Motivational Words of Encouragement

Life can often be tough and when you're facing those hard times, a few words of encouragement can help you get back on your feet. The setbacks in life can come in a variety of ways from relationship breakups to a failed business. It is during these times when our confidence is usually at its lowest. Thoughts of quitting or giving up on life will seem to come up a bit too frequently. The days will seem shorter while the nights will seem longer as we drown in a vicious downward spiral of negative thoughts. Take heed, things will get better and how it starts is with your thoughts.

By flooding your mind with encouraging quotes and other positive material, you will start to win back the war against a further downward spiral. Your ability to get through whatever it is you're going through will mainly depend on what you focus on. Focus on the possibility of things getting better and you'll start to feel better and will therefore start doing things that will actually make your situation improve. On the other hand, continue to focus on how things will remain bad or how things will get worse and you'll have a self fulfilling prophecy.


“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.“ – John F. Kennedy

”Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“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. “ – Washington Irving

“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown

“God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.“ - Henry Beecher

“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.“ – Rainer Rilke

“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.“ – Jerome Fleishman

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Emerson

”Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.” – Jennifer Grahnolm

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.“ – Friedrich Nietzsche

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” – Unknown

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. “ – Garrison Keillor

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. “ – Latin Proverb

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” – Anne Frank

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.“ - Charles Swindoll

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” – Audrey Hepburn

"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

”In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” – Donald Trump

“When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there.” – Unknown

“God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.“ – John Aughey

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.“ – Oprah Winfrey

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.“ – Bernard Baruch

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

“Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.“ – Unknown

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.“ -Corrie Boom

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” – Vince Lombardi

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.“ – Edwin Markham

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.“ – Edmund Hillary

“This too shall pass.” – Persian Sufi Poets

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

10 Awesome Motivational Videos

Although words can have a powerful impact, it's hard to replace the effect you can get from a good video. The combination of film, images, and music and take you through all kinds of emotional states. With that said, here's a list of 10 motivational videos that will hopefully inject some energy and inspiration into your mind, enough for you want to take some action today.

As I've said several times on this blog, action is what will change your life, not more information or knowledge. Actions repeated enough times will become habits and the set of habits you hold onto will largely determine how your future will turn out. So when you come across something, be it a quote, a book, a conversation, or even a video, and it motivates you, take action in order to form the desired habits. Remember, it won't be an uphill battle forever. Eventually, producing results will become a lot easier.

1. Compilation of some great speeches from various movies:

2. If you have strong enough reasons, you will succeed:

3. Athletes who overcame the "impossible":

4. Breaking perceived limitations:

5. You've got to want success as much as you want to breathe: (first speech is by Eric Thomas talking to a group of teenagers, hence the hours on the phone)

6. Inspirational thoughts from Will Smith:

7. No excuses (compilation of motivational clips from movies):

8. Happiness in life is what you make of it:

9. Don't ever give up:

10. Believe in yourself and keep practicing: :)

Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

The following is a small collection of motivational and inspirational quotes and sayings that I like. I'll be adding to the list as I find more. Feel free to add any of your own within the comments section. Also see Motivational Quotes for a huge list of quotes.

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." - Yoda

"Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed." - George Burns

"The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today." - Anonymous

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs

"Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies." - Ann Landers

"What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now." – Buddha

"20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

"The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them." - Tony Robbins

"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." – Jim Rohn

"So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win." - Og Mandino

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." - Napoleon Hill

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." - George W. Carver

"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever." - Lance Armstrong

"I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward." - Thomas Edison

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place." - Anonymous

"To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will." - Sugar Ray Robinson

"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." - Zig Ziglar

Creating Habits - An Easier Approach

If creating good, effective habits is the way towards achieving what we want in life, how come everyone just doesn't pick a habit they want to form and just do it? The main reason is because sticking to an action long enough for it to become a habit isn't all that easy. A lot of will power and reminders are usually involved and as a result, we end up starting over and over again.

So here's what you do. Take an existing habit that you've already formed and attach a new habit to it. For example, you can use your habit of taking a shower at night to attach it to a new habit of doing push ups for example. The existing habit will already be triggered, once that happens, start the new habit that you want to create. This can be done before or after the existing habit.

The reason why this works is because one of the hardest things about forming a new habit is triggering it to occur. Since you have to constantly remind yourself to do what you need to do until it becomes an actual habit, it's easy to forget. By using an existing habit, the trigger is already there.

A habit is just a set of actions that play out once a trigger occurs. With this habit linking method, all you're doing is adding on more actions. So with the example with showering and working out, the habit is no longer just showering, it's working out and then showering.

Try it out for yourself. Choose an existing habit and attach it to a new one.

Getting the Most Out of Self Improvement Books

Reading self improvement and motivational books can have a life changing impact IF you actually use the ideas and strategies you learn. So many people read books and attend seminars but never really commit to taking long term action and as a result, their life doesn't really change and they find themselves attending more seminars and reading more books.

If you're reading these types of books just to read them, then that's fine, continue on. If you want to actually produce results however, nothing beats a plan of action followed by actual action. It's much better to read just a handful of books and consistently apply what you learn than to read hundreds and only take action when you feel like it.

Results in life comes from what you do on a daily basis. If you've gotten into the habit of reading self help books then add onto that the habit of following through and taking action. If you pick up a great idea, even if you're not done with the book yet, apply it. Your goal isn't to finish books; your goal is to gather ideas and apply them in order to achieve the results that you want in life. While you're reading, take notes. Underline and highlight things that jump out at you. Those empty columns isn't just to fill up space. Use them to write your thoughts.

Of course, if you aren't reading these types of books and you aren't already getting the results that you want, then it's time to get into the habit of reading them even if it's just for 15 minutes a day. Just remember, action trumps knowledge. Knowledge without action is pointless.

5 Self Improvement Tips

Whether it's being able to run a bit longer, learning how to be a better parent, improving your skills on a musical instrument, earning more, increasing the quality of friends, discovering more of the world by traveling, learning how to be at peace, or anything else, one of the great joys in life is knowing that you are growing in some aspect. There tons of self improvement tips that you can apply to your daily routine in order to start making incremental improvements in the overall quality of your life. The following are 5, in random order, that I find to be useful.

1. Keep a Journal

There's just something awesome about writing down your thoughts. Whether I'm feeling inspired or down, writing in my journal helps to organize my thoughts and gets me to feel better. I used to write in an actual journal but now I use a software. I don't write about things like what I had for lunch though. For the most part, I stick to writing about the progress of my goals and dreams, anything interesting I learned or notice about myself, and my challenges.

When I write about my current challenges, I also add things that I can do to help improve the situation. Even if I can't come up with anything at the moment, simply writing these things down helps to ease my mind. One of the things I love to do is to read back on past entries to see what my thoughts were at the time and to see how my thinking has progressed through the years. I often notice patterns in my thinking and actions that I haven't noticed before which I can then use to adjust my actions so that I don't repeat the same mistakes in the future. Also, being able to read back some of the things I learned at the time helps to remind me of those powerful lessons.

2. Watch Your Diet and Exercise

As we get older, our health will typically become more and more important to us. Taking care of your health isn't something you want to wait until your doctor gives you bad news. If you want to live a long and vibrant life, you're going to have to make an effort to develop the habit of eating the right foods and exercising. What you decide to put into your body on a consistent basis will have a major impact on your health down the road. Read books on healthy eating to become more educated on the subject. Often times, it's when we understand the reason why we should eat certain foods and why we shouldn't eat certain foods that we able to make a permanent change in what we eat. There's a big difference between knowing certain foods will make you gain weight and knowing certain foods will clog up your arteries and eventually cause a heart attack or a stroke.

When it comes to exercise, just keep it simple. If you're currently not moving very much, move more! In an age where many of us have jobs where we're sitting most of the day, daily exercise has become even more important. You don't need to run on a treadmill if you don't enjoy doing that. You could take a walk, move faster during the day, take up a fun activity like martial arts or rock climbing, or even get one of those desk cycling gadgets so you can workout your legs while working at your desk. If time is an issue for you and you don't mind going to the gym, try high intensity interval training.

3. Accept the Price

Since many people associate self improvement with achieving goals, then here is a tip that can help increase your chances of actually obtaining those goals. Before you start on a goal, take the time to figure out what it takes to accomplish it in terms of time, money, energy, resources, etc. From there, double or even triple those numbers. Now that you have a good idea of what it is going to really take to achieve your goals, you can decide whether or not you are willing to accept the price.

When you decide to put time into reaching a goal, you're taking time away from something you used to do. Are you willing to lose some sleep? How about cutting down your TV time? If your goal has to do with money, perhaps it's going to mean cutting down your expenses and forgoing certain things that you've grown accustomed to.

In other words, are you willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary to achieve your goals? Once you decide to accept the price, you'll have an easier time dealing with the struggles and challenges that are bound to show up.

4. Learn/Try Something New

A great way to improve yourself is to learn or try something new. Learn a new language. Learn to play an instrument. Read on a daily basis. Try an activity you haven't tried before. Take classes. Learn to cook. Step out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you a bit every week. Travel.

When you do something new, you'll likely learn something. When you consciously engage in things that keeps your mind active like learning a new skill, you'll be sharper, have better memory, and so on. If you're a bit older, then doing these things can help slow down things like memory loss.

5. Contribute

When you give, you're basically telling your brain that you have more than enough. When you have that mental state of abundance, positive things will usually come into your life. You know the saying, "What goes around comes around." Many people who give will tell you that they receive a lot more in return through indirect ways. I don't really buy into the new age mystical stuff but I do know that when you give, it makes you happy and when you're happy, it affects the way you act and of course, the actions you take will have a major impact on how your life plays out.

Contributing doesn't just mean donating money. It could mean giving your time as well. Volunteer, help brighten up someone's day, smile at people more, be kind... you don't need money to contribute. You can even start a blog to help encourage and motivate people :)

There are obviously a lot more self improvement tips that can help improve the quality of your life. Do you have any tips you'd like to share? If so, please share them in the comments section.

Our Habits Create Our Destiny

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

If you want to know why your life is where it is today, look at your past habits. If you want to know where your life will be 10 years from today, look at your current habits.

If you have a habit of eating junk food, it's going to affect your health. If you have a habit of procrastinating, it's going to affect your level of success. The difference between those who are successful in life and those who are failures in life comes down to what they do on a daily basis.

Is it hard to go to the gym just once? Of course not. Is it hard to do it consistently for the rest of your life? It will be at first, but once that action becomes a habit, it's easy. Ask anyone who's working out for years if it's a struggle for them to hit the gym and they'll tell you it's like brushing their teeth, it's automatic.

The point is simple. If you want your life to change, look at your habits. Create the necessary ones and eliminate the counter productive ones. Once you've done that, let time do the rest.