Waiting for Rescue

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Many times we don’t take action–or we take only half-hearted action, because we’re waiting for someone to rescue us.

Part of the reason is that if someone would rescue us then we wouldn’t have to do anything. We could stay as we are living our life the way it is now. We can stay comfortable in the life that we know well–even though it may not be the life of our dreams.

If someone would rescue us then we wouldn’t have to leave our comfort zone.

Although, it may be that being rescued isn’t what we really want.

Consider this: Perhaps we want someone to see us and think enough of us and want more and better for us and then do something about it. These feelings and desires are tied up in being valued and being thought important enough that it is worth it for the person to put forth the time and effort to help us. Perhaps what we really want is validation that we’re valuable, we’re worthy of being cared about and cared for; that our lives matter and we matter.

It’s hard to let go of that–looking outside ourselves for validation, for verification of our worth, for confirmation that we have a right to exist.

But we have to.

We must turn away from looking outside of ourselves.

It’s unhealthy to keep looking outside of ourselves for this because we will never consistently get it. Even if our friends and family are the most caring, supportive, and loving people in the world and generously shower us with their love and caring, these people are people, meaning that they are not perfect. They will have days when they are frustrated so they don’t have much love and caring for us. They have their own concerns and issues to deal with in their own lives and, again, they might not be able to give us all we need.

Sounds like there’s no hope for us, right?

WRONG!

There IS hope! There IS something you can do!

You can do this–all of this–for yourself!

You’re the one who knows exactly the love and care you need each moment of the day. You’re the one who can tailor the love and care to your personality and to your specific needs in any particular moment!

You CAN love and care for yourself! You CAN rescue yourself!

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Your homework today is to think about the areas of your life where you are waiting for rescue. In that particular area you may need the help of experts, however, analyze the situation and ask yourself what little piece of it can you do. What little bits of steps can you take to assist the experts, making it easier for them to help you and thus enhancing the help that they give you.

As you look at the areas of your life where you’re waiting for rescue and as you take little bits of steps to solve little bits of the problem for which you are waiting for rescue, you will begin to see that you CAN help yourself. You DO have what it takes to move forward, even just a teensy tiny bit. Your confidence will grow. And, as you continue doing what you can to help yourself, you’ll soon find that you are your own rescuer!

WooHoo!

You can do it–just take it one little teensy tiny step at a time!

I’m so proud of you for the wonderfully caring and loving way you take care of yourself.

WooHoo!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Things CAN Change for You

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Things CAN change for you and they WILL as long as you take steps to help yourself.  

Meeting with others for brainstorming and collaborating is great. Taking classes, going to workshops and lectures is also great. Thinking positive, saying power phrases and pep words to yourself through out the day is great, too. But what super-charges all of this is actually applying, following through with, all the ideas, knowledge, and help that comes your way.

You have to do the work.

You have to take the steps.

You have to do those things that you think, guess, hope, and know will help you.

You gotta take action!

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Your homework today is to take a look at the areas of your life that aren’t changing for you. Take a close look and be honest with yourself.

What are you not following through on? Break it into teensy tiny bits of steps then do those bits!

What actions do you hope will help you but you aren’t doing anything about it? Break them into tiny jots and specks then do them!

Are you waiting for someone else to do the work–are you waiting to be rescued? Find the little parts that you can do yourself.   Be sure to break them into itsy bitsy dabs and smidgens, then do them!

You CAN be your own rescuer just by taking action!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Rev Up Your Enthusiasm

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Enthusiasm is a choice. Our circumstances may be outside our control, but the attitude we bring to our circumstances is entirely within our own power. ~Michael Hyatt

 

 

Many times, as we’re working toward our goals and dreams, we can get bogged down in the day-to-day particulars of what needs to be done.   Quite often these tasks are time consuming, not glamorous, and not a lot of fun. But they need to be completed because they’re part of the steps we need to take to move us toward our dreams.

We find that we have to force ourselves to muscle our way through procrastination, foot-dragging, and inertia.

There’s gotta be a better way!

Good news: There is!

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When you’re mired in the minutia, remind yourself of your dream. It’s the whole reason why you’re doing this!  Reconnect with the excitement and enthusiasm that naturally grows out of your dream.

Your homework today—whether you are bogged down or not—is to take time to think about your dream so you can reconnect with the enthusiasm and excitement it generates in you.

Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for 15 – 20 minutes. Then think about and experience your dream.

This is more than an intellectual exercise; make this a sensory experience. For instance:

~How will you feel when you achieve your dream—or even when you are farther down the road and closer to achieving it? Will you feel relief? Freedom? Joy?

~What will you do?  Will you payoff your credit cards and other debts you’re carrying? Will you help a loved one? Will you give back to the people who have helped you? Will you pay it forward and reach out a helping hand?

~What treat will you give to yourself? Will you do an item on your Bucket List? Will you purchase a snazzy car or some other big-ticket item? Or will you renovate your home, perhaps turning the spare bedroom into that personal library/study that you’ve always dreamed of?

Sometimes, though, your dreams are so far off and you’re so tired from working that thinking about what it’ll be like when you’ve reached your dreams does not really help. Sometimes it can feel unbelievable and add another layer to the exhaustion you may be feeling.

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In that case, your homework is to still take the time to sit quietly but instead of thinking about the end result of your dreams, think about a few steps down the road. Think about and experience what it will feel like to be through the muck that has temporarily ensnared you. Think about how good it’ll feel to have made it through to the next step.

~Will you feel relief to be finally done, once and for all, with this current step?

~Will the pressures ease up when you make it to the next step?

~Are you excited to see what Good Stuff awaits you farther down the path?

~Once you get past this, will you treat yourself to a rest such as spending an afternoon—or even a whole day!—with your favorite hobby or pastime?

When you feel the enthusiasm, even if it’s just a little glimmer, focus on it. Let it infuse your body, mind, and spirit. Feel where in your body that it’s strongest. Really feel it. Give this your undivided attention so that you can help the enthusiasm grow and strengthen—just like you would do for a delicate flower.

You can do this, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you for hanging in there and taking one little tidbit of a step after the other. You’re AWESOME!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Figure it Out as You Go Along

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Start.

Start today.

Start right now.

Do something—anything—that moves you closer to your dream. Take a little tidbit of a step immediately, if not sooner!

I know it’s nerve wracking and scary, daunting and overwhelming. Trust that you’ll figure it out as you go along. And you will! As long as you keep your eyes and ears open and your brain turned on, you will figure it out!

I believe in you!

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Your homework today is to note all the times this past week that you took little bits of steps and came across something you had to figure out. And you did, you came up with a solution—at least enough of a solution to get you to the next little tidbit of a step.

And that’s all you have to do!

You don’t have to have all the answers for your whole journey right now. You don’t even have to have complete answers. You can move forward with as much information as you can gather and trust that you’ll figure it out when you get there. And you will, I know it!

Make sure you applaud yourself for all the teensy-tiny steps you took this week. That’s awesome! It’s the little bitsy steps that are the bread and butter of getting you to your dreams. Keep taking them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What Are You Waiting For?

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Why are you waiting to take the next step?

There will never be a perfect time.  You will never be fully prepared.  You will never have all the answers.

Your product or service is good enough right now. Get it out there so that it can help people! You can tweak it and improve it as time goes on.

Go for it right now!

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Your homework is to take the next step. I know it’s daunting, intimidating, scary, overwhelming, and many other adjectives. But don’t let that stop you! There is information out there that can help you and there are people who are very generous with their time and knowledge and who are eager share what they know.

Take the next step!

Break it into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking the fragments into smaller and smaller dabs until you get to the specks that are just the right size for you. Then do them!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: The Mangy-Looking Tomato Plants

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

 

The summer vegetables are winding down at the farm, including the tomatoes.  The plants are drying out and they look a little mangy.  A number of the tomatoes are past their prime and some have fallen off the vines.  There are still enough good tomatoes to pick, though.  And even if they aren’t as picture-perfect as the tomatoes in July, these late-season ones are still packed full of nutrition and they still make delicious tomato sauce.

This got me to thinking….

Many people assume they’re too old or too young for success, or that they’re too tall or too short, too skinny or too husky.  Some people think they aren’t smart enough or that they don’t have the right connections.  Others think they are the wrong gender or color so they figure they can never be successful.

NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       NONE OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The world is starving for your special knowledge and experience, your unique talents and abilities.  It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you grew up, or who your family is.  You are exactly the right person to make your dreams come true.  What matters is you taking your own dreams seriously, making a plan to bring them to fruition, and then following through with that plan one step at a time.

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Your homework is to take the next step.  Break it into tiny bits that can easily fit into your schedule; tiny bits that are a snap for you to complete.  Then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I believe in YOU!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Think for Yourself

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The media has us believing that if we aren’t successful overnight then we’re losers.  The media brainwashes us that if we don’t achieve success quickly and when we are young and pretty, then we may as well go home, lock the door, and forget about it.

NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!

First of all, we have to separate what the media—the world—considers success to be from what WE know in OUR hearts and souls what success means to us.

Second of all, success in itself is fine and dandy and a wonderful thing, however, for it to touch your heart and soul, success MUST be directly connected to your dreams.  That’s the special type of success that we all crave and that each one of us is on this earth to achieve.

Here’s what all this means:

You can’t listen to what the world says, does, values, wants.  Same goes for many of the people you come in contact with on a daily basis. 

They have mistaken notions and ideas, mainly because they haven’t stopped to think through what they are seeing and hearing.  They also aren’t taking the time to then run that by the filter of:  is this right for me?  Is believing this and following through with this going to bring me closer to the direction in which my heart and soul are guiding me?

You MUST think for yourself!

Of course from time-to-time you need advice and counsel.  This can come in the form of reading books, taking a class, meeting with trusted friends and loved ones who are moving in the direction of their own dreams.  Input from trusted sources can give you the boost you need.  But, even so, you must take what you learn and what others offer to you and run it through your own thought processes.  This way you can adapt it to YOUR particular situation and the dreams you are moving toward.

As you think for yourself, it isn’t about poking holes in others’ beliefs or dismissing information and help that others graciously offer to you.  It’s about running the information, advice, and counsel through your own filter of ‘how can I adapt this so that it serves me and helps me move closer to my dreams’.

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Your homework today is to turn on your fabulous brain.  Focus your thoughts on what you can do to help yourself and move yourself closer to your dreams.

Take the next step!  Break it into itsy bitsy jots and specks—pieces that are just the right size for you—then do them.

You can do this, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren