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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, 2019

                        10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                        10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                        Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                        But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                        Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                        1. Spend Time with Positive People

                        If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                        Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                        2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                        When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                        Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                        3. Contribute to the Community

                        One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                        Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                        4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                        Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                        5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                        You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                        If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                        There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                        6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                        It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                        Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                        7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                        Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                        For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                        Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                        8. Offer Compliments to Others

                        Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                        9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                        If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                        Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                        10. Practice Self-Care

                        Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                        Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                        Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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