15 Inspirational Quotes About Overcoming Life’s Struggles
When life feels like a big struggle, it can be difficult to move forward. We can get stuck in the “freeze” or “flight” part of the “fight, flight, or freeze” response that is part of our physiology.
The thing is, overcoming our struggles is what helps us find our peace, happiness, and strength in life. In fact, it's only when we learn how to overcome the struggle that we find our true greatness.
In that spirit, here's some inspirational quotes about overcoming life's struggles to help shift your energy and focus on the courage, happiness, and success that you want and deserve, even when life is difficult.
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15 Inspiring Quotes About Life And Struggles
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The reality of life is that we will all lose sometimes. Hardships are inevitable, and every hardship brings with it an opportunity to build resilience and overcome challenges.
Imagine that you were guaranteed to succeed in everything you ever did. While this sounds great on the surface, the reality is that without challenges and struggles to overcome, your life would be boring.
You'd also put less effort into what you do, and this would limit both your productivity and your learning. Your greatest talents and strengths would lie hidden, never to be discovered and brought into the world.
Just like a crystal goes through extreme pressure and severe temperature for transitioning into a beautiful stone of wisdom and attraction, most of the experiences you gain in life, you get from dealing with hardships and struggles.
Strength doesn’t come from winning, but rather, winning is your reward for consistently growing, aspiring, and overcoming challenges.
“It always seems impossible until it's done.” – Nelson Mandela
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
How do you define problems in your life? A barrier that stops you from reaching your
destination, and whatever goal you wished to accomplish?
Problems often redirect our attention to an underlying issue and force us to reevaluate our current approach,
weigh up our approach, and reflect on whether or not we are taking the right course of action for the desired outcome.
Rather than see your problems as being in the way, remember what the spiritual teacher Ram Dass says, “What is in the way… is the way.” Your problems merely show you where in life you need growth, resources, or focus. So use your problems as the fuel you need to catapult you towards your best life.
“The more you move toward what makes you feel good, and move away from those things that bring you distress and pain, the healthier you will be.” – Dr. Christiane Northrup
There are times when your environment is what holds you back the most, and in fact, your environment is often what makes you sick (emotionally and even physically). When the people, places, and things in your life cause you emotional distress then it's time to reevaluate what's important and make some changes.
Emotions are not only part of life, they are also natural responses to your experience of life. However, when these emotions are primarily painful and negative, then finding ways to distance yourself from the causes of that pain will result in you feeling happier and being physically healthier.
“God always has something for you, a key for every problem, a light for every shadow, a relief for every sorrow & a plan for every tomorrow.” – Unknown
Everything in this universe is in divine order, supported with a consciousness that is all-loving, knowing, and supportive. Even when life is most difficult, God is leading you towards your best life. It's important at these times to trust that you'll be okay. You'll also need to keep an open mind because God's blessings may not always look the way you expect them to.
Remember that the struggles you face are not the end, but rather, part of the path that God has laid out for you. Those challenges will help you learn and grow into the best version of yourself.
Behind every problem there is a plan, even if you can't see it at the time. In fact, when you finally overcome your struggles and look backwards, you'll often see that everything happened exactly as it needed to, and for good reason. Something good was coming your way after all the darkness, and that something good was only made possible by trusting in the faith of God's good grace.
“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the addiction. Talk about your joys.” – Rita Schiano
When you are facing problems, it's easy to let them take over your thoughts. We are wired for survival, so problems and struggles naturally get more attention within ourselves than the good things do.
When this happens, it's easy to see problems everywhere you go, to focus on them, and ultimately to talk about them with whoever will listen. We do this because there's a part of our brains that wants sympathy, and it believes that the best way to receive support is to complain.
The thing to realize is that thinking and talking about all the negatives has been scientifically shown to have negative health effects, both mentally and physically.
It's also important to note that the more we think about something, the more neurons our brain commits to continuing those same thoughts. In other words, the more we think about negative things the more our brain tries to keep thinking about negative things.
To break that cycle, and ultimately find true joy in life, we have to turn things around. Every day find a way to talk about the joys in your life with somebody you care about. One simple way to do this is, at the end of the day, ask somebody close to you, “What was your highlight today?”
You'd be amazed at what you learn about the people in your life. More importantly, you'll be creating new conversations where you are surrounded by people who find the good in life, even if they're facing struggles.
You'll also notice that you start to think more creatively and find easier solutions to overcome any challenges you face. The people and resources you need come to you more easily, so much so, that it can feel a little bit magical.
Above all else though, when you stop talking about the negatives, and instead focus on what is good in life, you'll find that even the smallest moments can bring you happiness and joy.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
“Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” – Roy T. Bennett
There is no way around the challenges that are thrown at you. You have to deal with all the
hurdles in your path until you find a way out. Pushing all the problems under a rug will never solve them, and in fact, only makes them worse.
When you truly understand that the struggles you face will make you stronger, only then do you find the strength and courage to move forward. To be successful in life, these are the challenges you must face and overcome.
Life rarely goes according to planned, and it rarely plays by your rules. How you deal with your challenges is ultimately what determines the quality of your life. And though it's been said that life isn't about the destination, but rather the journey, it's when you face the struggles of life when this old saying gets put to the test.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was going to end… it became a butterfly.” – Unknown
“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
When a person has suffered throughout life, it’s really hard to remain an optimist. However there are some people that remain happy and joyful and try to find a silver lining. This isn’t basically about the size of the problem, it’s about how you face them and how much you let
them control your life.
A pessimist is a person who sees the worst in everything and an
optimist is the exact opposite. If you want to be successful in life, you must remain optimistic as it will push you to do better and achieve your goal.
If you notice the pessimists around, you'll also notice that they're rarely ever happy. They tend to find fault in everything. This is a recipe for failure in life because it closes the mind off to opportunities and solutions that could help.
Instead, look at problems and challenges as opportunities to grow and become stronger. These opportunities teach you the best of lessons. Grab these opportunities by both hands and let them guide you on your way to success. An optimist doesn't shy away from problems, and in fact, knows that overcoming their struggles ultimately leads to the most beautiful place in life.
“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean de la Bruyere
“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.”– Shannon L. Alder
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Reflecting On Quotations About Overcoming The Struggles of Life
How often do we find ourselves fighting for or against something or someone? Even if we don't do this consciously, most of us do it unconsciously.
The habit stems from early childhood when we were too little to have control over our lives. We would ask for what we wanted. Then if we didn't get it, we'd try manipulation, tantrums, and of course fighting with our words or even our bodies.
As adults, that subconscious pattern persists whenever we feel like we're struggling or fighting (both for and against things). Perhaps fighting against a source of oppression, or fighting on behalf of a person who can't fight for himself or herself.
It doesn't always show up as fighting, but the energy is usually one of resistance against “what is.” There's challenge, strife, and the feeling of struggle.
Perhaps it's as simple as posting a snarky comment on Facebook about a political or social cause that we are passionate about. Maybe it's more complex like a legal dispute or the difficult nuances of a personal relationship conflict.
Whatever it is, whenever we feel a sense of life struggle or tension in relation to something that isn't the way we want it to be in the world, we're identifying with a sense of “fighting.” The thing is:
“Fighting doesn't bring us closer to our goals. It separates us from them.”
Hopefully, the above fifteen quotations about life's struggles help you get past the fighting, past the conflict, and find the strength you need to persist.