Words of Encouragement

Challenges and difficulties are a part of life and words of encouragement can often help you get out of your rut. It’s easy to tell someone to hang in there and to keep a positive outlook when they are going through tough times but when it happens to you, keeping your chin up isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Even so, it’s not impossible. There are a lot of things you can do to help you stand back up and move forward. Whether you’ve been dealt with a setback while working towards your goal, lost a loved one, or just feel down, inspirational words of encouragement can help.

Words can have a powerful impact on your mindset. Although we’ve all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”, the fact is that words really do have an impact on how we feel. Often times, when things seem pointless, when you’ve just come face to face with yet another failure, it can seem as though it’s the end. It can seem as though no matter how hard you try, the life that you want will always be just out of reach.

During these times, some positive words of encouragement can help you shift your focus. When it comes down to it, how you feel is really just about what you focus on. What words of inspiration and encouragement will do for you is help you put things into perspective.

Who doesn’t go through failures, setbacks, and challenges? We all do. In fact, after you get through this challenging time, you will have more to come in the future. Although that sounds pessimistic, it’s also reality. Those who succeed in life and get what they want as well as those who are the most happiest aren’t people who never face difficulties. If anything, they probably deal with more challenges than most people. The thing that makes them different is how they respond and react to those obstacles.

Here’s a video I made with an encouraging message from my book, Let’s Do This!

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” – Unknown

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“You must do the think you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Time heals all wounds.” – Common Saying

“Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.” – Og Mandino

“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

“Tragedies do happen. We can discover the reason, blame others, imagine how different our lives would be had they not occurred. But none of that is important: they did occur, and so be it. From there onward we must put aside the fear that they awoke in us and begin to rebuild.” – Paulo Coelho

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis

“Just because something isn’t happening for you right now, it doesn’t mean it never will.” – Unknown

“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” – Christine Mason Miller

“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” – Unknown

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

“Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times; they can only make you stronger.” – Unknown

“Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring.” – Unknown

“Let your faith be bigger than your fears.” – Unknown

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

“Don’t let your struggles become your identity.” – Unknown

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” – Robert Schuller

“Just keep swimming.” – Dory (From Finding Nemo)

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

“When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best.” – Leslie Grossman

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Unknown

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

“Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.” – Helen Keller



Some encouraging words I wrote:

* See a dear friend in your position. What would you say to encourage them? – Kevin Ngo

* Challenges are inevitable. Getting back up however, is a choice. – Kevin Ngo

* Are you really going to let this defeat you? After all the work, sweat, and tears you have put into this, you are going to give up now? – Kevin Ngo

* You’re not alone. Many have gone before you. Many will go after you. The important thing to keep in mind is that you need to keep on going. – Kevin Ngo

* You may think you know your limits but you don’t. You’re capable of far more than you realize. – Kevin Ngo

* Root for yourself even if you’re the only one. Even if no one believes in you, you have to at least believe in yourself. – Kevin Ngo

* No matter what, today will come to an end and tomorrow will arrive, leaving you one less day to live. You can either sit there and waste another day feeling sorry for yourself or you can get up and do something about it. – Kevin Ngo

* You’re more than your past failures and mistakes. You’re more than what you’ve been demonstrating up to this point in your life. Don’t let your screw ups define you. Instead, let your potential guide you toward becoming the person you want to be. – Kevin Ngo

* Things could be worse, much worse. Consider yourself lucky that things aren’t worse than they are. – Kevin Ngo

* If you’re still breathing, it’s not the end and as long as it’s not yet the end, make the remainder of your life worth living. – Kevin Ngo

* Sometimes, not achieving your current goal is exactly what needed to happen in order for you to step up your game and experience greatness. – Kevin Ngo

* If you’re going through the pain of a break up, realize that the odds of that person being your perfect match is incredibly low. In other words, there’s a very good chance that you will find someone much better. – Kevin Ngo

* We tend to learn the most when things don’t go as we had hoped. If anything, past failures can make you better prepared to take advantage of greater opportunities. – Kevin Ngo

* Things will turn out okay not because it’s a guarantee that your situation will improve but because you have the strength to deal with anything life can throw at you and the power to turn things around if you choose to do so. – Kevin Ngo

* The ups and downs of life, it’s all part of the life experience package. Without the downs, the ups won’t feel as good. Without the absence of the sun during a storm, you won’t appreciate the warmth of its light when it eventually reappears. – Kevin Ngo

* You’ve got one life to live; one life to experience all that life has to offer. Embrace it while you still can. – Kevin Ngo

* Sometimes, it helps to take a step back and look at the grand scheme of things. Perhaps then you’ll realize just how silly it would be to spend another minute worrying and stressing about things you won’t even care about or remember a year from now. – Kevin Ngo

* Life can be tough and even unfair at times. I don’t really have an answer as to why certain things happen but I do know that these are usually the moments in life where the potential for personal growth is the greatest. Diamonds are created under intense pressure. Muscles are built by overcoming tremendous resistance. You could either let these moments in life break you or use them to become a mentally stronger person. – Kevin Ngo

* How far you can go in life is yet to be seen. Don’t let other people’s limited beliefs about what’s possible diminish your potential. – Kevin Ngo

* Losing someone dear to you can be one of the toughest things to go through but you’ll get through it when enough time has passed. Keep in mind that they wouldn’t want you to stop embracing your life because of their passing. If anything, they’d rather you take this as a sign to live life to the fullest if you haven’t been doing so already. – Kevin Ngo

* Through our failures and setbacks, we can become wiser and more mentally prepared to deal with future obstacles. The problem is, we usually don’t realize the value of the experience until later on since we can be too emotionally involved. If you’re struggling through something right now, chances are, it won’t be for no reason. You’ll eventually find some sort of benefit from this experience even if it may not be obvious at the moment. – Kevin Ngo

* When you think about just how short a human life is compared to time itself, you’ll realize how insignificant our problems are in the whole grand scheme of things. No matter what you’re going through, it’s all temporary. Work on letting go of all the unnecessary stress you’re carrying around in order to have more time and mental energy to enjoy life. – Kevin Ngo

* When life gets you down and no one is there to help lift you back up, you can either continue waiting for someone to come along to help you, stay down, or decide that you’re strong enough to lift yourself back up. – Kevin Ngo

* If you feel like your life sucks, it’s a sign that something needs to change. If you don’t like where you are in life, do something about it. Improve yourself, daily. Sitting there and feeling sorry for yourself isn’t going to change anything. Plenty of people have turned their entire life around just by deciding to do so. Realize that you have the power to determine your own destiny. You can either waste it and live an unhappy life or use it to design and enjoy an incredible life. – Kevin Ngo

* Give yourself some time to heal, but not too much time. Misery can be addictive and no matter how comfortable it can make you feel at times, hanging on to it will only make things worse. – Kevin Ngo

More Encouraging Words (my book)

An uplifting song: Broken Girl

More Encouraging Videos

If you have any favorite encouraging quotes you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thanks!


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