Iyanla Vanzant is an empowerment specialist, Spiritual Life Counselor, and ordained minister. She is the founder and president of the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development in Silver Spring, Maryland and regularly conducts personal growth classes and workshops for men and women. She has built the foundation for transformation after a less-than-inspiring background.

Iyanla is arguably most well-known for her bestselling book, "In the Meantime," in which she uses the metaphor of getting your house in order for getting your life in order.

Get inspired and motivated today with 10 of the most popular Iyanla Vanzant quotes below.

1. " Learning , understanding, or practicing spiritual disciplines will not immunize you against any of the lessons you must "grow through" in your life."

2. "Before you find out who you are, you have to figure out who you aren't."

3. "The only way to get what you really want is to let go of what you don't want."

4. "Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act."

5. "Remain open. There is something bigger than you know going on here."

6. "If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans."

7. "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."

8. "Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem . We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth."

9. "Challenges come so we can grow and be prepared for things we are not equipped to handle now. When we face our challenges with faith , prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary, to let go, we are demanding our power be turned on."

10. "Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change."

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Here's to an inspired day and an inspired life!

Author's Bio: 

Iyanla Vanzant is an empowerment specialist, Spiritual Life Counselor, and ordained minister. She is the founder and president of the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development in Silver Spring, Maryland and regularly conducts personal growth classes and workshops for men and women. She has built the foundation for transformation after a less-than-inspiring background.

Born in Brooklyn in the back of a taxi, Vanzant was given to her grandmother at age 2 after her mother died. A troubled childhood was followed by teen pregnancy, abusive marriages, and welfare. Yet Vanzant went on to become a practicing attorney, serving nearly four years as a public defender in Philadelphia. She earned a B.S. degree from Medgar Evers College and a J.D. degree from Queens College Law School.

While working with a group of women on public assistance and creating lectures about changing their lives, Vanzant wrote a book called, Tapping the Power Within, which contained basic spiritual principals, self-affirmations, and personal rituals. It became a bestseller and started a new career for her. The award-winning author of several other books, including In the Meantime, she assists in the empowerment of people everywhere. She married her lifelong love, her husband Adeyemi Bandele, after spending many years in the meantime.

To learn more, go here: http://www.innervisionsworldwide.com