67 Quotes for Getting Through Tough Times

June 10th, 2020

67 Quotes for Getting Through Tough TimesA global pandemic. Record unemployment. Business closures. Racial protests. To say these are tough times is an understatement. We’re all stressed, frustrated, anxious, and discouraged. Which means we can all use some words of encouragement. Here are some of my current favorites for helping me stay in the right frame of mind.

1. “Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”—Richard L. Evans

2. “Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”—Wayne Dyer

3. “Hold the vision, not the circumstances.”—Mary Morrissey

4. “You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”—Sammy Davis, Jr.

5. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.”—Stephanie Bennett Henry

6. “Trying is winning in the moment.”—Dan Waldschmidt

7. “As important as keeping a grasp on reality is keeping a grasp on possibility.”—Robert Brault

8. “Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”—Ella Fitzgerald

9. “The jungle is dark but full of diamonds.”—Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

10. “It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.”—Nancy Thayer

11. “What we face may look insurmountable. But what I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.”—Arnold Schwarzenegger

12. “Hope is like the sun—if you only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night.”—Leia Organa, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

13. “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better not bitter.”—Dan Reeves

14. “If you’re beat up, don’t GIVE up: REST up, then GET up.”—Tristan Bishop

15. “Eliminate the phrase, ‘I can’t because…’ It’s a roadblock to ongoing growth and profitability.”—Janet Attard

16. “We cannot cure the world of sorrow, but we can choose to live in joy. You’ve got to find the force inside you.”—Joseph Campbell

17. “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.”—Chuck Jones

18. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. Go outside, to the field, enjoy nature and the sunshine. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you. Be happy.”—Anne Frank

19. “He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.”—Cesare Pavese

20. “When we create hope and opportunity in the lives of others, we allow love, decency, and promise to triumph over cowardice and hate.”—Kirsten Gillebrand

21. “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.”—German Proverb

22. “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”—Noam Chomsky

23. “We are the White Knight we’ve been waiting for.”—Sam Horn

24. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”—Nelson Mandela

25. “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Sometimes in life it’s the only weapon we have.”—Roger Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

26. “Failure is like a mandatory truck stop on the road to success. It ain’t where you’re headed, but it’s part of the journey.”—Brad Montgomery

27. “I count my blessings more than I count my money.”—Dolly Parton

28. “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
—Vincent Van Gogh

29. “Of all the choices you make each day none is more important than the choice of a positive attitude.”—Steve Keating

30. “Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.”—Glenda Cloud

31. “Embrace your greatest challenges. If you don’t face them, no one will ever know what you are capable of. Not even you.”—Randy Gage

32. “Success is the culmination of failures, mistakes, false starts, confusion, and the determination to keep going anyway.”—Nick Gleason

33. “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.”—Maya Angelou

34. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”—Henry Ford

35. “You cannot beat a river into submission. You have to surrender to its current and use its power as your own.”—The Ancient One, Dr. Strange

36. “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”—Regina Brett

37. “Before you can win the fight, you’ve got to be in the fight.”—Bill Walsh

38. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”—Mary Anne Radmacher

39. “Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”—Jesse Owens

40. “The power to affect your future lies within your own hands.”—Nido Qubein

41. “Whatever you fear most has no power—it is your fear that has the power. The thing itself cannot touch you. But if you allow your fear to seep into your mind and overtake your thoughts, it will rob you of your life.”—Oprah Winfrey

42. “I am in love with hope.”—Mitch Albom

43. “Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.”
—Langston Hughes

44. “The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”–Wilma Rudolph

45. “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the ones who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”—George Bernard Shaw

46. “Do not give up. It’s amazing how things can turn themselves around.”
—Karen Salmansohn

47. “Fear is terrified of a plan.”—Mike Staver

48. “There are always two voices sounding in our ears—the voice of fear and the voice of confidence. One is the clamor of the senses, the other is the whispering of the higher self.”—Charles B. Newcomb

49. “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.”—Marian Wright Edelman

50. “Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.”—Earl G. Graves, Sr.

51. “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”—Martin Luther

52. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”—Amelia Earhart

53. “I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.”—Paul Harvey

54. “When I was a little boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”—Mr. Rogers

55. “There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above or overcome.”—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

56. “Beware of quitting too soon. Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book was rejected by 23 publishers. The 24th sold six million copies.”—Ann Landers

57. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”—Steve Maraboli

58. “Today’s an awesome day to start your finest life. In a year, you’ll regret not beginning today.”—Robin Sharma

59. “People who expect positive results are more likely to produce them.”
—Heshie Segal

60. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”—Victor Frankel

61. “Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.”—George Washington Carver

62. “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”—Shirley Chisholm

63. “When you can’t do what you do … do what you can.”—Jon Bon Jovi

64. “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”—Charles C. Noble

65. “Action is the antidote to despair.”—Joan Baez

66. “Don’t dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness.”—Randall R. McBride, Jr.

67. “Hope is not a strategy, but you can’t achieve success without it.”—Don Cooper

What are some of your favorite encouraging, inspiring quotes? Share them in the comments below!

Practice DOESN’T Make Perfect

June 2nd, 2020

Practice DOESN’T Make PerfectThe dojo where I’ve been training in aikido for the past dozen years recently reopened for class on a very limited basis. Despite numerous safety precautions, however, a lot of students are—understandably—not yet comfortable returning to train. In fact, at a recent class, I was the only student.

Which was awesome!

I got a full hour of one-on-one instruction with our sensei. He was able to focus on every detail of what I was doing, and as a result, was able to point out small flaws in my form that were significantly impacting my effectiveness. When I corrected those flaws, I could immediately feel the difference.

Here’s what’s frustrating: I thought I was better than I actually was. I’ve been practicing those techniques for years. I thought I was great at them.

Here’s the light bulb: Practice only helps you get better if you’re practicing correctly. If you practice something wrong, you’re going to get wronger. (Yes, that’s a word. Or at least, it should be.)

Practicing something incorrectly can actually be detrimental because the mistakes become ingrained, and thus, harder to correct. As I’ve been practicing those techniques since that momentous class, I’ve noticed that I really have to concentrate on the corrections because doing it wrong feels so natural.

Which is not to say that practice isn’t valuable, because it absolutely is. To get the most out of it, though, you need instruction, guidance, and feedback. Which can come from a teacher, a coach, a mentor, or a boss. Like with so many things in sales, business, and life in general, trying to “lone wolf” it won’t get you the results you want.

So if you’re frustrated because you don’t seem to be getting better at prospecting, qualifying, presenting, or closing—despite the fact you’ve been doing them for a long time—seek out someone who can correct what’s wrong and emphasize what’s right with your technique. That will make your practice far more effective. And while even effective practice won’t make you perfect—none of us ever will be—it will definitely make you better.

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