Sometimes things can be challenging. Yet it’s so important not to let it get to you because, as Abraham says, like draws like, and the more discouraged you might be, the more you get reason to be discouraged.
I find this is all too true, and that’s why I’ve made it my mission to gather and literally collect strategies for encouragement. From encouragement quotes, of which I have many, to techniques and other stress reducing and feel-good tips, I have a repository of “encourage yourself” or should I say “encourage myself” techniques that I draw from constantly.
I used to think, I’ll wait until things get better before I feel better, but that’s just not how it works. It’s important to feel better first. To find encouragement in yourself. To protect it from the nay-sayers in your world.
It can be hard. So why don’t you join me in my mission to bring more words of encouragement into our world.
Words of Encouragement & Encouragement Quotes
Here’s a famous encouragement quote by Richard Bach:
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
– Richard Bach
Then, there are those quotes of encouragement that point out that it is our attitude that makes all the difference.
“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”
– Mary Kay Ash
I love that one! It always makes me smile. That’s why I picked the image at the top of this post.
And here’s another encouragement quote that focuses on perspective and keeping ones eyes open:
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
Plus a long-time favorite among the encouragement quotes I have collected over the years – this one by Winston Churchill:
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill
You’ll be surprised how quickly you may come out on the other side if you just keep up your spirits.
A Story about coming out on the other side
In fact, that reminds me of a horrible tropical storm I got caught up in a long time ago. I thought my car was going to float away on the freeway. I could barely see where I was going. I was afraid to stop, lest I get run over by some trucks that didn’t see me. And I was scared to death about going on.
But I figured I would just keep going, slowly, a few yards at a time, a mile at a time, hoping that maybe there’d be some sort of rest stop or something. No rest stop appeared, but suddenly, after an hour or so, the rain stopped. I had come out on the other side. Woo-hoo!
And I looked back, and it was practically black behind me. So I kept going to make sure it wouldn’t catch up with me again.
Encourage yourself with a new perspective
Finally, here’s another cool one:
“Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.”
– Hugh Miller
It’s all in how you look at them.
I have a friend, Michael, who has the most wonderful metaphors and sayings. He calls problems and challenges “growth opportunities” and says we should be thankful for them.
And that makes me laugh! Thank you for the growth opportunities!
And suddenly the focus isn’t any longer on the problem but on the challenge and how to get through it, and what will be on the other side.
Stay tuned for more encouragement quotes and techniques/strategies
I’m goimg to write more on encouragement in the next few days and weeks. It’s like a new series 😉
Meanwhile, remember that even behind the darkest cloud, there’s the sun!
Here are a couple of things I like to help me keep up the courage: encouraging quotes mugs and jewelry. You can find some examples on my Squidoo pages on inspirational quotes coffee mugs and on inspirational quotes jewelry.
I can’t quite remember who said that one first, but it’s also a German saying, and I have a cute little image that i might include in one of my upcoming posts.
Wishing you much encouragement and success!
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