The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.
Life is not a linear process in which things go exactly as planned, or exactly the way we want them to, and that is definitely what makes it beautiful. Instead it is more of a sinusoid with ups and downs, with moments of joy, satisfaction, passion, success, etc, but also with stress, scarcity, sadness and so on. All these moments influence eachother greatly because we wouldn’t fully understand one without the other, and just like in the yin and yang philosophy, we wouldn’t really be able to appreciate happiness if we’ve never been sad, and vice versa.
Nevertheless, we want happiness to be predominant in our lives, so the challenge is to minimize those low points in both intensity and duration. If you are currently experiencing one of those low points, or your life feels like it needs a nudge in order to feel just right again, then the following 14 quotes might provide the right dose of motivation and inspiration you need to get you out of the „blue zone”.
The principle behind this list is a very simple one: out with the bad (1 through 5) and in with the good (6 through 14).
1 – Do not resist change.
“You will have the option to adopt and embrace change, or reject it. Either way, change is going to happen.”― Harry Moseley
Change may sometimes seem hard but it is exactly what you need for your life to improve, it is necessary for growth, so define and embrace the necessary changes that need to be made in order to go forward.Sometimes people put more effort into avoiding change that what it would take to accomplish what they desire. Just remember this: „Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” ― Charles Chaplin
2 - Stop putting junk into your system.
"First, I eat healthy; it comes from the inside out. If you eat right, your skin, hair, nails will look good. The same if you have negative thoughts - they can give you a bad look, too; we reflect what we eat and think. We also taste and smell what we eat. Being happy and doing what I love really reflects.” - Kate del Castillo
Avoid smoking or consuming alcohol. They are fogging your mind and make it harder for you to take smart decisions. Also take care of the food and thoughts that enter your body and mind. Try to stick with a healthy diet that puts emphasis on whole grains, fruits and vegetables. They are a great source of energy. Also drink lots of water, or better yet lemon water. As far as negative thoughts, here is another quote that says it perfectly.
„Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Unknown
3 – Remove the sources of negativity.
"Be too large for worry; too noble for anger; too strong for fear and too content to permit the presence of trouble.”- The Optimist Creed
Sometimes the source of negativity is not your mind, but something of a different nature such a job you don’t like, a friendship with somebody who brings you down, a relationship that is not working out. If you cut your ties to these sources of negativity you cut your losses.
4 – Organize and clean the environment you live in.
“Keep your own house and its surroundings pure and clean. This hygiene will keep you healthy and benefit your worldly life.” -Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Your home acts like a refuge that protects you from the demands of life, but if things aren't clean and neatly organized then this could cause additional stress on you, low grade stress that subtly drains your energy. A well organized environment should mean more than just a soothing atmosphere but a place free of old stuff as well, where your bills and important documents are also well in order. Situations where you bills are paid late for example are not something you enjoy right?
5 – Let go of the past (and learn from past mistakes).
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”― Steve Maraboli
Sometimes the process of growth is slow or even stuck due to something that’s usually connected with your past. That something is usually an idea, an expectation, a desire, an old habit, a false belief, a mistake, etc. You need to keep your past in the past and understand that if you don’t let go, then you might prevent yourself from opening up to new opportunities in many areas of life.
Even thought it is easier said than done, try to see each day as a new chance of starting fresh and avoid carrying the weight of the past on your shoulders.
6 – Visualize your ideal self.
"Visualize this thing that you want, see it,feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” - RobertCollier
Visualize the job you would like to have, the type of people you would like to be surrounded with, the kind of person you would like to be, the environment you would like to live in, etc. Believe that everything can be obtained, and then take the necessary steps towards achieving it. You don’t need to know however each individual step, it wouldn’t even be possible, but trust that if you really want to do something, then you will find a way. If you don’t then you will find an excuse.
7 – Understand that unexpected events can be a good thing.
"Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” - Dalai Lama
Unexpected events should be regarded as challenges, as fuel for making us stronger and better. Even if you try to avoid unexpected situations, you will never succeed because they are part of life. Have faith that sometimes an unpleasant experience can lead to something better because not getting you what you want forces you to reevaluate, to rethink, to optimize and eventually make you reach a point where you understand that what you achieved is better than what you had before the unexpected happened.
8 – Start each day with a clear to-do list.
"Each day is a treasure chest filled with limitless opportunities; take joy in checking many off your list.” - SteveMaraboli
To-do lists are great because they increase productivity, provide motivation and also give satisfaction in the end when you see that the items on it have a big check mark next to them. However, do not think of to-do lists only in terms of stuff related to your work because they are also great in sorting out the things that make you happy for example.Actually that should be one of your priorities, to sort out what actually makes you happy and work toward achieving it.
9 – Identify your strengths.
"Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things." - Denis Diderot
Knowing your strengths is important,especially if you are unhappy with your career and you want to sort through new possibilities, but also for personal reasons. Identifying them can be tricky,but the rewards are great and remember this: your passion will usually lead you towards your strength. So try to pay attention to your excitement level whenever you engage in something you are good at. You can also ask a few close friends to name three of the strengths they see in you. As I said the results are great because usually whenever you know your strengths you are more confident,your actions are more precises and even purpose driven, and you can basically achieve more and feel good about yourself.
10 – Exercise the body and mind. (pick up anew language or hobby/read) / sleep.
"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” - Wilhelm von Humboldt
Whatever you want to do in life, you first need a healthy mind and a healthy body. Your health is at the basis of your wellness, so you need to keep them both active in order to achieve that.
In the physical activity area there are countless options, so whatever gives your body a workout works. As for you mind some of the „classic” methods of keeping it sharp are through reading, solving puzzles, playing various games and engaging in social activities. Of course you could also dive in more complex activities such as learning a new language or gain more knowledge on a particular subject.
11 – Laugh, meditate, sleep.
"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” - Irish Proverb
Laughing, resting, sleeping, taking time off are equally important as being productive, as exercising or being mentally active.
So make laughter one of your priorities,preserve your youth by having a good laugh with some of your funniest friends or by watching funny movies or TV programs, or even by joining a „laughter yoga”group. The idea is to commit to laughter and do it more and more often throughout your day.
Clear some time each day to meditate, or if you are not into meditating, just take some time off to simply do nothing,simply stare at the sky if that’s what it feels like.
"Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective." - Doe Zantamata
Also of course, get plenty of sleep.
12 - Set an unrealistic goal for the future.
"Progress and innovation happen when you set unrealistic goals." -Simon Sinek
Remember when you as a kid was asked „what do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you also remember some of the answers that you or some other kids gave when this question was asked? „I want to be an astronaut”, „I want to be a princess”,„I want to be the president” and so on.
It didn’t really matter what it was, everything seemed possible even thought you basically had no idea how to become an astronaut.
Forget about thinking as „an adult” for a second and become a child again in the sense that you will forget about your experiences and your current perception of life and you will once again be very excited, curious, open and adventurous about everything.
Allow yourself to dream big and act as if the the universe is conspiring on your behalf. Even thought you don’t have the answers,assume that they will come to you by tapping into your intuition.
Shift your perceptions and give the Universe a chance to please you.
"The greatest dreams are always unrealistic." ~Will Smith
13 – Connect with nature.
"There is new life in the soil for every man.There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits,there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer." - Calvin Coolidge
Spend more time in nature because nature has an unique ability of making us understand so many aspects of life. It teaches us stillness, it teaches us that there are some things beyond our control, that you need to stay flexible in order to evolve, it teaches us that even the small things are important, that real beauty is achieved through simplicity and also that nothing lasts forever.
Nature also has a wonderful way of restoring us, helping us clear our minds and sending a sense of peace.
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”- Lao Tzu
14 – Try to live in the present.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.We have only today. Let us begin.” ―Mother Teresa
You can’t undo the things that are now part of the past. So do not focus on them. Instead, learn from them, and concentrate on the present moment and on what you can do right now to achieve the future that you desire. It is all about balance, about accepting how life is right now,not about struggling with the illusion of how you wish it would have been. Do not surrender your power to create by focusing what was or what hasn’t happened yet.“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” - Eckhart Tolle