Take Action

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Here are a few quotes to inspire you to take the next step!

 

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. ~Calvin Coolidge

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. ~Lewis Cass

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. ~Jonatan Mårtensson

When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress becomes manageable. ~Greg Anderson

Don’t find fault. Find a remedy. ~Henry Ford

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps — we must step up the stairs. ~Vance Havner

Action is the antidote to despair. ~Joan Baez

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas (Chamfort)

All know the way; few actually walk it. ~Bodhidharma

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~Peter Marshall

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. ~Arnold Glasow

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. ~Frank Tibolt

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Your homework today is to study these quotes and understand what they’re encouraging you to do: take the next step. While it’s important to plan, it’s critical to take action. You must take the next step.

Go for it! You can do it!

 

In the comments section, post that you did it—that you took the next step.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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Friendly Universe?

 

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Yesterday we asked ourselves the question Is the Universe a Friendly Place? I encouraged you to take the time to answer this because it gets to the core of your personal philosophy. Today I want to talk a little more about the answer you gave.

Those who answered “Yes” generally have a can-do attitude, which makes the journey to your goals and dreams more pleasant. This doesn’t mean that the going will be easy or that you won’t have challenges along the way.

The journey is basically the same for everyone: you’re challenged, you have to roll up your sleeves and apply time, effort, and elbow grease, you dig deep, and eventually you reach your dreams.

The difference is that people with a positive attitude tend to see possibilities and opportunities that people with a less positive attitude might miss.

Those who answered “No”, don’t fret. It’s actually a cause for celebration. That’s because this is a very valuable piece of feedback you just gave yourself. It’s good to know what your basic—default—outlook is on Life. You can use this information to tweak your plans and your routines so that you’re working with yourself instead of against yourself.

Popular thought says that in order to be successful you have to be peppy and happy and cheerful and energetic. That isn’t true. Naturally, an attitude of expecting good things to happen and a cheerful, energetic personality might make the journey more pleasant, but they aren’t requirements for success. You can be achieve your goals and dreams no matter your outlook on Life or your personality type. As long as you take steps regularly toward your goals and dreams and as long as you don’t give up or quit, you will achieve your dreams.

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Your homework today is to recognize the personality style and outlook you have. How can you tweak your plans and your schedule so that they’re more in line with your nature? What gifts and strengths do you have that are a result of your particular temperament? How can you use these to help yourself?

Also, for those who tend to look on the gloomy side of Life, take the time to think about things you can do to counteract or circumvent your tendency to expect things to be difficult or to not work out. While this may be your go-to attitude, it doesn’t need to have the final say in how you handle your life. You can consciously override it or modify it. Jot down some thoughts on what you can do.

And for everyone, take the next step!!

Go you! You can do it!

Post in the comments section some of your strategies for giving yourself every chance to be successful!

I’m so proud of you! You’re doing wonderful work!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Is the Universe Friendly?

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According to Albert Einstein, the most important question we all must answer for ourselves is:

Is the Universe a friendly place?

On the surface, this Yes or No question seems very simple and one that you can answer quickly, even flippantly. But when thought about a little deeper, it quickly becomes apparent that the answer to this question gets to the very core of how you relate to the world and how you require the world to relate to you in return.

Your personal philosophy about Life affects every aspect, every tiny nook and cranny, of your existence. You can think of it in terms of your attitude toward Life and your assumptions about its attitude toward you.

If you think the Universe/Life/world is a friendly place then you’re going to expect that things will work out. Even though you may not know how to do a certain thing, you have confidence that you’ll figure it. You’ll believe that others will lend a hand or point you in the right direction. You’ll trust that when you need it, you’ll be in the right place at the right time and get the boost that you need

On the other hand, if you think the Universe/Life/world is not a friendly place then you’re more apt to think that life is hard and a struggle; that things won’t work out for you. You may expect to settle for second best or just the crumbs.

The wonderful news is that you can change the way you relate to Life. It’ll take time and effort and some elbow grease to change your attitudes but it can be done—and you’re just the one who can do it!

Your homework today is to schedule uninterrupted time—a few hours if possible—and answer the question “Is the Universe/Life/world a friendly place?” If you answer Yes, then good for you! Think of ways you can harness this positivity and use it to help you move quicker toward your dreams.

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If you answer No, don’t worry it isn’t the end of the world. Knowing your default response is very important information to discover. This tells you to be vigilant about the thoughts in our mind. Develop a positive expectancy rather than a problem expectancy by repeating power phrases that strike a chord within you. Say them in front of your mirror. Repeat them frequently throughout the day—every day. Read biographies of people who have overcome the odds to achieve their dreams. Reward yourself for every tiny bit of progress you make—celebrate it! Spend time thinking about what you can do to help yourself—to give yourself every chance to succeed. This may require time, effort, and elbow grease, but you and achieving your dreams are well worth it!

You can do it! I believe in you

Post your favorite power phrases in the comments section below

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Start the Week with Pep!

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To start your week right, here are some power pep phrases:

 

I was born for this.

I was made for this.

I can do it, yes I can.

I have what it takes to achieve my goals and dreams.

I am smart enough and I am talented enough to achieve my dreams.

I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way.

I am a champion.

I am approved to achieve my goals and dreams.

I am permitted to achieve my goals and dreams.

The best is yet to come for me.

Wonderful things are in store for me in the future.

I love my goals and dreams.

I’m excited that with each step I take, I get closer and closer to my goals and dreams.

I am perfectly suited to succeed.

I believe I can do it.

I am sure I have what it takes.

I am positive I can do it.

I feel it in my bones, in my gut, in my mind, and in my spirit.

I can do it, yes I can!

I am awesome!

I am a rock star!

 

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Your homework today is to stand in front of your mirror and, with a big smile and enthusiastic attitude, repeat the power statements to yourself. Note the ones that strike a chord within you. Jot these down and carry them with you, referring to them often throughout your day.

 

 

I think you are so cool!

Post in the comments section phrases that are particularly powerful for you.

I believe in you, too!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Think About These

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Here are a few quotes to think about as you prepare for your upcoming week.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady

 

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

— Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer

 

“The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources – though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

“What keeps so many employees back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.”

— Orison Swett Marden, motivational expert

 

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

— Will Rogers, humorist

 

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

— Frank A. Clark

 

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Author

 

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Your homework today is to take some quiet time to ponder these quotes. Note the ones that resonate for you. Jot them down and keep them handy where you will see them frequently during the week. Feel free to search online or at your local library for other quotes that inspire and motivate you.

 

You can do this because you’re awesome!

Post in the comments section below a quote or two that you really like.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Doing the Best You Can

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People are not failures when they’re doing the best they can. ~Mr. Rogers

As with any look-back across the week, be gentle with yourself.

Of course note what needs tweaking: Do you need to brush up your skills? If so, can you take a class or devise a program of self-study? Do you need more information? If so, can you talk to somebody who is more knowledgeable than you or can you find the information at your local library or through Internet searches?

Naturally, you’ll also want to take a look at the time constraints you have with your weekly schedule. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Due to responsibilities and commitments at work, in your family life, and personal life, you have limited time. Be realistic about what you can devote to your goals and dreams. It’s okay if you have only a little bit of time each week to do only small steps and tiny increments. You will still be successful, as long as you regularly devote time to your goals and dreams

The most important part of the look-back is to celebrate what you did well. Note what things worked out–what connections and a happy surprises happened this week? Did you have any lucky happenstances or serendipitous events? Did a couple pieces of the puzzle come together? Perhaps you discovered something really cool about yourself.

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Your homework today is to recognize the good stuff this week and pat yourself on the back for all of it. Take time to celebrate. Include your family and close friends. The celebration doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or big, it can be something as simple as renting a favorite movie or going for a nature walk. Including your family and friends will help them understand your dreams better and make them feel part of your journey.

Good for you! Congratulations on all the good stuff! I knew you could do it.

Post in the comments section something you’re proud of that happened this week.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Master Mind Group

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Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, the book he is most known for, describes the Master Mind Alliance or Group. A Master Mind Group is composed of like-minded people who have come together in a spirit of giving each other wise and well-considered counsel, support, and encouragement. The group usually meets on a regular basis.

Napoleon Hill points out that oftentimes it’s very difficult to find people in whom you can place implicit trust. And it’s murder to your hopes and dreams if you choose people who are “wrong”. It isn’t that they deliberately set out to harm you or to squash your dreams but, in an effort to be helpful, they point out pitfalls and weaknesses and that you don’t yet have all the answers you may need.   The next thing you know, you’ve given up on your dream or put it on the shelf to await a time when you are “more prepared”.

As an aside: there is no better time than right now to start on, and pursue, your dreams!

Instinctively, you understand that this Master Mind Group can be very beneficial: people to turn to when you’re unsure or discouraged, as well as having the benefit of others’ knowledge and skills. All of this could help you move faster toward your goals and dreams.

However, it’s human nature to see the world through one’s own lens of hopes and aspirations, fears and resistances, judgments and preconceived notions. Without realizing it, one then ascribes these to what other people are saying and doing. It takes a very wise and seasoned person, indeed, to put aside their perceptions and notions and truly listen and counsel another.

So, what’s a person to do? Especially if you follow Napoleon Hill’s counsel and are very careful who you invite to be in your Master Mind Group, and if you really don’t want to wait around until you do come across these sometimes rare individuals?

Napoleon Hill goes on to explain how he solved this problem for himself: he held the meetings in his imagination with people he admired, current business people of his time, whether he personally knew them or not, as well as some historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

You can do the same for yourself!

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Your homework today is to create your own Master Mind Group, at least in your imagination. Choose people you admire and respect, and who admire and respect you in return. It doesn’t matter if they are alive or not or whether you know them or not. They can be real people or characters. For instance, you can choose to have Mr. Rogers on your advisory board because of his gentle counsel, The Lone Ranger because of his sense of justice, Helen Keller because of how she overcame her disabilities and lived a rich, full life that inspired millions, your neighbor down the street who is always cheerful and ready to lend a helping hand, and your grandma because her food always made you feel safe, secure, and loved.

You can choose a number of people or only a few. You can have more than one group, one to help with personal situations and another for business support, for instance. Or you can have a core group and add members for specific purposes and then let them fade into the background when you no longer need that specific help. For instance, if you’re feeling discouraged, in your imagination you can once again be with your grandma and bask in her love for you and her gentle counsel.

Who will you choose? Post in the comments section about this, if you’d like.

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren