the power of a "Quote"

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases by being shared” Buddha

Facebook is chock-a-block of quotes - everywhere you look, someone's posted a short, positive, quote (I happily love creating them and posting them too).

They seem to annoy some, but for most of us they make us smile, give us a little pick me up and sometimes even an 'aha' moment! 

It's not hard (if you know my work) to see that I LOVE them, well actually I really really LOVE them. They are little nuggets of wisdom, bursts of joy and in many cases great reminders and awakenings. They come from someone's heart and personal experience, many from an authoritative figure. So we feel reassurance, guidance, inspiration and hope in their words. They can help us remember we are not alone, that we can too and that anything is possible!

Due to Social Media, one quote shared can brighten the day of thousands!

I have so many favourite quotes, ones I've pinned up on my wall, made them my mantra's and personal affirmations. But one in particular I remember from some time ago, really moved me (this is the power of a great quote). Back then I hit the like button instantly, (at the time wishing Facebook had a 'love' button - which YAY, now it does. This particular quote was posted by a good friend of mine and written by someone who inspires me, Louise Hay. It's stuck with me ever since, it simply read:

"I don't fix problems, I fix my thinking and then problems fix themselves"

So brief and yet so powerful!

Which is why I've shared many times before, one of my own quotes "If you see a quote that makes you smile, and really inspires you! Don't just smile and keep scrolling. Print it out and pin it up - where you'll see it regularly. Allow it to inspire you everyday"

There is such power in our thoughts! They come from all the things we feed our mind, what we focus on and what we allow to grow! 

Now just to focus on the particular Louise Hay quote I mentioned; We all have "problems" we want to "fix" but it is through the awareness, focus and choice of our thoughts that our problems; grow and we suffer, dissipate or get the right attention to solve them for our highest good and the highest good of all. 

So the next time you're faced with a problem and feel lost, disheartened or you feel there isn't an answer, remember this short powerful quote and straight away check in with the thoughts you're having about the problem you face.

"I don't fix problems, I fix my thinking and then problems fix themselves"

And just to add; in line with this particular quote; when it comes to our 'problems (& well; problem thinking) try using empowering questions to help you work through any problem you face, because staying stuck, feeling helpless or hopeless won't help you solve anything (you just suffer longer).

Here's a few empowering questions to get you thinking:

  • What is the problem? Define it
  • What are my options?
  • Have I looked at every possibility?
  • What result or outcome do I want?
  • What steps do I need to take to get there?
  • What can I learn from this problem?
  • What is the silver lining to this problem?
  • Have I faced a similar situation in the past? How did I deal with it then? Did it work? Is there something else I haven't tried?
  • Is there someone that can help me? (an expert, a friend, a counsellor, a mentor)
  • What areas do I need to accept, acknowledging that I cannot change or control them?
  • What can I love in the process of achieving my desired outcome?

(An excerpt from: Dare to Dream, Your Journey of A Lifetime )

P.S Keep posting your beautiful, inspiring quotes - you never know who might read them or share them - it just may be what someone needs to read to brighten their day! 

› The Power of a Quote