Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Fighting the old leaves us distracted and keeps us stuck without options to move beyond pain and suffering.  Building the new makes space to let love and compassion enter and be the springboard for infinite possibilities.  Sometimes the secret of change is simply in the unexpected places we take for granted because they are right in front of us.

When I ask the Universe to give me a sign, it’s sometimes the biggest epiphany that reveals itself in the smallest phrase or random person I meet. I love the magical confirmation I receive from billboard ads, a stranger’s smile, or chance meeting of an old friend. Focusing on building my new is the confirmation I need to stay in compassion, rather than contempt.

When I recently revisited a list of billboard phrases I’ve collected over the past year, it became clear to me how much I appreciate the influential messages, and feel our current media does have an upside if I choose to weed out all the downside.  I couldn’t tell you what product they’re advertising, but I can tell you the feeling it invokes in me to live beyond my small self and take action toward my greater potential.

The following are some of my favorites:

Here’s to the brave girls | Believe in a long shot | Live large | The art of invention | Make boring brilliant | Make it your own | Better has no finish line | Goodness with a groove | Adventure | Error on the side of humanity | Journey on | This is big | The fun you | Ride the wave in style | Stay extraordinary | Trust | Find your place in the business world | Countdown to success | Beauty, Brains and Backbone | Fun is where you find it | Happiness, It’s a game worth playing | Seek excellence | The reason to celebrate | No limit  | This year, blaze your own trail  | Follow your dreams | Don’t just sit there, prosper | Make a better life | Get lucky | Nothing but next | New life | Now is all you have | Enjoy More | Wag more, bark less | Believe | Select what’s right for you | Fear is a choice | Believe in something bigger | Delicious | Life’s better when we’re connected | Win from within | love the journey

In the comments, I’d love to hear the phrases that keep you inspired along your journey.

As Always, Ignite Your Light and Let it Shine Bright!

From My Heart to Yours,