Today I was asked what my favourite quote out of 100 was from a blog I shared previously. In that blog, I had pulled 100 quotes from my articles which were collated to inspire and motivate business founders.
The quote I selected was
“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” Paulo Coelho
This quote reflected my frame of mind this morning. I have been pushing my boundaries of late but at times I have stalled due to lack of courage. Sometimes you simply have to be nudged to get out of your own way, take some risks and move forward. What is the worst that can happen? You fail, pick yourself up, reflect and learn. I needed to read that today.
If you had asked me that same question on Monday or tomorrow, or the next day it would be different. When you go through a random list of inspiring quotes at a particular time, what you need often jumps out at you. There are many wellbeing apps and similar that randomly send you an inspiring quote on opening and it’s a nice touch. However, from experience, like today, I find it helpful to have something to browse through and see what might pop up.
If you are a believer in the universe being great at sending you the messages or nudges that you need, the more random selection might be your preference. This is why there are so many packs of oracle cards available, with images and quotes for daily affirmations. I have seen the value in these myself at workshops I have attended.
Books are a fabulous source of inspiration too. There are a few books I have read once and passed on, yet there are piles I have in triplicate, in hard copy, kindle and audio version. Some books are just a gem to keep going back to.
Timing is a fascinating thing. I often go back to a book or resources that I have visited on many occasions but on my latest visit I discover something new. When you are ready to accept a learning point is it there waiting for you. Sometimes a message simply won’t land as the author intends when it is not the right time. On numerous occasions I find myself saying “ah, I get it now” once the time is right for me to embrace the message. It is usually met with laughter by whoever has been repeating the same thing to me time and time again. I have been experiencing this with my book coach. She had been patiently telling me how to just prioritise sitting down and to write, and not waiting for inspiration to come first. I was to just to sit and write. I initially “sort of” believed her and “sort of” listened and merrily kept going with my usual routine of daily writing which often involved an hour or so of procrastination before typing. But it took me to get stuck, that dreaded writer’s block, for me to really hear the message that she had been saying time and time again. I was ready to listen and to be inspired. It worked, I sat and started to type and I didn’t stop until I was at my target word count to keep to my schedule. My writing became easier. The right time for me to get this message was once I had exhausted my usual way of doing things, I was ready to listen. I was never deliberately not paying attention to her advice but I wasn’t hearing the entire message, I was just picking out the bits that suited my existing routine.
As a consultant, coach and mentor myself, I am very aware of this in my work with businesses. Our messages of inspiration, our tips and tricks, our straight forward pieces of advice don’t always land on the first occasion. We have to reinforce them and also try communicating them in a different way. One day they will resonate more than others.
The quote that is most resonating with me as I write this is:
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
Sometimes there is a delay in you getting that next piece of inspiration, so when it does hit, use it to be better!
What quotes, books or other resources inspire you? What do you keep going back to? What examples do you have when a message took a while to land for you? I’d love to know.