Life is rarely an easy ride, so it is very important for us to have some support systems that can help us get back on our feet when things get rough. Support can mean anything from some words of encouragement to build our confidence, to a more active kind of help. However, sometimes words of encouragement are all it takes for us to feel better and do better.
Check out these words of encouragement to discover their hidden strength. Their healing powers can act against loss, failure, or disappointment.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe
The simplest encouragement that anyone can give us is to make us understand that the best solution for anything is to make the most of what we’ve got. We need to do our best here and now and everything will work out if we do.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
We are more powerful than we imagine and very often, the limits we see are the limits of our vision, not the limits of reality. When we distinguish between them, we become unstoppable. There is nothing more uplifting than achieving things we used to think of as impossible.
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. – Dalai Lama
The only way to fight the darkness around us is to turn ourselves into light by staying hopeful and optimistic. Being angry at the universe for our shortcomings or failures makes us miserable and bitter.
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
Life is nothing but a series of lessons to be learned. If we take every problem personally, we fail to learn from it. It is experience that gives us the chance to create ourselves and become something more with each day that passes.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison
The only losers are those who give up too soon. Every success has behind it a long history of trials, errors, failures, and new beginnings. When the burden of failure is too big, we must keep in mind that trying one more time can make the whole difference.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
Some words of encouragement can work wonders for many of us, especially since we have the habit of keeping our dreams hidden, afraid that our age or circumstances are not adequate. The truth is that it’s never too late to dream and that actually, dreams keep us young.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. – Flavia Weedn
Some dreams get crushed by reality, but this is not a reason to stop dreaming. It is in our power to let go of some dreams and from what they leave behind, to build new and better ones. Behind every accomplished dream, there is more than one beginning.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle
The hardest yet most necessary thing in our darkest moments is to keep our hope alive. Only hope can help us fight the darkness and give us enough strength to walk towards the light. Losing hope means to surrender without fighting.
At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end. – Christine Mason Miller
Our life stories are punctuated by trials and errors, but the bright side is that, as long as we decide to keep going, our stories can change their course entirely, taking us to places and things we might have never imagined possible.
Let your faith be bigger than your fears. – Unknown
We all struggle with all kinds of fears and doubts, and rarely there is someone who knows exactly what they’re doing or what their efforts will bring. Faith is the difference between those who act, regardless of their fears and those who don’t.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius
Everyone admires successful people, but we like the most people whose success is the result of hard work and perseverance rather than luck. Failure is the ultimate test of our strength and perseverance, that is why we prefer as our models those who fought really hard for their success.
Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis
An extraordinary destiny is not always correlated to incredible talent, unique skills, or extraordinary intelligence. It is mostly the result of a life of perseverance, faith, hard work and creativity, which can be learned through the painful, but necessary lessons of our hardships and struggles.
Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look harder. – Unknown
A happy life is not a life without struggles. True happiness means integrating the positive and the negative into a meaningful whole and being able to see life in its multiplicity. If we look closely, each moment carries something good or at least a lesson to be learned.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James
Whenever we feel reluctant to act, we could find motivation in the knowledge that what we do makes a difference, even though perhaps a small one. In the neverending chain of causes and effects, every action is important. Only stagnation is really harmful.
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
There are many voices within us, each expressing our hopes, fears, and dreams. It is up to us to decide which voice we listen to. In our chaotic journey to happiness and fulfillment, it is our duty to listen to the voice that tells us to try and to hope.
“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
Whenever we feel most convinced that life is good or that life is bad, something happens that shows that ultimately, life is always unpredictable and prone to change. Opportunities appear and disappear continuously.
The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. – Martha Washington
We cannot control entirely the circumstances of our lives but we can control how we feel about them. We can train our minds and our hearts to search for harmony, beauty, and kindness in every moment.
I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. – William Stafford
Sometimes, it feels that we lost everything that was important to us and we cannot go on, but we are always left with some pieces. With these pieces, we can start building again, and as time cures everything, the pieces will one day become a beautiful oneness.
I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. – Robert H. Schuller
Sometimes all it takes to succeed is to dare to try when nobody else does. At least from failure, we learn something new, but we learn nothing if we chose to stay in a comfortable, yet unchallenging safe zone.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. – Paulo Coelho
If we want to be worthy of chasing big dreams, we need to accept that suffering is a risk. In reality, when we focus on our dreams, we don’t even acknowledge suffering anymore because we understand that everything is part of the journey.
Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. – Susan Gale
We would never know how powerful we are if it weren’t for the challenges that life puts us through. Faced with our greatest weakness, we start to develop a defense able to neutralize it.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia
People who suffer don’t need much to feel better. Something as simple as a kind word or a smile can give them the power to hope again. We never really appreciate kind words and gestures as they deserve, but their healing power is incredible.
Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb
Succesful people are not those who never failed, but those who found within themselves the power to rise again after each failure. On the stairs to success, each failure is just a step back, not the end of the journey.
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. – Thomas Edison
We discover who we are when life demands us to do something or act in some way. In those moments, we learn what hidden talents or skills we might keep trapped within us. The more we act, we more we reveal of our inner gifts.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
We all aspire to greatness, but few of us dare to go beyond the conventional and safe success. We are scared of risk, but big dreams entail big risks, unfortunately. It takes a lot of inner strength and confidence to let go of something just fine in search of something amazing.
All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak
If we want to take control over our lives and choose our own direction, where our dreams become possible, it is absolutely mandatory to leave behind our comfort zone. Nothing thrilling, challenging or life-changing happens there.
When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. – Audre Lorde
One of most effective ways of killing our fears is to embrace the idea that our primary duty is to work diligently and wisely, not to seek success. External success is the bonus of a well-done work, but the work itself is what adds value to our lives.
Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along. – Unknown
When we fall apart, there is nowhere lower where we could go. From there, the only way to move is upwards. Failure is a chance for recreating ourselves by letting go of things that didn’t serve us well and focusing on the essential.
You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day. – Unknown
To master life means to master each day by giving it all the importance that it deserves. A successful life is the result of daily productivity and daily achievements. The thought of failure cannot paralyze us if we are satisfied with how we spend each day.
Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted. – Christine Caine
Life can force us to go through things that seem beyond our powers, but the truth is that whenever life creates a problem, it also creates a solution for it. Although we might not always see the solution, if we wait patiently, the solution will reveal itself in one form or another.
Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough. – Unknown
Both breakdowns and breakthroughs happen in mysterious ways, as consequences of a mix of visible and invisible facts. Nevertheless, there is a causality between all events of our lives, which means that failure and success can follow each other naturally.