Jody Stevenson, Life Coach, speaker
Jody Stevenson - Successful Choices, Peaceful Mind, Joyful Heart



Nature will not let us stay in any one place too long. She will let us stay just long enough to gather the experience necessary to the unfolding and advancement of the soul. This is a wise provision, for should we stay here too long, we would become too set, too rigid, too inflexible. Nature demands the change in order that we may advance. When the change comes, we should welcome it with a smile on the lips and a song in the heart.

Dr. Ernest Holmes


Today I choose to live by choice, not by chance;
To make changes, not excuses.

To be motivated,not manipulated.
To be useful, not used.

To excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.

I choose to listen to the inner voice, not the random opinion of others.

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Dear Lord

So far today I am doing alright.
I have not gossiped, lost my temper,
Been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or over-indulgent.

However …
I’m getting out of bed in a few minutes and
will need a lot more help after that!

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.
Be honest and transparent anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People who really want help may attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.
Give the world your best anyway.

(framed on the back wall in Mother Teresa’s office in Calcutta, India)

Women of Strength

A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape – but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything – but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her – but a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future – but a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be god’s blessings and capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks sure footedly – but a woman of strength knows god will catch her when she falls.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face – but a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey – but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Going to a Higher Authority
From USA Today
May 28, 1999

What adults would ask God or Supreme Being if they could get a direct and immediate answer:

What’s my purpose here? 34%
Will i have life after death? 19%
Why do bad things happen? 16%
Is there intelligent life elsewhere?   7%
How long will I live?   6%
Other   6%
Not sure 12%
Successful choices.  Peaceful mind.  Joyful heart.