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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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                    How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

                    How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

                    You see your partner every single day. They are the first person you talk to in the morning and the last person you kiss goodnight.

                    But does seeing each other day in and day out equal a healthy relationship? Not necessarily.

                    Spending quality time with your partner is the best way to ensure your relationship stays healthy and strong. This means going above and beyond sitting together while you watch Netflix or going out for the occasional dinner. You deserve more from your relationship – and so does your spouse!

                    What does quality time mean? It means spending time with your spouse without interruption. It’s a chance for you to come together and talk. Communication will build emotional intimacy and trust.

                    Quality time is also about expressing love in a physical way. Not sex, necessarily (but that’s great, too!) but through hand-holding, cuddling, caressing, and tickling. Studies show that these displays of affection will boost partner satisfaction.[1]

                    So how do you spend quality time with your partner? Here are 13 relationship tips on making the most out of your time with your partner.

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                    1. Recognize the Signs

                    If you want a healthy relationship, you have to learn how to recognize the signs that you need to spend more quality time together.

                    Some telltale signs include:

                    • You’re always on your phones.
                    • You value friendships or hobbies over quality time with your spouse.
                    • You aren’t together during important events.
                    • You are arguing more often or lack connection.
                    • You don’t make plans or date nights.
                    • You’re not happy.

                    If you are experiencing any of these relationship symptoms, know that quality time together can reverse the negative effects of the signs above.

                    2. Try New Things Together

                    Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument or speak another language? How about skydive or ballroom dance?

                    Instead of viewing these as solo hobbies and interests, why not involve your partner?

                    Trying new activities together builds healthy relationships because it encourages spouses to rely on one another for emotional and physical support.

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                    Shared hobbies also promote marital friendship, and the Journal of Happiness Studies found that marital satisfaction was twice as high for couples who viewed each other as best friends.[2]

                    3. Schedule in Tech-Free Time

                    Your phone is a great way to listen to music, watch videos, and keep up-to-date with friends and family. But is your phone good for your relationship?

                    Many couples phone snub, or ‘phub’, one another. Studies show that phubbing can lower relationship satisfaction and increase one’s chances of depression.[3]

                    Reduce those chances by removing distractions when spending quality time together and showing your partner they have your full attention.

                    4. Hit the Gym as a Couple

                    One way you can spend more time together as a couple is by becoming workout partners. Studies show that couples are more likely to stay with their exercise routine if they work out together.[4] Couples also work out harder than they would solo. One study found that 95 percent of couples who work out together maintained weight loss compares to the 66 percent of singles who did.[5]

                    Join a gym, do at-home couples’ workouts, try couples yoga, hit the hiking trails, or get your bikes out. No matter which way you choose to exercise, these healthy activities can promote a healthy relationship.

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                    5. Cook Meals Together

                    Pop open a bottle of wine or put some romantic music on while you get busy – in the kitchen, of course!

                    One of the best relationship tips for spending quality time together when you both have busy schedules is to cook meals together.[6]

                    Spice things up and try and prepare a four-course meal or a fancy French dish together. Not only is this a fun way to spend your time together, but it also promotes teamwork.

                    If all goes well, you’ll have a romantic date night meal at home that you prepared with your four hands. And if the food didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, you are guaranteed to have a laugh and create new memories together.

                    6. Have a Regular Date Night

                    Couples experience a greater sense of happiness and less stress when they are spending quality time together.[7] One of the biggest relationship tips for a healthy partnership is to include a date night in your weekly routine.

                    The National Marriage Project found that having a weekly date night can make your relationship seem more exciting and helps prevent relationship boredom.[8] It also lowers the probability of divorce, improves your sex life, and increases healthy communication.

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                    Some great ideas for what to do on your date night include:

                    • Have a movie marathon – Gather up your favorite flicks and cuddle up on the couch.
                    • Play games together – Cards, board games, video games, and other creative outlets are a fun way to spend quality time together.
                    • Recreate your first date – Go back to that restaurant and order the same meal you did when you first got together. You can spice up your evening by pretending you’re strangers meeting for the first time and see how sexy the night gets.
                    • Plan a weekend getaway – There’s nothing better than traveling with the one you love.
                    • Dinner and a movie – A classic!
                    • Try a new restaurant – Make it your mission to rate and try all of the Mexican restaurants/Irish pubs/Italian trattorias in your area.
                    • Have a long sex session – Intimacy promotes the release of the oxytocin hormone which is responsible for a myriad of great feelings.[9]

                    Here’re even more date night ideas for your reference: 50 Unique and Really Fun Date Ideas for Couples

                    Final Thoughts

                    The benefits of spending quality time together are endless. Here are just some of the ways it can contribute to a healthy relationship:

                    • Improves emotional and physical intimacy
                    • Lowers divorce rates
                    • Improves communication
                    • Reduces marital boredom
                    • Bonds couples closer
                    • Improves friendship
                    • Boosts health
                    • Reduces stress

                    These are all excellent reasons to start making date night a regular part of your week.

                    It’s easy to have a healthy relationship when you set aside dedicated time to share with your spouse. Try new things together, make your spouse your workout buddy, and look for innovative ways to be close and connected.

                    These relationship tips will bring great benefits to your marriage.

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