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30 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Believe In Yourself

30 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Believe In Yourself

Every once in a while, when I need little reminder of what I’m capable of achieving, I like to find a good quote to bring my spirits up.

Here I’ve collected 30 motivational quotes which will remind you to believe in yourself, even when the going gets tough.

1. Stay true to who you are.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

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    2. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve waited, there’s always time to make a change and strive for more.

    It is never too late to be what you might have been.  ― George Eliot

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      3.Don’t get stuck worrying about what you’ve missed out on, instead, open up your eyes for the new opportunities right in front of you.

      When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ― Helen Keller

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        4. Don’t get overwhelmed by your goal if it seems to big. Focus on that one small step you can take first.

        The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ― Confucius

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          5. You can’t chose what life throws at you, but you can chose how you respond.

          I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ― Maya Angelou

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            6. You talents and abilities will improve over time, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

            If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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              7. It’s okay to be afraid of failing, you just can’t let it stop you from trying.

              In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.- Bill Cosby

              8) Be motivated by your desire to prove the naysayers and cynics wrong.

              A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

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                9. Success isn’t about not failing, it’s about bouncing back after you fail.

                I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. – George S. Patton

                10. You have to understand that you can’t have success without first experiencing failure.

                I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

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                11. Your most important education, isn’t happening inside of a classroom.

                Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

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                  12. You’re bound to hit rough patches in life, but if you don’t keep pushing forward, you’ll get stuck in the rough patch far longer than you need to.

                  If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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                    13. It doesn’t really matter what other people think you should be doing with your life. All that matters is that YOU know what you’re doing with your life.

                    I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want. – Muhammad Ali

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                      14. Success doesn’t just fall in your lap. You have to get up, do the work, and go find it.

                      Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. – Kyle Chandler

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                        15. Sometimes you have to do something you hate, in order to achieve something you love.

                        You’re not going to enjoy every minute of the journey, but the success you’ll find at the end will make it all worth it.

                        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

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                        16. What good is being a success at something you don’t care about?

                        It’s better to be happy doing something you love, even if you don’t find success right away.

                        I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. – George Burns

                        17. You can recover from a failure, but it’s hard to forgive yourself for never trying in the first place.

                        Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. – George Edward Woodberry

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                          18. Everyone starts out as an amateur, but it’s only those who keep trying that become true successes.

                          Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. – Christopher Morley

                          19. Just because you failed at accomplishing something, doesn’t mean you’re a failure as a person.

                          Remember that failure is an event, not a person – Zig Ziglar

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                            20. If you’re not failing at anything, chances are you’re not succeeding at much either. The two go hand in hand.

                            If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

                             21. Sometime you have to take a leap of faith to find success.

                            You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine. – Flip Wilson

                             22. The more you try, the better you get. So instead of worrying, just get started and you’ll eventually figure things out.

                            The more we do, the more we can do. – William Hazlitt

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                            23. If you wait for the perfect timing, you’ll end up waiting forever. It’s better just take what you’ve got, and get started.

                            Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. – George Herbert

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                              24. If you want to be a resilient, tough, and irrepressible person, you’ve got to try, fail, and try some more.

                              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

                              25. You’re more than capable of finding success, but it will only happen after you put in the work.

                              The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi

                              26. Don’t give up, because you’re probably much closer to success than you realize.

                              Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

                              27. Your potential and ability to succeed is not confined by your current situation. You’re more than your current circumstances.

                              The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

                              28. Success doesn’t always involve hitting a home run. Most of the time, is just about showing up, every single day.

                              Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

                              29. Experience, knowledge, and skill don’t always go hand in hand with success. Sometimes your lack of experience is your best asset.

                              Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. – Anonymous

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                                30. If you let your fear of failure stop you from trying, you’ll miss out on far more than had you just failed in the first place.

                                The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard

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                                What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

                                What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

                                When I wrote my book Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide, I was surprised at the various layers of review and editing necessary to get the book to publication. Before I ever submitted the manuscript, I enlisted a former colleague to read and copy edit my work. Then, I submitted my work to an editor at the publisher’s house, and once she approved it, she sent it to her colleagues and then her company’s editorial board.

                                Upon editorial board approval of my book, my editor sent my work to reviewers in my field, then a developmental editor, then a designer and layout team and, finally, another copy editor. There were a host of personalities with whom I needed to interact along the way.

                                It turns out that getting a publishing contract was just the beginning – a lot happens between developing a concept, writing the book, finding an agent and publisher, and getting the book on bookshelves or on Audible or Kindle. Through every milestone of the publishing process, my ability to interact with others was crucial. This underscored for me that no matter what or how much a person accomplishes, you never do it alone – everyone needs assistance from others.

                                While I conceived of the book and wrote the manuscript, there is no way my book could have hit booksellers’ shelves without the dozens of people who were involved in the publishing process. Further, interpersonal skills can propel or stonewall success.

                                Even as someone who has written hundreds of essays, press releases, pitch notes and other correspondence, writing itself is not a solitary endeavor. Sure, I may write in solitude, but the moment I am finished writing, there are always clients, colleagues, partners, peers and others who review my content.

                                What is more, even as a published author and contributor for this platform, I try to never submit final copy (content) that has not been copy edited. I send everything to my copy editor, whom I pay out of my own pocket, for her review, edits and approval. Once she has reviewed my work, caught unbeknownst-to-me errors, I am much more confident putting my work out in the world.

                                How Interpersonal Skills Affect Relationships

                                It is clearer to me now more than ever before that interpersonal skills are needed in every profession and every trade.

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                                People don’t elect leaders because the leaders are smart. Individuals are motivated to vote when they have a hero and when they feel they have something to lose. If they seriously dislike the other candidate, they are much more likely vote according to a 2000 Ohio State University study:

                                “A disliked candidate is seen as a threat, and that will be motivation to go to the polls. But a threat alone isn’t enough – people need to have a hero to vote for, too, in order to inspire them to turn out on Election Day.”

                                In a work setting, interpersonal skills impact every facet of your development and success. Trainers must collaborate with a design team or the company hiring them to facilitate the training. During the training itself, the facilitators must connect with the audience and establish a rapport that supports vulnerability and openness. If the trainers interact poorly with the trainees, they are unlikely to be invited back. If they are invited back, they may be unlikely to inspire cooperation or growth in their trainees.

                                Solopreneurs interactions with clients and subcontractors, and those interactions will, in part, support or adversely impact their business. If you enjoy a career as an acclaimed surgeon or respected lawyer, your interactions with patients, clients, health insurance agencies and a team of other practitioners – many of whom are shielded from public view – will improve or decimate your practice.

                                As a hiring manager, one of the things I consider when interviewing candidates is their interpersonal skills. I assess the interpersonal skills they display in their content and face-to-face presentation. I ask probing questions to learn how they interact with others, manage conflict and contribute to a team atmosphere.

                                When candidates say things like, “I prefer to work alone” or “I can hit the ground running without assistance,” I bristle. When candidates appear to know everything and everyone, I wonder if they will be receptive to learning or open to feedback. Could these statements be indications that these individuals lack interpersonal skills?

                                It stands to reason, then, that interpersonal skills are among the most valuable and the bedrock of all talents and skills.

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                                What are Interpersonal Skills?

                                Interpersonal skills range from emotional intelligence, empathy, oral and written communication to leadership to collaboration and teamwork.

                                In sum, interpersonal skills are skills that enable you to interact well with others. They include teachability and receptiveness to feedback, active or mindful listening, self-confidence and conflict resolution.

                                From a communications standpoint, interpersonal skills are about understanding how colleagues prefer to communicate and then using the appropriate mediums to meet respective needs. It is about understanding how to communicate in a way to get the most out of different people.

                                For instance, in my career as a public relations practitioner, part of what I am constantly evaluating is which colleagues, clients and members of the media prefer email, text or phone calls. I am assessing how much frill to use with each person depending on what has worked in the past and depending on what I know about the person with whom I am interacting.

                                Making these decisions and being disciplined enough to follow each person’s known preferences helps me better connect with the various individuals in my orbit. Is this tiring at times? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely.

                                How to Improve Interpersonal Skills

                                There are tons of resources to teach interpersonal skills. I love books such as Leadership Presence by Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar, and The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

                                There are also a host of books and articles on emotional intelligence, which is the ability to manage one’s emotions and perceive and adapt to others’ emotions. Emotional intelligence is likewise a critical component of positive interpersonal relations. You can learn more about it in this article: What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why It Is Important

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                                Active and mindful listening also support improved interpersonal skills. I recommend you take a look at this piece: Active Listening – A Skill That Everyone Should Master

                                I have further found that humility helps a ton with interpersonal skills. It takes humility to admit you have more to learn and that you can learn from the people around you. In fact, everyone with whom you interact has a lesson to teach you. And employers are increasingly looking for team members who are lifelong learners, meaning they believe there is always room for growth and professional and personal development.

                                Forbes contributor Kevin H. Johnson noted in a July 2018 article,

                                “That’s why, when anyone asks what the next ‘hot’ skill will be, I say it’s the same skill that will serve people today, tomorrow, and far into the future—the ability to learn.”

                                Don’t overlook introspection.

                                While interpersonal skills may seem simple enough, introspection is critical to learning where and in what ways you need to grow.

                                Through introspection and observation, I have learned that my interpersonal skills suffer when I am sleep deprived, because then I am short-tempered and irritable. I’ve observed this connection over a significant period in my life. Unsurprisingly, it is also true of others. Fellow LifeHack contributor, health coach and personal trainer Jamie Logie noted:

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                                When you are chronically sleep deprived, it really does a number on you. A lack of sleep can keep your body in a constant state of stress and over time this can get pretty ugly. Elevated stress hormones can be involved in creating a bunch of pretty nasty conditions including anxiety, headaches and dizziness, weight gain, depression, stroke, hypertension, digestive disorders, immune system dysfunction, irritability.

                                Additionally, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported,

                                “Sleep deprivation can noticeably affect people’s performance, including their ability to think clearly, react quickly, and form memories. Sleep deprivation also affects mood, leading to irritability; problems with relationships, especially for children and teenagers; and depression. Sleep deprivation can also increase anxiety.”

                                The point is, even as you are identifying ways to improve interpersonal skills, think about what is getting in the way. While sleep deprivation is a trigger for me, your stumbling block may be different.

                                The Bottom Line

                                You cannot fix what you do not know is broken. Even as you work to understand and apply interpersonal skills, spend some time in mindful meditation to get clear on what is holding you back from developing solid relationships.

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