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20 Encouraging Quotes to Level Up Your Life

20 Encouraging Quotes to Level Up Your Life

Encouraging quotes from others that have come before us are one of the best ways that we can level up our lives. I have always been a fan of encouraging quotes, especially when I needed a kick in the butt to get things done and make thing happen in my life and work. I found that reading encouraging quotes at the beginning of my day or week was a great way to keep me motivated as it was something I could use to remind myself of what I was trying to accomplish in my life.

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If you are in need of some motivation to level up your life today, try out one of these 20 encouraging quotes to get your day started.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

    Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.

    Donald Trump

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      I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.

      Sylvia Plath

        I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

        Thomas A. Edison

          Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

          Peter Drucker

            If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves

            David Allen

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              I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

              George Burns

                The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it

                Mother Teresa

                  You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else

                  Albert Einstein

                    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

                    Dalai Lama

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                      Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

                      Helen Keller

                        Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

                        Steve Jobs

                          Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

                          Oprah Winfrey

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                            Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

                            Stephen King

                              Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones

                              Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’

                                Muhammad Ali

                                  Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

                                  Harriet Beecher Stowe

                                    It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

                                    Joseph Campbell

                                      In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.

                                      Tony Robbins

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                                        How to Deal with Anger (The Ultimate Anger Management Guide)

                                        How to Deal with Anger (The Ultimate Anger Management Guide)

                                        We all lose our temper from time to time. It’s a natural part of our emotions. And expressing anger is actually a healthy thing to do in our relationships with others. Expressing our differences in opinion allows us to have healthy conflict and many times come to an agreement or understanding that works for everyone.

                                        That being said, too much anger is counterproductive. Expressing anger inappropriately can be harmful to relationships, both personal and at work. Inappropriate in this context can be too much anger, too often, or a times that are only going to make things worse, not better. In this article we will look at how to deal with anger and better control your emotions.

                                        Let’s take a deeper look at how to deal with anger.

                                        Expressing Anger: Unhealthy vs Healthy Ways

                                        Anger is a natural and normal part of almost any relationship. This includes relationships with your spouse or significant other, kids, bosses, friends, family, etc. Anger provides us with valuable information, we just have to be willing to listen to it. It clues us in to areas where we disagree with others and things that need to be changed or altered.

                                        3 Common Unhealthy Ways to Express Anger

                                        Here’re some common yet unhealthy ways to express anger that you should avoid:

                                        Being Passive-Aggressive

                                        This is a term many of us are familiar with. Passive-aggressive behavior happens when someone is angry but uses indirect communication to express their anger.

                                        Some of the more common passive-aggressive behaviors include the silent treatment, making comments about someone behind their back, being grumpy, moody, or pouting, or simply not doing tasks or assignments that they should.

                                        This is a passive-aggressive person’s way of showing their anger. Not very productive but extremely common.

                                        Poorly Timed

                                        This is something I’ve been guilty of. I tend to be pretty open and out there with my emotions. As such, I’ve been known to express my anger in a situation where it can’t really do any good.

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                                        An example would be getting angry at one person in front of a crowd of people. All that does is make people uncomfortable and shuts them down. It’s not a healthy way to express anger or disagreement with someone.

                                        Ongoing Anger

                                        Being angry all the time is most often a symptom of something else. It’s healthy and normal to express anger when you disagree with someone. However, if someone is angry most of the time and always seems to be expressing their anger to everyone around them, this won’t serve them well.

                                        As a matter of fact, over time, people will start to avoid this person and have as little contact as possible. The reason being is no one likes being around someone who is angry all the time and it’s a no-win situation.

                                        3 Healthy Ways to Express Anger

                                        What about the healthy ways to adapt? Some healthy ways to express anger in our relationships include:

                                        Being Honest

                                        Expressing your anger or disagreement in an honest fashion. By this, I mean be truthful about what it is that is making you angry. Sometimes this will entail walking away and thinking about it for a bit before you respond. But that’s okay because you want to be honest.

                                        Don’t say you’re mad at something someone did or said when it’s really something else that upset you.

                                        Being Direct

                                        Similar to being honest, being direct is a healthy way to express anger.

                                        Don’t talk around something that is making you angry. Don’t say that one thing is making you angry when it’s really something else. And don’t stack items on top of each other so you can unload on someone about 10 different things 6 months from now.

                                        Be direct and upfront about what is making you angry. Ensure you are expressing your anger to the person who upset you or you are angry at, not to someone else. This is very counterproductive.

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                                        Being Timely

                                        When something makes you angry, it’s much better to express it in a timely manner. Don’t keep it bottled up inside of you, that’s only going to do more harm than good.

                                        Think of the marriages that seem to go up in flames out of nowhere when the reality is someone kept quiet for years until they hit their breaking point.

                                        Expressing anger as it occurs is a much healthier way of using anger to help us guide our relationships in the moment.

                                        How To Deal With Anger

                                        So if you feel angry, how should you deal with it right at that moment?

                                        1. Slowdown

                                        Maybe this has happened to you as well. From time to time, I receive an email at work that makes me so angry that steam is probably pouring out of my ears.

                                        In my less restrained moments, I have been known to fire off a quick response. And that typically has ended about as well as you might imagine.

                                        When I actually walk away from my computer and go do something else for a while, I am able to calm down and think more rationally. After that happens, I am able to respond in a more appropriate and productive manner.

                                        2. Keep It to the “I’s”

                                        As in it’s you that is upset. You are upset because of something. Don’t accuse people of making you upset. You don’t want to place blame by saying something like “You always want to upset me because you don’t put away your dishes”. Say something more like “Having dirty dishes laying on the counter upsets me – can you work with me to come to a solution?”.

                                        When you are accusatory towards someone, all that does is increase the tension. This doesn’t usually do anything except make your anger rise higher.

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                                        3. Workout

                                        I have definitely used this technique when I have been upset. If something happens that angers you, see if you have the opportunity to burn off some of the anger.

                                        Being able to hit the gym to get a hard workout in is great. If this isn’t an option, see if you can go for a run or a bike ride. If you are at work when you become angry and the weather permits, at least go outside for a brisk walk.

                                        Besides working some of your anger out through exercise, this also helps to give your mind a chance to work through some ways to address what it is that upset you.

                                        4. Seek Help When Needed

                                        There are times when we could all use some help. Life can be stressful and overwhelming. It’s perfectly fine to seek some help from an expert if it will help you get back to a healthy balance.

                                        If you find that you are angry all the time, it might be a good idea to go talk to an expert. They can give you some sound advice and ideas on how to get your anger to a more manageable, and healthy level.

                                        How To Control Your Emotions

                                        Having out of control emotions other than anger can lead to similar challenges in our lives. If you find yourself with emotional overflow here’s some ideas to help get your emotions under control.

                                        Practice Relaxation

                                        We all seem to lead incredibly busy lives, and that’s a good thing if we are loving the life we are living. That being said, it is very beneficial to our physical and mental well-being to take time out for relaxation. That can mean spending time doing things that help us calm down and relax like being around people we enjoy. It could be making time for things that help bring us balance like a healthy diet and exercise.

                                        Many people incorporate techniques such as yoga and meditation to calm their minds and balance their emotions. Whatever your choice is, ensure you take time out to relax.

                                        Laugh

                                        Incorporating humor and laughter on a regular basis will help keep emotions in check and things in a healthy perspective.

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                                        Remember, life isn’t a race. It’s a journey meant to be enjoyed fully along the way. Make sure you take time out to laugh and have fun.

                                        Surround yourself with people that like to laugh and enjoy life. Don’t work at a job that just causes you stress which can lead to anger. Work at something you enjoy doing and brings a smile to your face.

                                        Be Grateful

                                        I was just having this conversation with one of my daughters who was stressed about school. We talked about the importance of being grateful for the many things in our lives that we seem to take for granted.

                                        It’s easy to focus on the bad in life and the things that cause us negative emotions. It’s vitally important to remind ourselves of all the wonderful things in life that bring us positive emotions, things that we easily forget because we get caught up in the whirlwind of day to day life.

                                        Take time out each day to remind yourself of a few things you are grateful for.

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        Life can be overwhelming at times. We seem to have constant pressure to achieve more and to always be on the go. People we are around and situations we are in can cause stress, anger, and negative emotions. At times, it can seem to be too much and we get angry and our emotions start to get out of control.

                                        During these times, keep in mind that life is an incredible journey, full of wonder and things that bring us smiles and joy. When you find yourself angry more often than is healthy, take time out to remember the good things in life — the things that we seem to forget easily yet bring us so much positive energy and emotions.

                                        Use some of the tips included here to help with how to deal with anger and better control your emotions. You’ll be glad you did.

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