It’s hard to imagine that every adversity, failure, and heartache can result in something beneficial to the same or greater degree. However, they each have that potential. This quote, by Napoleon Hill, reminds us that every negative carries a seed. This seed can grow into something positive depending whether we choose to plant and nurture it. So every time we fall to rock bottom can be the perfect time to plant seeds while we’re there. They’ll eventually form roots by which we’ll grow.
Sometimes the things that often occupy our thoughts are our unfulfilled goals and ambitions. Moreover, they have a way of nagging at us no matter how much time has passed or how many failures we’ve experienced in their pursuit. Fortunately, there’s a great way to silence these thoughts. Simply put, it’s by accomplishing whatever it is we hope to accomplish. Nothing more. Nothing less. This quote, by Michael Jordan, reminds us to think of those nagging thoughts as our spirit telling us to keep going.
Continuing to move ahead after being knocked down by a setback or disappointment is not easy. However, we do this all the time, often without recognizing our own outstanding display of perseverance. So give yourself some credit for all the times you forge ahead. This quote, by Nancy Arroyo Ruffin, interprets each of those times you’re able to persevere as a form of revenge toward the setbacks, disappointments, and unfair circumstances that knocked you down. In a sense, you’re refusing to let those things win. You’re getting back up and saying “Bring it on.”
When reading a book, we eventually come to its definitive end. We turn the final page of a story or series and there’s nothing more to be said. Typically, things end on a good note. There’s a sense of closure. Similarly this quote, by Fernando Sabino, reminds us that if everything’s not ok, we’ve not yet arrived at the end of our story. However, unlike a story book the pages of our story are indefinite. So when everything feels broken and we feel like we’ve reached our last page, we can remember that tomorrow’s always a new page.
It’s fascinating to realize that water causes the formation of caves, canyons, and valleys. It’s a process geologist refer to as downcutting. Rivers slowly erode rocks, cutting away at them bit by bit to form canyons and valleys. Meanwhile, water slowly drips into rock layers, dissolving the rock and creating open spaces within to form caves. These natural processes take millions of years. This quote, by Jim Watkins, reminds us to be like the water. It may not be the strongest or most powerful element on earth; however, we can never underestimate what is possible with consistency and persistence.
Failure provides some of the best learnings and insights. But sometimes we don’t try again at that thing we failed at. This quote, by Henry Ford, reminds us to take advantage of the opportunity to try again. It reminds us to apply the knowledge that failure brings. Sadly, so many endeavors go unaccomplished when failure is perceived as an end to their pursuit instead of as a new and better beginning.
When we do something by accident, it simply means we do something we didn’t intend to do. We may take a wrong turn, press a wrong button, or forget to turn something on/off by accident. This quote, from former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento (aka Pelé), reminds us that the same doesn’t apply to success. Instead, success is on purpose. It happens with intention. More precisely, with “hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, [and] love of what you are doing or learning to do.” In other words, we can’t sit on the sidelines and wait for success to happen by accident. Rather, one and most likely all of the…
This quote, by poet and writer John Sinclair, reminds us that failure may hurt for a little bit. However, whatever pain or disappointment we feel is not meant to last forever, like a tattoo. Rather, like a bruise, the pain and disappointment goes away. Also like a bruise that heals, with cells that regenerate, failure has a way of healing us. When we handle failure the right way, it should regenerate us into a new and better version of ourselves.
What typically happens when you make a trip from point A to point B is you make the plan or intention to travel. If it’s a place you’ve never been before, you follow some kind of direction–a road map. And if you continue on that direction, you will eventually arrive at your destination. Isn’t it nice to know that the same principle applies to life? This quote, by Earl Nightingale, illustrates our goals and dreams as destinations we’re trying to reach. It all begins with having the plan or desire to get there. Often that goal or dream directs us to the unknown. So we need to rely on a…
This quote, by Ameilia Earhart, reminds us that when we’re faced with something scary, the hardest part of it is usually deciding to face it. To act. So often, we avoid facing this decision altogether. Unfortunately, the longer we don’t decide to act, the further that action drifts away from happening. We must be reminded that the actual act (outside of a decision) may not be easy. It will take tenacity. However, once we do make up our mind, it has an effect. It can give us a dose of strength and courage amid fear and uncertainty, which we won’t discover until our decision to act is made.