8 Quotes That Will Surely Motivate You When Facing Huge Challenges


When you’re going through something truly difficult, or if you have hit a roadblock, you may just want to roll over and give up. Everyone feels like that sometimes when they are facing challenges. But that’s where inspirational quotes come in! Hooray!


1.“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby


Often, our stresses involve people: people not approving of your decisions, or wanting to change how you live your life, or even change you as a person.


Bill Cosby knows what’s up. It’s impossible to please everybody, and if you attempt to do it, you’ll completely abandon any goals you had for yourself. If you believe you’re doing the right thing, do it.


2.“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” ~ Seth Godin


Maybe your challenge involves being scared out of your wits, because you’re afraid to fail, or you’re going into completely uncharted territory.


Embrace that fear and just do it. On your deathbed, you won’t reGREt trying—but you will most definitely reGREt not trying just because you were afraid.


3.“Every flower must grow through dirt.” ~ Unknown


I love this quote. And it’s true: if you’re going to grow, flourish, and bloom, you’re going to have to work yourself through some dirt first.


4. “I said, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then I realized, I am somebody.” ~ Lily Tomlin


You can, and will, make mistakes. But never make the mistake of thinking that you can’t enact change.


When life’s giving you some hurdles, it can be easy to feel small and insignificant. But that is never the case.


You can change the world.


5.“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


Being totally happy with life is GREat, but you learn nothing about yourself from it. Most of what we learn about ourselves, we learn during our struggles.


Use this as an opportunity to see what you’re really made of.


6.“What am I doing?! Oh, yeah. Following my dreams. Okay. Calm down.”


When you are going after your dreams, you’re trying something totally wild. Of course you’re going to feel like a fish out of water every now and then. Don’t flop around and freak out—just keep on swimming.


9.“Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.” ~ Unknown


So you fail at something, or you’re facing a challenge. And you think, “I’ll never be as good as *insert famous example here.* I might as well give up.”


Never compare yourself to anyone. Everyone has different experiences, different opportunities, different lives.


There’s just no point to comparing yourself to someone with far more experience than you. You’ll get there.


8.“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.”


Maybe you didn’t get what you wanted this time. But that’s because you didn’t need it, and your life is making room for new opportunities.