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40+ Quotes To Read When Everything Appears To Be Going Wrong In Your Life

40+ Quotes To Read When Everything Appears To Be Going Wrong In Your Life

There are sunny days and there are rainy days, and there may be times in your life when you can’t see the end to the downpour. Don’t despair, you are not alone. Don’t let yourself sink into the mud. Pull on some boots, grab your raincoat and choose to dance in the rain. Change your perspective on the situation, find your faith, embrace the rain, or look for the rainbow in the clouds. Here are 40+ inspirational quotes to motivate you through those darker days when everything appears to be going wrong in your life.

1. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no less enthusiasm

    2. If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden

    If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.

      3. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

        4. Things do not change, we change

        Things do not change, we change.

          5. You may not control all of the events that happen to you…

          Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.

            6. I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work

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            I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work.

              7. Let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future

              Let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future.

                8. Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure

                Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure

                  9. What I like best is new starts

                  What I like best is new starts.

                    10. This too shall pass

                      11. One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows

                      One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows.

                        12. This world is but a canvas to our imagination

                          13. You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream

                            14. Broken crayons still color

                            Broken crayons still color

                              15. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try and cheer somebody else up

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                              The best way to cheer yourself up is to try and cheer somebody else up

                                16. Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway

                                Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.

                                  17. The only thing permanent in this life is that everything is temporary

                                  The only thing permanent in this life is that everything is temporary.

                                    18. Nothing is impossible

                                      19. It isn’t what you have or who you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy, it is what you think about.

                                      It isn't what you have or who you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy, it is what you think about.

                                        20. A goal is not always meant to be reached

                                          21. Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or secret gate.

                                          Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or secret gate.

                                             22. Don’t feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong road. Turn around.

                                              23. I avoid looking back, I prefer good memories to regrets

                                              I avoid looking back. I prefer good memories to regret.

                                                24. Follow your bliss

                                                Follow your bliss and the universe will open up doors where there were only walls

                                                  25. Good things happen in your life when you surround yourself with positive people

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                                                  Good things happen in your life when you surround yourself with positive people.

                                                    26. Faith is taking the first step, even if you don’t see the whole staircase

                                                    Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

                                                      27. It is the law of life if you are kind to someone, you feel happy

                                                      It is the law of life that if you are kind to someone, you feel happy.

                                                        28. Once you choose hope, anything is possible.

                                                        Once you choose hope, anything is possible.

                                                          29. Every exit is an entry somewhere else

                                                          Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

                                                            30. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again

                                                            Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.- Henry Ford

                                                              31. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

                                                              Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

                                                                32. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure

                                                                Do not stop thinking as life as an adventure.

                                                                  33. A problem is your chance to do your best.

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                                                                  A problem is your chance to do your best.

                                                                    34. Success is not final; failure is not fatal

                                                                    Success is not final, failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts.

                                                                      35. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

                                                                      Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

                                                                         36. You will never find a rainbow if you are looking down

                                                                        You will never find a rainbow if you are looking down.

                                                                          37. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

                                                                          Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

                                                                             38. I can’t always change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails

                                                                            I can't always change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

                                                                              39. The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall

                                                                              The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall.

                                                                                40. Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; It’s all an experience

                                                                                Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it is all an experience.

                                                                                  41. The first step is you have to say you can

                                                                                  The first step is you have to say that you can

                                                                                    42. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves

                                                                                    It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.

                                                                                      43. Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

                                                                                      Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

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                                                                                        40 Ways to Achieve Peace Of Mind and Inner Calm

                                                                                        40 Ways to Achieve Peace Of Mind and Inner Calm

                                                                                        Do you have racing thoughts and find yourself constantly worrying? An anxious mind is truly distressing.

                                                                                        The good news is, there’re simple things you can do to calm your thought.

                                                                                        If you want to achieve peace of mind and inner calm, try these 40 simple powerful ways:

                                                                                        1. Listen to Music

                                                                                        Studies have found that relaxing music can help kids with ADHD to be calmer and focus. But it doesn’t matter what genre of music you want to listen to, as long as you enjoy it and it makes you feel relaxed.

                                                                                        Music is food for the soul and an instant way to gain peace of mind.

                                                                                        2. Deep Breathing

                                                                                        When you focus on your breathing, your mind’s attention is drawn to the life-enhancing process of drawing in air and exhaling.

                                                                                        Take five long, deep breaths and focus on your lungs and diaphragm as you do this. This is a quick and easy way to instantly feel calm.

                                                                                        Here’re also 5 Breathing Exercises for Anxiety (Simple and Calm Anxiety Quickly).

                                                                                        3. Go for a Walk

                                                                                        Getting out in the fresh air can do you a world of good and promote peace of mind. Take a break and get the blood pumping – especially when the sun is shining.

                                                                                        4. Enjoy Nature

                                                                                        Too much concrete is never a good thing. Spending time in nature can actually make you feel younger, happier. Here’s why.

                                                                                        Spend time away from the city. Listen to the birds singing and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

                                                                                        5. Play with a Pet

                                                                                        Having a pet to play with is a great way to de-stress. Touch is a powerful sense and can ease tension and promote peace of mind.

                                                                                        6. Declutter

                                                                                        Have regular clear-outs. Clutter can add to feelings of tension and a clean, clear home allows a clearer, more peaceful mind.

                                                                                        Take a look at this article and learn How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster.

                                                                                        7. Acceptance

                                                                                        Acceptance is crucial for peace of mind. Accepting that there are few guarantees in the world and learning to tolerate uncertainty is a huge leap in the peace-of-mind stakes. Differentiate between what you can and cannot control.

                                                                                        8. Mindfulness

                                                                                        When we are mindful, we are fully present in the moment and acutely aware of our five senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell.

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                                                                                        Engage your senses. This leaves less time for your mind to worry and think about “what ifs.”

                                                                                        Here you can learn about The Power of Mindfulness.

                                                                                        9. Self Love

                                                                                        The more we like ourselves, the greater our peace of mind. We accept ourselves more and feel at ease in the world, no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We experience less insecurity and as a result, our inner peace is heightened.

                                                                                        Start trying these 30 Ways To Practice Self-Love And Be Good To Yourself.

                                                                                        10. Be True to You

                                                                                        This is another vital component of peace of mind. When we practice congruency, we behave similarly to the way we feel and think. When the way we see ourselves and the way the world sees us is the same, we are practicing congruency.

                                                                                        Problems arise when we see ourselves one way (for example, as a loving mother) but behave in ways that are at odds with how we would like to see ourselves (for example, neglect our children because we are too busy). Finding ways to keep our inner ideals and the way we behave similar is one of the keys to peace of mind.

                                                                                        Find out How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want.

                                                                                        11. Sense of Humor

                                                                                        Laugh a lot. The world is instantly a better place when you can see the funny side of life. Laughter is a great antidote for stress and releases hormones that help us relax.

                                                                                        12. Love Unconditionally

                                                                                        When you don’t expect anything back, it makes it easier to love without fear. When we love with conditions attached, our unmet expectations can create inner turmoil and feelings of resentment. Insecurities destroy peace of mind.

                                                                                        13. Go for Regular Health Checks

                                                                                        It pays to keep checks on your health and look after yourself. Letting ourselves go can indicate a lack of self-respect, and this in turn will affect the way we see the world and the way others interact with us. Be kind to yourself and make the most of what you have.

                                                                                        14. Take Stock

                                                                                        Every now and then, it’s a good idea to check whether you’re happy with the quality of your life. Do you like your job? Your relationship? Are you on the right track? Make adjustments if necessary to restore peace of mind.

                                                                                        15. Have Goals

                                                                                        This ties in with number 14. Goals keep us going in the right direction and give us a sense of purpose. Make your goals SMART: How to Set SMART Goal to Make Lasting Changes in Life

                                                                                        16. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

                                                                                        This relates to number 11. Learn to be more flexible in your approach to life. The more rigid our thinking is, the easier it is to experience situations that contradict our rigid ideas.

                                                                                        17. Live in the Moment

                                                                                        Instead of worrying about the past or panicking about the future, really enjoy the NOW. It’s all we have — this moment in time.

                                                                                        When we live in the present, the concerns of the past and future can’t worry us.

                                                                                        Here’re some tips on How to Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying About the Past or Future.

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                                                                                        18. Worry Less

                                                                                        We apparently have somewhere between 30,000 – 75,000 thoughts per day, of which 80% are random “nonsense.”

                                                                                        Learn to “shelve” worrying by reminding yourself that most of your worries are unproductive and remove any chance of peace of mind.

                                                                                        Some advice for you who worry often: How to Worry Less: 90% of What You Fear Won’t Happen

                                                                                        19. Be Assertive

                                                                                        You have as much right to be here and to have an opinion as anyone else. When we become passive or submissive, we do ourselves a disservice.

                                                                                        Being assertive isn’t about your needs ahead of others (aggressive) or their needs ahead of yours (passive). Rather, it is about compromise —  a “win-win” situation.

                                                                                        Learn How to Be Assertive and Stand up for Yourself the Smart Way.

                                                                                        20. Speak Your Mind

                                                                                        Don’t be afraid to say what you’re thinking. This goes hand in hand with being assertive.

                                                                                        Ask for what you want in life. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

                                                                                        21. Enjoy “Me-Time”

                                                                                        Time out is important. A little bit of selfish time to treat yourself or do exactly as you please sets you up for taking on the constant demands of life. Balance in life is crucial.

                                                                                        22. Frolic

                                                                                        The free online dictionary describes the word “frolic” as:

                                                                                        “To behave playfully and uninhibitedly; romp.”

                                                                                        All work and no play will stress anyone out. Make time for things you enjoy. Try to inject fun into situations that aren’t particularly enjoyable. Approach life with a playful attitude. When did you last let the child in you come out to play?

                                                                                        23. Let It Go

                                                                                        There are some things that you just cannot change, no matter how hard you try. Know when to cut your losses and detach (Just like Elsa does!)

                                                                                        When you start to let go of your past, these 10 things will happen.

                                                                                        24. Resist Guilt

                                                                                        Guilt is a negative emotion that removes peace of mind. Although it can motivate us (in the wrong way), it is still a toxic emotion.

                                                                                        Challenge the reasons for your guilt to make sure you aren’t placing unnecessary pressure on yourself.

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                                                                                        25. Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

                                                                                        Focusing on all the things in our lives that we are grateful for promotes peace of mind and reminds us that there are always positives. Sometimes we just have to nudge our awareness.

                                                                                        Try these 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                                                                                        26. See Failure as a Learning Curve

                                                                                        Failure has such negative connotations, but actually, everyone fails. How can you improve or learn anything if you never fail?

                                                                                        A healthy attitude towards failure encourages bravery. It’s not you that is the failure, instead it is what you tried that failed. There is a big difference.

                                                                                        27. Connect with Others

                                                                                        One of the true joys of life is sharing life with others and knowing that others “get” you. We feel less alone and feeling understood allows a fantastic sense of well-being.

                                                                                        28. Test Your Limits

                                                                                        You’ll never know your true potential if you always stay in your comfort zone. As the old saying goes, it is better to look back and regret what you did than regret all those things you wish you’d tried.

                                                                                        Learn to step out of your comfort zone: 10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Overcome Your Fear

                                                                                        29. Find Positive Outlets for Negative Emotions

                                                                                        Sports, online forums, like-minded people, hobbies…whatever takes your fancy. Suppressing negative emotions can lead to ill health. Release tension and frustration in a pro social way and feel a whole lot happier.

                                                                                        30. Slow Down

                                                                                        Why does everything need to be accomplished today? Often, we place unrealistic pressure on ourselves when there is no need to.

                                                                                        Challenge your impatience, be mindful and enjoy life in the moment.

                                                                                        31. Challenge Your “Shoulds” and “Musts”

                                                                                        Self-induced pressure never leads to inner tranquility or peace of mind. Replace “should” with “could” and live life more on your own terms.

                                                                                        32. Be Kind

                                                                                        It’s free and it makes a difference. When we show kindness, it gives us an inner boost, too.

                                                                                        You can try these 29 Ways to Carry Out Random Acts of Kindness Every Day.

                                                                                        33. Don’t Compare

                                                                                        The more we compare, the more we lose ourselves.

                                                                                        Forget what everyone else is doing or saying. What do YOU want? We all have our own paths to follow, and we are all learning and going through life at our unique pace.

                                                                                        Focus on your own journey and lose the stress of comparing yourself to what you think is going on in the lives of others. This is a surefire way to eliminate peace of mind.

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                                                                                        34. Affirmations

                                                                                        Talk to yourself positively by using affirmations. A good example of one that encourages peace of mind is: “No matter what comes my way, I will find a way to get through it.”

                                                                                        Believe in yourself and remind yourself regularly that you will be okay.

                                                                                        Need some more inspirations to affirm yourself? Here’re 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life.

                                                                                        35. Save a Little Money as Often as You Can

                                                                                        Putting money aside is always a good idea. If you can afford to save money regularly, do it. Start up a regular debit each month, and you won’t even realize it’s gone.

                                                                                        36. Less Is More

                                                                                        Money buys choice, but it doesn’t buy us the happiness we crave. Be content with the simpler things in life — that’s where the real long-lasting joy and peace of mind comes from.

                                                                                        37. Perspective

                                                                                        Always  keep your eye on the bigger picture. Will you feel this way next week, or a year from now? Will your current experience of life seem as important?

                                                                                        More often than not, you will be just fine. Foster peace of mind by maintaining perspective in life.

                                                                                        38. Monitor Your Thoughts

                                                                                        Our thoughts can make or break our quality of life. Make sure to choose thinking that works for you.

                                                                                        Talk to yourself as you would a best friend. Self-loathing serves no purpose and will undoubtedly extract joy from your life.

                                                                                        39. Stand up for What You Believe In

                                                                                        Whether it’s protecting animals or helping those less fortunate than yourself, follow your heart and your passion. Fight the urge to fit in and do what’s expected.

                                                                                        When you change yourself to suit others, you give away your peace of mind.

                                                                                        40. Get Enough Sleep

                                                                                        When we’re tired and grumpy, nothing goes smoothly. Get eight hours of sleep per night and regenerate your body.

                                                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                                                        The most important ways to achieve peace of mind involve being true to yourself, accepting that life is uncertain and watching your thinking. Many of us mentally “torture” ourselves daily with the things we tell ourselves.

                                                                                        Trust your thoughts less, pay less attention to the negative ones and focus on what you are thankful for in life, and you’ll be well on your way to inner peace of mind.

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