Goals: Childlike

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Your homework today is to remember the excited expectation of Christmas Eve when you were a child. Bring this enthusiasm and unquestioning belief to your dreams and goals.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Balancing Your Goals

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Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.

~Brian Tracy

 

While the Holiday Season is filled with celebrations, it’s also a time of reverence and contemplation.

As you enjoy all the wonders of the season, your homework is to pause and take a few quiet moments for yourself.

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You’ve done a great job making sure your dream is your own and selecting the goals that will get you to them. You’ve come up with several different types of whys so that you can re-energize when you hit rough patches. Now, slip away from all the festivities, just for a few minutes, to reflect on your goals. Make sure they’re balanced—that you have plenty of room in your life for family and friends, for relaxation and contemplation, for silence and for beauty.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Tips from TV: Being Stared At

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This past weekend there was a Survivorman marathon on TV featuring Les Stroud, survivalist expert. This time he was spending a week with an indigenous tribe in Africa. He didn’t know their language and, of course, they did not know English. Naturally, there was no TV, radio, Internet, or other type of entertainment…other than him. In the evenings, the tribespeople would sit and stare at him, watching his every move. He said that you can’t let people staring at you freak you out or you’ll never survive.

That got me to thinking….

The same is true when you go for your goals and dreams. People will stare at you. Some will be watching you, cheering you on and getting excited over every little bit of progress you make. Others will politely ask how you’re coming along on your goals and dreams—and they’re interested in you and what you’re doing—but they’re so wrapped up in their own hectic lives that they might not really notice what’s going on with you.

There will be a small group, though, that will watch you, looking for mistakes and goof-ups. These are the people whose close scrutiny might cause you to second-guess yourself and you might falter as a result. But you can’t let that happen. As Les Stroud says, you have to learn how to handle people watching you, especially the ones who might be secretly—or not so secretly—wishing that you’d stumble.

 

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Your homework today is to make a list of what you will do when you are in the limelight or getting more attention than you’re used to. Think about the people you might see. Have handy some subjects that are safe.

For instance with the people who are watching you for missteps, perhaps, when they ask about your goals and dreams, you’ll want to have some general statements handy such as saying that you’re making progress or perking along, and then turn the conversation back to them. Ask them about projects they’re working on or things that they’re interested in. Keep turning the conversation back to them—keep it off of yourself.

With the other two groups of people—the ones who typically cheer you on and the ones who are interested but busy—you can have a few exciting anecdotes or a funny story handy to share with them. And, it’s always a great idea to ask them about themselves and what they’ve been up to!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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