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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.

                    Featured photo credit: Millie Robertson via flickr.com

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                    Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                    How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                    How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                    Think you have a boring life?

                    The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                    Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                    1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                    What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                    Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                    2. Go Play with Kids

                    Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                    They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                    3. Order a Hot Dog

                    While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                    4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                    Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                    5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                    You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                    You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                    6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                    Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                    Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                    7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                    Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                    What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                    8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                    You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                    9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                    Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                    10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                    We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                    11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                    It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                    12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                    This will give you something to look forward to.

                    Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                    13. People Watch

                    Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                    People are infinitely interesting.

                    14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                    Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                    15. Dance

                    You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                    If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                    16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                    This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                    17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                    Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                    18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                    Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                    19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                    OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                    20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                    This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                    Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                    Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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