The Five Best Phrases of Encouragement

This article contains five phrases of encouragement for you to find the tools you need to confront any darkness in your life.
The Five Best Phrases of Encouragement
Sergio De Dios González

Written and verified by the psychologist Sergio De Dios González.

Last update: 21 February, 2022

Reading phrases of encouragement in difficult times is often helpful. This is because it’s common for your judgment to cloud and your inspiration to disappear when something’s troubling you, giving way to an overwhelming feeling. You may feel as if you’re suddenly forced to carry the whole universe on your back.

Thus, crises truly rock your world and seem to bring it down. What was there before is now elsewhere or just no longer exists. Therefore, the moments when you’re out of this state are great for establishing the pillars you need to keep yourself from falling apart.

Five phrases of encouragement

You can overcome crises

“Any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes you up.”

-Ryan Reynolds-

Any crisis leads to change and transformation, be it at one level or another. It may be imposed or caused or desired or hated but you must confront it all the same with the intention of each one of these variables.

Thus, for a crisis or revolution to do you good and help you grow, you must take the first step towards acceptance. The recognition that something extraordinary (understood as outside or different from the ordinary) happens.

Thus, you’ll have to negotiate with the extraordinary, putting wishes, fears, aspirations, expectations, hopes, disappointments, memories, and future plans on the table. This is a deep crisis.

A person holding a flower.

Believe in yourself, above all

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”

-Bruce Barton-

When everything around you is dark, you must use your inner light to illuminate your path. You won’t get lost with that flashlight, because you’re in charge. In times of crisis and desolation, knowing that you can count on yourself is essential to your well-being.

One of the phrases of encouragement: problem-solving

“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

-Leroy Eldridge Cleaver-

In many circumstances of life, the problem itself may offer a solution. For instance, think about that student who feels overwhelmed because they have to work and can’t keep up with all of their classes. They say to themselves “I’m enrolled in too many classes” instead of choosing those they can focus on and getting a passing grade. In this case, the student has to take action because their reality won’t change on its own, unless there are extraneous circumstances.

Thus, you can see how getting out of some crises requires that you give up certain things. You can’t accept and redirect them without paying a huge price for them. Just imagine. If the student in this story doesn’t take action, they may miss the whole semester instead of just a couple of classes.

It’s never too late

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

-George Eliot-

There are other phrases of encouragement to keep in mind in your daily life. This one is about how it’s never too late for anything as long as you wake up every morning. Remember, you can always be a better you. Just chase your dreams and focus on your wellness!

This is because this is what life is about. Do your best and try to be a better person regardless of any negative circumstances you may find yourself in. Only then will you find the peace you long for in moments of desolation and turbulence.

A person walking barefoot.

Work with what you have

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

-Arthur Ashe-

What kind of resources are available to you? Which ones can you use? Imagine you’re an architect who’s been fired from your job but you’re also really good at writing. You know there currently isn’t a demand for architects. Perhaps because the demand for that kind of position is higher than the supply. So, why not take advantage of your literary skills? Let it be a temporary or definitive solution. This is one of those phrases of encouragement you must remember when you’re lost.

Living in muddy land and building a castle with it is an initiative that can make a difference in your life. It’s about using the resources within your reach.

Keep in mind that only you can light your darkest days. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but doing it isn’t only an exercise in courage. In fact, it’s about intelligence. When inertia isn’t on your side, swimming against the current isn’t a good idea. Take advantage of the time you have to get more tools or to simply enjoy yourself, as it’s more productive. It’s all about using your intelligence.

Similarly, keeping a positive attitude will keep you from falling into despair. It’ll keep you from losing more reinforcers than the crisis itself can take away from you. In other words, you won’t lose the opportunity to enjoy, explore, and continue growing during a crisis.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.