Review Your Week: Determination, Dedication, Self-Discipline, and Effort

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We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.– Jesse Owens

 

Dreaming is easy; it can be a challenge to bring those dreams into reality.

But that’s okay!

Striving toward our dreams is supposed to be hard and scary at times. You’re supposed to run into obstacles and setbacks from time-to-time. Confusion and disappointment will occasionally be your travel buddies.

This is all normal and natural!

It’s at these times that you need your determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

With your determination, ask yourself: Do you want to dig in your heels and hang in there with your dreams or would you rather throw in the towel and always wonder what if—what if you kept going, what would have happened?

With your dedication, take a moment to answer the question: How badly do you want your dream? Are you willing to tune your hearing to the Still Small Voice within you and follow the whisperings and urgings of your soul?

Will you use your self-discipline to strengthen your resolve and courage so you can do what you know you must do even though no one else you know is doing it—and they all think you’re a little bit nuts for doing it?

And will you put forth the effort—keep taking the steps that will move you closer to your dreams—even though you really don’t want to?

 

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Your homework is to review your week with these questions in mind. Where did you fall a little short? When did you let yourself off the hook when you really shouldn’t have? What are you going to do about this—what steps are you going to take to improve yourself?

As always when you review your week, make sure you keep an eye out for the successes and achievements and forward progress you did have. No matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, it all adds up and it’s all good! Celebrate this—it’s important that you do!

Yay you!

I knew you’d have progress this week—keep going!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Quotes to Remind You to Keep Going!

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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. – Napoleon Hill

 

Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%… you make it that much easier for me to beat you. – Unknown

 

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.– Marilyn Vos Savant

 

Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – Christian D. Larson

 

No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everyone on the couch. – Unknown

 

Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to boldly walk through them.– Orison Swett Marden

 

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Your homework today is to keep moving forward. Even though it can be scary to go for your dreams, you have to keep going.

Determine the steps you need to take, break them into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking them down into smaller and smaller increments where you feel confident that you can do them easily and quickly. Then do those bits!

You can do it!

I’m very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quotes to Remind You to Hang On

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I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you. – Harrison Ford

 

…If I persist long enough I will win. – Og Mandino

 

When the world says, ‘Give up’, Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.– Unknown

 

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. – Bertie Charles Forbes

 

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. – Unknown

 

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Your homework today is to hang on and give yourself a chance to try again later on . Hold on tight and do what you can to take the next step. It doesn’t have to be a full step, a partial step is just fine. The tiny bits of steps add up and they move you forward.

Hang on! Catch your breath then try again!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Music

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In the entire universe, no one will ever have your song to sing. Through all eternity it is yours alone. Your primary task in Life is to learn your song and to sing it to perfection. ~Anonymous

 

It can feel very discouraging to heed the whisperings of our heart and soul, trying to follow through only to see that there seems to be a lot of competition in the world.

And that competition seems to be so much better at “it” than we are.

Especially when the people who are better at “it” than we are happen to be deemed top experts in the field and are lauded in all the media outlets. They then get to write books that stay on the bestseller list for months, they appear on the top talk shows, and they may even get to meet the President!

It’s enough to make us want to pack up and head home and never venture out again!

But if we look at it a little closer, we’d see that there isn’t just one expert or one person seeming to dominate the field, there are many. And, instead of that being discouraging, it’s encouraging.

It’s encouraging because, if you look a little closer, each person has a slightly different focus and shading to what they’re saying. And each experts’ message appeals to a different audience.

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In any area of life, we can see this. For instance many people love singers. But some love jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong. Others love opera, still others love country or pop or hip-hop. And, on top of that, some people love to sing music, some like to listen to it, some like to play music, and others like to dance to music! So many different tastes and desires that create numerous opportunities for a variety of artists!

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Your homework today is to recognize that, regardless of the experts in your field and regardless of how renowned they may be, there is still plenty of room for you to express the dream in your heart and soul. There are people waiting for your type of music. Only you can touch them with your particular song!

Sing your song—sing it loud! Let your music out into the world!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Welcome to a New Day!

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Welcome to a fresh new day, bursting with opportunities for you! Welcome to a sparkling new day jam-packed with positive potential, just for you! Welcome to a gleaming new day overflowing with a bright, clean chance for you to take another shot at it!

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Welcome!

Your homework today is to make the most of this day. Dive into the deep end of your life and enjoy every moment of it!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Take Out the Trash

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The only things of the past to keep close to you are the cherished memories of successes, enjoyable times, and remembrances of time spent with the people you love and care about.

Everything else is trash so let go of it. Let it fade into oblivion. You don’t need it.

Life is to be fully lived, deeply cherished, and richly savored. You can only do that with treasured memories that point you toward the goodness that awaits you still in the future. Beloved memories that give you a boost of gladness that sends you on your way.

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Your homework today is to get rid of all the trash of the past that’s cluttering up your mind. It may also be the clutter in your home or office that’s clogging your creative spirit and sapping your energy. It can be items that you’ve outgrown or no longer use—get rid of them! It can also be outdated ways of thinking of yourself—refresh and renew your self-image! And toss all that negative thinking and self-talk right into the garbage because it’s trash!

You can do it!

As you review your week and are getting rid of the trash, you’ll also find gems and valuable nuggets of things that went well for you, projects you moved forward on, and positive things you said and thought about yourself—and even some really sweet things you did for yourself. Celebrate this! This is wonderful stuff and needs to be acknowledged and applauded!

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So do it, plan something really neat for yourself to congratulate and thank yourself for doing good. Yay you! You did great!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

The Deep End of Your Life

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Dive into the deep end of your life. That’s where all the fun and excitement and fulfillment is. It’s mind-numbingly boring to play it safe, to do what you’re supposed to do, to live down to everyone’s expectations.

That’s right: live down to everyone’s expectations.

Living your life someone else’s way is lowering yourself: Lowering your sights, lowering your own expectations of what you can have, do, and be in your own life.

DON’T DO IT—DON’T LIVE DOWN TO EVERYONE ELSE’S EXPECTATIONS!!!

LIVE UP TO WHAT YOU KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOU CAN DO, BE, AND HAVE!!!

Even if it seems like a pipe dream right now, trust it anyway. That’s your heart and soul speaking to you! It’s the Still Small Voice pointing the way and guiding you.

Go for it—go for what YOU know to be right and true for you!!

Because it isn’t worth the price you’ll pay of following someone else’s expectations of you. The price is that you don’t get to live your life. There are no do-overs. You don’t get a second chance. If you don’t live this life the way you want to, at the end of it you don’t get to rewind it. Even if you believe in reincarnation, you won’t get this life, this chance, back again. You’ll come back in a different body with a different family in a different place. Nothing will be the same.

You may think it’ll be better next time around. Well, maybe it’ll be worse! You have the chance now. You know yourself and your life, why not take the chance you have right now? Give it your all.

Dive into the deep end of your life!!!!    

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Your homework today is to take a look at your life this past week. Where did you play it safe? Where did you hold back? Where did you live down to someone else’s expectations?

What are you going to do about that this coming week?

Next, take another look and see where you took a flying leap right into the deep end of your life. Yay YOU!

Celebrate that! Celebrate that you’re taking a chance on yourself. You believe in you!

You’re AWESOME!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren