Week in Review

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We’ve finished the first week of February.  WooHoo!  You did it!  Yay you!

Congratulations for sticking with this!  Good job on taking steps especially when you didn’t want to or didn’t feel like it or if you were frightened.  By consistently taking regular steps no matter what, this is how you build strength and resolve.  This is how you build steadfastness and determination.  This is where grit comes from.  All these things are learned skills that get better and better with practice.  It isn’t any different than the hours you put in with your hobbies learning new skills and techniques and re-inforcing the ones you already do well.

You are awesome!  Celebrate that!

The first part of your homework today is to do a spot check and see how you’re doing.

Are you having trouble with any of the steps?  Do you need to break them down into smaller bits, or perhaps you need to rename them?  Did your resistance get the better of you so you kept putting off taking steps, waiting (hoping) for a day when you felt better?  Re-read the post on permission and approval.  Also, do some mirror work to bolster your confidence and resolve.

Are there some of the homework assignments that sounded interesting but you haven’t had a chance to do?  If so, take a moment now to do them.  Is there an assignment or two that resonated with you?  If so, take a few moments to do them again.

Perhaps you didn’t have much time as you thought you would.  Take a look at your weekly schedule.  Are there tasks you can delegate?  Are there ones you can say “no” to?  Can you shift things around and find pockets of time for pieces of steps?

Take a look at your upcoming week and identify time you’ll devote to taking steps and moving toward your goals and dreams.  Of course taking action every day is best, but it’s just fine if you have just a few moments a few days a week—or only one day—to devote to achieving your goals and dreams.  As long as you’re regularly and consistently devoting time to your forward progress, you will achieve your dreams.

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The second part of this homework is to CELEBRATE!  It doesn’t matter if you just thought about your goals and dreams or if you made huge strides this week.  Celebrate what you did do—especially the small increments of forward movement.  It’s on the back of small, tiny steps that the road to your goals and dreams is paved.

You can do it, I know you can!

Congratulations again!  I’m so proud of you; you’re making great progress!  Post below the successes and achievements you’ve had this week—I want to celebrate with you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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It’s all in a Name

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Sometimes it’s hard to take a step, even a piece of one, because subconsciously we may be thinking of taking a step as something hard to do; something that isn’t fun at all.  But steps come in all shapes and sizes.  We’ve called them teeny pieces and tiny bits but there are also full steps, leaps, and bounds.

Perhaps, though, the thought of taking steps, no matter what the size, is what’s causing anxiety.  So then, change your vocabulary and the language you use to describe the increments of forward movement you’d like to take.

Re-invent what you call steps in terms of the hobbies you enjoy.  For instance if you enjoy dance, think of them as swing dance moves or tap dance routines or whatever type of dance you enjoy.  If you’re a knitter, then perl your way to your dreams and goals!  Perhaps you enjoy woodworking.  Then whittle your overall dream or goal into small shavings and plane your way to success!

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Your homework is to rename what you call your increments of forward movement using the language and vocabulary of your favorite hobby or pastime.  Have fun with this!  Enjoy yourself!

You can do it!  Go you!

In the comments section, let me know some of the new names you have for the steps you’re taking.

I’m so proud of you for doing this.  This is awesome—and so are you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

A Little Help from Myself

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It’s okay to do things to help yourself.  In fact, it’s vital that you do this.  Some of us may have grown up in circumstances where we were taught that it isn’t okay to do this.  Others of us may find ourselves currently in situations where we’re led to believe that it’s selfish or wrong to help ourselves.  Or, perhaps you just never considered acting for your own benefit.

If helping yourself is a new experience for you and you aren’t sure enough of yourself yet so you’re looking to others for permission and approval, please let me be the one to give you this support and encouragement.

You have permission to help yourself.  You are approved to take the actions that will help you live the life of your dreams.  You are forgiven for having these goals and dreams.

Helping yourself, taking care of yourself, is some of the most important and noble work you can do.  By following through with these steps, you are honoring yourself, your family, and your friends.  You’re also honoring your community, your country, and the world.

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Your homework is to find a place where you will be undisturbed for about 20 minutes.  Have a mirror handy.  Use the mirror to look at yourself right in the eyes.  Repeat the following:

I love you

I love you

I love you

I am approved

I am approved

I am approved

I have permission

I have permission

I have permission

My dreams are right and good

My dreams are right and good

My dreams are right and good

My dreams are right and good

My dreams are right and good

My dreams are right and good

 

I am forgiven

I am forgiven

I am forgiven

My slate is wiped clean

My slate is wiped clean

My slate is wiped clean

My slate is wiped clean

My slate is wiped clean

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you!

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I love you

I love you

I love you

I love you!

Now go and take that step!  And post below in the comments section how you’re doing.

I am so very proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

“I Don’t Know”


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As you advance toward your goals and dreams, one of the most profound things you can say is “I don’t know”.   When you say this, you let go of all your preconceived notions, all your habitual ways of thinking, and your usual ways of doing things.  When you let go, you are then open to all possibilities.  You become an empty vessel for original thoughts, innovative ideas, and uncommon actions to take.

Your homework today is to find a place where it’s quiet and you won’t be disturbed for about 20 minutes.  Keep a pen or pencil and paper within reach.  Sit quietly, slowing down yourself and your mind—take a few deep, cleansing breaths.  In your mind, let go of all you think you know about your goals and dreams.  Visualize an empty vessel—a pitcher, a glass, or a bowl—and picture it being filled with ideas.  Gently, without disrupting your image, write down thoughts, feelings, ideas that come to you.  After your session, take a look at what you wrote.  What of these can you apply to your journey?

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Remember to take a step even a tiny one, today.  Perhaps it’ll be one that you came up with in your homework session!

You can do it!  Yay you!

Post in the comments section some new things you learned about your goals and dreams.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Bold, Outrageous, Audacious!

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Sometimes you hit an obstacle that seems huge. You may have tried for a long time to deal with it. You’ve tried going around it or over it. No luck.

You may be thinking that this obstacle is insurmountable and that it’s time to pull back. You consider retreating, retrenching. Perhaps you’re debating going back to the drawing board.

While you may have to do this, before you chuck all the progress you have made, try this one thing first: pull out all the stops and really go for it!

Now is the time to be bold, outrageous, audacious.

When you think about it, you have nothing to lose so think big, think daring, think zany, think fearless. Your unconventional actions might be just the oomph needed to break through.

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Your homework today is to come up with a few things that you think are crazy, then “make it so”, as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, the Next Generation would say.   Go for it!  You can do it!

In the comments section below, post some new ideas you have regarding your goals and dreams.

I’m so proud of you!  Yay you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Super Bowl!

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In honor of tonight’s Super Bowl:

Forget about the times you fumbled; forget about the incomplete passes; and forget about being stopped at the line of scrimmage.

Acknowledge the successes: the interceptions, the third down conversions, and the scores.

No matter what, though, always keep your head in the game and your eye on the ball. Stick to your game plan and what you do best. Focus and concentrate on what you can do to help yourself with the next play. Keep pressing forward, keep standing strong.

You can do it, I know you can. I’m so proud of you!

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No homework today: Enjoy the game!

Your Friend,
Lauren

Fresh and New!

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Happy February!  Today is the first day of a new month.  Yesterday you celebrated the progress you made and the achievements you earned.  Good for you!  Today we can build on all those good feelings from yesterday and use them to slingshot ourselves into a good February.  Take advantage of this; take a step today!

Your homework for today is to build on the momentum and good feelings carrying over from January and take a step today toward your dreams and goals.  If you’ve been taking teensy tiny steps—which is perfectly fine—challenge yourself to take a little larger step today.  Go for it!

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You can do it, I know you can.

I believe in you! 

Post in the comments section below and let me know how you’re doing with the steps you’re taking.

I’m so proud of you!  You’re awesome!

Your Friend,

Lauren