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The Gift of Instinct


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In the most recent newsletter from Susie Frazier, an artist in Cleveland, I could not help but pause and think about the significance of instinct. I wanted to share Susie Frazier’s wisdom with you:

“I can’t tell you how many times in my career I’ve been questioned about my training. What can you possibly create in the way of art, if you didn’t study it in college? What do you know about promoting a band, if you come from outside the industry? What business do you have being a radio personality, if you’ve never worked at a radio station?

Maybe you’ve had this kind of second-guessing happen to you. Maybe you’ve even used this doubtful tone with yourself. Pay no mind. What matters more than knowledge or experience is instinct.

Instinct is that inner voice that tells you to go left when all your competitors are going right. It’s that urge to take on something new despite the hesitation of those around you. It’s that inner flame that sparks ideas not because you saw the model work somewhere else, but because you felt the synergy of all the important elements, right here. Instinct is a sixth sense that can’t be taught — it’s only cultivated after falling on one’s face so many times that the wipeout actually becomes a welcome part of the discovery process.

Don’t be swayed by the critics in your head or elsewhere. Simply by the bold act of trying, you’ve begun the only relevant training you need.”

Any time I have felt uncertainty about an idea or a decision, I have tried to think about it logically and seek advice from others. As Susie describes, I am reminded to go beyond logic and external opinions, and instead focus on my gut instinct, which transcends time and global boundaries. Our instinct is what makes us unique as individuals and should be our guiding force in life. No one can see, hear, or feel the instinct we have that comes from within. It makes us powerful and should give us the confidence to go forward with our ideas and decisions. Our instinct is a gift. We should trust that it will lead us to our individual paths of success and happiness!

Below are a few other powerful quotes about instinct:

“It is by logic we prove, but by intuition we discover.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

“Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn’t lie.” -Anonymous

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” -Jonas Salk

“Intuition is the whisper of the soul.” -J. Krishnamurti

“Intuition makes sense after you follow it, not before. You don’t get to know the beauty unless you take the risk.” -McCall Erikson

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” -Albert Einstein

“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect.” -Steve Jobs

You can read more inspiring messages from Susie Frazier in my inspirNational Quotes II post.


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Recently, someone asked me what was the most recent television show I watched, and I paused and thought, “I don’t remember the last time I have watched TV!” February has turned into one of my busiest months with constant work, little relaxation, and living the fast life. I have accepted this situation though because I have exciting opportunities ahead of me and I know that every ounce of work will make a difference in my future. My workout shirt today keeps me going and reminds me that my hard work will pay off.


Looking for more inspiration, I turned back to Change Your Life! A Little Book of Big Ideas, by Allen Klein, which I described in my inspirNational quotes III post. I finished the book and outlined my favorite inspirNational quotes from the following sections:


Gather your courage. Grow old gracefully:

“Courage is grace under pressure.” -Ernest Hemingway

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” -Billy Graham

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” -Mark Twain

“In youth we learn. In old age we understand.” -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Have hope. Help others:

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

“The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm.” -Orison S. Marden

“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” -Jackie Robinson

“Somewhere out there is a unique place for you to help others-a unique life role for you to fill that only you can fill.” -Thomas Kinkade

“Service is rent that you pay for room on this earth.” -Shirley Chisholm

“The world is good natured to  people who are good natured.” -William Makepeace Thackeray

“If you always give, you will always have.” -Chinese Proverb

Keep it light. Know thyself:

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” -Margaret Lee Runbeck

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Know how to live within yourself: there is in your soul a whole world of mysterious and enchanted thoughts; they will be drowned by the noise without; daylight will drive them away; listen to their singing and be silent.” -Fyodor Tutchev

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” -John Mason

Learn to forgive. Let ‘er rip life’s journey:

“Always forgive your enemies-nothing annoys them so much.” -Oscar Wilde

“First, I was dying to finish high school and start college. And then I was dying to finish college and start working. And then I was dying to marry and have children. And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could return to work. And then I was dying to retire. And now, I am dying…and suddenly realize I forgot to live.” -Anonymous

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” -Dale Carnegie

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell

“Life is like a sewer- you get out of it what you put into it.” -Tom Lehrer

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” -Annette Funicello

Never give up:

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.” Josh Billings

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” -Anonymous

“Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as obstacles-and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks- can in the long run result in some good end which would not have occurred if it had not been for the obstacle.” -Steve Allen

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” -William Arthur Ward

“Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.” -Anonymous

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” -Lee Lacocca

Sweet smell of success:

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” -David Frost

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody.” -Herbert B. Swope

“People become really quit remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” -Norman Vincent Peale

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” -Henry C. Link

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

“Don’t wait for your ship to come; swim out to it.” -Anonymous

“The secret to success in life is  for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” -Benjamin Disraeli

“The secret to success is constancy to purpose.” -Benjamin Disraeli

“Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will e sharing the adventure with them.” -Denis Waitley

“No one is a failure who is enjoying life.” -William Feather

Take the first step:

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” -Laurence J. Peter

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do in order to have what you want.” -Margaret Young

“knowing what you want is the first step to getting it.” -Louise Hart

Win some, lose some:

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You really never lose until you stop trying.” -Mike Ditka

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” -The Buddha

I hope these quotes inspire you as they have inspired me to keep making a difference in the world, fight for what I believe in, work hard, and never give up. Thank you, Allen Klein, for compiling the quotes in your book to help readers reflect and feel encouraged.

I tweet inspirational quotes and articles often – follow @brittanyvb to see all the quotes. Also check out my new inspirNational Facebook page – “like” the page to see all of my blog updates and related articles.

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“Have the courage to say “no” today so you can say “yes” tomorrow to something you really want.”

Problem solving and can’t find a solution? Consider this thought from Deepak Chopra:


Here are other quotes that have caused me to pause and reflect:

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” -Anonymous

“It is more important to feel strong than to be strong.” -E. 4th & Yoga

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” -Michael Jordan

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” -Oprah

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison S. Marden


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I tweet inspirational quotes and articles often – follow @brittanyvb to see all the quotes and more information about my sustainability work. Also check out my inspirNational Facebook page – “like” the page to see all of my blog updates and related articles.

I hope these quotes leave you feeling inspired and motivated to start the week. Happy Sunday!

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One of my favorite Christmas presents this year was Change Your Life! A Little Book of Big Ideas, by Allen Klein. I am reading the book from cover to cover, but love that it is divided into sections in case I need a quote for a particular situation, such as “be grateful,” “alter your attitude,” and “dream the impossible dream.”


Below are some of my favorite inspirNational quotes from the book, divided into sections and adding to my previous inspirNational quotes posts (I and II):

Actions speak louder than words. Alter your attitude:

“The most powerful thing you can do to change the world, is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, reality, to something more positive.” -Shakti Gawain

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” -William James

“Most people are searching for happiness. They’re looking for it. They’re trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way you think.” -Wayne Dyer

Be grateful. Believe in miracles:

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”? -William Arthur Ward

“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.” -Maurice Setter

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” -Robert Quillen

Cultivate kindness and compassion:

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” -Don Swartz

“Kindess is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” -Jesse Jackson

Dream the impossible dream:

“A dream is in the mind of the believer and in the hands of the doer. You are not given a dream without being given the power to make it come true.” -Anonymous

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“All our dreams can come true – if you have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

I tweet inspirational quotes and articles often – follow @brittanyvb to see all the quotes and more information about my sustainability work. Also check out my new inspirNational Facebook page – “like” the page to see all of my blog updates and related articles.

I hope these quotes leave you feeling inspired and motivated to start the week. Happy Sunday!

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How often do we actually spend time reading our e-mails? I have to admit that given the number of advertisements I receive via e-mail, it’s easy to just skim or quickly skip through my e-mails. For some reason, this morning, I decided to read the following e-mail from Susie Frazier, an artist in Cleveland, who got me to pause and reflect today. I wanted to share her wisdom with you:

“How would you feel inside if you knew you could not fail? Say the decision maker that mattered most was already on board with your idea. Would you be assertive to present your dreams? Cool-headed when faced with obstacles? Or more forgiving of yourself when you trip up? It’s true the uncertainty of any outcome has been known to strangle my imagination (and my outlook) at times, despite being a professional imaginer.

But not today.

Today, I opened a door that I previously closed and marched myself right to the edge. I jumped at the chance to try something bold, something risky, with no hesitation and no fear of making the wrong move. All I felt was a gut rattling conviction to trust my instincts. And it was amazing.

Happiness doesn’t magically burst onto the scene because we’re committed to a certain end game. It blooms quietly within when we experience unwavering confidence in ourselves. But first, we must believe.

I am grateful for artists like Susie Frazier who think outside the box, challenge conventional thinking, and push us to be the best versions of ourselves. I feel inspired to believe in myself, trust uncertainty, feel confident, and bloom in happiness.
Below I captured some of my other favorite inspirNational quotes that I have read recently, adding to my original inspirNational quotes post.
“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” -@Inspire_Us
“Turn your can’ts into cans and your dreams into plans.” -@OprahQuotez
“Every day you wake up with the opportunity to make success happen.” -@LinkedIn
“It is not what we give but what we share.” -James Russell Lowell
"The difference between where you were yesterday and where you are going to be tomorrow is what you think, say, and do TODAY!" -@LaBioguia

“The difference between where you were yesterday and where you are going to be tomorrow is what you think, say, and do TODAY!” -@LaBioguia

I tweet inspirational quotes and articles often – follow @brittanyvb to see all the quotes and more information about my sustainability work. Also check out my new inspirNational Facebook page – “like” the page to see all of my blog updates.

I hope these quotes leave you feeling inspired and motivated to start the week. Happy Monday!