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60 Quotes About Struggles In Life And How To Overcome Them

60 Quotes About Struggles In Life And How To Overcome Them

As humans, we are bound to encounter diverse struggles in life, and the way we handle these struggles determines whether we’ll triumph or not. Here are some great quotes about struggles in life that can inspire you to cope, navigate, and fight your way through predicaments with your finances, health, family, and work.

What Is Struggle?

Life struggles are common encounters that are characterized by our response to discomfort, disaffection, and limitation. Your response to a particular struggle will determine your preparation to face bigger struggles in life. The following quotes show that the proof of a life’s progress is in the struggle it faces:

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” -Oprah Winfrey

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Fredrick Douglass

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“When the storms do come; you can only allow them to slow you down, but don’t let them stop you. There will be delays, detours, and disappointments, but you have to keep pushing through it.” -Bernard Kelvin Clive

Quotes About Financial Struggles

One of the major struggles people face is financial struggles[1]. It may be that you are not earning enough or that debt is piling up. Understanding the source of your financial struggles is key to overcoming it. Here are some quotes about struggles in life to help you gain understanding about your finances and overcome your struggle:

“Money is numbers, and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” -Bob Marley

“Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” -Biz Stone

“Many people who say they have financial problems really mean that they want more than they need.” -Peace Pilgrim

“You can never solve a financial problem with money. The only way for you to have a larger net worth is for you to go within to see why you are going without.” -Suze Orman

“If you want to be financially free, you need to become a different person than you are today and let go of whatever has held you back in the past.” -Robert Kiyosaki

“It’s not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” -Seneca

Quotes About Health Struggles

Health struggles are real, and they can range from minor discomforts to chronic illness. How do you cope in a situation when you have serious health challenges and still have to move on with life? Here are some quotes to inspire you:

“Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can.” -Coach John Wooden

“I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” -Anonymous

“You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down.” -John Shipp

“Sometimes you will be in control of your illness, and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.” -Kelly Hemingway

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” -Dale Carnegie

Quotes About Family Struggles

Family life is sweet; whatever challenges we face in the world, we know that we can always find love, encouragement, support, and comfort in our families. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the real struggles come from the family[2]. This may be as a result of incessant disagreements with a partner or the fact that the family is facing a common “enemy.”

If you are facing challenges at home, here are some quotes about struggles in life to help you come to terms with family problems and manage them accordingly:

“Do not kid yourself, a conflict is never about the surface issue. It’s about ones unsaid, untreated, and unhealed wounds.” -Quote Addict

“Every relationship has its problems, but what makes it perfect is if you still want to be together when things go wrong.” -Anonymous

“Some people create their own storms then get upset when it rains.” -Anonymous

“When two people really care about each other, they always find a way to make it work. No matter how hard it is.” -Anonymous

“Family life is a daily struggle to turn love into happiness.” -Robert Breault

“You might be afraid of crossing an ocean or walking through flames, but family would make you do even riskier things because that’s how powerful the bond you have becomes.” -The Right Messages

“A strong marriage requires two people who choose to love each other even on days when they struggle to like each other.” -Dave Willis

“Our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and union, it grows. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.” -Quote Master

“Struggle for the right things like love, family, and your peace because if you don’t, you will find yourself struggling for things you hardly even understand how they became priority in your life.” -Anonymous

Quotes About Struggles at Work

A lot of struggles go into getting and sustaining a means of livelihood. This is because many people are competing for resources that are scarce. Therefore, you have to do your best to remain competitive so that the odds can favor you. Here are some quotes to inspire you to face your struggles at work:

“To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.” -William Osler

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” -Wilma Rudolph

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” -Andrew Carnegie

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than be successful at something I hate.” -George Burns

“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.” -Jim Lovel

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” -Anonymous

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” -Thomas Fuller

“No pressure, no diamonds.” -Mary Case

When You Need to Slow Down

Sometimes, in a bid to face our work challenges squarely, we tend to overwork ourselves, and this takes its toll on our health and productivity. Here are some quotes about struggles in life to help you know when it’s time to slow down and catch your breath:

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” -Bertrand Russell

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” -John De Paola

“Too often dreams become living nightmares when we turn goals into jobs.” -Richie Norton

“Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.” -Fredrick Saunders

“Believing that you must do something to perfection is a recipe for stress, and you’ll associate that stress with the task and thus condition yourself to avoid it.” -Steve Pavlina

When Facing Opposition

When trying to do your best at work, to achieve organizational goals, there are those who may not like your methods or style. Such people can constitute themselves into opposition and begin to frustrate your efforts. Here are some quotes to help in handling such opposition:

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” -Elbert Hubbard

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

“If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.” -Malcolm S. Forbes

“In the end, the aggressor always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along. Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity.” -Fritjof Capra

“There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away from these people. The battle they’re fighting isn’t with you, it’s with themselves.” -Rashida Rowe

“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” -Brian Tracy

Quotes About How Struggles Help Us

Struggles are a necessity in life. No one really wants to struggle, but without it we may not attain our full potential as humans[3]. Here are some quotes about struggles in life and the numerous benefits of them:

“No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.” -Anonymous

“Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there! Opportunity always comes with opposition! Hang in there!” -Anonymous

“Your struggle is your strength. If you can resist becoming negative, bitter, or hopeless, in time, your struggles will give your everything.” -Bryant Gill

“Sometimes, the best things in life come from the worst situations.” -The Honey Scoop

“You never know how strong you are…until being strong is the only choice you have.” -Anonymous

“Crisis and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, they force us to think.” -Jawaharlal Nehru

“Struggle is good; it hardens us. Struggle is necessary; it toughens us.” -Avijeet Das

“The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” -Anonymous

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” -Napoleon Hill

“Be proud of struggles in your life. They bring you closer to greatness.” -Oscar Auliq-Ice

“The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” -Hellen Keller

“Life is essentially a cheat, and its conditions are those of defeats; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that comes out of struggle.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Quotes About How to Balance Struggle with Living

Struggles are beneficial, but your whole life shouldn’t be about struggles alone. Otherwise, life would become warfare. Here are some quotes to help you balance your struggles with living, experiencing the goodness of life all along despite your struggles:

“Struggling is not the identity. You must learn to live while you struggle, such that anyone who sees you can separate the struggle from your life.” -Anonymous

“Don’t fill life with struggles—fill life with joy. A flower always struggles to survive, but it never forgets to bloom with joy.” -Debasish Mridha

“As much as this will not be easy, it’s better to choose life even through the struggles.” -The Right Messages

“Struggles are just as addictive as life, so when you find yourself on that balance scale tilting towards one than the other, you’ll feel the withdrawal symptoms like you’ve been getting too little of one.” -The Right Messages

“Writing is one method of presenting the troubling incidences and inexplicable episodes of life into a structured format for self-scrutiny.” -Kilroy J. Oldster

Final Thoughts

When going through life struggles, keep hope alive. The struggles are shaping you to become a better version of yourself. They are helping you learn to fight in order to win. They are also helping you to know that when you stay in the game, you will achieve the impossible. Things you initially thought were never possible will come within your reach. Therefore, approach your struggles with the right attitude.

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Reference

[1] Better Money Habits: How to tackle financial stress
[2] Greater Good Science Center: What to Do When Your Family Is Struggling
[3] Inc: Why You Need to Struggle More

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How to Find Motivation When You’re Totally Burnt Out

How to Find Motivation When You’re Totally Burnt Out

I was weeping in bed for the third time that week, and I’ve never been a crier. But eight months after having my daughter, and four months after going back to work, the motivation and energy I’d originally felt returning to my job had completely subsided, and I’d hit a wall of fatigue and exhaustion of epic proportions. I’d forgotten how to find motivation.

I felt trapped. I wondered how to stop feeling unmotivated when I was trying to be everything to everyone. In today’s non-stop society, this happens to many people, so if you’re feeling burnt out and exhausted, you’re not alone.

How to Find Motivation

When I think about my experience with burnout, I can’t help but get a visual of when the hero Wesley is declared “mostly dead” in the classic 80’s movie The Princess Bride.

In case you haven’t seen the movie, let’s set the scene: Our hero Wesley is flat on his back, seemingly lifeless with heavy limbs and no strength left in his body after being tortured (almost) to death. Hope is bleak. At this point it seems impossible he has any fight left in him to take on his nemesis, Prince Humperdink, and rescue his lady love Buttercup.

But with the remaining air in his lungs, he mutters two words: True love.

This leads us to the first strategy for how to find motivation, even when you’re completely burnt out:

1. Focus on Your True Love

Our hero Wesley had one thing that motivated all of his actions: Princess Buttercup, his true love.

If you really think about it, the same is true for you. Whether it’s an actual person or a passion, you need to remember your “why.”

What is your reason for rising from this rut? Who or what was your motivation for reading this article? There’s something driving you to not stay stuck. There are some people who are counting on you or some mission that’s bigger than you that provide a clear purpose for everything you do.

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All of your efforts should be focused on your true love and getting back to being the person who can show up for that noble cause.

Knowing your true love is your compass. Whenever you’re feeling lost or uninspired, remembering the people or passion that make you uniquely you gives you that sense of purpose that you need to feel motivated to rise, even when you feel like you have nothing left.

In my case, I had to eventually realize that my true love (my husband) wanted his true love back—not this sobbing, miserable zombie I’d become.

When I realized that my complete lack of motivation and burn out was really affecting him, I knew it was time to get to the root of what was really wrong, which leads us to step 2.

2. Identify Your True Adversary (and Focus Your Limited Energy There)

There’s always someone or something that has to be defeated in every hero’s journey when learning how to find motivation. In the case of our hero Wesley, he had to defeat Prince Humperdink in order to rescue Buttercup. This singular mission helped him reserve his energy for the most critical moment, when he finally met Humperdink face-to-face.

In the case of your burnout, there is most likely a root cause that has to be addressed in order to reclaim your motivation. Getting clear on what that is will prevent you from running around trying to fix every aspect of your life and allow you to simply focus on the one or two things that are really the reason everything’s feeling so hard.

When you’re truly burnt out, it’s likely that it’s negatively impacted multiple areas of your life, so it may feel impossible to identify the root cause of your struggles at the moment.

To get the root cause of your burnout, do a gut check. What are the first 3 reasons that you think have caused you to burn out? What were the first things that popped into your mind?

If you’re stuck, you can also rank each of the following categories of your life from 1-10 (10 being awesome, 1 being awful):

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  • Career
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Money
  • Contribution
  • Personal Growth
  • Spiritual Life
  • Health
  • Romance
  • Fun

The aspects of your life with the lowest numbers should help you identify the true root cause of your burnout.

One way to really figure out what’s wrong is to imagine what a 10 would be to you in each area you rank low. For example, if you rank your job a 2, what would a 10 be to you? Describe it in as much detail as possible and compare it to your current situation.

For example, maybe your 10 job would be remote, but your current job forces you to commute and travel constantly. This has the potential to affect every area of your life, but the solution to most of your woes is to get a job that lets you work from home and doesn’t require so much travel.

When you’re clear on what’s not working, you can start to see a way out, which leads us to step 3.

3. Remember That You’re the Hero

It would have been easy for Wesley to play the victim. After all, he literally was tortured to death and endured unimaginable pain in the Pit of Despair.

However, instead of focusing on what had happened to him in the past, as soon as Wesley was brought back to life, he focused on what needed to be done in order to get his girl. He remembered he was the hero, despite how things may have felt or appeared in the moment.

When we’re burnt out, it’s easy to want to play the blame game or feel victimized by our circumstances.

This isn’t a good way to learn how to find motivation because it prevents us from having any agency or creative point of view on our situation.

If anything is going to change in our life, we have to always remember that we’re the hero of our own story. Despite what circumstances come at us, our responses are 100% our responsibility.

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In my case, I knew the commute and stress from my job was one of the major sources of my burnout. I also knew something was wrong with my health but didn’t have any answers or solutions yet. What was clear was that the stress I was feeling wasn’t going to get any better if I kept doing what I was doing.

I had to save myself. I had to do the work, and perhaps I was using my husband as an excuse because in admitting I needed a break or help, in my mind I was admitting weakness.

I was afraid to be that vulnerable and to ask for and expect his complete love and support when I wasn’t “working for it.” I was more comfortable playing the victim of my circumstances and falling on my noble sword because it made me feel strong.

Can you relate? If so, spend time answering these questions:

  • If you’re honest with yourself, have you been playing the hero or the victim of your story?
  • Claiming your role of hero, what’s your next play?
  • What are you secretly wanting permission for that you need to grant yourself?

Once you take complete responsibility for your circumstances and for saving yourself, there’s another key thing you’ll need.

4. Accept Help From Your Friends

Our hero Wesley was “mostly dead” and unable to walk, feed himself, or hold his head up when his friends Inigo and Fezzik found him. If it wasn’t for them, he would have died in the Pit of Despair, but they held him up, found Miracle Max, advocated for a remedy, and carried him on their backs until he could stand on his own again.

My story is no different. In order to find my motivation again and recover from burnout, it required me to rely on my husband and support network more than I ever had before. It also required doctors, life coaches, and the support of friends and family.

Sometimes showing weakness is the ultimate show of strength.

You are the hero, and you’re also human. None of us can do this on our own, nor are we supposed to. When you’re burnt out, it’s important to ask for help and seek out a support system while you find your way back to yourself[1].

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This is how you learn to achieve your goals after losing motivation.

Final Thoughts

Remember, burnout happens to all of us from time to time, and it’s during these times that we may need to learn how to find motivation again.

Sometimes, doing this requires making a huge life change, but other times, it can be fixed with a new habit as simple as shutting down your computer, putting your phone out of sight, and giving yourself some down time.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities on your plate and with all of the things you’re thinking you need to change, remember to start small and focus on the ONE thing that’s going to make the biggest impact.

My thing was leaving my full time job, which, after months stressing about it, was accomplished in one 10-minute conversation with my manager.

Save your precious energy for only doing the things that truly matter right now, and your motivation will start coming back sooner than you thought possible.

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