Words of Wisdom That Will Change Your Life

During college, there was a major shift in my life, and I can trace it back to one thing: A little fat notebook. I would write down any encouraging quotes, wise thoughts and took diligent notes during sermons. Every day before work, I would read the highlighted notes at red lights and in the parking lot before walking in. What I looked back later and learned, was that “I” set the tone for my day. When I read the encouraging notes, I would walk around positive and encouraged no matter what happened around me. I simply controlled my environment. But the days I would skip my notes, sure enough, I would let someone else’s actions result in my bad attitude. I was purposeful for setting the tone of my day and retraining my thoughts.

“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.”
-Author unknown

I’ve definitely been in a season of walking by faith and not by sight, and I hope my 2013 notes from Tony Robbins’ audio book “Awaken the Giant Within” will encourage you to set the tone of your life!
  • An average person with clear goals will run circles around a genius who is not really sure what he/she wants.
  • Have a map. Plan a course of where you’re going.
  • Set your baseline standards for what you’ll accept for your life because it’s all too easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes and even a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve. Set and live by these standards no matter what happens.


  • The difference in the results that people produce comes down to what they’ve done differently from others in the same situation.
  • Different actions produce different results. Any action is a cause set in motion and its effect builds on past effects to move us in a definitive direction. Every direction leads to an ultimate destination, or our destiny.
  • “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”  -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


  • Decision = Cutting off any other possibility
  • What proceeds our actions is our decisions.
  • Your destination will be based on your decisions versus how you feel.
  • Decide what you will focus on.
  • If there is no new action, you haven’t really made a decision.


  • Make a commitment in your decisions v/s stating a preference.
  • His whole life changed when he determined not what he would like in his life or who he wanted to become, but when he decided who and what he was committed to having and being in his life.
  • Make commitments not excuses.
  • “The moment one definitely commits ones self, then providence moves too.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

Will today be the day you finally decide that who you are as a person is much more than you’ve been demonstrating?

I would love to know what books, audiobooks, etc. motivate and inspire you! Please leave a comment below.


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  1. Kim Hoeger says:

    Brilliant Stacy! I think this may be the post that helps me to set myself on the right path for 2013, thank you so much! Love you and miss you my friend XOXO

  2. Great points Stacy! Reminds me I need to focus on defining my goals for this year!

  3. It’s people like you and the other designers who post about goals and inspirations that keep me on my toes as well!! One of my favorite books is “How to Run Your Business like a Girl” – Successful Strategies form Entrepreneurial Women who Made it Happen” by Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin

  4. Liz Carroll says:

    This is a great post Stacy. There are some really compelling points in here and I love how you have summarized everything. Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Mikki Spence says:

    Thank you for sharing! This is truly an inspirational post. You have guided me and continue to guide me through that fat little notebook of yours. My 2013 will be a commitment not an excuse. You are an angel.

  6. Karen Dunlap says:

    Thanks for a terrific post, Stacy and the reminder about making a decision and then following through with it! Very inspiring!!

  7. Staci, this is fabulous. What a great synopsis of positive thinking to start off a new year! Writing inspiring things down as you see them is a great idea. Best, Ellen

  8. Stacy says:

    Thanks Ellen! Happy New Year!

  9. Stacy says:

    Thanks Karen!

  10. Stacy says:

    Thank you sweet friend! YOU inspire me!

  11. Stacy says:

    Thanks Liz! Miss you already 😉

  12. Stacy says:

    Thanks Heather!

  13. Stacy says:

    Miss u too friend! Can’t wait to see YOUR list next year!

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