Your Own Twist–and Shout!

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Are you hesitating going for your dreams because you think they’ve already been done by someone else?

The good news is that what other people have done and achieved has no bearing on whether or not you can—or should—achieve your dreams!

Children are taught in school that Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. However, it was Joseph Swann, among others, who laid the groundwork with his work on—and patents of—using carbon filament incandescent lamps in vacuum tubes. Edison used this information as inspiration for his own ideas about the incandescent bulb, which created the lightbulb as we know it.

Most people think Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. In fact, he further developed the concepts and ideas behind the voice communication device of Antonio Meucci’s. By adding his own twist to the process, Graham—and Thomas Augustus Watson, his colleague—were the first to transmit articulate speech, meaning that the speech could be understood by someone listening at the other end of the line.

Some may think that Steven Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne created computers. But it’s Charles Babbage who, in the 1830’s, had the idea and went on to  invent programmable mechanical computers, and it’s he who’s considered to be the father of computers. Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne added their own twist to Babbage’s (and others’) ideas, thus founding Apple, Inc. and sparking the personal computing revolution.

So, don’t let it get you down if someone else seems to have beaten you to achieving your idea. Keep working on your dreams, building upon what others have done and are doing. You’re adding your own special twist–and shout!–and that can make all the difference!

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Your homework today is to take the next step! Keep on keeping on!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Perfect Day for Giving Yourself a Break!

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Today’s the perfect day for giving yourself a break. You’ve been working diligently toward your goals and dreams and you’re making great progress.

Time to reward yourself with a day off! WooHoo!

Spend time doing something that feels decadently indulgent. Something that makes you feel as if you’re spoiling yourself—because you are! You deserve it; you’ve earned it!

Go you! WooHoo! Yay you!

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Your homework today is to ENJOY!

WooHoo!

You can do it! You ROCK!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

You Are Not Broken

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It may feel as if you’re broken and you may have convinced yourself that you’re broken. You may look broken and act broken, but you aren’t.

 

Like palm trees in a storm, you’ve bent way down but you aren’t broken.

 

If you’re still alive and if you can still think and put a few thoughts together, then you are not broken.

 

What appears to be brokenness is actually pointing the way to your bounty.

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Your homework today is to study what appears to be brokenness. Look for what it’s trying to give you, what it’s trying to teach you—and the rough spots it’s trying to buff off you.

I’m so proud of how you keep on keeping on!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Tips from TV: Channel Your Inner MacGyver

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When you’re on your path to your dreams, oftentimes you come across situations you have no template for how to handle. Even though you made a plan before you started out, including spending time anticipating shortfalls and obstacles and what to do about them, you may still run across challenges that you hadn’t anticipated.

No worries!

It’s time to channel your inner MacGyver!

List your tools and assets: your intelligence, knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents, as well as resources you have access to such as educational resources, friends and family and others who’ll support you. Include anything else that can help you.

Once you have this list, re-imagine the items. What can you make out of them? What two or three items can you put together to fashion something useful and helpful? Can you break items down and re-combine the things in a new way?

Look beyond what things are to what they could be! 

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Your homework today is to channel your inner MacGyver as you review a situation or challenge that has been resistant to your efforts to solve it. What would MacGyver do?

Also, as you are reviewing, note the progress you’ve made and the steps you’ve taken this week. Give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve done something inventive and creative, just like MacGyver!

Any amount of progress is praise-worthy, so get out your party hats and streamers and celebrate!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Golden Wisdom: Talk to People!

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I was visiting my parents last weekend and they had another good tip to add to the one I talked about in an earlier post (click here to be taken to that post). This time, we were reminiscing about places we visited on vacation.

My parents said something, though, that stuck with me.

They said that sometimes they were so eager to get us to the sites they wanted to visit that they didn’t always pause and talk to the locals. While we still enjoyed the vacations, my parents wondered how much more enriching the experience could have been if they made sure to talk to people.

This applies to everyday life as well.

When we talk to others, researchers have found that we have an increase in endorphins—your body’s “happy pills”. Even a smile or saying hello in passing can bump up endorphins. This simple human connection can help us see and feel that we are not alone. Sometimes this is just the little boost we need to help us take that next tiny step.

An added benefit to talking to people is that you never know what other people might know. And you never know who they may know and may be willing to put you in contact with. Even if they can’t help you directly with your challenge, just to have a person listen to you can be incredibly helpful. Again, it banishes feelings of loneliness and isolation, thus giving you the psychological lift you need to take the next step.

So, follow the Golden Wisdom of my parents—and your parents, too!—and talk to people!

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Your homework today is to talk to people. The point is not to have lengthy conversations or to find a new BFF. The point is the human connection, even briefly.

Just a smile and a pleasant hello is perfect!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally: You Can Do It!

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You have what it takes to achieve your dreams—you can do it! 

You are in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way—keep on keepin’ on! 

You are intelligent enough, smart enough, knowledgeable enough to achieve your dreams—you go it goin’ on! 

You have talents that you don’t even know about—they’re bigger, broader, and more awesome than you can imagine! 

You going to interesting places, learning and doing wonderful things, meeting dynamic people—no grass is growing under your feet! 

Doors are open for you, paths are straight for you, the way is wide and clear for you—you are a champion and victory is yours!

 

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Your homework today is to say these statements to yourself. Remember to stand in front of your mirror with a big smile on your face as you speak these. And get excited and enthusiastic about it!

Take your favorites with you and refer to them during the day, especially when you need a boost.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Our Deepest Fear

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~~Marianne Williamson

How many times have we sold ourselves short, stayed in the background for fear of offending someone or fear of appearing pushy and too big for our britches? How many times have we deflected compliments and downplayed awards?

This must stop!

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Your homework today is to take this quote to heart. Study it, keep it handy. Refer to the quote often throughout your day.

Live it.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Tips from TV: Have a Safety Net

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Once again I was watching a few episodes of Survivorman featuring Les Stroud, survival expert and videographer.  In one episode he found himself stranded in the Costa Rican jungle and the other episode he was alone on a mountain summit in the Canadian Rockies.

Les struggled when he was in the dense jungle of Costa Rica or thick forest of the Canadian Rockies.  He had to walk slowly and carefully so as not to twist an ankle, as well as to avoid harmful plants—those with thorns or ones that would cause a rash.  Also, it was difficult for him to find and catch food.  To top it all off, the canopy was so thick in both locations that rescue helicopters would not be able to spot him.

However, when he stayed close to either a river or the shoreline, he fared much better.  Food was more plentiful, he was more likely to come across a small village or other people hunting, and the terrain was more open, which increased the chances of a rescue helicopter spotting him.

From time-to-time Les forayed into the jungle or the forest—for food, supplies, and even to see if he could find a road that would lead out—but he would stay within easy access to the shoreline or the river.  He always knew that, if need be, he could go back to the river or the shoreline and stay put, waiting to be found; it was his safety net.

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This got me thinking about traveling on the path to our dreams.  It’s natural and normal that we’ll be traveling where we’ve never been before.  Many times, though, others would have traveled similar paths and we can learn from their adventures and discoveries and successfully apply the lessons and insights to our own path.

There are times, though, that we’ll be totally alone.  We’ll have to blaze the trail all by ourselves over shadowy and treacherous terrain.  Fears and uncertainty can be calmed by having something reliable that you can depend upon.  Having this can give you a feeling of security and that everything will work out just fine.  In Les Stroud’s case it was staying close to a water source for food and to increase his chances of rescue.

In your case, the dependable go-to “thing” can be knowing you can ask for help from your favorite research librarian at your local library, conferring with a trusted friend or family member, or finding deep reserves of peace and wellbeing from your faith or personal philosophy.

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Your homework today is to put your safety nets in place.  Perhaps you find that inspirational works, such as Holy Books, and secular writings give you a feeling of peace and security in spite of the chaos surrounding you.  You may know that you can always turn to a very close friend or family member for support and encouragement.  Your safety net can be a favorite activity that makes you feel that “God is in His/Her Heaven and all is right with the world”.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Perfect Day for Meditating

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If you’re like me, you think you are terrible at meditating. And, what’s more, you think you don’t have what it takes to meditate: All that sitting in one position for a long time, that breathing in and breathing out, and the struggle to clear your mind and hold just one thought…

Ugh.

Impossible!

Then it dawned on me the other day that this is not true—not at all!

I’m meditating every time I fixate on something that annoys or frustrates me, that worries me, or that frightens me. 

When I don’t easily let go of these thoughts then these thoughts are pushing out all other thoughts. That’s another way of saying that I am clearing my mind of all other thoughts—especially ones that can be helpful, positive, and constructive—and focusing on thoughts and ideas that agitate me and stir up unhelpful, negative, and destructive thoughts.

So, I am meditating—but on the absolutely wrong things!

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Your homework today is to be mindful of the thoughts you’re fixating on. If they’re negative or unhelpful, then gently turn your thoughts to ones that are optimistic and uplifting.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Tasks

 

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“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”  ~Sam Ewing 

Your homework is to think about this quote in relation to your To Do list. Note which tasks are the ones that you have no qualms about tackling and getting done. Which tasks do you hesitate and procrastinate over? And, which ones are those that you either won’t do at all or you do at such a low level that yield such poor results that you may as well not have bothered?

Think about why you are procrastinating or out-right refusing to do these tasks. What can you do to overcome this? For instance, can you trade tasks with someone or can you pay professionals to do the tasks that are unpleasant?

Also, do you notice a pattern with the tasks that you like to do? Perhaps they all revolve around working with your hands or maybe they all have creativity at their core or the common thread is orderliness. Can you find some of what you do enjoy doing in the tasks that you don’t like doing?

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Find a way to get these tasks off your To Do list. They very well could be holding you back.

Go for it! You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren