3 quotes to spark courage, perseverance and hope

May these wise words provide a bit of solace and encouragement—no matter where you are or what you’re going through.

Quotes to inspire courage

Communicators, we know your colleagues are looking to you for news and information related to the pandemic. It can be anxiety-producing for many, which is why we’ve launched a series called “Inspiration Break.”

Consider sharing an inspirational story, anecdote or essay that offers perspective—or perhaps a chuckle. If nothing else, it’s a brief respite from an otherwise stressful day.

Hope and encouragement seem in short supply these days, so why not spend a few moments reflecting on more inspirational subject matter?

Here are three quotes featured in the upcoming issue of Bits & Pieces on Leadership to chew on, offered in no particular order:

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.

– John Lewis

Communicators should aspire to be more than mere scribes, wordsmiths or storytellers.

If you want to rise above “order-taker” status to become an influential policy shaper, a trusted adviser and an indispensable force for good at your company, boldness is essential. You must be courageous and willing to speak up against injustice—even when you’re uncomfortable or fearful of doing so.

Of course, courage takes many shapes:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”           

– Mary Ann Radmacher

COVID-19 has beaten us all down in a multitude of ways. The pandemic continues to exact a profound toll on mental and physical health, and making it through each day requires no small amount of endurance, concentration and courage.

Thankfully, “courage” is not mere swagger, power, strength or bravado. Right now, “courage” might be a stubborn willingness to say, day after day, “I will try again tomorrow.”

It’s easy to become completely overwhelmed by large, intractable problems right now. Instead of dreading what’s beyond your control, focus on small, incremental, bite-sized change. Create realistic expectations for yourself, and set reasonable, achievable goals. Also, take this opportunity to proactively pursue projects that ignite your passion.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

– Mother Teresa

For more timely and uplifting motivation and inspiration, subscribe to Bits & Pieces on Leadership today.

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