A collection of thought-provoking, encouraging, enlightening, and inspiring quotes from various sources that I have come across this past week!
I get asked often for the references to quotes I use. This series is a way for me to keep track of and share the good ideas I come across each week! Where applicable, links are included in case you wish to dive deeper!
“What is the Difference Between Traction and Distraction?
A distraction is something we do that moves us away from what we really want. The opposite of distraction is traction. Traction is something we do that moves us towards what we really want. The difference seems obvious but distraction has a sneaky way of tricking us.
At any given moment, it’s hard to tell whether we are moving towards or away from what we really want. Checking your work email may feel productive in the moment, but when you really need to focus your attention on a big project you’re neglecting, you’re bound to regret the time you wasted cleaning out your inbox.
The difference between traction and distraction is intent. Any action can be either a distraction or traction depending on what we intend to do with our time. Relying upon our feelings in the moment is too risky. The only way to truly know what we want is to plan ahead.”
—Nir Eyal via his blog How to be More Productive and Focus (+ Free Schedule Maker)
“Joy isn’t only found in the return, but in the daily investment into another’s life.”
—Pastor Trey Taylor via his message Joyride Part 3: The Joy of Investing
“I’m not going to let praise get into my head and I’m not going to like criticism get into my heart.”
—Craig Groshelle via his message The Good Work, Part 3: Standing Strong in the Face of Opposition
“If you want to be an anomaly, you have to act like one. People want all these special things to happen, but then they’re acting like everybody else.”
—Gary Vaynerchuk via Impact Theory
🚨Language alert (F-bombs) if that makes a difference in whether or not you choose watch this!🚨 After watching this interview, I gained a true appreciation for the character and work ethic of Gary Vee. I don’t agree with everything he portrays, but I always thought he was nothing but grit and hustle and had no work life balance. This interview enlightened me to the fact that while he works hard, he works with intention to add value to the lives of others, not just for the sake of making money. He also discussed how he is also interested in working in such a way that leads and inspires others to do the same.
“Self-care is an action you take to either lower your allostatic load (i.e your total stress load) or re-frame the type of stress you are experiencing.”
—Mark Schneider via Jen Sinkler‘s weekly email newsletter
“When you make food or fitness choices out of fear, obsession, or anxiety, life is being stolen from you…the fact is, our enemy loves to distract us from our purpose by turning our focus onto our physical bodies.”
—Laura Schoenfeld, RD via her post Are Your Healthy Habits Stealing Life From You?
“It’s not an obligation. It’s a privilege to be able to take our messes to God and say would you get involved with this and help me with it?”
—Joyce Meyer via a video from her Today’s Show series
“Obedience to God’s plan must always trump our own narrative in order to cause God to shine, not us.… We cannot create our own version of obedience. We are obedient when we have completely let go of our own dreams and allowed God to step in with the dreams that He has for us.
The goal is not to give up on your dreams. The goal is to give up anything that doesn’t allow you to put God’s plan first. Obedience doesn’t always mean that we will use our entire skill set. Obedience doesn’t mean that we will always live or work where we want to. Obedience means that we open up our lives to go and do whatever He needs from us.
…leaving your heart and life open to God’s dream is always the best option.”
—Emily Copeland in her devotional “Not Your Turn: via the swHw app (Thursday June 20th) (swHw = She Works His Way)
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. And remember that our character is often most evident in our highs and lows. Be humble at the mountaintops, be strong in the valleys, and be faithful in between.”
—Marc Chernoff (of MarcAndAngel.com); via his blog post 10 Quick Questions that Will Change the Way You Think Today
“There rarely is a result without a system.”
—London Real via his interview with James Clear
“I believe that people are created on purpose and for a purpose.”
—Carly Fiorina via Craig Groshelle leadership podcast episode 56