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40 Inspirational Quotes To Help You Get Through Tough Times

40 Inspirational Quotes To Help You Get Through Tough Times

We all have bad days, including myself. When times are tough, I always look for inspiring quotes to help me get through it.

Read these inspirational quotes and you’ll be smiling again in no time:

1. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley

2.”Nobody can make you to feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

3. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

4. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

5. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

6. “Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again.” – Frances Rodman

7. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  Dr. Seuss

8. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

9. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”– Duke Ellington

10.“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin

11.“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

12. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” – Dr. Seuss

13. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

14. “Don’t cry for a man who’s left you; the next one may fall for your smile.” Mae West

15. “You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.” – Dan Millman

16. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”- Mary Anne Radmacher

17. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse

18. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

19. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein

20. “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  – Albert Einstein

21. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

22. “Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life… including you.” – Kelly Rudolph

23. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get, you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker

24. “If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”- Edith Wharton

25. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Frederick Keonig

26. “If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.” – Katy Perry

27. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

28. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”- John Lennon

29. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

30. “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” – Paul Simon

31. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

32. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” – Ayn Rand

33. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

34. “After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” – William R. Alger

35. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

36. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

37. “Believe in yourself and you can be anything.” –Katy Perry

38. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

39. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

40. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – Walt Disney

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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