5 Tips to Stay Inspired When Times Get Tough

We all have been through rough patches in our life where we needed some inspiration to get through the day. Rather it was stress on our jobs or going through a crossroad in our lives. We all have been though times were we felt like giving up. Here are five tips to stay inspired when times get tough.

  1. Positive Self-Talk:

This can be difficult especially when times are tough and it seems like nothing is going right. Staying positive is important so we do not fall into the trap of “negative thinking”. Even when we are going through staying positive can make this rough patch a little easier.

  1. Read inspirational Quotes & Articles:

This is a great way to help change our thoughts and mindset when we’re experiencing tough times.  Most aficionado’s recommend reading at least 3 quotes when wake up in the morning and three before we go to sleep.

  1. Meditate:

Sometimes we all just need a mental break. We get so caught up in the challenges of life and we don’t allow ourselves to “take a deep breathe”. Meditation can be very simple all we have to do is go into a quiet and comfortable space, relax our mind, close our eyes and take a deep breath.  Then think positive thought and reflect on all the great things we have going on in our lives.

  1. Make a Plan:

This might seem cliché but having a plan to overcome tough times is vital to getting out of this rut. When we take the time to plan it allow us to think of the “bigger picture” from beginning to end. We can start this process by writing out our to-do list the night before and identify the three most important things that you must accomplish the next day and start with those first.

  1. Appreciate Where You Are Now:

Learn to live in a state of appreciation and gratitude. Acknowledging the value within the struggle or the point we are at now. When we are worrying and dreading our situation we can sometime get overwhelming. Then we should stop and dwell on them for a while. Remember the happiness and joy. Bring the feelings into the present moment.

Final Thoughts

In the end regardless of what we go through it is imperative we keep a positive mindset and focus that whatever it is won’t last always. I always refer to a quote that states “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future”. This is a great reminder that no matter what we can overcome anything.


Copyright ©2016 Jay Colby All Rights Reserved.


About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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45 Responses to 5 Tips to Stay Inspired When Times Get Tough

  1. Eri Hunt says:

    Great post as always! It’s very true being positive is the key. Facing obstacles that look impossible. Then to overcome an have the victory it’s a true blessing. Thanks for sharing very helpful!

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  2. True…take our mistakes as the steps to success..!!!

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  3. callmetrav says:

    I like your suggestion to meditate. Meditation helps us to reflect and re-enter ourselves. It’s a simple remedy, but it’s benefits are invaluable.

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  4. lifessimpleadventures says:

    Great article, it’s a wonderful reminder to push through!

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  5. Candy says:

    Reading inspirational messages or quotes always make me smile. Calm me down or put things into the right frame of mind

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  6. cceducation1 says:

    Very appropriate while we all bite our nails on election day, how to stay positive. I think, sometimes, we need different things. Today, I will choose “make a plan.” Thanks!

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  7. consciousoftheheart says:

    Good suggestions

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  8. sebby29 says:

    Great post as always. I’m especially guilty of forgetting to do the last one, appreciating where we are at this point in time.

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  9. One more thing, as you could add your list is to be grateful for all, we already have, this change our perspective too.

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  10. sandyasto says:

    Wanted to stop by and thank you for liking my post, much appreciated!
    Also so true, I’m trying to incorporate more meditation into my daily routine when I can and remember to do it ! XD

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  11. Great and inspirational post as always Jay. Yes and a great time to stay very, very positive with all what is going around in our surroundings.

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  12. This is coming at a perfect time when it’s scary and stressful in the world. I really appreciate the positivity and reminders. Bless you. 🙂

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  13. caendicott says:

    A sub-idea to the read motivational quotes, is to create a vision board. Or even a Pinterest board for the topic.

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  14. laxmi says:

    Hi ..I try to follow your suggestions and it miraculously works every time..so here I am asking for one more favour..will you please share how to be consistent with our daily good habits? Because after some time we always find ourselves slowing down a little.

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  16. CrabtreeGirl says:

    Love this post!

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  17. Wise words, Jay. Thank you!

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  19. sargondorsai says:

    Self encouragement and making a plan have always been the most important parts of staying motivated to me. This is a really good list. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. spiritlady85 says:

    Thank you for this post! I’m actually writing the main points down on a piece of paper and it help. I liked number 5, appreciate where you are. so often with my ptsd , my head takes me to places that it shouldn’t go and I’ve been working on gratitude every day and that helps. Thanks again for this post.

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