Here’s the thing about management that they don’t tell you…. You’re going to have bad days…really bad days. Days (or even weeks) where everything seems to be going wrong. We’ve all been there. Days where your boss comes storming into your office demanding to know why your team always seems to be playing ping-pong or hanging out at the cafeteria instead of making much needed sales calls. Of course your team sees it differently… Or days when every 15-minutes someone from your team comes in with a complaint about employees from another department who refuse to give them the information they need to get their job done. Or even worse, days when the CEO is indifferent towards you and you worry they want to replace you with someone who willl “get the job done” which is just code for someone with little to no experience who they’ve been friends with for many years. It’s tough. And unfortunately, days like these happen to every successful leader. It’s a given, but also something to be mindful of because those bad days can turn themselves into self-doubt and negative thoughts that will only increase your stress and diminish your effectiveness (and more importantly, your happiness). When this starts to happen, it’s time to take charge of those negative thoughts and reframe your mind with encouraging words. Here are 53 Quotes and words of encouragement to move you past self-doubt and negative thoughts

53 Encouraging Words and Quotes

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and glory out.”

– Edwin Markham

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” 

– Japanese Proverb

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

– Richard Bach

“The art of living lies less in our troubles than in growing with them.” 

– Bernard Baruch

“In order to succeed, we first must believe that we can.”

– Nikos Kazantzakis

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”

– Unknown

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

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“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhiliration of victory.” 

– George S. Patton

“Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed. There’s so little competition.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” 

– Epictetus

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”

– Tom Stoppard

“Always desire to learn something useful.”

– Sophocles

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

– Thomas Paine

“It’s always too early to quit.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

“Deserve your dream.”

– Octavio Paz

“You learn more from failure than success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”

– Unknown

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

“Every failure is a step closer to success.”

– Unknown

“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.”

– Vince Lombardi

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Setbacks are temporary as long as you don’t give up.”

– Kevin Ngo

“We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.”

– Dr. Henry Link

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

– John Wooden

“Fighting for your dreams isn’t always easy, but it’s so worth it.”

– Unknown

“Other people’s opinion of you does not have to be your reality.”

– Les Brown

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”

– Victor Hugo

“It is absolutely essential to hang in there — especially when you feel most discouraged.”

– Steve Shallenberger

“Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.”

– James Allen

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas A. Edison

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

– Edmund Hillary

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

– C.S. Lewis

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

– Billie Jean King

“The difference between the possible and impossible is a willing heart.”

– Lolly Daskal

“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”

– L.M. Montgomery

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.”

– George Eliot

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there. “

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

– Napoleon Hill

“If the wind will not soar, take to the oars.”

– Latin Proverb

“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

– Babe Ruth

“When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.”

– Lao Tzu

“Dream big and dare to fail.”

– Lao Tzu

“The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me. “

– Ayn Rand

“Dream big and dare to fail. “

– Norman Vaughan

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”

– Unknown

“Progress, not perfection.” – Lara Casey

Don’t underestimate the power of a few encouraging words. Positive thinking and positive speech is not only good for you, but they can help encourage a colleague or friend who may be experiencing trials of their own.

Bad days may leave you feeling stressed, drained of energy, and on the verge of giving up, giving in or quitting. When that happens, come back here, read a few words of encouragement and remember everything is temporary, including those bad days.