ALAN COHEN

Transitions are almost always signs of growth but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind.


FRED ROGERS (more Mr. Rogers quotes)

There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.


DENIS DIDEROT

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.


ANDY ROONEY

All of us need to grow continuously in our lives. If you are the same person now that you were a year ago or even a day ago, then you are not growing.


LES BROWN (more Les Brown quotes)

Think of this day like the growth of a tree. Growing stronger and able to face adversity of the winds and storms with the experience that each year brings.


CATHERINE PULSIFER

Actively recognizing progress towards your goal will ultimately end up inspiring you and have you pushing even harder.


DENZEL J. WELLINGTON

Your mission statement is not static. Over a period of several years, your priorities and values are likely to change. That is good because change means growth. Your dreams change and, therefore, so do your goals.


NATHAN ARTHUR

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.


GAIL SHEEHY

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.


ERNEST HEMINGWAY

We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph, overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before arriving.


NAPOLEON HILL (more Napoleon Hill quotes)

When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.


ROY T. BENNETT

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off! You cannot make progress without making decisions.


JIM ROHN (more Jim Rohn quotes)