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8 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Persist

8 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Persist

We’ve all been there before, in the deep valley that is the darkest time of our lives. It seems that all hope is gone and we would like to just roll up into a ball on the floor. We label this as a time of adversity.

How do you deal with adversity? What is your mindset when you experience a major setback in your life? It may be an illness, a divorce, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. How do you deal with the hardship that is associated with these situations?

Sometimes, all we need are some words of encouragement, something to motivate us through the deep dark valley of despair. Here are eight motivational quotes that will remind you to persist, even when you feel like giving up.

1. Adversity is temporary

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” — Marilyn vos Savant

When going through an adverse situation, we must remember that we are going through a dark tunnel. We are not stopping for a burger and fries along the way. We are moving through as quickly and efficiently as possible — it is not permanent. It does not form who we are, what we’ve done, or what we have to potential to become. It’s a time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation.

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Never Give up

    2. Stay focused on the positive

    “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis

    We must stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. Not giving up and not giving in, but persistently moving our way through to the light. When we understand that this is a temporary setback, our minds will be focused on the positive results.

    Stay Focused On The Positive

      3. Change your attitude, change your life

      “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” ~ William James

      Maintaining a positive attitude while going through traumatic situations can be a very daunting task. However, it is also a tremendous opportunity to create change in our lives. Changing your attitude can change your thinking, which can change your life. This is an excellent time to surround yourself with positive thoughts, positive emotions, and positive people. During this  time, we may also want to purge ourselves of negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative people that bring us down.

      Change Your Attitude Change Your Life

        4. Understand that obstacles bring opportunity

        “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”  — Napoleon Hill

        Adverse situations can be deceiving. Our first inclination is usually to blame others or ourselves for the misery that we are experiencing. The simple fact is that sometimes there is no one to blame. However, it’s important to remember that adverse situations offer an excellent opportunity for us to learn and grow. It is all about your perception. Positive mindset is a key to personal growth.

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        Obstacles Bring Opportunity

          5. Never give up, you are in good company

          “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.”  — Walt Disney

          If you study the lives of highly successful people, you will normally find that they have gone through many adverse situations to get to the point where they are today. They did not quit in the middle of a setback or a tragedy. They pushed through the rough times knowing each step was bringing them closer to their ultimate goal. If we are to get to the next level, we cannot give up in the middle. We should understand that we are in good company — no one who has ever succeeded has done so without going through some great adversity.

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            6. We can choose how we deal with adversity

            “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”  — Henry Ward Beecher

            In the midst of adversity, we each have a choice. We can choose to have a pity party for ourselves over a misfortune, or we can take the handle of faith, knowing that these hard times will make us stronger.

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            How We Deal With Adversity

              7. Practice positive self-talk

              “Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.” — Denis Waitley

              Adversity provides us with an opportunity to seize the moment for growth. During this time, we must maintain a positive self-image and practice positive self-talk. It must be done relentlessly and repetitively. Don’t miss the opportunity to come out the other side with a stronger self-image.

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                8. Adversity can leave scars

                “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Khalil Gibran

                When going through hard times, you might find yourself thinking, that will leave a mark. That mark or scar could be considered a badge of courage. It will be a reminder of the adversity that you have faced and will actually make you stronger. This is because of the lessons learned on your way through that dark tunnel.

                Adversity Can Leave Scars

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                  10 Things You Can Do Now to Change Your Life Forever

                  10 Things You Can Do Now to Change Your Life Forever

                  The one constant thing in our life is change. We cannot avoid it and the more we resist change the tougher our life becomes.

                  Trust me, I know this because I was very skilled at deflecting change in my life. We are surrounded by change and it is the one thing that has the most dramatic impact on our lives. Change has the ability to catch up with you at some point in your life. There is no avoiding it because it will find you, challenge you, and force you to reconsider how you live your life.

                  Change can come into our lives as a result of a crisis, as a result of choice or by chance. In either situation we are all faced with having to make a choice – do we make the change or not? I believe it is always better to make changes in your life when you choose to rather than being forced to.

                  We however cannot avoid the unexpected events (crisis) in our lives because it is these events that challenge our complacency in life. What we can control when we are experiencing these challenging events, is how we choose to respond to them. It is our power of choice that enables us to activate positive change in our lives.

                  Acting on our power of choice provides us with more opportunity to change our lives for the better. The more opportunities we create to change our lives the more fulfilled and happier our lives become.

                  Here are 10 things that you can do that will change your life for the good, forever:

                  1. Find meaning in life

                  Spend some time trying to sort out what is important in your life and why is it important.

                  What is it that you want to achieve in your life? What are your dreams? What makes your happy?

                  Your meaning in life gives you purpose and sets the direction of how you want to live your life. Without meaning you will spend the rest of your life wandering through life aimlessly with no direction, focus, or purpose.

                  2. Create a dream board

                  When we were children we would daydream all the time. We were skilled at dreaming and visualizing what we would be when we grew up. We believed that anything was possible.

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                  As we grew into adults, we lost our ability to dream. Our dreams became hidden and once we started to feel like achieving our dreams was impossible.

                  A dream board is a great way for us to start believing in your own dreams again. Seeing our dreams every day on a dream board brings our dreams to life. Our dreams become real and we start to have believe in the possibility of achieving these dreams.

                  3. Set goals to achieve your dreams

                  Once you know what is important in your life and what your dream life looks like for you, you need to take action and set your long-term, medium, and short-term goals. It is acting on these goals that enable you to achieve your dreams

                  Remember your goals may change. Always be flexible with setting and achieving your goals as things in life change and your goals need to reflect these changes. It’s the small steps that you take that create the momentum for change to happen in your life.

                  4. Let go of your regrets

                  Regrets will only hold you back in life. Regrets are events of the past and if you spend all your time thinking about the past you will miss the present and the future.

                  You cannot change what you did or did not do in the past, so let it go. The only thing you have control over now is how you choose to live your present and future life.

                  I had a heap of regrets that were holding me back in my life. I came across the “Balloon Exercise” and got rid of my regrets for good.

                  What is it? It’s simple — blow up as many balloons as you need. On each balloon write a regret and then let the balloon go. As the balloon drifts off into the sky say goodbye to that regret forever.

                  A simple and powerful exercise that works and can change how you live your life.

                  5. Try to do the really scary things

                  This is all about you choosing to step out of your comfort zone.

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                  Public speaking is one of the most frightening things anyone can do. I was petrified of public speaking, however, I knew that I wanted to be a motivational speaker. So I joined Toast Masters to overcome my fear of public speaking.

                  My first speech was terrible, my knees were knocking, I broke out in a sweat and I couldn’t stop shaking. But I did it and the feeling of completing this speech, even though it was terrible was great.

                  I chose to keep going and now I earn a living as a motivational speaker. I am still nervous when I get up to speak however it is an excited nervous and I love it.

                  Make a list of scary things that you would kind of like to do but are too afraid to. Put a plan in place and then go do them. Never stop doing scary things because if you do your life will become one of complacency and comfort.

                  6. Start living a well-balanced life

                  Our health does not remain the same. Our physical, emotional, and spiritual state changes, as we get older. What we can control however is how we feed our minds and our bodies.

                  Living a balanced and healthy life builds our resilience to the physical changes of our body. Exercise is the best way in which we can attain a positive and optimistic attitude toward life.

                  Living a healthy, well-balanced life with lots of exercise is a lifestyle choice that without a doubt will give you a happier more satisfied and fulfilled life.

                  7. Face your fears

                  It’s easy to ignore our fears and hope that they will go away. Unfortunately, it does not work like that.

                  If you want to change your life, learn to master your fears so they can’t control you any longer. Our fears are only thoughts in our minds that are not real but over time we have become to believe that they are true.

                  It is our fears in life that stop us from living our life to the fullest. We know when our fears are controlling our lives because we feel discontent, dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

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                  Once we face our fears we take back our power to choose how we want to live our lives and when we do this we change our lives forever.

                  Learn how to face your fears with this guide:

                  How to Overcome Your Irrational Fears (That Stop You from Succeeding)

                  8. Accept yourself

                  The only person who is going to create change in your life is you! And to create that change you have to like yourself.

                  There will be times in your life where you will face rejection and there will be people who will not like you that much. Accepting who you are and loving yourself helps you to move forward in your life.

                  Putting yourself down all the time and wishing you could be better will only lead you to a life of unhappiness and discontent.

                  Find your courage, love yourself and step out and do something crazy. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks or whether it is the right thing to do. In your heart if it feels right, act on it and go create the life you love.

                  9. Live in the moment

                  Many of us tend to think that the grass is greener on the other side. Often, we get to the other side of the fence we find that this is not so.

                  The motivation to change our lives comes from our desire to be happy. We are often so busy focusing on our pursuit of happiness that we miss the joy of actually living in the moment.

                  Our desire to have happiness in our lives is a desire of a future state not of the present. We become so consumed with all our problems and discontent in the present we miss the precious beauty of the moment.

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                  Sitting on the beach eating an ice-cream with your best friend or partner is a moment of happiness. Appreciating and showing gratitude on a daily basis is experiencing happiness in the moment. Helping those in need brings joy and happiness to us.

                  This is what living our life in the moment is all about – don’t miss these moments because you are too busy focusing on your pursuit of happiness.

                  10. Experience the joy of learning

                  Each time you learn something new, you gain more knowledge and with more knowledge comes more confidence.

                  Learning helps us to be more adaptable and flexible to new situations. Learning encourages us to be more creative and innovative in our thinking and we are therefor more comfortable with the unknown.

                  Reading books is a great way for us to learn. To fully embrace the joy of learning, never stop reading nor searching for more knowledge.

                  Learning gives our life meaning and this is what makes our life worthwhile.

                  You have a choice to make as to how you want to change your life. Choosing to act on these 10 things will, without a doubt change your life forever.

                  So what are you waiting for? Go do these 10 things now!

                  Featured photo credit: Priscilla Du Preez via unsplash.com

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