Sometimes life’s challenges, big and small, are best overcome not through physical perseverance, but through inner strength. This can be a difficult quality to find, especially in tough situations. Fortunately, there are others who have gone before us, and who are able to inspire us with their wise musings. Here are six motivational quotations to help you find your path to inner strength.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”- John Wooden
John Wooden knew a thing or two about winning. As head coach of the UCLA basketball team, he won seven NCAA championships in a row. How did he bring his team to so many successive victories? A big part of his strategy was focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses. Don’t let your weaknesses define you; instead, focus on the things you do best and make them who you are.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Those who get down on themselves because of circumstances are usually the ones who have the most trouble finding inner strength. Next time life throws you a curve ball, take preacher “Chuck” Swindoll’s advice to help you take control over the situation. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
Sometimes jokes contain more truth than serious matters do. This humorous quotation comes from comic actor Milton Berle. While it makes us laugh, it also hits on the important truth that we each have to take our lives into our own hands if we want to succeed at anything.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
Football star Vince Lombardi won a lot of games in his life, but he also lost a lot. But he didn’t worry about losing – he worried about bouncing back from defeat and emerging victorious. Apply this principle to your own life next time you feel defeated, and see how well you bounce back.
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese proverb
This proverb sheds light on so many life situations. Remember: every big achievement starts out small, and every large obstacle can be overcome by taking things one step at a time.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Henry Stanley Haskins
This quote from author Henry Stanley Haskins provides a great final word on the subject of inner strength. Once you’ve found that strength, you know that you can face anything life throws at you. The authors of each of these quotes achieved many great things, but also faced many challenges. They achieved these successes by refining their character and seeking inner strength. Now, thanks to their legacies, we can all be inspired by these words and apply them to our own lives, whenever we need a little dose of motivation.