23 Encouraging Things You Need to Hear

September 12 is National Day of Encouragement, but we feel that encouragement should happen every day

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Photo: Unsplash/@yardi93

September 12 is National Day of Encouragement, but we feel that encouragement should happen every day. While we are great at offering words of support to others, we often fall short when pumping ourselves up and reminding ourselves that everything is going to be okay.

We thought this was a perfect opportunity to uplift your spirits and remind you that you’ll get through this. It’s all about taking things one day at a time. We’re hoping that some of these facts will help change your whole perspective and shift your energy towards the better. Here are 23 encouraging, important things you need to hear right now! Be a part of the light by sharing these helpful words with others.


Play The Cards You Get Dealt


There are people who came from horrible circumstances, and still succeed, while others have everything, and yet still fail. Find a way to make the cards that you were dealt with work for you, instead of using life’s low points as excuses not to live the life you want. Use them as the strength you need to never go back there, and to not let anything hold you back from success.


You Create Your Life

Some things are out of our control. There is what is fated, what we must learn from, and things we can’t change. But we do have free will and the ability to manifest all kinds of awesomeness in our lives. We can shape things, and make decisions that will lead us to the kind of life we want.


You Got This!

Stop being hard on yourself — you are doing the best you can. Some days, that’s getting up, brushing your teeth, and lounging for the rest of the day. Other days, you’ll be so motivated you’ll find yourself getting so much done. It’s all about balance, and honoring what you need, when you need it (rest is a need!). Remember, you got this! Love yourself, and honor yourself — always.


Be Yourself

Part of honoring yourself is being authentically you. No one is you, and that makes you so incredibly special and irreplaceable. The unique combination of things that make you who you are is part of your gift, the light you are meant to share with others. Just as you should respect and celebrate the uniqueness of others, respect and celebrate your own brand of amazingness!


Better Things Are On Their Way

When we are in the middle of tough times, it can feel like it will be that way forever. But that’s not true. Life is all about balance. Just when you think things will never improve, they do. Have faith, think and believe positive thoughts. Make time to pray and meditate. Your energy and strength will begin to shift things. Just think back to all the times you persevered. You did that.


All You Have is the Present

It’s so easy to dwell on the past or worry about the future, but in reality, all we have is the present moment. If you focus on being happy in the now, it will help with feelings of anxiety and sadness, that are often tied to the “what ifs” of yesterday or “what’s going to happen” worries of tomorrow.


Embrace Your Beauty



God (or the universe, or what you believe in) doesn’t make mistakes. You are uniquely you. Why look like “everyone else” or someone’s created standard? We have been brainwashed to see only certain features, measurements, colors, hair textures, and styles, and other indicators of beauty as better than others, and that is bullshit. Major movements and trends have been built around people accepting and rocking their natural beauty every day. Celebrate others’ beauty, while rocking your own. Be you. Love you. Rock you.


Sí, Se Puede!

Let’s take Dolores Huerta’s famous words, “sí, se puede,” and use them to remind us that we can do almost anything. If you believe in yourself, that’s all that matters. Whatever it is you want to accomplish or achieve, first do your research, then make a plan made up of steps you can take on.


Be Patient


Another important thing we need to remind ourselves of is to be patient. That is hard, especially in this fast-paced, multi-tasking world, but we are not in control of when things happen. We can only do our best, and trust that everything — including timing — is part of our life journey.


You Are Only Human


We are so hard on ourselves! This might have to do with our false sense of control over everything. When you realize that we are all simply doing the best we can, every day, it helps put things into perspective. Mistakes are just setbacks that are going to happen. Instead of beating yourself up about them, see them as the life lessons they truly are.


You Don’t Have to Do It All


You may have so many things you want to do, but you don’t have to do it all, and especially not all at once. Live your life at your pace and know when to take a break, practice some self-care, and relax. We don’t put enough importance on just being! It’s those moments of relaxation that allow us to recharge and refuel in order to pursue our dreams, and just live a healthy, happy life.


Chaos Creates Clarity


When you are in the thick of it, know that anything that is thrown at you, you can handle. Although we want everything to always be “perfect,” we know that’s not going to be the case. But think about it: how much do you learn about yourself and life from happy moments? How about the massive growth that happens when you go through the bad stuff and come out the other side in one piece? Chaos often gives us clarity on who we are and on our immense strength and resilience.


You Have So Much to Be Grateful For

Gratitude goes such a long way. If you don’t appreciate what you already have, how can you receive even more in a meaningful way? Practice this exercise: when you’re feeling down, write down five things you are grateful for. It will really help improve your mood, and remind you of all that you do have!


Keep Going! It Will Be Worth It

Despite all our meticulous planning, we don’t absolutely know what’s next. No matter where you find yourself, keep going. Things always work out and make sense as you go along. You just have to take it one day at a time, striving to live positively in each sacred moment.


You Are Enough

Whether it’s imposter syndrome or one of our many insecurities, we often make ourselves feel like we don’t measure up. Each and every one of us is enough. You will find your calling, your purpose, if you haven’t already, and contribute your own brand of awesomeness to this world. Never doubt that.


Look How Far You’ve Come!

In our search for gratitude, we can definitely add how far we have come. You may not be the same person you were five years ago, a year ago or even yesterday. That is progress, and it’s growth. Even if it feels you are in the exact same place and situation, your understanding, knowledge, and wisdom is growing while you’re there. And that will take you to great places.


Forgive Yourself For Wasted Time

Sometimes, it takes a lot to get motivated and focused on what you want to achieve and accomplish — and then you have to sustain that. On top of that, life can also get in the way. One of the first things you need to do is forgive yourself for the time you feel you’ve wasted. Know that this time wasn’t wasted, it was lived. Since then, you’ve grown, whether you realize it or not. Now, make a plan, and go after your goals!


You Are a Survivor!

Without falling down a rabbit hole of sadness, anxiety, or regret, think about all the tough stuff you managed to survive. Don’t forget how much of a strong badass you are. What you’ve been through and overcame is all a testament to your strength. Remember how you swore you couldn’t get through it, how you couldn’t move forward, or ever feel happy again? You did all three, m’ija. Alexa, play Destiny’s Child “Survivor!”


You Are On Your Own Timeline

We have to stop comparing ourselves to other people but instead be inspired by them. Don’t expect your life to be exactly like someone else’s. We are all on our unique and individual timelines. It’s because there are lessons to be learned and life to be lived before we achieve certain things. You are exactly where you are supposed to be — right now — and you will get to where you are supposed to go. Just have faith and trust the process!


Remain Positive


Which leads us to our next point. In every moment, please strive to be as positive as possible. We know it’s hard, but it’s partly your choice. We can become addicted to always thinking negatively in order to protect ourselves, but it hurts us. You may not know exactly what’s going to happen, but you can have the faith and positive outlook to know it’s going to be great and be the best for you.


You Are More Than You Believe


Unfortunately, we are often our worst critics. We underestimate ourselves and just how awesome we truly are. Stop this! You don’t have to be conceited, but be confident. You are much more than you even realize!


F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself)

Loving yourself gives you the ability to really live life to its fullest, the way it’s meant to be lived.  It then gives you the opportunity to truly love others. Love is the biggest, best gift we have.


Failure is Part of Success

Any millionaire or billionaire will tell you that they had so many failures on their way to success. But they didn’t quit. Instead of feeling defeated and allowing one (or several) setback(s) to derail their dreams, they realized it was all part of the journey to the top. Failures are meant to be learned from; you simply take what you gained from them, redirect, and keep on your course.

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