Since the pandemic started, I have struggled both professionally and personally. When I am not in the mood to read a book, an article or watch a motivational video, I turn to inspirational quotes. They are usually concise, insightful and they always provide me with the instant morale boost I crave.
After having memorized hundreds of citations over the past two years, seven of them seem to be helpful to eighty percent of my challenges. Yes, the Pareto law at work! If you are a high achiever tackling difficult projects characterized by constant setbacks, you will find these seven quotes useful. These are notorious lines which you may already be familiar with, but that doesn’t diminish the value of the present article. You’ll need to refer to them frequently on your journey toward greatness.
1. Hardship and Feeling of Helplessness
This Serenity Prayer often attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr is amongst the most powerful and illuminating quotes, helpful across a wide variety of life challenges. It’s easy to feel at the top of the world when we are succeeding, however, when the going gets tough, that’s when staying confident becomes a challenge. Of course, memorizing three simple sentences won’t make your problems go away, but it will enable you to focus your energy where it matters most.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr
2. Fear of failure
Among the multitude of quotes on failure I have come across, Henry Ford’s excerpt captures failure and its two most important facets. Whenever facing such tough situation, you should read know your worth quotes. First, failure is an opportunity. If we change our mindset about disappointment, we should be able to face failure more courageously and not engage in many self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. Second, failure gives us the possibility to start over, better and stronger than before. This is the true purpose of failure. Failure isn’t meant to bring you down, but to strengthen your resolve and propel you to your goal.