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36 Quotes To Get You Through Bad Days

36 Quotes To Get You Through Bad Days

A bad day can sometimes be misinterpreted as having a bad life. But essentially that’s what it is: just a bad day. There’s many factors which may be contributing to your negative mood – you might feel stressed with work and in need of a long holiday somewhere hot, or maybe you feel like you’re stuck in the same routine and consequently you feel discouraged. But it’s not abnormal to feel this way, in fact most people will at some point in their lives.

This list of inspiring quotes will hopefully give you the motivation you need to pick yourself back up and work towards your life goals.

1. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

2. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

3. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

4. “If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.” – Emma Watson

5. “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo Dicaprio

6. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse

7. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” – Albert Einstein

8. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

9. “As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.” – Andy Warhol

10. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – John Lennon

11. “You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.” – Iyanla Vanzant

12. “Tough times never last but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

13. “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” – Robert Bresson

14. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

15. “Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.” – Tony Robbins

16. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot

17. “If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could have had.” – Amy Winehouse

18. “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” – Whitney Houston

19. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

20. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

21. “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

22. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

23. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

24. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony

25. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

26. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers”

27. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss

28. “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

29. “Do what you love and the money will follow.” – Marsha Sinetar

30. “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

31. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam

32. “Someday is not a day of the week.” – Denise Brennan-Nelson

33. “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”- Arthur Christopher Benson

34. “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

35. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

36. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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