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I was listening to a sermon from Elevation church called You’ve Got A Lot In You.

It was a message I needed to hear

A message that inspired this post on quotes about strength and courage in hard times

It was a great reminder of how the world can put a lot on you

The world can put a lot on you to achieve a certain career

The world can put a lot on you to achieve a specific relationship status by a certain age.

The world can put a lot on you by telling you how to think, feel or act.

At first, you resist it.

But like paint, if you use enough coats the original colour can change.

And you won’t have a clue what the original colour beneath the paint was.

If you haven’t guessed by now, this paint analogy is how we see ourselves.

Often we can get lost in who we are at our core.

Forgetting our strength.

Forgetting just how courageous we have been and can be.

Forgetting what is in us.

And letting what is put upon us, AKA other people’s opinions and expectations.

And not remembering what is within us.

This was brought home when I was training a 3D designer who said that they didn’t know how to sell themselves.

At the end of the session, I reminded her who she was.

And what she wanted.

It became clearer that the problem wasn’t her inability to sell herself.

It was the inability to sell a version of herself that was derived from other people.

People with good intentions (apparently) but people who had unconsciously reinforced the idea of what a designer “should” be like.

So let these quotes help you to remember who YOU are.

Quotes About Strength And Courage In Hard Times

23 Best Quotes About Strength And Courage In Difficult Times

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou


Bound people bind people, but freed people lead others to freedom.

Christine Caine

Question: Where in your life are you listening to people who are bound and how can you look within to be free of these shackles?


We must sometimes stand alone in our decisions and beliefs despite our fear of criticism and rejection. . . (and end up in) the wilderness.

Brene Brown

Question: Where are you afraid to stand alone due to fear of rejection?


A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

Christopher Reeve


He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.

Lao Tzu


I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.

Michelle Obama


Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.

Drew Barrymore


You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Bob Marley


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius


Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.



Allow yourself to feel the pain so that the pain doesn’t consume you and you can feel joy so that joy embody’s you

Ruth-Ellen Danquah


If yesterday’s hardships are stealing our aliveness today then we must seek another level of consciousness

Brendon Burchard


Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.

Brene Brown


Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Nora Ephron


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage

Lao Tzu


Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.

Ann Landers


It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

Andre Gide


Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.

Misty Copeland


Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne


Be the kind of person who dares to face life’s challenges and overcome them rather than dodging them

Roy T. Bennett


I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me

Viola Davis


Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.



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