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10 Quotes That Will Surely Motivate You When Facing Huge Challenges

10 Quotes That Will Surely Motivate You When Facing Huge Challenges

When you’re going through something truly difficult, or if you have hit a roadblock, you may just want to roll over and give up. Everyone feels like that sometimes when they are facing challenges. But that’s where inspirational quotes come in! Hooray!

But really, some of these quotes are truly poignant, and might be just what you need to change your perspective and see your struggles for what they are: an opportunity.

1. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby

Often, our stresses involve people: people not approving of your decisions, or wanting to change how you live your life, or even change you as a person.

Bill Cosby knows what’s up. It’s impossible to please everybody, and if you attempt to do it, you’ll completely abandon any goals you had for yourself. If you believe you’re doing the right thing, do it. And if anybody objects, pull on your Cosby sweater and give them a good, intimidating stare.

Cosby

    2. “Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to be truly affected by things.” ~ Zooey Deschanel

    So you’re really sad about something. That’s okay. Let it all out.

    Our society seems to think that if you’re sad, or angry, or anything but happy really, that it’s a terrible thing. Of course, you should strive to be generally happy. But you’re allowed to have fleeting moments of intense emotions, even if they hurt.

    If you’re facing a huge challenge that is truly difficult, let your emotions out, and talk to people you care about. Allow yourself to be affected.

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    Zooey

      Okay, maybe not quite that intensely.

      3. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” ~ Seth Godin

      Maybe your challenge involves being scared out of your wits, because you’re afraid to fail, or you’re going into completely uncharted territory.

      Embrace that fear and just do it. On your deathbed, you won’t regret trying—but you will most definitely regret not trying just because you were afraid.

      4. “Every flower must grow through dirt.” ~ Unknown

      I love this quote. And it’s true: if you’re going to grow, flourish, and bloom, you’re going to have to work yourself through some dirt first.

      flower

        Just keep on growing.

        5. “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” ~ Jon Sinclair

        So many people fear failure—often, more than anything else—but it’s something everybody does at some point.

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        You’re learning. Just like walking or riding a bike, the beginning stages might involve a few tumbles and a few bruises. That’s all failure is. It’s a little fall, and it’s a bruise. You get back up, brush yourself off, and keep on going. Soon, the bruise will be completely gone.

        I mean, unless your failure involves something like this:

        tattoo

          Can’t help ya there, bud.

          6. “I said, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then I realized, I am somebody.” ~ Lily Tomlin

          You can, and will, make mistakes. But never make the mistake of thinking that you can’t enact change.

          When life’s giving you some hurdles, it can be easy to feel small and insignificant. But that is never the case.

          You can change the world.

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          Barney

            7. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

            lost

              No, not that kind of lost.

              Being totally happy with life is great, but you learn nothing about yourself from it. Most of what we learn about ourselves, we learn during our struggles.

              Use this as an opportunity to see what you’re really made of.

              8. “What am I doing?! Oh, yeah. Following my dreams. Okay. Calm down.”

              This is just a little tidbit I found on Pinterest that really resonated with me. There’s going to be a point when even the most dedicated of us doubt our paths.

              When you are going after your dreams, you’re trying something totally wild. Of course you’re going to feel like a fish out of water every now and then. Don’t flop around and freak out—just keep on swimming, like this overly extended metaphor is.

              swimming

                9. “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.” ~ Unknown

                So you fail at something, or you’re facing a challenge. And you think, “I’ll never be as good as *insert famous example here.* I might as well give up.”

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                This is where this quote comes in.

                It’s something that I’ve always had to repeat to myself as a writer. And if you want to do, well, anything, it’s a quote that you will need at least once in your life.

                Never compare yourself to anyone but the past you. Everyone has different experiences, different opportunities, different lives.

                There’s just no point to comparing yourself to someone with far more experience than you. You’ll get there.

                dinosaur

                  10. “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.” ~ Rolling Stones

                  This is a classic that everyone can use every now and then. Maybe you didn’t get what you wanted this time. But that’s because you didn’t need it, and your life is making room for new opportunities.

                  You’ll only be able to fully see this in the future, when you can look back on it (hindsight is 20/20, after all). So for now, while you are actively facing challenges, just breathe and let it happen.

                  Benedict

                    Anything you say, Benedict.

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                    60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                    60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                    Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

                      Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

                      1. Good Health

                      Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

                      2. Money in the Bank

                      Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

                      3. Good Friends

                      Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

                      4. Freedom of Religion

                      Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

                      5. Your Parents

                      Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

                      6. Weekends

                      There’s something magical about weekends.

                      7.Having a Partner

                      Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

                      8. Pets

                      Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

                      9. Learning from Mistakes

                      If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

                      10. Opportunity to Get an Education

                      The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.

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                      11. Having a Home

                      Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

                      12. An Ability to Read

                      If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

                      13. Breathing Fresh Air

                      Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

                      14. A Bed to Sleep

                      A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

                      15. Laughter

                      Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

                      16. Safety and Security

                      Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

                      17. Cars

                      Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

                      18. Sunshine

                      The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

                      19. Time

                      Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

                      20. Clean Water

                      Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

                      21. Cell Phones

                      Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

                      22. Love

                      The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

                      23. Books

                      Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.

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                      24. Kindness of Strangers

                      Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

                      25. Campfires

                      The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

                      26. Pain

                      Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

                      27. Art

                      The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

                      28. Holidays

                      Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

                      29. Freedom of Speech

                      Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

                      30. Rainbows

                      The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

                      31. Tears

                      Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

                      32. Waking up Today

                      Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

                      33. Indoor Plumbing

                      Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

                      34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

                      Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

                      35. Mountains

                      Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

                      36. Eyesight

                      Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.

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                      37. Grocery Stores

                      Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

                      38. Sunsets

                      Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

                      39. Entertainment

                      Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

                      40. Your Mind

                      Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

                      41. Employment

                      Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

                      42. Diversity

                      The world would be a boring place without diversity.

                      43. Moon and Stars

                      The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

                      44. Electricity

                      Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

                      45. Air Conditioning

                      Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

                      46. Hearing

                      Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

                      47. Children

                      Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

                      48. Ability to Learn

                      The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

                      49. People Willing to Teach

                      Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.

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                      50. Oceans

                      The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

                      51. Modern Medicine

                      Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

                      52. Music

                      Music brings out new emotions.

                      53. Entrepreneurs

                      Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

                      54. Warm Clothing

                      On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

                      55. Freedom to Vote

                      Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

                      56. An Internet Connection

                      It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

                      57. Challenges

                      Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

                      58. Hiking Trails

                      Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

                      59. Vaccines

                      Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

                      60. Armed Forces

                      Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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