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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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                                Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

                                Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

                                Today didn’t turn out as you planned, but it doesn’t mean you’re weak. It simply means that you’re human, and you’re not bad just because you had a bad day.

                                “Not everyday is a good day but there is something good in every day.” -Alice Morse Earle

                                It’s not the end of the world when you find yourself thinking “I had a bad day,” but it can feel like it. You may have had plans that fell apart, experiences that set you back, and interactions that only did harm.

                                You may have started the day thinking you could take on it all, only to find you could hardly get out of bed. When you have a bad day, you can forget to look at the good.

                                Sometimes, self-care helps us to remember why we are worth it. It helps us to recharge and reset our mindset. It helps us to know that there are still options and that the day isn’t over yet.

                                Love yourself today, no matter how hard it’s been. That’s the way to find yourself amidst the hardships you have. That’s how you center yourself and regain focus and live a more meaningful life. Give yourself some credit and compassion.

                                Here are 7 ways to rebound from a bad day using self-compassion as a tool. If you had a bad day, these are for you!

                                1. Make a Gratitude List

                                In a study on gratitude, psychologists Dr. Robert A Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough conducted an experiment where one group of people wrote out gratitude lists for ten weeks while another group wrote about irritations. The study found that the group that wrote about gratitude reported more optimistic mindsets in their lives[1].

                                Overall, having a gratitude list improved well-being and made one truly grateful by counting the blessings in their lives.

                                Write a list of what you are grateful for if you had a bad day. Make it as long as you like, but also remember to note why you’re grateful for each thing you write.

                                What has given you the most joy? What has set you up for better days? Keep a tally of triumphs in mind, especially when you do have the bad days.

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                                The day doesn’t define you, and you still have things of value that surround you. These could be material things, spiritual connections and experiences, relationships, basic needs, emotional and mental well-being, physical health, progress towards hopes and dreams, or simply being alive.

                                Here are some other simple ways to practice gratitude.

                                2. Write in a Journal

                                Journaling affects your overall mental health, which also affects physical health and aids in the management of stress, depression, anxiety, and more[2].

                                All you need is a pen and paper, or you could do an online, password-protected journal such as Penzu. The key is to get started and not pressure yourself on how polished or perfect it is. You don’t need to have prior experience to start journal writing. Just start.

                                Write out everything that is bothering you for 15 minutes. This helps with rumination, processing problems, and can even aid with brainstorming solutions.

                                However you approach it, you can find patterns of thinking that no longer serve you and start to transform your overall mental state. This will impact all areas of your life and is a great coping skill.

                                3. Meditate

                                Meditation can help you overcome negative thought patterns, worrying about the future, dwelling on the past, or struggling to overcome a bad day[3]. It shifts your mentality and helps you focus on the present or any one thing you truly want to focus on.

                                Here is an example of a meditation you can do:

                                Get into a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Rest your body, release tension, and unclench your jaw. Tighten and release each muscle group in a body scan for progressive muscle relaxation.

                                Focus on your breath, taking a few deep breaths. Let your belly expand when you breathe in for diaphragmatic breathing. Empty yourself completely of air, then return to normal breathing.

                                Next, focus on the idea of self-love and let it erase negative thoughts. Think about the ways you’ve been judging yourself, with the narratives coming up that your mind may create.

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                                Give yourself unconditional love and release judgment. Take your time meditating on this because you matter. This is particularly important if you had a bad day.

                                Check out this article for more on how to get started with a meditation practice.

                                4. Do Child’s Pose

                                Yoga Outlet says:

                                “Child’s Pose is a simple way to calm your mind, slow your breath, and restore a feeling of peace and safety. Practicing the pose before bedtime can help to release the worries of the day. Practicing in the morning can you help transition from sleeping to waking.”[4]

                                When you do Child’s Pose, it can be between difficult positions in yoga, or it can be anytime you feel you need a rest. It helps you recover from difficulties and relax the mind.

                                It also has the physical health benefits of elongating your back, opening your hips, and helping with digestion[5].

                                To do Child’s Pose, rest your buttocks back on your feet, knees on the floor. Elongate your body over your knees with both arms extended or tucked back, with head and neck resting on the floor[6].

                                Had a bad day? Try Child's Pose.

                                   

                                  Do this pose as a gift to yourself. You are allowing yourself to heal, rest, get time for yourself, recover, and recharge. When you’ve had a bad day, it’s there waiting for you.

                                  5. Try Positive Self-Talk

                                  Engage in positive self-talk. This is essentially choosing your thoughts.

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                                  When you have a negative thought, such as “I can’t do this,” replace it consciously with the thought “I can do this.” Give yourself positive affirmations to help with this.

                                  Negative self-talk fits into four general categories: personalizing or blaming yourself, magnifying or only focusing on the negative, catastrophizing or expecting the worst to happen, and polarizing or only seeing back and white[7].

                                  When you stop blaming yourself for everything and start focusing on the positive, expecting things to work out, and seeing the areas of grey in life, you reverse these negative mindsets and engage in positive self-talk.

                                  When you speak words of kindness to yourself, your brain responds with a more positive attitude. That attitude will affect everything you do. It’s how you take care of yourself if you had a bad day.

                                  Check in with yourself to know when you are having negative self-talk. Are you seeing patterns? When did they start to become a problem? Are you able to turn these thoughts around?

                                  6. Use Coping Skills and Take a Break

                                  Use your coping skills. This means not letting your thoughts take control of yourself.

                                  You can distract yourself and escape a bit. Do things you love. You can exercise, listen to music, dance, volunteer or help someone, be in nature, or read a book.

                                  It isn’t about repression. It’s about redirection. You can’t stay in thoughts that are no longer working for you.

                                  Sometimes, it’s okay to get out of your own way. Give yourself a break from the things going on in your head. You can always come back to a problem later. This may even help you figure out the best course of action as sometimes stepping away is the only way to see the solution.

                                  If you had a bad day, you may not feel like addressing what went wrong. You may need a break, so take one.

                                  7. If a Bad Day Turns Into Bad Days

                                  “I believe depression is legitimate. But I also believe that if you don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, get sunlight, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.” –Jim Carrey

                                  If you’ve been feeling out of control, depressed, or unstable for more than a few weeks, it’s time to call a mental health professional. This is not because you have failed in any way. It’s because you are human, and you simply need help.

                                  You may not be able to quickly rebound from a bad day, and that’s fine. Feel what you feel, but don’t let it consume you.

                                  When you talk to a professional, share the techniques that you have already tried here and whether they were helpful. They may tell you additional ideas or gain insights from your struggles of not being able to rebound from a series of bad days.

                                  If you’re having more than just a bad day, they will want to know. If you don’t have the answers, that’s okay, too. You just need to try these tools and figure out how you’re feeling. That’s all that’s required of you.

                                  Keep taking care of yourself. Any progress is progress, no matter how small. Give yourself a chance to get better by reaching out.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  If you had a bad day, don’t let it stop you.

                                  Know this: It’s okay not to be okay. You have a right to feel what you feel. But there is something you can do about it.

                                  You can invest in yourself via self-care.

                                  You are not alone in this. Everyone has bad days from time to time. You just need to know that you are the positive things you tell yourself.

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