No question that everyone has a lot experience to with the world. So, I wondered what the best way is to share my experience in an effective and efficient way for the reader and for myself. That’s how I came up with quotes.
Quotes can inspire. Good quotes resonate instantaneously with the human mind in such a way that a person might discover new perspectives, values and directions, that were invisible before. That’s why, any good quote is somehow inspirational.
But it’s not only about discovering new perspectives. It’s is also about taking action. Reflecting upon a particular quote in a certain situation in life has the potential to fundamentally change one’s direction in life. The change might be in lifestyle, values, how we treat others and ourselves or change of the career path. It is actually striking to me how often quotes pop up in our minds, when we have a conversation on something of great importance impacting our lives. That is what I call a “good quote”. A good quote has a measureable or visible impact on the reader.
Good quotes are often counterintuitive, and on the surface, they sound not rational. But when we reflect upon them, we might find a lot of rationality. Good quotes are the expression of our human experience in a very condensed form.The less, the better. The simpler, the stronger.
There are two reasons why you should also create your own quotes.
#1 It’s great to express yourself in an authentic way. You express your experience and your personality in a very condensed form. It’s much easier for others to understand why you care about something and what you care about most. The signal cannot be overheard or overseen.
#2 By posting your own quotes you can expand and develop the expression of yourselfbecause personal quotes, that you post publicly, are also commitments. If you don’t follow your principles, people won’t believe your truths. It’s important to have our own truths and our own “Why”s. Posting one’s quotes is a commitment-test for yourself.
Of course, you could also post other quotes. But hiding behind someone else’s quotes makes you as a person invisible. If you want to become more visible, here are some principles I follow when I create quotes:
Don’t overthink. It’s about expression of yourself and your values. First expression, then reflection.
Find the Why.If you get inspired by particular quote, ask yourself why you like it and write it down. Play with the words and you will discover a deeper meaning of the quote for yourself. It’s this deeper meaning that touches you and resonates with your experience.
Reframe a quote.Find a quote that really moves you, inspires you and try to reframe it. Pour your own and unique experience into this quote.
Spontaneous quote.When I go through a particular experience in life, words just pop up in my mind that sum up the lessons I am currently going through. I made it a habit to note them immediately and not reflect at all. When it’s noted I start to reflect and make it simpler but stickier.
Quotes are about expression of ourselves, inspiration and giving the value of your experience to others. So, play with these three variables. You are unique and there is not a single reason to hide behind someone else’s quotes.