In a time like this I need some positive words to surround me and I know that I’m not alone. Whether it be a person, a thing or situation, we all have times that we just need to be surrounded by positivity and good vibes. So I wanted to give you guys that and truthfully I need to give myself that.
Here are some of my favorite uplifting quotes.
“Without struggle there is no progress.” The real quote by Frederick Douglass reads “If there is no struggle there is no progress” but I tend to prefer the modified version. During my times of self doubt and when I am struggling to better myself or succeed at something I try my hardest to remember this quote. This is a quote that has ALWAYS helped me push through and persevere during difficult times.
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”This quote is by one of my favorite psychologist, Abraham Maslow. So, read it. Read it again. Let in sink in. When I first read this quote, I was taken aback. I literally stared in awe for a few minutes because it is so true. If we continue to see everything with a one sided mind or from our own perspective, we will never be able to know any other solution. Every problem we come across, we will try to solve the same way. Every disagreement, every misunderstanding .. everything! And that is no way to operate. Every situation is different. Every person is different. You have to be able to at least attempt to understand things in a different light. You have to be able to take a step back and try different tactics to handle different scenarios and that is something I had to learn. Once I learned the meaning of this quote, it helped me with future problems .. and it still helps me.
“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life” and “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself”. I combined these two because they essentially mean the same thing but I love both of these quotes and couldn’t pick one. What I get from these quotes is – do what makes you happy and nothing less .. or you will be unhappy! Work to your highest and best ability and don’t give up. Even if there’s turbulence along the way. Even if you have nay sayers surrounding you. Even if you feel like your best isn’t enough. Even if self doubt is getting the best of you. Keep going, keep trying and don’t give up. It is better to try and fail than to not try at all (another favorite quote of mine lol) because in you trying you are reaching the goal you were meant to. So many times I see people go into professions or do things that they don’t necessarily want to do because they are thinking about the people around them or money but in the end they turn out to be so unfulfilled and not at peace. We have to come to the conclusion that we must do what makes us happy. We have to do it for ourselves and no one else. We must live to our greatest potential and travel along that path to self love and happiness and then we will attain peace <3.
“If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.” This is another Abraham Maslow quote and I promise the last one! Lol. I adore this quote. You have to keep trying. No matter what. No matter how difficult the task. It’s that simple. That’s it.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” I love this quote because it’s just saying that no matter where life may take you, you have to learn to go with it and change when needed so that you meet whatever goal you have set for yourself. Throughout life, whatever goal you are pushing for, the path to that goal will very rarely go the way you expect it. There will be ups and downs, right turns and wrong ones but you have to gain the mindset that these things -everything really- happens for a reason. And that reason is to make you a better person and after facing those obstacles, reaching that goal will only be more fulfilling!
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you in judgement shall be condemned.” I couldn’t NOT include a bible quote and to be honest this might be my favorite on this list. There was a time in my life (at a young age) that I was going through so much. One day, I was talking to my aunt over the phone and I literally broke down. She consoled me, talked to me so calm and started reading the bible. Now I am not religious (I do believe in God though) but something about the way she spoke to me helped. Before we got off the phone she told me to write something down. I got a pen and paper and she recited those words to me. Then she told me to put it on the door of my room and every night before I went to bed and every morning before I left the house to say these words. I don’t know if she even remembers that but even now before I leave the house I say those words in my head. No weapon that forms against you will prosper. Those weapons will form but if you keep your faith, work hard and stay positive they won’t prosper – they can’t. And every person that judges you or your situation can’t prosper. So stay positive and focus on that goal. Strive to achieve it and you will.
So these are some of my favorite uplifting quotes. If you are feeling down for whatever reason, I hope this helped you. ❤