Review: Week and Month

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It’s time to review the week and also the month.  Of course you’ll note areas where you could improve—where you need more information or to brush up your skills, or learn new ones—and you’ll find steps that you haven’t taken even though it would have been very helpful to have done so.  I encourage you to be honest with yourself but no guilt, shame, or punishment allowed!

Now, identify the progress you have made this week and this month.  It doesn’t matter if the progress was microscopic, the point is that you have made forward progress.  This is excellent and admirable!  Not many people follow through on their goals and dreams and even less keep following through.  You rock!  Identify the things you’re particularly pleased with and proud of.  Think about them—revel in them and bask in the glory, knowing you are AWESOME!

Two parts to your homework today so allow yourself plenty of time:

Devise a plan for the upcoming month that includes tweaking the things you’ve identified as needing it.  Be sure you’re breaking the steps into small enough increments so that you are certain you can easily and quickly complete them.

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Next, CELEBRATE!!  Have fun with this.  Feel pride in yourself and what you’ve accomplished—you’ve earned it and you deserved it.

In the comments section, post what you’re particularly proud of this week and this month.  Also, share what you’re doing to celebrate.

WooHoo!  You rock!

I’m so very proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Perseverance

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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will; and the other from a strong won’t .

~Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887)

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

~Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)

Keep going, keep taking one step after the other.  Don’t think about how large or small each step is, just keep moving forward.  As you do this, momentum builds and so does your confidence.  The icing on the cake is that you’ll eventually reach your goals and dreams–as long as you keep on keeping on!  Only good things result when you keep taking steps in the direction of your goals and dreams!

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Your homework for today is to take the next step!

You can do it!  I believe in you!

Post in the comments section a cheer for yourself when you’ve completed your homework.  Remember:  the size of the step doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is that you move forward.

Go you!  You ROCK!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

 

Change = Good Thing

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Sometimes change is forced upon us:  we’re let go from our job or are passed over for a promotion, or a loved one leaves us either through death, divorce, or because they grew up, to name a few.  It’s changes like these that can leave us bewildered and questioning the value of our efforts and contributions, and even leave us doubting our worth as a human being.

I’ve been in a few changes like these myself so I know how disorienting and hard they can be.  It occurred to me, though, that instead of thinking of these events as The End, it might be more helpful to think of them as The Beginning.  Now, I’m glad I shifted my thinking; I have opportunities to live a deeper, richer life.

I encourage you to turn your attention away from the trail behind you and, instead, focus on the path ahead.  Think of this time as a chance to press the reset button—a chance to have a free do-over of sorts (a “do differently”, actually).  You’ll find that there are new doors opening, offering you opportunities you never would have had if the change had not come.  So, dust off your curiosity and your sense of adventure and start down this new route.  You’ll be glad you did!

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For your homework today, ask yourself if there are any endings in your life—current or in the past—that are sticking points for you.  Turn your focus forward by asking yourself—and answering!!—what’s good about this?  What opportunities do I have that may never have happened had I continued along as before?  What skills, knowledge, and wonderful experiences do I have now?  Then celebrate and be thankful for the change that happened.  And take the next step in your journey!

You can do this!  I believe in you!  Go you!

Post in the comments below about how your life is better now because of the change you experienced.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Testing, Testing: One, Two, Three…

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We’ve all experienced it:  while showering, we have a fantastic idea—one we’re sure will either turn the tide for us or that, with refining and developing, can turn into our Big Break.  But when we get out of the shower, the idea swirls away like water down the drain.

Why is shower time often a creative time?  Scientist have said it could be that because the conscious mind is engaged in washing and grooming—mundane, well-practiced tasks that don’t require a lot of concentration or focus—the subconscious, creative mind is freed to express itself.  Scientists also think that with the rushing water, free oxygen molecules are in the air.  This increases the oxygenation of the body’s systems, particularly the brain.  More oxygen in the brain enables it to work more effectively, boosting creativity.

One suggestion to capture this creativity and inspiration is to have a recording device running every time you shower.   You might feel a little weird doing this but it’s imperative to capture the ideas and keep them where you can easily get to them and work with them.

Many days all you may hear on the tape is the shower running.  That’s why there’s a delete button!  At least a few days, though, you will capture bits and pieces, and even whole ideas.  These are nuggets of gold!

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Your homework for today is to set this up for yourself.  Also, schedule time to listen to the recording—perhaps your routine can be listening during your commute.  Note:  it’s important to capture the additional thoughts you will have so keep a recording device handy!  Be sure to work with all these nuggets, turning them into pure gold.

Post in the comments section about how all these new ideas are increasing and strengthening the enthusiasm and energy you have for your goals and dreams.  And tell me about the boost in confidence you now have!

Go you!  You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

PS  As you make a practice of regularly capturing your ideas and working with them, you’ll find that that your mind becomes more creative and innovative!

Loony, Crazy, Nuts!

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Loony, Crazy, Nuts:  If people called you these names you may have thought “Them’s fightin’ words!” and had to hold yourself back from behaving inappropriately.

Actually, the best thing you can do in this case is to have a big smile on your face, shake their hand, and thank them profusely.

You see, being called nuts, crazy, stupid, batty, eccentric, and the like, is a good thing because it gives you a lot of leeway with your behavior! 

It doesn’t give you permission or license to act badly or inappropriately.  Instead, it gives you room to “march to the beat of your own drummer”, to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau.  Oftentimes, you can carry out your plans in relative peace; people will leave you alone since they think you’re some sort of lunatic.  WooHoo!

SkyTheLimit webSo the next time someone tells you you’re crazy for getting up a little earlier to read uplifting and informative material and that you’re a nut for thinking you can accomplish your goals and dreams, rejoice!  You’ve just been handed a free pass to do what you need to do—Yippee!

Your homework for today is to enjoy the elbow room you now have!  Then take the next step!

Post in the comments below about your newfound freedom.

Yay you!  Go team, go!

I’m so proud of you!

You’re Friend,

Lauren

Negative Thinking: Early Warning System

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Instead of fighting your negative thinking and trying to ignore it, steamroll it, or out-shout it with positive statements, use it to your advantage.

Use your negative thinking as an early warning system.

Negative thinking in itself is not good or bad, it’s the way in which you use it—how you respond to it—that decides whether you are negatively impacted or positively influenced.

In a previous post I drew your attention to the type of negative thinking that is motivating and gives you energy to move forward.  Click here to navigate to the post (posted on 1.10.14).  That was a draw-a-line-in-the-sand type of negative thinking.  This post is about using your negative thinking as an evaluative tool.

Perhaps your negative thoughts stem from not getting enough sleep or relaxation.  Perhaps you aren’t eating well or eating enough.  It can also indicate you aren’t getting enough fresh air and are too sedentary.  Maybe you’re hanging around with the wrong people who gossip, criticize, and complain.  Your negative thoughts can come from watching too much TV that’s about people behaving badly, whether in the name of comedy or if it’s supposed to be a true-to-life program (same with radio programs).  Take a look at the video games you’re playing and the music you’re listening to.

Your negative thinking can be a nudge.  Perhaps it’s letting you know that you’re following what someone else thinks you should be doing or you’re accepting someone else’s values and yardsticks.  Your negative thinking is really your Small Still Voice trying to get you to re-align with what YOU know to be right and true for you.

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Your homework for today is to evaluate, as objectively as possible, your negative thinking, your bad moods, your crankiness.  What is it trying to tell you?  How can you use it to help you move forward?

After you do this, tweak your steps—or increments of forward movement—and do something that advances you toward your goals and dreams.

You can do this, I know you can!

I am so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

You Rock!

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It’s been seven days since we last took a look at our accomplishments; time to take a look again!

Ask yourself these questions when reviewing this week:

What accomplishments are you proud of?

What have you discovered about yourself and about your journey?

What serendipitous things happened?

Is there anything you would have done differently?

What needs tweaking?

What are the steps toward your goals and dreams that you’ll take this week?

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Your homework today is to celebrate your accomplishments.  While it’s important to identify areas that need strengthening or improving, it’s equally important to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small—especially if they’re small.

In the common section below, post your achievements this week.  Also post what you’re doing to celebrate these wonderful victories.

You are The Best!  I am so proud of you!  You ROCK!

You’re Friend,

Lauren