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11 Quotes to Catapult You Over Life’s Hurdles

11 Quotes to Catapult You Over Life’s Hurdles

We’ve all had those days. You know, the ones which seem like the world as we know it is coming to an end because of something that’s happened to us.

We may have been through a bad break up, or we may have lost someone close to us – a sister, a best friend, or a parent. Perhaps you were just let go from a company you have been working at the last 10 years. Perhaps we just flunked the LSAT, or GMAT, or MCAT, or SAT. Or maybe it was nothing like that. Maybe you just realized in the middle of a scorching summer day you remember that you left two tubs of Nestle Cookie Dough (with brownie chunks) ice cream you bought from Walmart in the trunk of your car – FOUR DAYS AGO.

Whatever you’ve been through – I can relate. If you don’t believe me, you can be sure that someone else has been through something similar or something even worse. Here are some of the quotes I’ve used to stay resilient in the face of adversity.

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    This is your chance to shine. No matter what you’ve endured and been through, this is your opportunity to show the world what you’re made of. At the end of the day, your resiliency in times of hardship represent you! Remember that when you’re faced with difficulty, patience is indeed a virtue needed to stay strong!

    Tree trunk covered with knitting and material with the quote 'Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.' Installation by Lunar Rising at Shambala Festival

      Kanye West said it best – “Na-na-na that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger.”

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        Are you a “glass half-empty” or “glass half-full” person? Every challenge you face in life is a means to become a better and stronger person! Use these lessons to improve yourself and grow impenetrable!

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          What exactly is the “Superior Man” anyway? Confucius explains it here.

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            How good did you feel the last time you did well on an extremely tough exam? I bet you walked out of the classroom feeling like a bo$$. Same thing applies here. The greater the degree of the difficulty you face and have been challenged with, the better you’ll feel once you’ve overcome it.

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              I absolutely LOVE this one. What a positive way of looking at things – and it couldn’t be more true! The hardships we endure throughout life are what shape our personalities and characters. Here’s how I see it: think of a master sculpture who is chiseling away at a boulder. From the exterior, the boulder seems to be going through an ordeal; blow after blow, chisel after chisel. The end product however, is always greater than what it was at the beginning.

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                How far would the Wright brothers have gone had they given up after their first failed attempt at flight? You can thank your last first class flight (or economy, as in my case) to their steadfastness and unwavering desire to succeed.

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                  This is another great way to look at your problems. Assess each difficulty you’re facing and think of what you can do to make the most of it. Getting fired from that job you just worked 60+ hours a week for 2 years might result in an opportunity to start your own business.

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                    Some of the best-known heroes of our time – Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela – went through tremendous hardships throughout the majority of their lives and in pursuing their life’s work. What was the result of their efforts? Being regarded as some of the greatest people to have ever lived.

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                      You ultimately choose the outcome of every situation you encounter. What will you choose?

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                        This is my absolute favourite. What greater pleasure is there knowing and being reassured by the fact that after every difficulty, things will surely get better? The repetition of this verse/statement is a testament to the reassurance being given. It’s like saying “there’s calm after the storm” or “there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

                        At the end of the day – it’s all about PATIENCE! “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ― Aristotle

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                        Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                        7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

                        7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

                        Relationships are complicated and when you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change.

                        Sometimes it’s as easy as opening up to your partner about your problems, while other times it may be necessary to switch partners or roll solo to get your mind straight.

                        When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationship or just unhappy in general (in which case, a relationship may be just the cure you need).

                        Here’re signs of an unhappy relationship that is possibly making you feel stuck:

                        1. You’re depressed about your home life.

                        No matter what you do in life, you’re going to have good and bad days. Your relationship is no different.

                        However, no matter what you’re going through at home, you have to feel comfortable in your own home.

                        If you constantly dread going home because your significant other is there, there’s a problem. Maybe it’s something you already know about, everyone has an argument or just needs some alone time.

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                        When that yearning to be alone becomes an insatiable obsession over the course of months and years, it’s time to realize you’re not the exception to the rule.

                        You’re unhappy in your relationship, and you need to take a look in the mirror and do whatever it takes to make yourself smile.

                        2. You aren’t comfortable being yourself.

                        Remember all those things you discovered about yourself when you first got together? The way your partner made you feel when you met that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place.

                        If they don’t make you feel that way anymore, it’s not the end of the world. If your partner makes you uncomfortable about being you, then her or she is only dragging you down. It’s up to you to decide how to handle that.

                        You need to be comfortable with who you are. This means being comfortable in your skin and with the way you walk, talk, look, breath, move, and all the other things that make you uniquely you.

                        If the person who supposedly loves you doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, know that you can do better. They’re not even one in a billion.

                        3. You can’t stop snooping.

                        Mutual trust is necessary in any relationship. The only way to get that trust is with respect.

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                        I can find you anywhere online, no matter how private and secure you think you are. The odds of you having a password I can’t crack are slim. If we’ve met in person, I could install a remote key logger on your device without even touching it.

                        Finding your information online hardly takes a clandestine organization. Any idiot with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can cyberstalk you. I’m just the only idiot in the village admitting it.

                        So now that we know everyone snoops, it’s time to address your personal habits. Governments snoop because they don’t trust us. If you’re snooping on your partner, it’s because you don’t trust them.

                        It’s ok to have doubts, and it’s perfectly normal to look into anything that looks weird, but keep in mind that data collection is only half of an investigation.

                        If you find yourself constantly snooping and questioning everything, clearly there’s a trust issue and the relationship likely needs to end.

                        4. You’re afraid of commitment.

                        If you’ve been dating longer than a year and you aren’t engaged, it’s never going to happen.

                        Commitment is important. People will come up with a million ways to describe why they can’t be committed.

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                        No matter who you are if you like it, you need to put a ring on it. Find an engagement ring, stick a gemstone in it and marry the person. If you’re not legally able to get married or you don’t believe in it for one reason or another, have a child (or adopt one, however you’re able to) or treat your partner’s family like your own. It’s a huge financial and mental commitment.

                        If you’re not ready for one or the other after some time, don’t waste anymore of your precious life on the relationship.

                        Your relationship should be something that propels you forward. If it’s not going anywhere, make it an open relationship and call it what it is—dating multiple people.

                        5. You imagine a happier life without your partner.

                        If all you’re doing is imagining a happier life without your partner, it’s a sign that you’re in the wrong relationship. You’re unhappy and you need to get out.

                        Your partner should be included in your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a future with someone.

                        Try to remember what you dreamed of before you got your heart broken by the realities of life, love and the pursuit of human success.

                        Remember when you would crush on that cute kid in class? You would secretly imagine marrying him or her and going on an adventure—that’s the way life should be.

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                        If you’re not at least imagining adventures together, then why are you in that relationship?

                        6. You resent, rather than love your partner.

                        When a relationship starts to crumble, you begin to resent your partner for all the things you once loved about him or her.

                        When you’ve reached this point, your partner has reached at least No. 2 on this list. From your partner’s perspective, your unhappiness with them is picked up as bashing them for being who they are.

                        If you’re both unhappy in the relationship, it’s better if it ends as quickly and painlessly as possible.

                        7. You chase past feelings.

                        It’s okay to reminisce about the past, but if all you do is wish things were like they used to be, it’s a sign you’re not on the right path.

                        You’re unhappy and, at the very least, you need to have an open dialogue about it. This isn’t necessarily a sign that the relationship should end, but it definitely needs a spark.

                        When you talk to your partner candidly about what it is you’re looking for, you never know how they’ll react. The risk alone is worth it, good or bad.

                        Final thoughts

                        If you’re feeling stuck in your current relationship, it’s time to reflect about it with your partner. Don’t ignore these signs of an unhappy relationship as they will slowly go worse and harm both you and your partner in long-term.

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