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Robin Roberts Quotes

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Robin Roberts quotes: on strength, perspective, winning and more.

“Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use.  Makes it easier when the tough times arrive.  You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”

“You’ve got to get in the habit.  It takes courage to believe the best is yet to come.  It’s a mindset.  Part of it is remembering to focus on the fight, not so much the fright.”

“You have to be willing to put yourself in position for good things to happen.”

“Life is not so much what you accomplish as what you overcome.”

“Don’t let fear keep you from your destiny.  We’re all afraid.  There’s always something that’s going to happen.  The ones that have succeeded in their life walked through fear.”

“Things happen along the way in our path.  Instead of looking at it as a wall that’s being put up in front of us, look at it as as opportunity to scale new heights and to climb that wall—to see and do things you didn’t think you were capable of.”

“You never know which experiences of life are going to be of value.  You’ve got to leave yourself open to the hidden opportunities.”

“What makes the difference between success and failure is not whether you have doubts, but what you do when the doubts creep in.”

“Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.  That’s why I always give people the benefit of the doubt; it’s one of my rules to live by.”

“The only time you are really insecure or not sure of yourself is when you are not being your authentic self.”

“Don’t worry so much about what other people think or say about you.  Because, what other people say?  It’s none of your business.”

“‘Make your mess your message,’ momma liked to say.  And I did.”

“Integrity is something that’s so vital, and everything stems from that.”

“Vulnerability is a strength; it should not be looked at as a weakness.  It shows real strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable and to be seen as who you are.  No one can be better at being you than you.”

“Venture outside your comfort zone.  To stop growing is to stop living.”

“As I like to say, take the shot, even if your knees are shaking.”

“Dreams are vague and far away.  Goals are tangible and achievable.”

“My coaches taught me that talk is for dreams, but when you write it down it becomes a goal.”

“There’s more to life than success.  I love the victories.  I love to win, baby!  But I have learned so much more and I am a richer, deeper person because of hardships.  Don’t want it, don’t look for it, would rather not have it, but I’m grateful that I’ve taken the time to learn from it.”

“Hard times do not discriminate.  Some people feel like they’re immune to hardship, that there’s this chosen few who have a perfect life.  No.  Hard times can and do find all of us.  None of us go through life without feeling some sense of loss, whether it’s our health, a loved one, our marriage, our job.  That’s not the tragedy.  Failing to learn and grow from that obstacle, that’s the real tragedy.”

“Often the person who catches the break isn’t the most capable or talented, but the one who is standing there with his or her arms outstretched at the right moment.”

“True strength isn’t when you face down life’s challenges on your own, it’s when you take them on by accepting the help, faith and love of others and knowing you are lucky to have those.”

“Don’t give up hope, people!  There’s a lot of sweet, thoughtful people out there.”

“You may not know it now, but you are stronger.  You are going to weather storms that come your way.”

“You can be fearful or fearless.  I chose the latter.”

“There are times that I hoped for something, and it didn’t happen, and there was something even better that came along.  Needless worry.  You worry so much about things that never come to pass.  I’m grateful that I have this opportunity to be able to share that with people and hopefully help them see the strength that they have.  I want to be a mirror that’s reflecting to help people know that they have strength as well.”

“You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”

“Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us, but the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.”

“Find the meaning of whatever it is you’re going through… because, everybody’s got something.”

“When you are down and you don’t know how to pick yourself up, start where you are.  Left foot, right foot, breathe.”

“We all are just a little bit stronger than we think we are.  I say this all the time: when fear knocks, let faith answer the door.”

“I feel it’s okay to get angry with God.  He can take it.  Just don’t stay angry.  It takes courage to believe that the best is yet to come.  I hold steadfast to that belief, especially when I come face-to-face with adversity.”

“Thank God I could say that I had truly enjoyed the journey, because if I had saved all of my joy for the destination, I would have missed it.  We are all so focused on getting ‘there,’ but you have to be careful.  Sometimes, I sense a lot of times, ‘there’ ends up feeling different than you expected.”

“My mom had a way of taking people under her wing and making you feel special when you were talking to her.  Your story mattered.  And whenever she thought I was getting a little too full of myself, she’d remind me: ‘Robin, your story is no more important than anybody else’s story.  When you strut, you stumble.’  Meaning: when you think that you’re all that and a bag of chips, you’re gonna fall flat on your face.”

“It’s one thing to love your family, but to actually like them is simply priceless.”

“Don’t tolerate, accept.  When someone says ‘tolerance,’ and it’s seen as a good thing, I’m going, ‘Really?’  I’m a good person because I ‘tolerate’ you?  Let’s replace that word with ‘acceptance.’  Don’t tolerate me, accept me.  Accept that we’re different.  Accept that we do have similarities as well.  Accept that.”

“I think there’s a myth that people feel, that people of success are never fearful, that we’re never challenged, that we have some supernova.  No, we’re like everybody else.”

“We are all fearful.  But as you get older, it’s the things you don’t do that you regret, more so than the things you do.”

“I want people to know there are infinite possibilities in life to be grateful for.  I love that people feel comfortable coming up to me and telling me stories about things they have gone through.”

“The bottom line is hope.  You have to have that.  I can’t think of any line of work where you’re not going to benefit from knowing how to communicate effectively.  My hope is you live life with optimism and have that shine through in your communication and storytelling.”

“I was brought up with the 3 Ds: determination, discipline and da Lord.”

“Cancer forced me out of my comfort zone.  But the reality is that in life, there are no true comfort zones.  Life comes at us in ways that we can’t predict or control.”

“We want to get through it, but I understand that the reason why things are placed in our path is for us to learn from and to share with others.”

“I am stronger than I thought I was.  My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’  I now understand it really well.”

“I don’t feel there’s anything I cannot weather.  I have this inner strength I didn’t know existed.  It’s just freeing to feel that way.”

“I have been mulling over how much more I have learned about myself through sorrow than through joy.  I’m a better, stronger, more complete person because of these trials and tribulations.”

“Cancer was nothing more than a chapter in my life’s story.  It would never be my life’s story.”

“There is no magical reason why I am where I am.  And there is absolutely no reason why you can’t be where you want to be.  If it can happen for me, it can happen for you, too.  And it would be a privilege for me to help you get there.”

“I’ve still got it.  I refuse to lose.”

“Whatever mountain that you have in front of you that you think you can’t climb, I want to remind you of those that you conquered to get where you are today.”

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