Tips from TV: Survival of the…

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Yesterday, I happened to tune into the last few minutes of a NatGeo program on animals living on the African Plains. The narrator was talking about survival. He said:

It isn’t the fastest or the smartest that survive;

it’s those who can adapt to change who survive.

Holy smokolas!

I was so happy and excited to hear that!

It means I don’t have to worry about bigger, better, smarter, faster, or stronger than “my competition”. All I have to do is to figure out how to make the best of change. Instead of being bowled over, crushed and flattened by change, all I need to do is to ask myself: what can I do to use this to my advantage? How can this change benefit me?

WooHoo!

 

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Your homework today is to look at your situation and note where you can be more adaptable and flexible. In what areas of your life do you need to be more accepting of change?

When change shows up, I know it can be scary and overwhelming. Change is uncomfortable. But the more you accept the fact that change is going on all the time, the more you’ll free yourself to think creatively. The more you do that, the more you’ll see ways that change can help you.

How do you get comfortable with, and even embrace, change?

One step at a time!

What if the steps are too big and overwhelming, what do you do then?

You break them into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking things down smaller and smaller until you get to the teensy jots and specks that are just the right size for you.

Then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Perfect Day to Celebrate Yourself and Your Victories

 

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Today’s post is my 500th.  Thank you!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I am deeply grateful for your loyalty; I appreciate it very much.

I am working on a Pep Rally audio file for you as a thank you for sticking with me through 500 posts.  If you would like to receive it, please fill out the form below with your name and email address and I’ll send the file to you by June 6th.  

 

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Today’s post is about CELEBRATING yourself!  

 

 

 

 

 

It’s vital to celebrate yourself and your victories whether they are teensie tiny tidbits, specks, and jots of forward progress or if you’re taking leaps and bounds that are propelled by rocket fuel!

DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR PROGRESS TO ANYONE ELSE’S!!

It’s nonsensical to do so. It’s like comparing a brick building to the wind on a summer’s day. Both are valuable and have much to offer in their own ways.

Same is true with you!

It’s crucial that you celebrate yourself and your victories!

 

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Your homework today is to honor who you are, acknowledge your progress no matter how small and humble, and then celebrate!

You can do it!

You ROCK!

I’m so proud of you!

Thanks again for your loyalty. Be sure to fill out the form below and I’ll send you the Pep Rally audio file next week.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thanks again!

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Review Your Week: Trust Yourself

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Trust that you’ll figure it out as you go along so you don’t need to know about, and have a plan for, every single step that you’ll take on the path to your dreams.

That’s because as you take a step, you see your path from a different vantage point and new information may be revealed. That means you’ll have to make adjustments, meaning that all your plans for the steps way down the road—and maybe even the ones close up—may not apply any longer.

So don’t waste your time and energy carefully laying out plans for way down the path. Have a plan for the step right in front of you and perhaps two or three steps ahead of that. Then trust that you’ll figure it out as you need to.

Keep reminding yourself that you’ve made it this far in life—you had to figure things out to get where you are right now. You’re still capable and competent, just like you were when you figured it out before. So this means that you can figure it out again, I know you can!

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Your homework today is to trust yourself to figure it out and then take the next step. Once you do, then plan the next step and only two or three steps ahead of that—making any tweaks or adjustments as needed.

You can do it!

As you review your week, remember to note the progress you’ve made this week, no matter how small or how humble. It all adds up! Then celebrate it and celebrate yourself!

Go you! You rock!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What I’ve Learned: The Unknown

 

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I know it’s nerve-wracking to strike out into the unknown. It seems like a really good idea to stay put, even though it’s uncomfortable and we’re unhappy. But to stay where we are isn’t the way to enrich our lives.

It doesn’t work.

At all.

The Still Small Voice keeps reminding us that there’s more to life than what we’ve settled for.

It’s okay to move ahead slowly, especially if we’re feeling anxious. Just because we start out slow doesn’t mean we’ll always move slowly. Sometimes we’ll find ourselves in phases that are fun and easy and we can take leaps and bounds rather than tiny jots and teensy specks of steps.

Also, going slowly, especially at first, will give us a chance to catch our breath when confronted with a surprise or something we’ve never seen or experienced before.  Having the moment to pause gives us an opportunity to regain our level-headedness and make a decision based on clear thinking rather than panic and anxiety.

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Your homework today is to take a teensy bit of a step, even though you may be nervous and hesitant. Let’s pretend that we’re all holding hands so we don’t feel so alone.

 

WooHoo! 

We can do it—we can all take the next eensy jot of a step!

Yay us!

I’m so proud of all of us!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

If It’s to Be

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If it’s to be, it’s up to me. ~Brian Tracy

 

You and only you are the one responsible for your life. Granted, others impact your life—sometimes negatively but it’s you and only you who decides whether you give up or if you keep going.

You’ll have challenges and obstacles along the way but it’s you and only you who decides to either throw in the towel or give it one more try.

Keep going!

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Your homework is to take the next step. Break it into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking them down until you get to the specks and jots that easily fit into your busy schedule and that also fly beneath the radar of your resistance. Then follow through and do them!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Conquer Doubt and Fear

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie

 

Affirmations can help us overcome doubt and fear. Having a support system of friends and family who believe in us and cheer us on can help us overcome doubt and fear. Education can help us overcome doubt and fear.

But to conquer doubt and fear we must take action.

Taking action means practicing our skills to keep improving them. Taking action means implementing what we learned in school or have taught ourself. Taking action means taking the next step.

The more we take action the more our confidence and courage will grow.

 

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Your homework is to take the next step. Break it into teensy tiny bits and pieces until you get to the tiny specks and jots that are just the right size for you—just the right size for your busy schedule and just the right size to fly under the radar of your resistance. Once you get to the right size tidbits, then do them!

You can do it!

You’re awesome and I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Memorial Day

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We will always remember; we will always be grateful. Thank you.

 

Your homework today is to take a moment from the barbeques, jet skiing on the lake, and generally enjoying a day off from work and

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Today reminds us that many service people—military as well as first-responders and others involved in protecting our freedoms—laid down their lives to preserve our right to live our lives the way we want to. The best way to honor their memory and to show your gratitude for their sacrifice is to take the next step toward your dreams.

Break the step into smaller and smaller pieces until you get to the tiny jots that are easy for you to do, then do them.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren