Review: Pockets of Time

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Finding little pockets of time where you can get a few tiny bits of steps done and off your To Do list is the way you’ll make progress toward you’re dreams.

Leaps and bounds and racing ahead  are all great ways to make progress. But busy schedules make it difficult, if not impossible, to move ahead this way. It’s much better to look for 15-minutes here, a half hour there, to complete steps and move forward.

This is why it’s so very important to take the time to break steps into the teeniest, tiniest specks and fragments as possible. Not only are they easy to do—these small specks fly under the radar of your resistance—they fit into little nips of time that you have throughout your day.

And it’s consistently taking these little tiny bits of steps  that are the bread and butter of getting you to your dreams.

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Your homework today is to be mindful of your day and the small moments of down-time that you have. Note when you are most likely to have them, is there a pattern? Then think about the steps to your dreams. Break these into the tiniest bits possible and plan how you’ll fit them into the small moments of time you just identified.

Then do it! Take those bits of steps!

As you’re reviewing, take a moment to look back over this first quarter of 2015. Note all the tiny bits of steps that you’ve taken. They may be small and they may seem inconsequential but I guarantee you that if you keep taking them, they will add up and you will achieve your dreams!

Go for it!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Cliffs

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Sometimes, when in a rough patch it feels as if we’re being pushed toward a cliff. No matter how hard we try, it seems that there’s very little we can do about it.

In this case, the best thing to do is to go the way the rough patch is pushing us, in spite of it seeming like we’re headed over a cliff.

Why?!

Because of two reasons: (1) it isn’t a cliff at all, it’s an optical illusion or (2) we actually have wings and we can fly!

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You’re homework today is to stop resisting the rough patch, the difficulty, the challenge. Fully embrace it and go where it’s leading, learn what it’s teaching you, and keep your mind and heart open so you can receive all the gifts it has to give you.

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

I’m so proud of you—you’re bravery is inspiring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What I’ve Learned: Lesson from Spring

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In spite of winter tenaciously hanging on in some parts of the country, spring is making its presence known (the picture above was taken during a snow squall)! Even though the weather has been cold and icy, that hasn’t stopped the crocuses and daffodils from growing—fulfilling their potential!

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That got me to thinking….

In spite of challenges that seem to hold us back, in spite of obstacles that trip us up, and in spite of rough patches that feel like they’re bumping us off track—in spite of all of that—keep moving in what we know is the right direction. Keep doing the things we’re being led to do. Keep going no matter what’s happening around us.

Even though it seems as if we’re being delayed, as some years spring is late in arriving, you’ll make up for it later on, just like spring does. When spring is slow in arriving, it seems that overnight flowers blossom and trees leaf out; spring catches up to the “right” timing. So, too, will you!

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Your homework today is to keep going, keep following the lead, keep doing what you know are the correct things to do.

Break actions and tasks into steps. Break those into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking them down until you come to fragments and specks of bits—increments that you know you can easily do. Then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Steps Taken

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How many steps toward your dreams did you take this week? Small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits of steps count, too!

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Your homework today is to answer these questions: How many whole steps did you take? How many small pieces of steps and little parts of steps? How many tiny bits of steps were you able to fit into your week? Were you able to make any leaps or any bounds?

 

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Now celebrate! Even if you only did one teensy-tinsy tiny bit of a step, that’s okay and that’s a great reason to party!

WooHoo!

You did it! I knew you would!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! Just Right

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Your pace is just right for you.

Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t right, that it’s too fast or too slow. Just because they are traveling at a certain speed does not make that speed correct for you and your journey. Trust yourself. Your pace WILL get you to where you want to go—as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other and taking one step and then the next and then the next.

Your dreams are perfect for you.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, says, does, wants, values, or already has. What they want, what they dream about, what they go for is just right for them. It has no bearing on you, your life, and what you should or should not be dreaming about and going for.

 

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Your homework today is to know that you are just right, just the way you are. Celebrate yourself. Stand straight and tall with your shoulders back and your head held high.

You can do this; you can go for your dreams and you can achieve them. You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

On the Right Track?

 

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If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.

~Mario Andretti

 

I think what Mario Andretti’s quote is saying is that the best way to tell if you are on the path to your dreams is by noting how nervous-scared you are. You’ll also be exhilarated but you’ll also have that nervous-scared feeling.

I don’t think the quote is telling you to move faster than what you’re comfortable with but rather to take the steps that will get you to your dreams. If you’re comfy-cozy, then you’re not taking steps to your dreams! It may give you that nervous-scared feeling but that’s a good thing!

That nervous-scared feeling tells you that you are living outside of your regular template for living—you aren’t doing things or thinking in the same old way. You’re out of your rut! WooHoo!!

Feeling nervous-scared is telling you that you’re challenging yourself. You’re thinking in new ways: doing things you’ve never done before, the type of people you’re meeting is different, and you’re  going places that you’ve never been.

That’s exciting! Yippee!!

 

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Your homework today is to challenge yourself to take steps toward your dreams. You’ll have that nervous-scared feeling, but that’s telling you that you’re headed in the right direction so keep going!

Remember to break the steps into small pieces and little parts and then to break those into tiny bits. This will keep that nervous-scared feeling at a manageable level so that you can still move forward in spite of the feeling.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you. You’re AWESOME!!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! Deservedness

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You deserve to achieve your dreams. It’s true; you do!  

You don’t have to earn the right to think of them, want them, and cherish them.

You don’t have to earn the right to make plans about your dreams, get excited about your dreams, or to work toward your dreams.

You don’t have to earn the right to go out and achieve your dreams.

The mere fact that you have the dream in your heart and soul means that you deserves them—they are yours to achieve.  Just by having the dreams in your heart and soul means that you’ve already earned the right to have them, to go for them, and to achieve them.

Your dreams and you have been specially made to fit together as perfectly, as easily, as comfortably, and as naturally as your feet fitting into your favorite, cozy socks!

Your dreams–the true ones of your heart and soul (not the ones you think you are allowed to go for or that someone else has sanctioned for you)–your dreams are there in your heart and soul for you to achieve.   Not for anyone else.

And your dreams certainly were not put in your heart and soul to taunt you or torture you!

They were put there because you are supposed to achieve them.   You are the best equipped to achieve those dreams because they’re yours!

Go for it!

 

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Your homework today is to get your mirror out—we’re going to do some mirror work! Put a big smile on your face, put your shoulders back and stand straight and tall, and with lots of enthusiasm and energy, say your favorite affirmations.

Here are a few that are based on today’s essay:

My dreams and I fit together perfectly like my feet in my most comfy-est, cozy-est socks!

My dreams are meant for me to achieve them!

I am specially made to achieve my dreams!

I have all the raw talents and intelligence inside me that I’ll need achieve my dreams!

 

Say these affirmations with energy while smiling at yourself in the mirror. Take your favorite affirmations with you to refer to during the day. Give yourself a boost by referring to them often!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Going the Extra Mile

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“Going the extra mile” can have an ominous sound. An image of working long into the night comes to mind. It conjures feelings of being tired all the time and not having any fun. It brings to mind thoughts of serving and having to be nice to people who are nasty and disrespectful.

But that isn’t true!

You don’t have to give up all enjoyable activities and you don’t have to become a workaholic in order to go the extra mile. All that “going the extra mile” means is to do one thing more than the average person. For instance if meeting your monthly sales quota requires making 100 cold calls, then make 101.

Also, “going the extra mile” means doing what the average person is reluctant to do. For instance, if you have a choice between watching a popular TV show and making the 101st cold call, the average person would choose watching TV. Because you’re going the extra mile, you’ll make the cold call instead.

 

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Your homework today is to look for simple and small ways in which you can go the extra mile. Put yourself on the same side as successful people. Most of them credit going the extra mile with being an important reason they are peak achievers.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Journey to Your Dreams

 

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For your journey to your dreams, you have all that YOU need packed inside of you.

You may come across other people on a similar path and they may be pursuing dreams similar to yours. Most likely, they have different talents, abilities, and know-how than you. As a result, they may be doing things differently that you.

THIS HAS NO BEARING ON YOU AND YOUR DREAMS!

Your dream is just different enough that other people’s talents, abilities, and know-how will not work for you. It’s okay to observe what they’re doing because with a few tweaks, it may also work for you, but do NOT think they are better suited to achieve your dreams than you are.

NOT TRUE!!

YOU have what YOU need inside of you and YOU are the BEST SUITED to achieve your dreams! 

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into small pieces and little parts. Break those into bits that are tiny enough for you to easily do. Then do them!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

The Difference a Little Bit of Time Makes

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Yesterday I posted that it had snowed 6+ inches—and it was the first full day of spring! Even though it was a bummer to see the snow, I have to admit it was very pretty, as you can see from these pictures. It looked as if a fairy cake decorator had frosted all the trees overnight.

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The temperatures warmed up a bit and the snowy wonderland changed within a short period of time, as you can see from this photo.

 

That got me to thinking….

 

Many situations can benefit by taking a moment, pausing, and letting a beat or two pass before responding. Taking that small space of time gives an opportunity for clear thinking and a cool head to prevail. It also jumpstarts creative thinking.

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Your homework today is to take a moment. The next time you’re caught flat-footed, or if you’re in a difficult or emotional situation, take a breath or two.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren