You're tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don't let your feet stop.
Soon, when all is well, you're going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up.
Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success.
No matter what, just keep going.
But if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.
Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.
You're going to be happy, said life, but first I'll make you strong.
Don't worry about all of the steps. Begin.
When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.
Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.
You can make a difference, and you can make it now. You can make a difference, in your own life, in your family, your community, your world.
There are days that life is about dreams, goals, brightness. And there are days that life is just about putting foot in front of the other and continue walking - there is nothing wrong about this.
Progress is almost never linear. Ups and downs and bursts.
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
The path through trouble is always made a step at a time, a breath at a time, a day at a time.
It's okay to feel lost, it's okay to feel pain, it's okay to feel hopeless. What's not okay is thinking life will be easy. Stay strong my friend.
I will keep preaching this to myself and others: there are no problems, only projects.
It is totally unproductive to think the world has been unfair to you. Every tough stretch is an opportunity.
Throughout your life you will encounter tedious situations, and you must cultivate the ability to handle them with discipline.
Not seeing results? Feel like giving up? Consider this: the last thing to grow on a fruit tree... is the fruit. Doing amazing sh*t takes time. You want that fruit you gotta stay after it.
It's not too late to recover. You're young, you're tough. You're adaptable. You can patch up your wounds, lift your head, and move on.
The only way that you're ever going to get to the other side of this journey is by suffering. You have to suffer in order to grow. Some people get it, some people don't.
If you haven't started, then taking action is more important than finding the best strategy. If you're already taking action, then ensuring you're working on the right thing is more important than working harder. Your effort sets your floor. Your strategy sets your ceiling.
Remember: everything hard will be painful, but just because there is pain doesn't mean you have to suffer.
One of the most important skills I've built is the ability to sit with discomfort. Being able to be uncomfortable and not needing to escape has changed my happiness and my life.
The first step to overcoming failure is to fully admit you have failed. Admitting it will put your mind at ease and help you to see what you ought to do next.
When we look at our lives as a whole, our current difficulty is like a cloud. Although large, it will soon pass.
Pick your one overwhelming desire. It's okay to suffer over that one.
You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.
There's value in disaster. All our mistakes burned up. Thank god we can start again.
No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.
Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.
Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.
In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer...
It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
One day at a time.
Hope springs forever.
Inhale courage. Exhale fear.
What a difference a day makes.
He who limps is still walking.
Within you are so many answers.
If it's not okay, it's not over.
Where you are, is not who you are.
Encouragement is oxygen for the soul.
The nature of this flower is to bloom.
The beginnings of all things are small.
You're not too old and it's not too late.
You can climb that mountain, you can reach the top.
Stay humble, do your best, and the rest will follow.
Your doubts create mountains, but your actions move them.
Don't wait for a time when you're free of fear. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
For everyone who's been afraid to step up... this is for you. Decide to do it and the Universe will support you.
Reaching your dream will be tough. The road will be long and dark. But in the end, it will be worth it.
Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.
If you want something, start working for it now. Don't wait for anything. The clock is ticking.
Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Replace every what if with why the hell not?
So far you've survived 100% of your worst days. You're doing great.
There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes.
You're tired. You're stressed. You're mentally and physically drained. You feel alone. Struggling with the present, uncertain of the future. Life sucks right now. You'll be fine. I promise...It gets better. Just keep moving forward.
You can be ten times what you are today at anything. And the only thing that holds you back is disciplined effort and a refusal to quit.
Courage is not a state. It's an action that you need to practice everyday. When you practice everyday, you feel proud, powerful, build authentic pride in yourself, and create real confidence.
There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.
A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.
When you have something you want to do in your life: Just fuc*ing do it. Don't second guess yourself, don't overthink it. Go with your instincts and have a bias to action.
Some people spend their whole lives waiting for the sound of a starting gun that never goes off. Don't wait. Pull the trigger yourself.
Courage in the path is what makes the path manifest itself.
You either walk inside your own story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.
We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree - deeply rooted to withstand all of life's upheavals.
The more you hope, the more you suffer. The more you suffer and keep going, the closer you get to your goal.
The darkest night that ever fell upon the earth never hid the light, never put out the stars. It only made the stars more keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest against the darkness.
We deserve some respect. You deserve some respect. You are important to other people, as much as to yourself. You have some vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world.
Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life's dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end.
It takes errors to see what you're doing incorrectly. It takes courage to try again and succeed.
Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.
When you get through this, you are going to be something else… a better, stronger you!
Courage is your birthright. It's inside each and every one of us. You were born with it, and you can tap into it anytime you want.
Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility. Hold yourself accountable. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. And finally, make your dreams come true.
Don't you know that day dawns after night, showers displace drought, and spring and summer follow winter? Then, have hope! Hope forever, for God will not fail you!
Effort, not genetics, is within your control.
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.
What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.
Nobody starts with all the answers. The path to the summit is not fully visible from base camp.
A fool's answer is to work harder. A wise man stops, reflects, and simply takes the right direction.
Have patience. Wait until the mud settles and the water is clear. Remain unmoving until right action arises by itself.
Do not struggle. Go with the flow of things, and you will find yourself at one with the mysterious unity of the Universe.
On the path to successful action, we will fail - possibly many times. And that's okay. It can be a good thing, even. Action and failure are two sides of the same coin. One doesn't come without the other.
Dispelling dread isn't a matter of trying to forget about washing dishes. It is realizing that in actual fact you only have one dish to wash, ever: this one; only one step to take, ever: this one. And that is Zen.
When life is good, do not take it for granted. It will pass. When life falls apart, this too will pass. Life will have its unexpected turns.
Learn from your past experiences, but don't get stuck in them. Your past should be a teacher, not a jailer. Don't squander the present dueling with the shadows of the past. This moment is alive with possibility.
Accepting the inevitable is the beginning of strength and freedom. Embrace all chaos that is out of your control. This is how it is. Why should it be otherwise? Move the levers that are within your grasp. Sharpen the blade of will. Strike with precision. Accept and endure.
Nothing is ever as it seems. What looks bad today, can be a blessing tomorrow.
Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.
If you really want to change your life, start immediately.
You can't change your future if you don't have hope. You can't change your life if you don't take action.
It's okay not to be okay - as long as you are not giving up.
Screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor.
Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.
Some days, doing the best we can may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect - on any front - and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
As much as it is necessary to be hard on yourself when you're acting weak - it's necessary to pat yourself on the back when you perform well.
You tried? Try harder. It hurt? Get hurt again. You failed? Fail again. You lost? Lose again. You'll never win until you learn to lose and keep moving forward.
Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.
If you're in a tough situation or facing difficulty, try reframing the issue into a positive that works in your favor. Bad breakup? Good, now you have more time to work on yourself. Failed a test? Good, now you can study harder and learn more. Bad becomes good.
Remembering what you've been through and how that has strengthened your mindset can lift you out of a negative brain loop and help you bypass those weak, one-second impulses to give in.
At the end of the day, hard work may not be enough. You still may fail. But you keep going out there and go after it.
Always ask what the universe is trying to teach you. Especially when it is punching you in the face!
We are trained to think life progresses linearly. It isn't: we experience setbacks all the time. Injuries while training for a marathon, upset customers or lost sales, bad days on the path to enlightenment. Don't be discouraged: everyone trips up some of the time.
No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around.
When you are going through difficult times, remember: you might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you're still here. That is a victory. Show your happiness and celebrate your ability to go forward.
Never give in... never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down, and got back up again.
The less you expect, the more you connect with reality. The more connect and accept reality, the happier you can be.
The climb to the top is better than the view from the peak. It's progress, not perfection, that we really crave.
Keep going. You're doing great. You might not be where you want to be yet, but that's okay. Just take it one step at a time and keep believing in yourself. And remember: No matter what happens, you can still enjoy your life and be happy.
Do only one thing at a time. When you walk, just enjoy walking. When you listen, really listen. You will become happier and more centered.
Do not let people's opinions of you mold your destiny. Let unhappy people have their unhappy thoughts. Continue on your path courageously.
Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There's no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.
Their pace is not your pace. Be patient with yourself. Find your pace. Find your peace.
Our joy does not have to be based on our circumstances.
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
Let your strongest muscle be the will.
There is no giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps. You build yourself brick by brick. So go out and do the work. Day in and day out.
Start small. Build momentum. Never give up. Reach your dreams. Help others do the same.
On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don't stop.
Only 3 things can change our life: dreams, suffering and love.
You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.
I'm asking you to make a commitment: find something you want to change in your community and take the first step toward changing it.
When your way doesn't work, don't be disheartened. You must be willing to try another way.
A worthy goal: help as many people as possible fulfill their dreams, aspirations and goals.
Never let the scoreboard be the judge of success. Success and winning are two different things.
State what you want. Have the courage and the audacity to claim your dreams and goals.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse.
No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up.
Let go of your need for comfort and security. Creative endeavors are by their nature uncertain.
When struggling to start, work on a smaller part. When struggling to finish, ship a smaller whole.
99.99 percent of the time waiting for the right moment to do something hard is how you rationalize not doing that hard thing you know you needs to be done. There is no perfect moment. All we have is now. Stop waiting.
Slow and steady often wins because it keeps you motivated. Take on manageable challenges and you'll get frequent signals of progress. Bite off more than you can chew and progress stalls. When you make progress, you want to keep going. When you break progress, you want to stop.
The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.
Focus and simplicity are connected. If you can't focus, then start cutting things out. When only the essential remains, it becomes easy to pay attention to the right thing.
If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it.
It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.
Work without hope or despair.
Make big things by doing small things consistently. By working in small batches, you'll accelerate feedback rates.
The conditions you think you want are rarely the ones that help you produce your best work. You need the feedback of reality in order to keep your feet planted on the ground.
I can't remember a week where I've had so many amazing highs and so many terrible lows. The delta has never been so wide. But the messy middle isn't something to be avoided. If you let it, it can show us who we really are and what we consider important.
Something I wish everyone knew: the bar's not as high as you think. You can get that job, meet that person, start that company. But because you think the bar's so high, you won't even try.
Don't think you deserve the job? Apply for it anyways. Don't think your article is good enough? Publish it anyways. Don't think they'll reply to your email? Send it anyways. Don't self-reject.
Don't focus on how great or terrible the things you're making today are, but on how much better they will be if you keep going.
Failure is nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace it and you'll take away most of its power.
Each subtle shift you make is a miracle. Subtle shifts add up to radical change.
Start from wherever you are and with whatever you've got.
Build yourself up so that you are in a position to help others do the same.
Life becomes beautiful the day we stop believing it should be beautiful.
Having the self-belief that you will be able to figure things out as you go along is critical to success at anything hard. Get started and trust yourself. No one has all the answers at the beginning.
Your voice is your biggest asset, because no one else has it. Find the courage to be you, to say what you feel and think. That's the secret. No one else has your exact experience and perspective so take advantage of it.
One of the most important skills you can learn if you want to be better at your craft is problem solving. And patience.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
The only road that leads to serenity is acceptance.
Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.
There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.
Tragedies do happen. We can discover the reason, blame others, imagine how different our lives would be had they not occurred. But none of that is important: they did occur, and so be it. From there onward we must put aside the fear that they awoke in us and begin to rebuild.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Don't forget: Beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
We can't see the end of the river but it does end, in the ocean.
Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.
Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
A crisis can bring about despair, or it can summon forth the will to power renewal. A darkening hour motivates us to find a source of lasting light. Catastrophe can introduce us to heroic qualities we did not know we possessed. Courage and effort will light the dark.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.
It's ok to say I don't know. The pleasure is in finding things out.
Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter.
Have you ever realized how unique and beautiful you are?
I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.
You don't have to know how to do things perfectly the first time around. All you need to know is that you are doing the very best you can.
No one knows what they can do until they try.
The learning starts when things get difficult.
Not knowing is not failure. It's the first step to understanding.
You are not weird. You are you, and that's beautiful.
Fix the first problem fully and calmly before you even think about the second problem.
Take your time, don't rush. Some problems are harder than others. Deal with the ones right in front of you first. Come back to the others later. You'll get there.
Do not try to bypass the work of discovering your calling or imagine that it will simply come to you naturally. Although it may come to a few people early in life or in a lightning-bolt moment, for most of us it requires continual introspection and effort.
Be a student of the game. Like most cliches of sport, this is profound. You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard. Peers who fizzle or blow up or fall down, run away, disappear from the monthly rankings, drop off the circuit.
See failure as a beginning. Never stop learning. Assume nothing, question everything. Teach others what you know. Analyze objectively. Practice humility. Respect constructive criticism. Take initiative. Give credit where it's due. Love what you do.
Failure can teach endurance or timidity. Make it the former. Knowing the taste of failure and risking it anyway... that is courage.
Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
Life is never perfect. We all live some form of Option B.
Keep going, and don't worry about your speed. You're making progress, even if it doesn't seem like it. Forward is forward, no matter how slow.
Men don't say it enough but it's true: women are superheros.
Remind yourself right now that no matter what your life looks like, you are doing the best you can. And getting better.
I was once afraid of people saying, Who does she think she is? Now I have the courage to stand and say, This is who I am.
A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every page I have turned in life.
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, Damn. That really hurts, but this is important to me and I'm going in again - my gut reaction is, What a badass.
You will fail sometimes, probably more than once. That's okay. It happens to every single one of us. Just like any other skill you've built, repetition is key. Keep having the courage to try.
Breathe deeply and let go a bit, whatever amount you can. All week you worked hard; you tried your best; you gave it your all. Today it's safe to rest. It's okay to relax. Just breathe and allow the world to come to you. May you be peaceful. May you be safe. May you be at ease.
In difficult moments do not despair or retreat: any situation can be turned around.
I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn't run away - I rose right where I'd been knocked down. And then that's how you get to know yourself. You say, hmm, I can get up! I have enough of life in me to make somebody jealous enough to want to knock me down. I have so much courage in me that I have the effrontery, the incredible gall to stand up. That's it. That's how you get to know who you are.