Remember This, Part 1

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Please note:  I apologize for the delay in getting this post to you.  It was supposed to have been published yesterday.  Again, sorry for the delay.

 

We can’t let other people make us feel bad about ourselves!

Since we aren’t clones of other people, it naturally follows that we aren’t going to think the same thoughts, do the same things, value and want the same things.

As a consequence, in some respects, our lives may look different than other people’s.

There is nothing wrong with this!

We are meant to follow our own Still Small Voice, to heed the urgings of our souls, and to listen to the whisperings of our hearts.  Even though parts of our path may seem identical to other people’s and aspects of it may resemble the path others are on, our path is a unique, intensely personal, and private walk on this earth.

Remember this:  No matter what anyone else things, says, or does, you were specifically, with thought and care, created to achieve your dreams.  You have what it takes to make your dreams come true!

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Your homework is to take the next step.  Break it into tidbits and specks that are comfortable for you and then do those tidbits and specks!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Do What You Feel in Your Heart to be Right

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

When pursuing our dreams, it’s imperative that we follow the Still Small Voice within along with the whisperings and urgings of our heart and soul.

We absolutely cannot ignore these and instead obey what others think we should or should not do.

One group of people think we should do one thing, another group who think we should do something else, and yet a third group who think we’re crazy and we should just throw in the towel. If we try to listen to them all we’ll soon find ourselves tied into a pretzel the likes of which the world has never seen! On top of that, each group will be mad at us because they’ll claim we didn’t listen to them—and there will probably be still other people who will be mad at us because we didn’t ask their opinion in the first place.

Geez!

So, it’s best to follow the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt quoted here and do what we think is the right thing and the best thing to do in order to reach our dreams. Learn to shrug it off if someone is annoyed that we did or did not follow their advice (eventually they’ll get over it!).

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Your homework today is to look ahead at your week and note the times you may come into contact with people who will have distinct opinions about what you should or should not be doing—especially with Thanksgiving this Thursday and the potential of being with people you don’t usually see throughout the year. Prepare a pleasant statement to say when they start telling you what to do.

Here is a sample statements:

~Thank you for taking an interest in what I’m doing. I appreciate your caring and support.  

~Thanks for your help. I appreciate it. 

~Thank you. You’ve given me a lot to think about.

Above all, be gracious and thank the person for trying to help. Even though their suggestions may be off base, they deserve acknowledgement for taking the time and putting in the effort to be helpful in their own way.

You can do this, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

The Benefit of Adversity

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Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.—Horace

 

You don’t know what you’re truly capable of until you’re put to the test.  You don’t know all the talents you have or the depth and breadth of the ones that you are aware of until you come across a difficulty that challenges you to dig deep within yourself.

Your homework today is to take the next step.  Trust and believe in yourself that you have what it takes to reach your dreams, no matter how rocky, steep, treacherous, and long the path may be.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Fear of Failure versus Fact Finding

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Your homework today is to review your week and note where you’re hesitant to move forward, which steps or parts of steps you’re reluctant to take. Chances are it’s because it’s some form of fear of failure.

Instead of thinking of these areas as places where you might fail, think of them as fact finding missions and opportunities to gather more information. From that point of view you’re collecting, much like a child does at the seashore when he or she finds and interesting shell or piece of sea glass and puts it in a pail. There’s no judgement, no right or wrong or good or bad. Just interesting bits that bring pleasure, contentment, and fulfillment to the child.

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As you review your week, note the areas where it’s easy for you to move forward. Note what you do—what attitude you have and what self-talk you engage in—that makes it comfortable for you to take the next step. Can you apply these tactics to the areas where it’s a little tougher for you?

Once you finish your review, celebrate the progress you’ve made regardless of how humble or small the forward movement was. It all counts and all adds up. Each little bit gets you that much closer to your dreams. Celebrate it!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Forget It!

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Of course you will not forget the experiences of the past, and you do not want to. That’s one of the things we are living for—gaining experience. When we have once really learned a thing through experience, we never forget it—it is a part of us. But why bother about the memory of the pain, the mortification, the “slip-up,” the heartache, the wounded feelings, the misplaced confidence, the thing done in the wrong way, the chance you let slip by, the folly, the sin, the misery, the “might-have-beens,” and all the rest. Oh what’s the use? Forget it I say, forget it. ~William Walker Atkinson

 

In previous posts I’ve urged you to let go of the past, to turn your back on it, and to focus on the here and now with an eye to the future.  Today’s quote clarifies what I meant.

Of course cherish the good memories and the experiences that you’ve had.  The experiences teach you, broaden you, and give you depth.  The good memories lighten your heart and lift you up when the going gets tough.

But forget the heartache, the torment, the guilt and shame.  Remembering them, clinging to them will not do you any good at all!

They will not help you feel good about yourself.

They will not give you the courage to go on.

They will not teach you anything useful.

So forget the negative and bad things!  Remember the good, the happy, and the helpful things!

 

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Your homework today is to live by today’s quote and forget about the bad parts of the past.  Instead, remember when you did do well, you did overcome the challenge, you did believe in yourself and your abilities.  Use this to catapult yourself forward, even if it’s a small bit of a step’s worth.

Use the past as a tool to help you move forward!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally: Wisdom from Anonymous

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In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence.— Anonymous

You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic. ~ Anonymous

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.— Anonymous

All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do. ~ Anonymous

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~ Anonymous

 

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Your homework today is to take the next step.  Take action, do something—anything—that will take you closer to your dreams.

Don’t delay; do it today!  🙂

I know you can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally: Believe It. You Have What it Takes

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You have what it takes to make your dreams come true! 

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy or that it will happen overnight.  Your dreams are going to make you stretch and grow; they’re going to challenge you.  In the process you’ll become deeper and more able to handle all the good that’s coming your way.

You have what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Don’t let anyone tell you differently.  It doesn’t matter what the experts say, what researchers have discovered, or the theories that scientists have proven.  You have an intelligence and vision coupled with particular talents and skills that grow out of your dreams.  As long as you are true to the dreams in your heart and soul—you don’t let anyone talk you out of them or convince you to change or modify them—and as long as you keep taking action, you’ll achieve your dreams.

You have what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Don’t let outer circumstances deter or discourage you.  You know the saying “it’s darkest before the dawn”.  It seems that challenges and obstacles are the worst right before a breakthrough.  Keep moving forward, keep giving it your best shot, and one day you’ll find that “a little while ago” you achieved your dreams.

 

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Your homework today is to take the next step.  Do something, any little thing, that moves you closer to your dreams.  Don’t worry about getting it completely right because you can tweak it as you go.  Take action and know that you have what it takes to make your dreams come true!

You can do it—I’m positively, absolutely convinced of it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren