Challenge Quotes
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Facing a challenge, problem, obstacle or difficulty? If so, you’re in luck. These challenge quotes have the power to help you navigate troubled waters and find your way to clear sailing.

Sometimes facing challenges feels like you are literally drowning.  As much as you feel the urge to panic, the thing most likely to save you is closing your eyes and relaxing into it. When you give up resisting, your body naturally floats.  The one thing we know about life is – ‘stuff happens’. Challenge quotes will hopefully give you the inspiration you need to get through the crisis at hand.  If you are fresh out of ideas for tackling your problems, you may also benefit from visiting our Creativity, Creative Process, or Imagination pages. Think of the challenge causing you the most distress and re-frame it as an opportunity. How might you benefit from this problem?  What if this disaster was really a blessing?  Write down all the ways that might happen. Pretend. Use your imagination. Think outside the box. Then sleep on it. You just might wake up with a million dollar idea!

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If all else fails, think of Joy of as a peaceful, positive island of inspiration and empowerment. Offering you encouraging words then you are face-to-face with a challenge is what we’re all about.

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I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
Dr. Seuss

Your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome troubles.
Maya Angelou

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
Carl Jung

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
Alfred A. Montapert

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.
Shakti Gawain

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

To accomplish much you must first lose everything.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
Pema Chödrön

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it's the pebble in your shoe.
Muhammad Ali

Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You're the only one who can do it permanently.
Zig Ziglar

Concern should drive us into action, not into depression.
Karen Horney

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Maya Angelou

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
Buckminster Fuller

Even a small thorn causes pain.
Irish Proverb

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably does not lead anywhere.
Frank A. Clark

There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue. There’s no joy in merely doing things which anyone can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you thought you’d never make.

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Oprah Winfrey

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.
Roger Crawford

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.
Stephen R. Covey

If you're going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

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