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Andy Stanley Quotes

Charles Andrew Stanley

Andy Stanley quotes: wise words from the pastor.

“Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose.”

“Direction, not intention, determines your destination.”

“To get from where we don’t want to be to where we do want to be requires two things: time and a change of direction.”

“Dreamers dream about things being different. Visionaries envision themselves making a difference.”

“Vision is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.”

“People without clear vision are easily distracted, have a tendency to drift from one idea to another and often make foolish decisions that rob them of their dreams.”

“Resources follow vision.”

“Vision rarely requires immediate action. It requires patience.”

“Vision evokes emotion. There is no such thing as an emotionless vision.”

“Pencil in your plans but write your visions in ink.”

“If you don’t clarify your goal, you’ll never identify the best approach.”

“When a plan or strategy fails, people are tempted to assume it was the wrong vision. Plans and strategies can always be changed and improved. But vision doesn’t change. Visions are simply refined with time.”

“Everything now will prepare you for the next step. Don’t run from adversity; lean into it with all your heart.”

“Designing and implementing a strategy for change is a waste of time until you have discovered and embraced the current reality. If you don’t know where you really are, it is impossible to get where you need to be.”

“Giving up something now for something better later is not a sacrifice. It is an investment.”

“Progress requires change.”

“The greatest motivator of change is a crystal-clear vision of what the future should look like.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage assumes fear. If we had waited for our fear to subside before we took that first plunge off of the high-dive, we would all still be standing there waiting. We just jumped anyway. Courage is the willingness to strap on your fear and move ahead.”

“Courage in a strategic moment can change the playing field dramatically.”

“A single act of courage is often the tipping point for extraordinary change.”

“Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets.”

“Your regrets are only part of your story. They don’t have to be the story. Your past should remind you. It doesn’t have to define you.”

“You won’t take risk without courage.”

“Whenever there is fear, there is opportunity. When there is great fear, there is great opportunity.”

“If you don’t conquer your fear, you are going to miss out on some great things in life.”

“If we want to reach the people that no one else is reaching, we’ve got to do things that no one else is doing.”

“Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path.”

“Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.”

“The less you do, the more you will accomplish.”

“Narrow the focus. By that I mean you shouldn’t try to do everything; you should do a few things well.”

“Don’t allow the many good opportunities to divert your attention from the one opportunity that has the greatest potential. Learn to say no. There will always be more opportunities than there is time to pursue them.”

“Our tendency is to pray for miracles. But in most situations, it is more appropriate to pray for opportunities.”

“The great challenge is how to marry creativity with discipline so that discipline amplifies creativity without destroying it.”

“Be willing to face the truth regardless of how painful it might be. If fear causes you to retreat from your dreams, you will never give the world anything new.”

“It takes a habit to break a habit.”

“If you feed an appetite, it grows. Satisfying an appetite does not diminish it. It expands it. To diminish an appetite, you have to starve it.”

“You make peace with your past by owning your piece of the past.”

“Learning never takes place while you’re talking.”

“Blessed is the man who gets the opportunity to devote his life to something bigger than himself and who finds himself surrounded by friends who share his passion.”

“Often, stepping outside your comfort zone is not careless irresponsibility, but a necessary act of obedience.”

“You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be.”

“A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential. A coach helps you measure your performance against your strengths instead of against someone else’s. A coach will know what you are capable of and will push you to your limit.”

“You can’t lead without taking risk.”

“Courage is essential to leadership.”

“Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.”

“The leader who refuses to move until the fear is gone will never move. Consequently, he will never lead.”

“Leaders who refuse to listen, will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say.”

“Telling someone they’re wrong is not the same as leading or inspiring them to do what’s right.”

“You cannot communicate complicated information to large groups of people. As you increase the number of people, you have to decrease the complexity of the information.”

“A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately. It is not his insight that sets the leader apart from the crowd. It is his courage to act and speak up when everyone else is silent—those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.”

“Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective. On the contrary, in most cases it is simply a way of expressing that he understands what everyone else has known for some time. When you acknowledge your weaknesses to the rest of your team, it is never new information.”

“Asking doesn’t mean you lack wisdom; it’s evidence of wisdom.”

“Only do what only you can do.”

“It doesn’t really matter what time it is if you haven’t determined what to do with your time.”

“Be who you are. But be the very best communicator you can possibly be. To do that you must be willing to sacrifice what’s comfortable—what has become part of your style—for the sake of what is effective.”

“Upgrade your performance by playing to your strengths and delegating your weaknesses. This one decision will do more to enhance your productivity than anything else you do.”

“The courage to dream always precedes the capital needed to finance the dream.”

“Creating breathing room financially may lower your standard of living but raise your quality of life.”

“Money comes, money goes. But your story stays with you the rest of your life.”

“Your character is who you really are.”

“There is no cramming for a test of character. It always comes as a pop quiz.”

“It’s better to make a difference than to make a point.”

“When people are convinced you want something for them rather than something from them, they are less likely to be offended when you challenge them.”

“Guilt rarely results in positive behavior. But gratitude? Great things flow from a heart of gratitude.”

“The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away.”

“How you live your life on this side of the grave determines what happens next.”

“People do not plan to mess up their lives. They just don’t plan not to.”

“We only get one shot at every season of life. Whether or not we learned anything becomes evident in the seasons that follow.”

“Your greatest accomplishment may not be something you do but someone you raise.”

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.”

“Everything somehow works out. Every decision has an outcome, and every path has a destination.”

“Every arena of life intersects with what’s going on in our hearts. Everything passes through on its way to wherever it’s going. Everything.”

“If you devote yourself to more than yourself… you will have more than yourself to show for yourself.”

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