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!
“Focused effort pays. An attitude of “whatever is convenient” won’t accomplish much, ever. An attitude of “whatever it takes” is impossible to stop. So remember, effort does not cost you – it pays. What you invest in effort is never wasted. Sincere, focused effort always brings something of value – an outcome that teaches you what the next step is.”
The following are all from the book Chasing Cupcakes and are some of my favorites thus far in the book:
“Change is right over the horizon. It’s much closer than you think. Let’s go there together, one choice at a time.”
(Kaci’s note: Change really is all about making one good choice at a time).
“You will create change through evolution, not revolution.”
(Kaci’s note: Y’all know I’m all about the small wins mindset for sustainable change!)
“We’ll start by making sure you’re doing the right things instead of obsessing over doing all the things right.”
(Kaci’s note: Use energy in the right way to make the most impact!)
“Taking action isn’t the same as implementing a solution.”
(Kaci’s note: It feels productive to take action, but feeling good doesn’t necessarily mean you’re accomplishing anything; think tires spinning)
“Most of us exhaust ourselves responding to symptoms of the problem. This means we’re doing work, and we might even be doing the work right, but we’re not doing the right work.”
(Kaci’s note: Attack the problem, not the symptoms of the problem and be done with it for good!)
“Real work must be done for results to be sustained.”
“External goals do not hit internal targets.”
(Kaci’s note: If you are unhappy with yourself, fixing your physical appearance is not going to fix your dissatisfaction. Expectations must be realistic and aimed at the right target)
“Giving time to the problem isn’t the same as giving energy to the solution.”
(Kaci’s note: 🤯)
“Mind the truth that moves you forward. Mind the truth that supports your goals. Mind the truth that creates the change you crave.”
—Elizabeth Benton in Chasing Cupcakes
“Genius is in the idea. Impact is in the action.”
“Meaningful work is important. You are at your best when you are moving toward a meaningful, positive and ambitious goal. So never follow goals you’re reluctant to pursue. Find ones that will keep you awake at night with excitement.”
—Mark Chernoff of Marc and Angel in his blog titled 40 Things We Need to Teach Our Kids Before They’re too Cool to Hear Our Wisdom
“In many ways, finances are like fitness:
>Many people are in a bad way and doing nothing about it
>Many people who are trying to improve are doing the wrong things
>Many of the social norms are completely dysfunctional
>Many of the main stream “expert” and “gurus” are professional liars
There are some positive correlations as well:
>Most people only need to understand and apply the fundamentals to achieve their goals
>Those fundamentals are simple, straightforward, and sure fire
>You don’t have to be perfect—mostly right most of the time gets the job done
>Can positively impact every other aspect of your life
>It’s never too late to get on the right path
>A bit of discipline and diligence now pay huge dividends in the future”
—Michael Matthews in his post My Top 5 Takeaways from The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
“Tell your time where to go instead of getting to the end of the week and wondering where it went.”
“Self awareness is the skill that comes before all others.
I can’t be accurate in my assessment of others if I have not evaluated my own behavior as well. If I see the same patterns repeat it again and again, it’s me.
If this person is the only one I have difficulty with, it is more likely them.
If I am calling everyone a jerk, I am probably the jerk. If I am reluctant to call anyone a jerk ever, then I may be right in my assessment.
I judge myself first. After I’ve done that, our use a few filters to honestly evaluate others.”
“Following Jesus will make your life better and make you better at life.”
—Andy Stanley Guardrails Part 5: The Heart of the Matter
“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking, then the problems fix themselves.”
“Without knowing where it comes from, you can only deal with where it comes out. And so then you’ll be mopping up the floor for the rest of your life because you don’t know how to fix the pipes that are causing the leak.”
1/ Do any of these resonate with you?
2/ What’s the best quote you came across this week?