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15 Quotes To Remember When You’re Facing Adversity

15 Quotes To Remember When You’re Facing Adversity

When facing adversity, the last thing you usually want to do is recognize that there is a way to get through most everything in life. It takes determination and a deep belief that you can get through it.

The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. There are those that have dealt with situations similar to yours that can offer support and advice. It’s not easy to accept help and support, yet it can be vital to moving on.

Reaching out for inspiration, motivation, and support is key to moving through adversity. If you can only do so by reading quotes and books at first, that’s a start.

Post some of these quotes on your computer, your wall — wherever you will see them often, for as long as you need the extra motivation.

Here are 15 Quotes to Remember When You’re Facing Adversity:

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    To be skillful in any of your endeavors, you must face stormy seas.

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      When facing adversity in life, do one thing at a time, one step at a time to get past and through it.

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        When facing adversity, lighten up and laugh, have some fun — take a break from the heaviness of the moment.

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          You may not see the seed of greatness in your darkest moments of adversity, yet they are there and will grow one day.

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            Stumbling is part of every journey. Enjoy the stumble too.

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              If adversity is what comes first for great leaders, then embrace it, knowing that there may be greatness in store for you.

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                When you or another is facing adversity, remember that love is free and powerful. Give it and take it.

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                  Your strength may be tested and things may seem too hard to get through, but know that this is how gold is polished.

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                    Adversity doesn’t last forever. Focus on what’s working and what’s good in life today. And remember, this too shall pass.

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                      You are a champion in the making. The adversity you face will make you stronger.

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                        Mistakes happen to every human being. That’s what the journey of life is about — these mistakes don’t define you.

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                          Keep on going, no matter what comes your way. That is the way of the warrior, the champion, the one that earns success.

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                            When facing adversity, know that you have the answers inside you and they will be revealed in time.

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                              Find your power when things are challenging and you may surprise yourself to see how resilient the human spirit really is.

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                                Success comes in many shapes and forms. Facing adversity is just a step along the way.

                                When you’re facing adversity, it’s important to remember that you always have choices. It usually doesn’t feel this way, but if you stop and think about your choices, you can usually find an option that will move you along. Look at others that have faced something similar to you and see how they handled it.

                                Another option is to read some of these quotes and see which ones resonate with your situation. Choose one or two as your mantras to get through whatever it is you are going through.

                                Remember: You are not alone.

                                There are always others ready to be there for you if you are willing to reach out. It’s a hard thing to do, but the result is usually the most impactful thing for you.

                                When you get through something, be sure to help those that may be going through the same thing. This is how we can move on and pay it forward in life. We depend on each other for motivation, encouragement, and as an example of what’s possible.

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                                Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

                                10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

                                Are you stressed out and overwhelmed, wishing you had more time to do the things that really matter? Are you ready to do something better, something special in your life or your career?

                                You were born with a gift that no one else in the world can express like you. When you dance to your own music, you naturally develop your innate abilities and excel in work and life. You are a total rock star. But when you live someone else’s idea of who you should be, it throws off your groove.

                                Many people—maybe you—stopped following their dreams way too early in life because their talents were ignored, minimized, or shamed. They didn’t have the chops to win an American Idol competition or nab an Olympic gold medal, so they stopped expressing their inborn gifts altogether.

                                You don’t need to be an award winner to rock your life. Living your dream life is about discovering your superpowers and feeling vibrant and joyful when you use them. It’s about owning what makes you unique and finding like-minded people to support you.

                                Here are 10 success principles to help you live a rich and rewarding life on your terms that have worked with thousands of people in my workshops and will work for you, too.

                                1. Get a Hobby to Move Closer to Your Dreams

                                If you never became a professional dancer or a world-renowned author, it does NOT mean you should stop dancing or writing! These activities make you come alive, even if you “only” do them as favorite pastimes.

                                Engaging in a hobby is one of the most important success principles you can follow to move closer to your dreams.

                                When you try something creative for the first time or in a long while, you begin to see opportunities at work and in life that you were unaware of before. You also feel happier and more energized, according to a recent study from New Zealand.[1]

                                Some of my most burned-out executive clients reinvigorated their careers by discovering a creative outlet that refueled them after the workday ended. Research at San Francisco State University shows that having a hobby lowers stress and helps you succeed at work.[2]

                                So, give yourself permission to try new things and revisit old passions you gave up long ago. Setting aside just one hour a week for personal exploration can significantly change your life.

                                Who knows? Your creative outlet could transform into a thriving business or lead to a new profession down the road.

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                                2. Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

                                Did you know that you are more likely to succeed when you develop your natural strengths rather than work on your weaknesses? The problem is that you probably don’t know where your true talents lie.

                                Here are a few options to help you discover your unique strengths. You can:

                                • Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey[3]
                                • Try Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment[4]
                                • Answer a few Superpower Questions

                                Once you understand what makes you tick, you can use these skills at work and your personal life to get more done in less time. If you boost your unique abilities through practice and study, you can accelerate your career and become a leader in a field that matters to you. It’s worth investing in yourself this way.

                                3. Jumping off a Cliff is NOT Required

                                Here’s the deal: most people are too afraid to change. When participants first come to my workshops, they tell me they have mouths to feed, bills to pay, and fear that if they follow their dreams, someone will get hurt.

                                The old saying “leap and the net shall appear” does not comfort them. Because they are hesitant to plunge into the unknown, they believe their only option is to stay put where they are in life. Can you relate?

                                You do not have to sacrifice the life you have now to start a new one. I was a psychology professor by day and singer by night for years before I transitioned into a full-time music career.

                                Just take a little time out each week to do what enlivens you through a hobby, volunteer work, etc. Get a feel for it.

                                Is it what you really want? If so, increase the time you spend doing it and make the transition when the time feels right.

                                4. Give Your Inner Critic Some Love

                                The main culprit that keeps you from stepping outside your comfort zone and getting the life of your dreams is KCRP or K-CRAP – the radio station that plays 24/7 in your head. The moment you try to do something interesting with your life it slaps you down with such chart-topping killer hooks as “Who do you think you are?” and “You’ll never be good enough!”.

                                Have you ever noticed that KCRP’s mean-spirited DJ sounds like your parents, teachers, bosses, and other authority figures who shut you down creatively? These folks don’t need to stifle you any longer (although they often still do) because your inner critic does it for them. That keeps you stuck in a rut.

                                To break free, try thinking of this DJ as a gruff old grandfather who gives you crap to keep you safe. Remember, this grumpy grandpa is woefully out of touch with the times. So, his stern opinions don’t really matter much, do they? Give him a pat on the back for his good intentions, and put your focus back on what makes you come alive.

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                                This success principle will give you the courage to venture into the unknown where you can dance to the beat of your own drummer.

                                5. Embrace Your Inner Weirdo

                                Many of us don’t go after our dreams because we’re afraid folks will find out how odd or strange we are. But our little eccentricities often turn out to be our greatest strengths. Yes, it’s good to be quirky.

                                Odds are, you lost track of your true passions and talents before you were even old enough to know you were getting off-track. You became slowly “adulterated” by learning to:

                                • Take on family roles that don’t match who you really are.
                                • Spit back what teachers taught you in school rather than risk getting bad grades for being original.
                                • Hide parts of yourself that don’t seem acceptable to certain social groups.

                                The price for fitting in is that you may wind up leading a life that doesn’t fit you all that well. Your true calling becomes clear when you embrace what makes you different from others and allow yourself to stand out from the crowd, even if it feels awkward.

                                Often, the very qualities you view as your flaws are your greatest gifts.

                                6. See the Bigger Picture to Find Your True Calling

                                I cannot stress the importance of this success principle enough. Your true calling is right in front of you. But you may miss it because you’re looking for it in the wrong place.

                                To “see” it clearly, try widening your point of view.

                                Case in point: Maria felt she needed to retire early from being a police detective, so she could travel abroad. I encouraged Maria to think of ways that she could continue to serve as a law enforcer (a career she loved) and travel overseas at the same time.

                                A few months later, Maria landed a job with the United Nations in Bosnia training the local police force to understand and embrace human rights procedures.

                                Like Maria, you are an everyday rock star capable of accomplishing greater things than you can imagine. Is what you’re looking for right in front of you, too? Do you have an inkling of what it may be?

                                Look beyond your day-to-day activities, your current job, and even the town you live in. View your life from an eagle’s perspective and be open to new possibilities.

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                                7. Try a Little Wish-List Magic

                                Pretend I’m your fairy godmother and I give you permission right now to be your most magnificent self. What kind of life would be music to your ears? It doesn’t matter whether it seems unattainable or even downright crazy. Write it down on a wish list.

                                Get quiet. Be honest. Think big.

                                What would you like your career, your relationships, your health, your finances, and your spiritual life to be like? Jot down enough details so that your wishes seem tangible to you. Then, look at this list every morning before you start your day and every night before you go to sleep.

                                Sounds silly? It’s not. It works! Permitting yourself to daydream about a rich and fulfilling life is the first step to manifesting it.

                                8. Take Breaks to Get Clues About Your Ideal Future

                                Did you know that working straight through to a deadline leads to diminishing returns? Research shows that taking a break for 15 minutes every 75 to 90 minutes can help you recharge, refresh your focus, and get more done in less time.[5]

                                Wait, it gets better! A Stanford study shows that walking increases your creative output increases by 60 percent. Doing repetitive activities such as walking, running, riding your bike, swimming, and sweeping allow solutions to problems to pop into your mind out of nowhere.[6]

                                What does this success principle have to do with creating your dream life?

                                These mini-breaks allow you to get vital clues for what to do next to attain your ideal future. Plus, you won’t waste precious time and energy getting lost in other people’s agendas.

                                9. Take Action on Your Inspired Ideas

                                Once an inspired thought pops into your mind, take action.

                                This is one of the most powerful success principles for turning your dreams into reality; the sooner the better. Whatever it is—from calling an old friend to taking a new route home—be sure to do it!

                                Pay attention to your oddball hunches. You need to go after what you want, not just dream about it. As comedian Jim Carrey warns,

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                                “You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”

                                10. Count Your Rockstar Moments

                                Still not sure you have what it takes to get your dream life? This final success principle is guaranteed to help.

                                Make a list of everything you’ve ever accomplished. As you read back through it, put a star next to each item, and let it sink in.

                                You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how good you’ll feel about yourself afterward. You’ll also see how effective you’ve been in the past at getting what you want. You’ve succeeded before, you can succeed again.

                                You already rock. You just need to own it. Trust me, you’ve got this!

                                Final Thoughts

                                Eleanor Roosevelt said,

                                “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

                                Following these success principles will help you find the time and energy to do the things that really matter and live with clear intention.

                                By spending just one hour a week doing something you love, focusing on your strengths and achievements, embracing what makes you different, and acting on inspired ideas, you can create a life that is a perfect fit for you, step-by-step.

                                If you don’t have a clue about what your dream life could look like yet, don’t worry. Your heart knows. It has been “talking” to you for a long time. It’s just being muffled by KCRP, buried under a lot of “shoulds” and fear.

                                This article can also help you figure out the life you truly want to live: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up.

                                Stand still, get quiet, and listen. It’s constantly telling you what you need to do to realize your own rockstar potential. It may be just a whisper now, but the more you pay attention to it, the louder it will get, and the easier it will be to follow.

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