#23 Theodore Roosevelt on the Importance of Belief
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt | Tweet this
The power of belief can’t be overstated, and it’s summed up nicely here. Without belief you’ll never get there, so believing that you can is crucial to the process. Believing that you can do it summons the forces of the universe behind you to help you along. Doubting yourself and whether or not you can do it means that you’ll only give half-hearted effort, and you won’t be nearly as powerful as you could be. Belief can come with time, so don’t feel you have to believe you can do it all, just believe that you can accomplish the first step in getting there.
#24 Napoleon Hill Shares the Best Time to Start
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~Napoleon Hill | Tweet this
It always seems like something’s just not right in order to start something new in your life. But the timing may never be perfect, you just have to get it started so that things can begin to develop. You make things right as you go along, and you tinker with the process to account for what’s not perfect. As things pick up steam and build momentum you’ll realize that the “just right thinking was just an excuse to delay the start or procrastinate. You’ll thank yourself for starting even though it seemed like it wasn’t the best time to do so.
#25 George Addair on Getting Everything You Want
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~George Addair | Tweet this
Imagine there’s a door marked Fear and behind that door is all of the things you’ve wished for all of your life. You try to open the door and it’s locked. The key is overcoming that fear so that you can have the things you want and be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Fear is a tricky demon to exorcise. It’s different for each of us, and isn’t always a very strong feeling. It is sometimes a low-level vibration, that slight underlying feeling of dread that bubbles up when thinking of doing something new or venturing into the unknown.
#26 Karen Lamb on Getting Started Today
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ~Karen Lamb | Tweet this
What things did you start a year ago that you’re glad you started back then? If nothing comes to mind it’s high time you start something today that you can be proud of a year from now. If you’ve already got something in the works, project things out a year from now and imagine how excited you’ll be that you already got it going. A year is a long enough time to see some real progress in your efforts, and you are often enjoying the fruits of your labors from a year ago or more. Start something today if you don’t have any irons in the fires.
#27 George Eliot on Staying Optimistic
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot | Tweet this
As long as you’re alive it’s not too late to become the person you really want to be. No matter how bad you might have screwed things up in the past, or no matter how far off course you’ve gotten from what you really want to do, you can always turn it around. It doesn’t take an overhaul in most cases. You can start taking steps towards being what you might have been today. Start implementing little actions into your daily routine to make up for the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
#28 Roger Staubach on the Benefit of Giving More
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” ~Roger Staubach | Tweet this
Not many people go the extra mile, which makes it easy for the rest of us to get to where we want to go. They say it’s lonely at the top, and this is because few people ever make it that far. Going the extra mile is part of that process, and it’s a habit you can start getting into right away if it’s not currently a part of your makeup. Try it out on a small scale in your personal relationships, or at your current job. As you make it a habit you’ll notice more and more opportunities to go above and beyond, and you’ll be able to accomplish more and more.
#29 Teddy Roosevelt on How and Where to Start
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” ~Teddy Roosevelt | Tweet this
This is a great way to look around you and see what it is you can do with the resources you have on hand right now. Don’t say things like “if only I had this… or “I need to do that before I can do that… as these are just clever ways of putting things of to a future point that never comes. The fact is there are things you could be doing right now that will further your endeavors. Work on those and everything will start to fall in place, you’ll be where you need to be, and you’ll have what you need to have to get bigger things done.
#30 John Madden on Getting to Easy Street
“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” ~John Madden | Tweet this
It’s often enticing to dream of Easy Street as having finally made it. But Madden reminds that it’s no picnic getting there, and you have to pay your dues. Things do become easier, but you may have to put up with a lot of stinky situations before getting there. Most people will give up before getting there, and spend too much time in the sewer, thinking that Easy Street is just a pipe dream. But the unpleasant parts are just a way of weeding out those that really want the prize from those that only talk about wanting it.
#31 Frederick Douglass on What Struggle Means
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~Frederick Douglass | Tweet this
Struggle often feels like a lack of progress, so it’s nice to turn it on its head and realize that it’s actually the way progress is made. If you’re not struggling you’re probably not challenging yourself enough. The important part is not to let struggle deter you from making that progress. Step one is learning to view struggling as a positive thing, rather than a negative thing. Then you won’t be so hard on yourself if you find that you’re struggling again. It just means you’re learning, growing, and taking on enough to keep you busy.
#32 Tim Ferriss on Doing What You Fear
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” ~Tim Ferriss | Tweet this
You can use your fear to point you in the direction of what is most important to you, rather than be hard on yourself for feeling fear in the first place. If you aren’t afraid of doing something, it generally means you don’t find it very important, or you wouldn’t have that fear. In this way fear can help us drill down to the things that we simply must do. Part of that is going to entail getting over that fear, or learning to live with it so that you can still get the things done that need getting done.
#33 Elbert Hubbard on How to Avoid Criticism
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” ~Elbert Hubbard | Tweet this
It’s easy enough to get people to criticize you, just try something, say something, or be something. Most are at home criticizing what others do and say without offering their own opinions or actions. That’s why it’s silly to worry about getting criticized. What you should really worry about is not being criticized, because that means you’re not putting enough of yourself out there to face the criticism. Over time you’ll be able to brush off criticism that has no merit, and learn from the criticism which can help you grow. It’s hard at first, because your feelings might get hurt from the initial onslaught, but it does get easier.
I’m not frightened. I’m not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, forgive its vice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.”
Although he’s not quite here yet (there are still a few red and orange leaves clinging for dear life), Old Man Winter is definitely heading up the driveway.
Personally, I love winter. I love snow and fireplaces and hot chocolate. I love snuggling up with my dog (and other loved ones!), decorating for the holidays, and baking warm goodies.
However, winter is hard on some folks. For many, it’s difficult to nourish our bodies and minds when we’re overwhelmed by the cold and dark. Some people deal with seasonal affective disorder, while others simply cope with the winter blahs.
Below are 12 quotes that can boost your spirits and keep you going throughout the rest of autumn and the upcoming winter months. As always, take what works for you and leave the rest behind.
- “A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” — William Arthur Ward
- “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” — George Santayana
- “One kind word can warm three winter months.” — Japanese Proverb
- “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.” — Buddha
- “The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” — Terri Guillemets
- “When snow falls, nature listens.” — Antoinette van Kleeff
- “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” — Rabindranath Tagore
- “Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, but I’ll work it out…” — Dave Matthews
- “Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.” — Terri Guillemets
- “Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” — Victor Hugo
- “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” — Alfred Wainwright
- “There is no season such delight can bring / As summer, autumn, winter and the spring.” — William Browne
How about YOU, sweet readers? What’s your favorite quote (or quotes) to get you through tough times?
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