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15 Motivational Quotes To Help You Keep Going When Times Are Tough

15 Motivational Quotes To Help You Keep Going When Times Are Tough

If you think  that by reading this article these 15 motivational quotes are going to be the answer to you overcoming the tough times in your life then stop reading now. You are wasting your time.

Motivational quotes are designed to have a short term impact. You read a quote you get inspired and you may even think about it for the next few days or share with a friend – but thats pretty much it.

I love motivational quotes. They inspire me and motivate me to take action and I  have found a way to use motivational quotes so that they help me get through the tough times in my life.

To create change, achieve our goals and get through the tough times in our life the reality is, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes work, commitment, focus and time.

To get through the tough times or to make changes in  our life, we have to take action and do things we have never done before. What ever actions we choose to do we have to keep repeating them until the goal or outcomes are achieved.

If we want to loose weight we have to set a plan, set goals and then consistently commit to following the plan so that we achieve our weight loss goal.

If we want to get through the tough times in our life we have to set a course of action using specific tools and strategies to help us get through.

Just reading these 15 motivational quotes is not enough. You have to take action and use these 15 quotes in an active and consistent way.

What I mean by this, is that for these quotes to work for you, you must take one quote each day for 15 days and say each quote out aloud to yourself and in front of a mirror (if possible) 15 times a day.

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What this activity is doing is creating “energy in motion” and this energy is the fuel you need to set your motivation and inspiration into action. With action comes activity and with activity comes energy and with energy comes hope, optimism, confidence, resilience, courage and the desire to achieve.

I have chosen 15 Motivational Quotes, which  if you use  correctly, will have a significant long  term influence on helping you get through the tough times in your life.

1. Be Bold

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Be Courageous

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

3. Face Your Fears

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

4. Embrace Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin

5. Be Accountable

“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.”

Lori Myers

6. Believe in You

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.”

C JoyBell.C

7. Help Others

“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

8. The Right Attitude

“If the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.”

Norman Vincent Peale

9. Know Your Purpose In Life

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.”

Steve Jobs

10. Trust Yourself

“Trust yourself you know more than you think you do. Trust in your abilities, your strengths, your values and your intuition – you know much more than you give yourself credit for.”

Unknown

11. Be Patient

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

John Quincy Adams

12. Forgive Yourself

“Stop focusing on your past mistakes. Don’t be ashamed of the things that you’ve done. We ALL have made mistakes. Don’t you see? All of those things helped shape you into the beautiful person that you are today! Hold your head up high because you didn’t allow  your past mistakes to consume you. You learned! You conquered! You became a better YOU. Be proud of who you are TODAY!”

Stephanie Lahart

13. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

“The key to a good life is this: If you’re not going to talk about something during the last hour of your life, then don’t make it a top priority during your lifetime.”

Richard Carlson

14. Laugh Often

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. Throw Away Your Regrets

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”

Katherine Mansfield

These 15 quotes address what I believe are the 15 essential elements within you that you will need to draw upon to help you get through the many tough times you will face in your life.

Use the 15 quotes wisely and you will face the tough times with resilience, courage and inner strength.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

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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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