Written by Robyn T. Braley
Those who follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook know that I write original quotes. I’ve written about 700 and add to the list almost every day.
My plan was to post periodic articles featuring them. However, the need for other content always seems to take precedent. With the news we’ve had recently, now is the time.
If you need to be encouraged, inspired, or amused, this post is for you! Perhaps you are experiencing deep sadness and need to be reminded there is hope. Or, maybe you just need a laugh.
If you are active on social media, please cut and paste any of my quotes and post them as your content. I've made it easy by dividing them into topics and including my name with each one.
We are living in yet another COVID-19 lockdown—world economies have punished some while rewarding others. Political systems that are considered unshakable are under threat from insurrectionists. Our outlook is made worse by the paralyzing fear of the unknown.
A timely quote can cause you to think differently. A few wise words can inspire you to turn your life around and take a new path.
In a moment of desperation, a simple phrase can give you hope where none existed. In a moment of great accomplishment, a quote can sum up in a few words what you are feeling inside.
A variety of experiences inspire my quotes. Some are excerpts from my blog posts. Others come after observing the weird - or not so weird - behaviours of others.
Some quotes come as I prepare content for a keynote. While editing an Ebook or blogpost, I've been surprised to find an expression of brilliance (in my mind) burrowed deep within a paragraph I don't remember writing.
As a speaker, I love listening to other speakers. I find their content often causes me to see common knowledge, a shared experience or accepted practice through different eyes.
Some quotes in this post were inspired by the wisdom, insight and observations of others who posted them on social media. I retweet them with a comment, which I expand on to become a new quote.
Twitter is a great tool for refining your writing because you must confine your idea to 280 characters. Facebook or LinkedIn allow you to prattle on until a simple quote becomes an essay.
I maintain documents for about 50 different subjects in my quote archive. That makes it easy to add new content as I write it.
Some topics, like inspiration, have 20 to 25 pages. There are approximately 700 quotes in all.
When you focus on things that bring joy you build an inner reserve of happiness to draw on when you need help managing times of sadness. – Robyn T. Braley
As a rule, actions speak louder than words. But sometimes, being still and in the moment can be deafening! That is when silence speaks volumes. – Robyn T. Braley
Positive change requires the will to do the hard things that make one better! Becoming better takes discipline, determination, and focus! – Robyn T. Braley
No matter how difficult your circumstance, no matter how hopeless your cause, never give up! Keep moving forward until you find the path that will lead to a better day. – Robyn T. Braley
Never allow others to dictate what success will be for you. Listen to advice, but only make it your own if it's right for you. – Robyn T. Braley
Are you facing an insurmountable mountain? The first step on the journey to the summit is to address your fears. What are you afraid of? – Robyn T. Braley
Take care of the small things, and the big things will take care of themselves! – Robyn T. Braley
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile but beautiful things. Strength comes through numbers when they stick together to become snow. – Robyn T. Braley
In the face of opposing opinions, it takes courage to stick to your principles and do the right thing when you know the right thing must be done. – Robyn T. Braley
Every day isn't a fantastic day. It just isn't. If today is one of those, do one positive thing today that will make tomorrow a better day. – Robyn T. Braley
When you believe in yourself, others will soon believe in you too! – Robyn T. Braley
It is not possible to be perfect and still be human. It just isn't. However, you can be better today than you were yesterday and strive today to be even better tomorrow! Better is achievable. – Robyn T. Braley
When people criticize you, ask the question. Do they have a point? The answer may be a stepping stone to a better you! – Robyn T. Braley
When you lose the fear of making mistakes, you gain the confidence to try one more time! That is when you find success. – Robyn T. Braley
Love and respect for yourself is the key to having love and respect for others. – Robyn T. Braley
The caterpillar believed it was one of God's ugliest creatures. Then came the change which transformed the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Change begins on the inside and works it's way out. What will you become? – Robyn T. Braley
Hold on tight! Never allow the potholes of life to bounce you from the road to success. – Robyn T. Braley
Learn to dance in sunshine or rain. Dance to the song welling up from your soul! If you can't sing, hum. – Robyn T. Braley
Learning begins when you admit what you don't know. It takes an inquiring mind and the courage to ask questions that will unleash the power of information. – Robyn T. Braley
When you walk into a room, do people see a leader oozing confidence or transmitting fear and uncertainty? Body language speaks volumes. – Robyn T. Braley
Successful leaders balance time with their family, community and career. It's a matter of choice! – Robyn T. Braley
Difficult decisions require the endurance of some level of pain. What is your pain threshold? – Robyn T. Braley
Leadership often requires the courage to take risks and do things others are unwilling to do. What risks are you willing to take? – Robyn T. Braley
Confident leaders invite team members to express views that may be contrary to their own. They know good ideas are often kindled when sparks fly! – Robyn T. Braley
TOGETHER is a powerful word that can inspire teams to greatness.
- Together we ARE!
- Together we CAN!
- Together we WILL!
- Together we DID!
- Together we CELEBRATE!
– Robyn T. Braley
Leaders who think entrepreneurially ask, "Why not?" and "How can we?" rather than "Why should we bother?" or "What if it fails?" – Robyn T. Braley
You don't always have to be fantastic to be a great leader. When people see you doing the right thing with genuine caring and commitment, you will inspire them to follow! – Robyn T. Braley
Learning to be a leader is a process that never ends. When you stop learning, you will either be retired or dead. What can you learn today? – Robyn T. Braley
Are you encouraging employees to express their ideas? Are you trying to start conversations? Remember, an open-door policy to new ideas is useless if your mind is closed. – Robyn T. Braley
The Power of Listening
Leadership is more about listening and providing a thoughtful response than about being the loudest person in the room! – Robyn T. Braley
When leaders say what they mean and mean what they say, they earn the right to be heard. Teams know they mean it when they say it. What did you mean? – Robyn T. Braley
Do you unleash the power of the 'E family to help your team achieve its' goals? Note! The 'Es' adopted the last word-child but its an important part of the family.
– Robyn T. Braley
When you begin to understand the power of influence, you begin to understand the potential of leadership. Who do you influence? – Robyn T. Braley
The Convincing Leadership Crede.
– Robyn T. Braley
The creative process usually involves making mistakes! Great artists know which ones to keep and which to discard!
- Too many words
- A wrong chord
- Harsh shadows
- An out-of-focus picture
- Confusing dance steps
– Robyn T. Braley
Working in the creative world requires the confidence to try, fail and then try again! The lesson is, "if at first you don't succeed, try a different angle!" – Robyn T. Braley
Sing from your heart! Let the music well up from deep within your soul. If you can't sing, hum! – Robyn T. Braley
When recording a song, the technical elements may be perfect and performances exceptional. However, it may not have that 'feel!' That is why you record it one more time. – Robyn T. Braley
The recipe for success often requires tasting the bitterness of defeat before you can savour the sweet flavour of achievement. Pucker up! – Robyn T. Braley
Words to Live By
Taking time to understand our differences can mark the beginning of a beautiful relationship. – Robyn T. Braley
Respect history, but don't be bound by it! – Robyn T. Braley
When something is wrong, it is wrong for all time. Just because it has been passed down through generations doesn't ever make it right! – Robyn T. Braley
Robyn T. Braley is a brand specialist, writer, speaker, and community leader. He is the President of UniMark Creative which focuses on website design, video production, media services (editorial and advertising), and graphic design.