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100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Give You Strength During Hard Times

100 Inspirational Quotes That Will Give You Strength During Hard Times

1. You Were Given This Life Because You Are Strong Enough To Live It.

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    2. I Am Not What Happened To Me. I Am What I Choose To Become.

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      3. Forget Your Past, Forgive Yourself, And Begin Again Right Now.

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        4. Whenever You Find Yourself Doubting How Far You Can Go, Just Remember How Far You Have Come. Remember Everything You Have Faced, All The Battles You Have Won, And All The Fears You Have Overcome.

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          5. Growth Is Painful. Change Is Painful. But Nothing Is As Painful As Staying Stuck Somewhere You Don’t Belong.

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            6. I Don’t Want You To Save Me. I Want You To Stand By My Side As I Save Myself.

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              7. Hope Is The Only Thing Stronger Than Fear.

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                8. Let Yourself Be Gutted. Let It Open You. Start There.

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                  9. I’ll Find Strength in Pain.

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                    10. Never Apologize For Being Sensitive Or Emotional. Let This Be A Sign That You’ve Got A Big Heart And Aren’t Afraid To Let Others See It. Showing Your Emotions Is A Sign Of Strength.

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                      11. Being Deeply Loved Gives You Strength; Loving Deeply Gives You Courage.

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                        12. You Attract What You Are, Not What You Want If You Want Great, Then Be Great.

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                          13. You’re Allowed To Scream, You’re Allowed To Cry, But Do Not Give Up.

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                            14. Step Into My Shoes And Walk the life I’m Living And If you Get As Far As I am, Just Maybe You Will See How Strong I Really Am.

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                              15. If You’re Lucky Enough To Be Different, Don’t Ever Change.

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                                16. I Am Strong Because I’ve Been Weak. I Am Fearless Because I’ve Been Afraid.

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                                  17. Sometimes You Face Difficulties You’re Doing Something Wrong, But Because You’re Doing Something Right.

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                                    18. Work For A Cause, Not For Applause. Live Life To Express, Not To Impress. Don’t Strive To Make Your Presence Noticed, Just Make Your Presence Noticed, Just Make Your Absence Felt.

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                                      19. Wake Up With Determination. Go To Bed With Satisfaction.

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                                        20. Go Ahead Tell Me That I’m Not Good Enough Tell Me I Can’T Do It Because I Will Show You Over & Over That I Can!

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                                          21. Do Not Jude You Don’T Know What Storm I’ve Asked Her To Walk Trough.

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                                            22. When You Start Seeing Your Worth, You’ll Find It Harder To Stay Around People Who Don’t.

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                                              23. The Woman Who Does Not Required Validation From Anyone Is The Most Feared Individual On The Planet.

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                                                24. Smile. You’re Cute.

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                                                  25. The Strongest Actions For A Woman Is To Love Herself, Be herself And Shine Amongst Those Who Never Believed She Could.

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                                                    26. Dear Stress, Let’s Break up.

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                                                      27. I Am The Type Of Person That Will Sit In The Bathroom And Cry, But Then Walk Out Like Nothing Ever Happened.

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                                                        28. A Strong Woman Is One Who Is Able To Smile This Morning Like She Wasn’t Crying Last Night.

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                                                          29. The Strongest People Are Not Those Who Show Strength In Front Of Us But Those Who Win Battles We Know Nothing About.

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                                                            30. Sometimes You Have To Get Knocked Down Lower Than You Have Ever Been To Stand Back Up Taller Than You Ever Were.

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                                                              31. Smile And Let Everyone Know That Today, You’re A Lot Stronger Than You Were.

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                                                                32. Do Not Pray For An Easy Life, Pray For The Strength To Endure A Difficult One.

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                                                                  33. The Struggle Of You’re In Today Is Developing the Strength You Need For Tomorrow.

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                                                                    34. Knowing When To Walk Away I s Wisdom….

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                                                                      35. A Strong Woman Knows How To Keep Her Life In Line. With Tears In Her Eyes, She Still Manages To Say, “Nah, I’m Fine.”

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                                                                        36. A Strong Woman Looks A Challenge Dead In The Eye And Gives It a Wink.

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                                                                          37. If I Ever Let My Head Down It Will Be Just To Admire My Shoes.

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                                                                            38. Littles Girs With Dreams Becomes Women With Vision.

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                                                                              39. Women Have Been Trained To Speak Softly And Carry A Lipstick.
                                                                              Those Days Are Over.

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                                                                                40. You Can Become Strong And Powerful And Beautiful.

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                                                                                  41. Never Be Ashamed Of A Scar. It Simply Means You Were Stronger Than Whatever Tried To Hurt You.

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                                                                                    42. You Were Never Created To Live Depressed, Defeated, Guilty, Condemned, Ashamed Or Unworthy. You Were Created To Be Victorious.

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                                                                                      43. When You Face Difficult Times, Know That Challenges Are Not Sent To Destroy You. They’re Sent To Promote, Increase And Strengthen You.

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                                                                                        44. The Kind Of Beauty I Want Most Is The Hard-to-get Kind That Comes From Within-strength, Courage, Dignity.

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                                                                                          45. She Is Clothed With Strength & Dignity And Laughs Without Fear Of The feature.

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                                                                                            46. Sometimes The Bad Things That Happen In Our Lives Put Us Directly On The Best Things That Will Ever Happen To Us.

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                                                                                              47. Give God Your Weakness And He’ll Give You His Strength.

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                                                                                                48. She Builds Others Up Because She Knows What It’s Like To Be Torn Down.

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                                                                                                  49. Strong Women Wear Their Pain Like They Do Stilettos. No Matter How Much It Hurts, All You See Is The Beauty Of It.

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                                                                                                    50. This Is The Year I Will Be Stronger, Braver, Kinder, Unstoppable, And This Year I Will Be Fierce.

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                                                                                                      51. Life Has A Way Of Testing A Persons Will, Either By Having Nothing Happen At All or By Having Everything Happen At Once.

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                                                                                                        52. Storms Makes Tress Take Deeper Roots.

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                                                                                                          53. You Only Live Once, You Might As Well As A Badass!

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                                                                                                            54. Don’t Let The Behavior Of Others Destroy Inner Peace.

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                                                                                                              55. Smile And Let Everyone Know That Today, You’re A Lot Stronger Than You Were Yesterday.

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                                                                                                                56. I Am Strong Because I Know My Weaknesses. I Am Beautiful Because I Am Aware Of My Flaws. I AM Fearless…

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                                                                                                                  57. Believe In Yourself A Little More.

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                                                                                                                    58. You Are Stronger Than You Think.

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                                                                                                                      59. Don’t Worry…

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                                                                                                                        60. The Strongest People Are Not Those Who Show Strength In Front Of Us But Those Who Win Battles We Know Nothing About.

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                                                                                                                          61. Go As Long As You Can, And Then Take Another Step.

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                                                                                                                            62. Don’t Let Anyone Ever Break Your Soul….

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                                                                                                                              63. And The Salt In My Wounds Isn’t Burning Anymore Than It Used To…

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                                                                                                                                64. Above All, Be the Heroine Of Your Life, Not The Victim.

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                                                                                                                                  65. If A Person Wants To Be A Part Of Your Life, They Will Make An Obvious Effort To Do So. Think Twice Before Reserving A Space In Your Heart For People Who Do Not Make An Effort To Stay.

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                                                                                                                                    66. Stop Wearing Your Wishbone Where Your Backbone Ought to Be.

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                                                                                                                                      67. When Start Seeing Your Worth, Your’ll Find It Harder To Stay Around People Who Don’t.

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                                                                                                                                        68. A Strong Woman Loves, Forgives, Walks Aways, Lets Go, Tries again, and Perseveres…

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                                                                                                                                          69. I Am The Type Of Person That Will Sit In The Bathroom And Cry, But Then Walk Out Like Nothing Ever Happened.

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                                                                                                                                            70. Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That Makes Beauty.

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                                                                                                                                              71. Being Both Soft And Strong Is A Combination Very Few Have Mastered.

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                                                                                                                                                72. Heavenly Father Knows All About You…

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                                                                                                                                                  73. Do You Want to Be Happy? Let Go Of What’s Gone, Be Grateful For What Remains And Look Forward To What Is Coming.

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                                                                                                                                                    74. Once You Start To See Results, It Becomes An Addiction.

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                                                                                                                                                      75. I’m Stronger Because I Had To Be, I’m Smarter Because…

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                                                                                                                                                        76. Sometimes, You Have To Get Knocked Down Lower Than You Have Ever Been To Stand Back Up Taller Than You Ever You Were.

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                                                                                                                                                          77. The Strongest People Are Not Those Who Show Strength In Front Of Us But Those Who Win Battles WeKnow Nothing About.

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                                                                                                                                                            78. What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

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                                                                                                                                                              79. I’m Thankful For My Struggle Because…

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                                                                                                                                                                80. You Have Within You, Right Now, Everything You Need To Deal With Whatever The World Can Throw At You.

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                                                                                                                                                                  81.When You Change The Way You Look At Things, The Things You Look At Change.

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                                                                                                                                                                    82. Don’t Ever Mistake My Silence For Ignorance, My Calmness For Acceptance And My Kindness For Weakness.

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                                                                                                                                                                      83. We All Have An Unsuspected Reserve Of Strength Inside That emerges When Life Puts Us To The Test.

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                                                                                                                                                                        84. If You Can’t Stop Thinking About It, Don’t Stop Working For It.

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                                                                                                                                                                          85. I’m Too Busy Working On My Own Grass To Notice If Yours Is Greener.

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                                                                                                                                                                            86. One Of The Most Courageous Decisions You’ll Ever Make Is To Finally Let Go Of What Is Hurting Your Heart And Soul.

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                                                                                                                                                                              87. Make A Fairy Tale And Go Live In It.

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                                                                                                                                                                                88. You can, and You Will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  89. Maybe Life Isn’t About Avoiding The Bruises. Maybe It’s About Collecting The Scars To Prove We Showed Up For It.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    90. Don’t Let How You Feel Make You Forget What You Deserve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      91. We All Have A Fighter In Us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        92. You Have To Be At Your Strongest When You’re feeling At Your Weakest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          93. It’s Better To Break Your Own Heart By Leaving, Rather Than Having That Person Break Your Heart Every Day You’re With Them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            94. Stay Positive Even When It Feels Like Your Life Is Falling Apart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              95. Some People Don’t Like You Just Because Your Strength Reminds Them Of Their Weakness. Don’t let The Hate Slow You Down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                96. The Secret Of Having It All Is Believing You Already Do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  97. Throw Me To The Wolves And I’ll Come Back Leading The Pack.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    98. If You Are Not Willing To Learn, No One Can Help You. If You Are Determined To Lean, No One Can Stop You.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      99. It’s Okay To Be Scared. Being Scared Means You’re About To Do Something Really, Really Brave.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        100. Don’t Quit. Suffer Now And Live The Rest Of Your Life As A Champion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          101. Do What You Have To Do Until You Can Do What You Want To Do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            102.  Forget All The Reasons Why It Wont Work And Believe The One Reason Why It Will!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              103. Make A Wish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                104. Better Things Are Coming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  105. Keep Your Hopes Up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    106. The Only Person You Should Try To Be Better Than, Is The Person You Were Yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      107. Happiness Is Not A Destination It Is A Way Of Life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        108. Stay Positive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          109. You’re Beautiful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            110. The Lord Is My Strength And My Shield In Him My Heart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              111. Keep The Faith. The Most Amazing Things In Life Tend To Happen Right At The Moment You’re About To Give Up Hope.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                112. Anyone Can Give Up, It’s The Easiest Thing In The World To Do. But To Hold It Together When Everyone Else Would Understand If You Fell Apart, That’s True Strength.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  113. Be That Strong Girl That Everyone Knew Would Make It Through The Worst. Be that Fearless Girl..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    114. Nothing Can Dim The Light That Shines From Within.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      115. May My Heart Be Brave, My Mind Fierce, And My Spirit Free.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        116. I Figure, If A Girl Wants To Be A Legend, She Should Go Ahead And Be One.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          117. Nothing Is More Impressive Than A person Who Is Secure In The Unique Way God Made Her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            118. You Never Realize How Strong You Are Until Being Strong Is the Only Choice You Have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              119. A Strong Woman Stands Up For Herself. A Stronger Woman Stands Up For Everyone Else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                120. A True Hero Isn’t Measured By The Size Of His Strength, But By The Strength Of His Heart

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  121. Stay Strong, Make Them Wonder How You’re Still Smiling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    122. You’ve Always Had The Power My Dear, Your Just Had To Learn It For Yourself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      123. I’ve Never Met A Strong Person With An Easy Part.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        124. You’re Never Too Young To Dream BIG!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          125. Nothing Is Impossible, The World Itself Says “I’m Possible!”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            126. Follow That Dream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              127. Don’t Tell People Your Dream. Show Them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                128. Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  129. If You Haven’t Found It Yet, Keep Looking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    130. Nobody Is Too Busy, It’s Just A Matter Of Priorities.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      131. The Distance Between Your Dreams And Reality Is Call Action.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        132. Hey Little Fighter, Soon Things Will Be Brighter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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