Don’t Try

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Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield

 

When you don’t try, you don’t have the opportunity to fail…but you also don’t have the opportunity to succeed.

When you don’t try, you miss out on the chance to move beyond your limitations.  

When you don’t try, you can’t get any farther down the pathway to your dreams.

When you don’t try, then you’re saying that you like being stuck and unhappy.

When you don’t try, you admit defeat even before you’ve started.

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Your homework today is to take the next step.  Break it into small parts and little pieces.  Break those into tiny tidbits and smidgens—then do them!

You can do it, I’m absolutely sure of it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Humble and Reasonable Confidence

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.Norman Vincent Peale 

 

As you begin the week, take Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s quote to heart.  Have faith in yourself that you have what it takes to make your dreams come true.  You have the strength to keep taking one step after the other, all the way to your dreams!  You have the intelligence to figure it out, whether that means taking classes or brushing up your skills, you have what it takes to come up with the answers you need.

You can do this, I know absolutely and for sure that you can!

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Your homework today is to stand straight and tall with your shoulders back.  Hold your head high and look people straight in the eye and take the next step!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Things to Know About Yourself

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There is no one exactly like you, and that’s a very good thing.  This world sure would be dull if everyone was just like everyone else.  Be glad you are you!

Your dreams are unique to you so you don’t have to worry about whether or not someone else is better at achieving your dreams than you are.  Even though their dream may look an awful lot like yours, there are particular shadings to your dreams that are specific to you.  As you keep following your dreams, they will reveal themselves to you and you will see that your dream is unlike anyone else’s.   

You have what it takes—you are fully packed with everything you need—to make your dreams come true.  You may have to discover what you have and then develop it, but it’s there for you.  Keep looking, keep stretching yourself, and you’ll find it!

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Keep taking the next step.  That’s your homework today.  Break the step into small pieces and smaller parts.  Keep breaking them down until you get to the tidbits and smidgens that are just right for you.  Then do those tidbits!

You can do it, I’m positive you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Happiness

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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. ~Earl Nightingale

 

Your homework today is to keep Earl Nightingale’s quote in mind as you review your week.

Ask and answer the questions:    When were the moments you were happy this week—what were you doing, who were you with, where were you?  Do you notice a pattern of times, places, and people who make you happy?  Can you bring more of this into your life?

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As always, when you review your week, make sure you acknowledge and applaud yourself for the progress you’ve made toward your dreams.  Even though it might be slight, it’s still progress.  It all adds up so it all matters!

I know you can do this!

I’m proud of you and the progress you’ve made!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Being Thankful

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Thank you for being loyal followers of this blog.  I appreciate it very much. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Of course being thankful means appreciating and being grateful for all the goodness in our lives—especially the small things that often go unnoticed, such as the sometimes subtle, understated beauty of Mother Nature, the quick smile that a passerby might offer you, and the burst of satisfaction you feel of a job well done even if it is something mundane.

Being thankful also means not allowing the hatred of misguided souls to stunt your life or thwart your quest to achieve your dreams.  It’s demonstrating your thankfulness for all the goodness in your life as well as the kindness and decency in the world by taking the next step, then the following step, and then the one after that.

Being thankful is resolving that no matter what, you will do at least one little something every day that will take you a small increment closer to your dreams.

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Your homework today is to give thanks and share that gratefulness with others.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Remember This, Part 3

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You were made for greatness!

Your greatness probably doesn’t look like anyone else’s such as being the first human to walk on another planet, or discovering the cure for a dread disease, or solving world poverty and hunger (click here to be taken to “Remember This, Part 1”Click here to be taken to “Remember This, Part 2″).

Your greatness may take the form of modeling a life of honor and integrity for your friends and loved ones; showing up at work and giving your very best effort every day; remembering to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

You don’t have to be world-famous to be great.

All you have to do is to be the very best version of yourself in each moment.

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Your homework is to take the next step.  Break it into smaller and smaller bits until you find the smidgens that are just right for you.  Then do those smidgens!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Remember This, Part 2

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us that it’s our choice to be affected—or not—by what others say about us or do to us (click here to be taken to “Remember This, Part 1”).

It’s our choice to let other’s slights to us or slanders about us make us feel ashamed of ourselves or guilty about who we are as human beings.

In the face of ridicule or criticism, it isn’t easy to keep our heads held high and our shoulders back.  It can be tough to shrug off the initial shock and hurt when you feel laughed at or insulted.  But, if we are resolved to achieve our dreams, shaking it off something we must do.

The ideal is to behave with grace, class, and charm when this happens so we can sail through the awkwardness.  Sometimes, though, the only way to get through it is to grit our teeth and muscle it out—just plow through it and know that tomorrow is another day.  And to remember this:  with the new day comes opportunities for circumstances that are more pleasant.

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Your homework today is to know that this, too, shall pass.  And, as you’re plowing through while it’s passing, be sure to take the next step!  Moving toward your dreams, even just a teensy bit, will bring comfort that will help you get through this passing rough patch.

You can do it, I am absolutely and totally convinced that you can!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS  Read one (or more!) of the many books written by Eleanor Roosevelt.  She speaks candidly of her struggles to overcome acute shyness and paralyzing fear.  It wasn’t at all easy for her and many times she took two steps forward and one step back.  But she persevered and aren’t we—the Citizens of the World—fortunate that she did!