30 Powerful and Motivating Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

30 Powerful and Motivating Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

If you have watched Oprah’s channel, OWN, then you have most likely heard about Iyanla Vanzant, the vibrant, spiritually tuned in, but grounded Author and host of the show Iyanla, Fix My Life. She is a thought-after speaker, motivator and spiritual facilitator, who’s numerous books landed on the bestseller lists.  One of my favorite works by her is the daily devotional Until Today – which is uplifting, thoughtful and thought-provoking without being preachy (and therefore suitable no matter what religious path you follow).

30 Iyanla Vanzant Quotes


“Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” - Iyanla Vanzant


  • “The only way to get what you really want is to let go of what you don’t want.”
    ― Iyanla Vanzant
  • “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.”
  • “ choice is a divine teacher, for when we choose we learn that nothing is ever put in our path without a reason.”
  • “One way to eliminate self-negating thoughts and behavior is by gaining more understanding through realizing that you cannot force others to see that what you feel is real.”
  • “If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don’t do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you make.”
  • “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”
  • “Before you find out who you are, you have to figure out who you aren’t..”
  • “When you can look a thing dead in the eye, acknowledge that it exists, call it exactly what it is, and decide what role it will take in your life then, my Beloved, you have taken the first step toward your freedom.”
    ― Iyanla Vanzant

  • So many of us invest a fortune making ourselves look good to the world, yet inside we are falling apart. It’s time to invest on the inside.”
  • “Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act.”
  • “You don’t get to tell people how to love you; you get to choose if you want to participate in the way they love.”
  • “Fear wears so many clever disguises it is virtually impossible to always recognize it. Fear disguises itself as the need to be somewhere else, doing something else, not knowing how to do something or not needing to do something.”
  • “When a thing has served its purpose, it will go away. If you try to hold on to something that has already fulfilled its purpose in your life, you are going to hurt yourself. If holding on is disturbing your peace of mind, it makes sense to let go. Surrender all attachments to people and things that you have been struggling to hold on to.”


“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.” - Iyanla Vanzant


  • “Trusting life is easy, but it requires that you understand and embrace the laws of life. Cause and effect, correspondence, vibration, attraction, love, and forgiveness are all concrete laws that govern the movement and unfolding of life. It is unfortunate that we are not taught these laws in school. It is even more unfortunate that we do not pay attention to how we do what we do, because that is how the laws are made practical and personal for us.”
  • “Even in the information age, trust is not a mass commodity that can be acquired; it must be handcrafted in your soul.”
  • “Your head or intellect is addicted to the satisfaction of your physical senses—the place that holds all of the programming and conditioning of your childhood and adult experiences and is the throne of the negative ego.”

  • “Learning to trust yourself means focusing on the good you are, the good you have, and the good you desire so that the truth can heal all error thought and allow you to see the blessing hidden in all that you have been through, gone through, and grown through.”
  • Once you commit to believing that you can trust yourself, your positive internal voice will eventually become louder than the negative external voices. Trusting what you hear—whether or not those around you agree with you—is a powerful and important step”
  • “Until you trust you, you will be suspicious, disconnected and dishonest with yourself and everyone else”
  • “Today I am devoted to addressing all the little things about me and in my life that I have not mastered!”
  • “Take a few deep breaths. Ask your anger to speak to you. Write down the thoughts. Write about the feelings. When you are finished, forgive yourself for holding on to the anger for so long. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to transform the anger into a passion for life. Today I am devoted to healing unresolved and unexpressed anger!”

“When you are in alignment with the desires of your heart, things have a way of working out.” - Iyanla Vanzant


  • “You have set standards for how you want to be treated and what you expect from yourself and for yourself.”
  • “You can never love anyone to your own detriment. That is not love, that is possession, control, fear, or a combination of them all.”
  • “Sharing what you’ve learned and helping others is a good source of renewal.”
  • “You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them

  • “When two broken people bring their broken pieces together, chances are they will never become a whole anything.”
  • “When you are starting your life over, with a new sense of self, who you once were is going to challenge you. Who you once were is going to dangle old carrots, old wounds and issues, in front of your face. When that happens, you will be tempted to revert to old feelings, old patterns of thought, and old patterns of behavior.”
  • “When your life is going downhill, it doesn’t get better just because you want it to. Nor can you will it to be better. Your life will only get better when you get better.”
  • “You simply cannot pay the debts that come along with believing you are unworthy.”
  • “Lives fall apart because they need to. They need to because they weren’t built the right way in the first place.”
  • “When you are in alignment with the desires of your heart, things have a way of working out.”


Iyanla Vanzant’s Aha Moment – SuperSoul Sunday Video


Recommended Reading:

8 Valuable Life Lessons I Learned From Dr. Wayne Dyer

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