Whether at home, work or school you’ve got big projects or a zillion little projects to get done. Not only are their specific tasks to complete, you want to bring a positive attitude which focuses on possibilities and doesn’t get bogged down with negative, defeating thoughts and feelings. Sure, there will be personal insecurities surfacing and challenging interpersonal styles along the way. That’s normal everyday kind of happenings when getting big hairy things done.

Stay uplifted with these 12 memorable quotes. Take them with you and know you’re among friends who want you to succeed. You’re In good company. You’re good company. Which quote speaks to you today? You may have a favorite quote to share.

Here’s 12 memorable quotes to keep you uplifted while getting big hairy things done (and dealing with everyday resistances—yours and others).

1. It’s true— feel the fear and do it anyway. We all benefit from your bravery.

“And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Mandela


2. Surrender to reality so you can be free to ask—What’s next?

“Surrender to reality… Free yourself from the groans of… It isn’t fair. It shouldn’t have happened. Why me? Surrender to reality… Notice the energy available now… What’s your next positive move?


3. Growing pains are real if you’re going to do big hairy things. Learn to tolerate the discomfort.

GROWTH to COMFORT: “This is just not going to work out.” -Jim Bob and Angie Swan


4. Welcome the discomfort, unhappiness, and emptiness— and usher in creativity. Invite your supportive group of friends and colleagues to brainstorm next steps.

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck


5. If angered, pause and consider what has triggered your angry feelings. What is your interpretation of the interaction? What other interpretations could there be? Choose your response thoughtfully. (And let the picture of these fur babies lighten your mood—oh so cuddly!)

“Anger Management: When angry with someone, it helps to sit down and think about the problem.”


6. Whether you’re younger or older acts of kindness, appreciation, and compassion matter. Strive to practice the “ordinary” multiple times daily.

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.”- William Martin, From the Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents


7. You deserve your own kindness and compassion.

“This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is a part of life. May I be kind to myself. May I give myself the compassion I need.” -Kristin D. Neff


8. You’ll find your way through the obstacles. What song are you singing?

“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.” – Swedish Proverb


9. That’s right—do it your way. Be original.

“Be the girl on the right.”


10. Stretch with self-awareness. Assert yourself, discover your power. Use it.

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”  – Glinda-Wizard of Oz


11. Get in there and enjoy the process—the yays and nays are all a part of the process to realizing your dreams.

“Ask for what you want. Notice what you get. Be grateful for the “no.” – Pia Melody


12. Commitment invites clarity. Clarity catalyzes action. Commit today.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe


Good on you for facing challenges–yours and others. Glad you’re here.

I’d love to know… What’s your go-to encouragement?

Mary Franz LCSW, PCC is a couple’s therapist, critical incident responder, and personal strategy coach. Need to talk about a personal or business relationship challenge? Visit her website and ask for a complimentary strategy session.