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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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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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