Sometimes, we carry with us an ancient wisdom that has been whispered through generations where we find strength for what we need. Other times, we sense our happiness and sanity have been swept away, and we float rudderless in our space. We wonder if we’re heading in the right direction. We feel the doom rather than the transformation.
During the times when we feel lost, it’s too easy to forget the comfort of good times and wade through the fluff that separates us from the pack. Sounds silly? It’s not.
I often work in leadership and have to test my limits and inspire those I’m leading. One of the quotes I keep in mind by T.S. Elliot is,
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
Knowing how you will perform in a crisis, personally or professionally, can help you get through tough times. I’ve found the people who tend to work best in a crisis or stay calm in stressful times are those who are honest and forthright. Those who aren’t concerned with protecting their ego’s are less likely to come apart in a crisis and weigh risk in creative ways.
Personally, I love pushing to the next level, and am comfortable with risk, but that doesn’t mean I run on auto pilot. I seek inspiration and ways to build my own recipe for success and happiness through information and dreaming big.
We often try to find sense in our lives with logic. Reducing perceived risks by increasing control. The problem with control is you can hold on too tight, narrowing your options and missing the big picture.
Trying to squeeze action out of undefined goals only increases the pressure. Being happy comes from a sense of self and freedom, not a narrow list you’ve locked yourself into.
Sometimes, we need to observe our life in new ways and examine it with a wisdom we doubt we have. Those big successes are done with small incremental actions done every day. It brings clarity, I promise. Who will you choose to be in times of doubt?
I’ve found what works for me and encourage you to find your own inspired path. So, whether you bookmark this page for future motivation changing inspiration or show off powerful inspiring quotes on your t-shirt, coffee mug, key chain and screen saver, these 26 quotes will help break your ‘blah’ and remind you of your true essence.
We can reconnect with our priorities and take inspiration from both the ancients and modern visionaries with some of my favorite words below. Here to inspire simplicity and truth.
1. “If you are working on something you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you” – Steve Jobs
2. “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” – Gordon Eadie
3. “One of the truest tests of integrity is a blunt refusal to be compromised” – Chinua Achebe
4. “The fears we don’t face become our limits.” – Amy Elizabeth
5. “Be who you needed when you were younger.” – Anonymous
6. “We generate fears when we sit. We overcome them by action.” – Dr Henry Link
7. “The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.” – Bruce Lee
8. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton
9. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford
10. “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
11. “Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi
12. “A tree that is unbending is usually broken.” – Loa Tzu
13. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” —Plutarch
14. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” —Plato
15. “Your teacher can open the door but you must enter by yourself.” – Chinese proverb
16. “To get lost is to learn the way.” – African Proverb
17. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar
18. “Do you know who you are? Don’t ask. Act. Action will delinate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
19. “Give thanks for what you are today and go on fighting for what part of you will be gone tomorrow.” – William Shakespeare
20. “Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
21. “One day you will ask me which is more important, my life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away non knowing that you are my life.” – Kahlil Gibran
22. “You were born to be real, not to be perfect.” – Anonymous
23. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela
24. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
25. “I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance and affection to be art.” – Kahlil Gibran
26. “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” – Japenese Proverb
Many of these quotes have a common core. That is, to take a step back and view yourself in a new way.
Take action and make inspiration a routine. To act creates learning, that gives confidence, that provides direction, which eliminates doubt, and then you do it all over again.
So just do it. Never mind what is.
Imagine what you want it to be so that your vibration matches your desire. We can’t snap our fingers to instantly change feeling lost, but we can increase our situational awareness with our emotions and places where our lives have or may take an abrupt turn.
We take inspiration from our daily lives in as many individually unique forms as we are different. Inspiration can strike instantly and sporadically or feel like a trickle that slowly grows into a majestic waterfall crashing through with creative energy. That trickle is what will keep you going in dark times.
When you’re in a place where you feel lost and don’t recognize yourself, allow some inner compassion for the person you are right in that moment. According to psychotherapist, Colleen Mullen“When a person acknowledges their feeling of being lost emotionally, they can then attend to it.”
It’s okay to feel the natural consequences of hard times. Feeling lost at times is normal, you are not alone. Adversity is an effect of all of us here creating our space.
You have the power to create your world, one step at a time. You choose how you think. Tune in to how you feel and why.
Remember you have the power to be, have, and do anything you desire. Tough times never last, but tough people do.
See what I did there? Another quote to inspire original thought as it applies to you. It’s been said that if you want to test a man’s character, give him power and you will see his true colors. So keep your inspiration on tap for when you need a reminder of your purpose.
The ‘I will bend but I will not break’ mentality has gotten me through a lot. Believe. Live the uncommon core of you!
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Liz Galloway has danced with locals in Beirut, been lost in a maze of Marrakech souks, worked with Indigenous people in Costa Rica, hiked the highest mountain in Indochina, flown a helicopter, jumped from planes, bridges and cliffs, swam with whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, seals, hammerheads, and some humans. She has contributed travel features to Luxury Report, along with Matador, Yoga Digest, Vamoose Outdoors, Bad Yogi, HER Magazine, Spa Opportunities, Pulse, East Asia Backpackers and many other digital and print outlets. You can listen to her on the E-Health and Women Entrepreneur's podcasts or find her health juice book on Amazon Kindle. She also connects people with transformative travel to break personal boundaries with an online coaching space and in personal adventure retreats with the Wild Adventure Wellness brand. When she is not eating french fries or sipping wine, you can find her working with travel brands or scouting new locations. Connect with Liz online.