What I’ve Learned: What Success Isn’t

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Success isn’t being the smartest or the fastest or the strongest or the best. Success is getting back up again and again and again….

Keep getting up until you reach your dream.

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Your homework is to get back up. Then take the next step.  Take it as slow as you need to and break the steps into itsy-bitsy chunks.  Keep moving forward.  Keep doing the itsy-bitsy chunks of steps and soon you’ll find you’re living the life of your dreams.

You can do it, I am so very positive of it!

And, I’m very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Pep Rally! You Are Packed FULL!

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You are packed full of all sorts of Goodness that is yours to manifest, to enjoy, to have, to be. It’s yours. It belongs to you; no one else.

You have all the resources you need in order to fulfill your dreams. You may have to dig in and develop them, hone them, perfect them, but they are there just waiting for you, eager to help you.

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You can do it! You were born to manifest your dream and live your best life—which is far bigger and way better than anything you can imagine.

All you have to do is to take action on what the Still Small Voice is urging you to do. Follow the whisperings of your heart and soul.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m totally and completely and awesomely proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Why?!

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With your hectic schedule and busy lifestyle it seems as if the last thing you have time for is to sit down and review your week.

And, anyway, it doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal. After all, you remember what got crossed off your endless To Do list, and those items that didn’t. Why do you need to waste time rehashing it all?

Regularly reviewing your week helps in three ways:

First of all, you can spot techniques that aren’t working—for instance, you’ve tried to get up fifteen minutes before the rest of the household so you can read something inspirational, but you can’t seem to drag yourself out of bed. You also notice that every day when your colleagues go down to the break room for their morning coffee, you usually stay at your desk. This could be the perfect time to sit in quiet contemplation or to read uplifting passages from a daily devotional.

By taking the time to review your week, instead of giving up on a goal that you’ve determined is important to you, you discovered how to tweak the normal way you do things so that you can incorporate this into your schedule.

Another reason to review your week is that it’s vitally important to recognize the progress you’re making and to applaud yourself for it. It’s too easy to forget about or minimize the things that did go well for you during the week and the tasks you did complete well and the successes you did have.

It’s motivating to see that you’re making progress.

It feels good to know that the little steps you’re taking are, in fact, getting you closer to your dreams.

Also, regularly reviewing your week increases your self-esteem. Taking yourself and your dreams seriously and regularly marching toward them increases your self-confidence. You prove to yourself you do have what it takes because you see that even though the path may have been crooked and rocky, you managed to find your way around or through those obstacles. You figured it out! It feels good to know that you can do this! This increases self-reliance because you realize you can handle the problems and obstacles that will come along.

Yay You!

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Your homework today is to review your week. Note the things that need tweaking and brainstorm ways you can do things a little differently in the upcoming week.

Then, of course, celebrate your wins! Applaud your progress, no matter how small or how humble. Pat yourself on the back for the things you did well and the bits of projects that you’ve crossed off your To Do list.   This is all FANTASTIC stuff!

You did it, just like I knew you always would!

You ROCK!

I am so very, very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Zig-Zag Path

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Oftentimes we become frustrated and even disheartened when the path to our dreams is not wide and straight, as we define “wide” and “straight”.

How many times, though, have you looked back at the path you were “forced” to take to achieve a dream and seen that it really was the best path?  At the time, you may have thought that you were on the wrong track, that you were taking two steps forward and three back, and you may have felt lost and confused.  But now that you have the perspective of time, you can see that it really was a Well-Laid Plan that got you to your dream.

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Your homework is to trust that the path you’re on is the Right One.  Even though it’s zigging and zagging, even though it’s rocky and twisty, and even though it seems like you are so lost you’ll never get back to civilization. Know that as you keep pressing forward, keep taking steps, that you will get to where you want to go.

Keep taking steps!  Keep moving forward!

You can absolutely do this, I know you can!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally: Believe and Have Faith

 

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We talked about The Moment of Belief and The Moment of Faith yesterday (click here to be taken to that post).   Today’s chat is a Pep Rally to help us stay focused!

Stay in faith and believe in the dream in your heart and soul. Know that the whisperings of your heart and soul is the Universe urging you onward.

You are meant to achieve the dreams and ideas you have!

You have what it takes!

You have within you all the gifts, talents, abilities, Vision, know-how, and more, that you’ll need to get you where you want to go!

It’s True! Believe it!

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Your homework: TAKE THE NEXT STEP!

You can do it, I am positive you can—I believe in YOU!

I’m so happy for you and very proud of you. You ROCK!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Stopping at the Moment of Belief and Faith

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We’ve all wanted really big things to happen in our lives.  We’ve all hoped and prayed for them to happen.

But they don’t.

What’s up with that?!

It’s because we’ve stopped at a critical moment:  The Moment of Belief, The Moment of Faith.

This is the moment where we have a choice:  we can either believe and have faith in that thing that we want, that it will happen and it will come to pass, in spite of the fact that there is absolutely nothing in “reality” to support our belief and faith, or we can choose the other course where we fall in line with “reality” and what everyone else tells us is right and true rather than believing and having faith in what we tell ourselves is Right and True for us.

The first course–the one where we belief and have faith in ourselves and that Something Else that will come to our aid when we need it–will take us to our dreams.

The second course–where we substitute “reality” and what everyone else is thinking, doing, believing and having faith in instead of believing in what we know to be Right and True for ourselves–will keep us stuck and living a mediocre life, one that is way below our potential and far, far off the mark of our Destiny.

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Your homework today is to believe and have faith in what you know to be Right and True for you.

Push through that Moment of Belief and Faith. 

Then take the next step!  Break it into small chunks and bits, then do them–follow through!  If you do this consistently and regularly, you WILL achieve your dreams!

YOU CAN DO IT!   I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Life Wants to Flourish

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Life is relentless. It marches on no matter what and no matter where. It’s hard to completely and totally obliterate living things. Even in desolate or obliterated landscapes there’s at least bacteria thriving. Not just living and surviving, but thriving.

Keep this in mind when your life seems bleak and hopeless. The same scientific principles that allow the bacteria to flourish in impossibly harsh conditions are also working for you in your situation.

Think about this. Contemplate it. Allow the power of this idea to seep into every nook and cranny of your being and your life. Tap into and to use to power yourself onward.

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Your homework is to take the next step. Break it into manageable chunks, no matter how small those chunks need to be, then follow through and do them.

As you do this, keep remembering that Life is always perking along. Latch onto its coattails and let it sweep you along, too!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren