The Wonders of the Season

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Today’s the Winter Solstice and a perfect time for delighting in the wonders of the holiday season. 

 

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Your homework is to enjoy! 

You can do it! 

I’m so proud of you! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Wise Thoughts

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The following are thoughts on goals from people who have achieved theirs:

 

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.

~Michael Jordan

 

A winner is someone who recognized his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.

~Larry Bird

 

Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.

~Paul J. Meyer

 

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.

~Michelle Obama

 

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.

~Yogi Berra

 

Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.

~Mary Kay Ash

 

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Your homework today is to choose one of these quotes, one that resonates with you—or another one that’s a favorite. Keep it handy and refer to it throughout the day. Think about it, let its wisdom sink into your psyche and your bones. Make the quote your own!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Let’s Review

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A note of caution: We can never achieve goals that envy sets for us. Looking at your friends and wishing you had what they had is a waste of precious energy. Because we are all unique, what makes another happy may do the opposite for you.

~Marcus Buckingham

 

 

 

We’ve had a busy week! We’ve made great progress with establishing the reason why we want to achieve our dreams. We have devised whys from several angles—positive reasons, negative line-in-the-sand reasons, reasons that pique our curiosity and fascination, and reasons that challenge us. All these different angles deepen our commitment to achieving our dreams.

 

Next, we broke those dreams into goals and broke those all the way down to tiny bits. These are increments that are just the right size for our confidence level and for our busy and hectic life—increments that are in our unique Goldilocks Zone.

 

This is excellent work! Yay!

 

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Your homework is to celebrate! You “done good”!! You rock! WooHoo!

I knew you could do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Golden Wisdom: Keep Going

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Don’t. Give. Up.

~Stan, my dad

 

You may be feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the steps and little bits of steps you came up with in yesterday’s homework. Don’t stop! Don’t give up! If the steps are still bugging you then that means they need to be broken into smaller bits.

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Your homework today is to keep going. Keep breaking the goals, steps, parts, pieces, and bits into tinier and tinier increments. It’s okay if they’re so small that you need an electron microscope to see them! The important thing is that you break them into small enough increments that they’re a snap for you to do.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Keep Breaking Them Down

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It doesn’t matter if your best friends are listing bigger steps toward their goals than you can. It doesn’t matter that family members can make up their goals list faster than you. The only thing that matters is that you have steps and bits that you can confidently do and, at your own pace, you write them down in a reasonably logical order.

 

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Your homework today is to take as much time as you need to break your goals into the teeny tiny increments that make you feel sure that you can do them and easily cross them off your To Do list.

You can do it—you have what it takes!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Let’s Set a Few

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Now that you have the why of your dreams, let’s set a few goals. At this point, you may be freaked out by the size of your dreams or you may be totally overwhelmed with no clue how you’re going to get from here to there.

No problem. We’re going to take it one step at a time, just like we’ve been doing all along.

First of all, choose one dream to go for in 2015. While there may be a number of interesting and exciting dreams that you have, choose one to work on first. You can work toward the others at a later date. Studies show—and my personal experience corroborates (!!)—that multi-tasking does not work, so choose only one dream.

Don’t worry if your dream seems small and ordinary. There is no size requirement! All that matters is that the dream is firmly rooted in your heart and soul.

SkyTheLimit webYour homework today is to set a few goals that seem like they’ll take you to your dream. If you’re having trouble with this, pretend you have already achieved your dream. Look back and note what things you might have done, what steps you probably took, to get you where you are.

While you want your goals to be as specific as possible, also recognize that you’ll be tweaking things as you go along. New information will come to light, you’ll strengthen skills, you’ll discover new abilities, and this will have a bearing on the steps you’ll take. Perhaps you’ll be able to take a few leaps and jumps, something you hadn’t counted on when you first started out!

So, jot down your goals and be open to the fact that you’ll refine them as you go along.

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Then take those goals and break them into steps. Break those steps into parts. Break those parts into segments and those into pieces. Break those into chips and break those into fragments. Break those down until you finally get to the bits that you know for certain are easy to do. The added bonus to these tiny bits is that, generally, along with being easy to do, they are also quick so you can fit them into the little pockets of time you have in your day. This means that there will always be something you can do that will move you toward your dreams, no matter how busy your schedule or hectic your life.

You can do it!

I am so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: All the Angles

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When thinking about your dreams and the goals that’ll get you there, it’s important to look at them from all the angles—all the different reasons of why you want to achieve your dreams. We’ve discussed why’s that are positive, why’s that are negative, why’s that are the result of curiosity, and ones that rise out of a challenge.

Now it’s time to finalize the “why?” of your goals and dreams.

 

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Your homework today is to devise why statements about your dreams—one for each type of why. This helps deepen the reason, making it much more personal and intimate, which will help you through the tough patches.

As an example: my friend who lost so much weight. Her negative why was that she absolutely refused to purchase a larger sized pair of jeans. Her positive why relieving the leg joint pain she was experiencing because she was overweight. Her challenge why was teaching herself to cook simple nutritious meals using fresh ingredients rather than always eating take-out. Her curiosity why was researching exercise, sleep, nutrition, exercise, fashion, visualization and meditation in order to devise a plan that worked for her.

Do this for yourself. You’ll be amazed at the energy and enthusiasm that this will generate.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: About Those Pesky Facts….

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

~Henry David Thoreau

 

So far this month we’ve talked a lot about our dreams and goals and the “why” that’s motivating them. While the “why” can be very energizing, in spite of this sometimes we can be intimidated by the dream and the goals that help us get there.

Don’t let The Facts get in your way!

The Facts can seem so rock-solid and make us feel that there’s no way we even remotely have what it takes to make our dreams come true.

That isn’t true! Don’t listen to The Facts!!

Especially now. We’re still at the beginning of the planning process. Relax and know that we’ll take this step-by-step.

 

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Your homework today is to not think about The Facts just yet. We’re still at the beginning of the planning phase and you’ll have plenty of time later on to address and facts and/or fears.

Right now, relax and enjoy daydreaming about your goals and dreams!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Challenges

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There are many types of reasons for going for your dreams. There are positive reasons and negative reasons as well as reasons that result from satisfying curiosity. All of these can have in them the motivation and energy needed to get you through the discouragements and setbacks.

Meeting a challenge is another powerful reason. Here are some examples:

A friend of mine weighed nearly 300 pounds. One day she noticed her jeans were tight. Instead of purchasing a larger size, she challenged herself to lose weight. Using common sense tactics, three years later she has lost over 140 lbs.;

The Late President John F. Kennedy declared that we (the United States) would put a man on the moon in the decade of the 1960s;

Athletes who rise to the challenge of the Olympics, World Cup, Iditarod, Iron Man, and other high caliber events.

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Your homework today is to think about your dreams from the point of view of rising to the challenge—or a dare.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Curiosity

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We’ve looked at the positive “Why?” of our goals and dreams and we’ve also considered the negative “Why?” Another type of “Why?” to study is the “Why?” that’s rooted in curiosity. This, too, can be a very powerful motivator, especially during the phases when things aren’t going so smoothly on the path to our dreams.

Some examples of curiosity:

Albert Einstein who is quoted as saying about himself: I have no special talent, I am just passionately curious;

As a young boy, Earl Nightingale was insatiably curious about why it was and how it could happen that two people with similar talents and similar starts in life turned out so differently:  One barely scraped by and was living way below the potential of his talents while the other enjoyed success and good fortune above the potential of their talents;

Thomas Edison as a young child was fascinated with mechanical things and chemical experiments;

Marion Donovan was always looking for a better way to do things. This curiosity led to 20 patents during her lifetime for a variety of items such as disposable diapers and Dentaloop.

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Your homework today is to look at your goals and dreams and goals with curiosity. Can you look at them from a different angle? Instead of being logical and methodical about your goals and dreams, can you be offbeat and creative about them?

Put your thinking cap on!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren