Update on Where We Stand

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When the seasons change, I take a moment to reflect on where I am in relation to the goals I set at the beginning of the year. Do you do this, too?

By this time of the year, I have goals that are completed or nearly completed as well as ones that are lined up and ready for me to start working on. I also notice that there are a few goals that are totally untouched and as pristine as when I first wrote them on my list last January.   !!!  When looking at your goals list from January, do you notice the same thing?

Perhaps we should have a closer look at these and take this weekend to ask ourselves some questions:

Are these MY goals that are organic to MY dreams and MY Still Small Voice?

If they truly are my goals born of my dreams that grew from my Still Small Voice, then I’ll proceed to the next question.

If not, then I’ll ask myself additional questions:

(1) whose goals/dreams/wishes/desires are these and

(2) why do I think I should make them my goals

(3) what happens if I take these off my goals list–what are the consequences and is there anything I need to do about them?

Are they too big, too intimidating, too overwhelming?

Why aren’t I working toward these goals that are truly mine?

What part of “diving in” is making me hesitate and will breaking them into much smaller steps help?

Do I need some sort of support, such as a Master Mind group?

Every person who has achieved their dreams has done so with the help of a group of like-minded people who encouraged, advised, and lent support along the way.

 

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These are a few of the questions I’ll be answering this weekend as I review my goals. Will you be adding other questions to this list?  If so, if you don’t mind, please let me know in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Problems versus Decisions

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You don’t have a problem to solve, you have a decision to make. ~Robert Schuller

 

I was randomly clicking around the Internet and came across this quote. It stopped me in my tracks.

I’d never thought of problems in this light.

When I do, I’m amazed at how many issues and inconveniences would be solved and cleaned up in my life!

For instance: finally deciding to get rid of files and other materials that a former friend abandoned at my house ten years ago; making the decide to resolve an unsatisfactory work situation; deciding to no longer hold space open in my life for people who are never coming back.

Where are you stuck? Can you take a closer look at it to find the decision you aren’t making and thus free yourself to take the next step?

In the comments below, let me know if I can help. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quotes to Help You Keep Going!

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We all get discouraged from time-to-time.  Especially after either a particularly brutal setback or when we’ve endured a never-ending flood of setbacks, we may feel like total idiots.

This is the very time to hold on.

The best way to hold on is to not let go.

Here are a few quotes I came across that might help us when the going is really, really tough:

If you really want to eat, keep climbing. The fruits are on the top of the tree. Stretch your hands and keep stretching them. Success is on the top, keep going. ― Israelmore Ayivor

 

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ailure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward. ― Roy T. Bennett

 

Keep going. No matter what you do, no matter how many times you screw up and think to yourself “there’s no point to carry on”, no matter how many people tell you that you can’t do it – keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit because a month from now you will be that much closer to your goal than you are now. Yesterday you said tomorrow. Make today count. ― Anonymous

 

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you ’til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Keep on going g and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.  ~Charles F. Kettering

 

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It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.  ~Babe Ruth

 

Keep going. Take that next step–break it into itsy bitsy pieces but take that next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quotes About Gratefulness

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This post has been updated.  The new version was published on June 3, 2017

Below is the original post; please enjoy it!

 

Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world.  Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize. ― Richelle E. Goodrich

 

I like this quote because it reminds me that Life is no respecter of persons and can be quite capricious at times. It reminds me to be humble and grateful because I don’t always know when Grace and plain old dumb luck have prevented a worse situation from crashing down upon me.

 

 

There is no such thing in the world as a “self-made man” or a “self-made woman”. We’ve received so much from so many for so long that we can’t even keep count. But, simply because we can’t keep count, doesn’t mean we discount. ― Sharad Vivek Sagar

 

This is another quote that reminds me to be humble and grateful to the people I know who have helped me–and still may be helping me–but also to send out thanks to those I’ll never know how they’ve helped me. Just as I don’t always know when Grace has saved me from a terrible situation, I don’t always know from whom I’ve received a helping hand.  Sometimes people’s help is so subtle, I may not make the connection.  For instance, it could be an acknowledgement in passing from a stranger–a smile or the person ahead of me holding a door open for me–that lifts my mood enough that I’m able to feel the nudge from my Inner Guidance that then puts me on the path of my Next Best Thing.

 

 

She taught me that life goes on, and that I had a choice: To lament what I no longer had or be grateful for what remained. ― Louise Penny

 

Maybe the secret to life is embodied in this quote. Perhaps the purpose of life is not whether or not we acquiring things real or ethereal, or transcending the world.  Perhaps the purpose is to see how often we can turn our backs on loss and the negative and firmly turn our faces toward gratefulness of what remains and for what lies ahead.

 

Do one of these quotes strike a chord with you? Do you have another that resonates deeply with you?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Word About Gratitude

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As we prepare for World Gratitude Day, September 21st, I’d like to share an illustration of the power of saying Thank You.

I “bumped into” a friend of mine at the post office and I asked how she was doing.  I obviously caught her at a bad moment because she was fuming.   She told me of an experience she recently had with a local non-profit.  A little background information:  My friend is a talented graphic artist and she’s asked by many local charities and civic organizations to donate these skills and talents to their various projects—and she’s always more than happy to do so.   

 She told me of that for the non-profit she went above and beyond the call of duty in creating an advertising poster for an upcoming event of theirs.  They couldn’t provide her with images so she traveled over two hours each way to take pictures and then spent more hours than she had counted on in her studio designing the poster, due to the many (!!) changes the non-profit requested. 

It wasn’t making the many changes that annoyed my friend.  She understands that civic organizations and charities are run by Boards of Trustees and committees and oftentimes it’s difficult and time-consuming to get them to come to a final decision.   

My friend wasn’t upset with having to drive over two hours each way in order to have images for the poster.  It turned out to be a pretty drive on country roads and she met several interesting people at the location. 

It wasn’t the extra time she had to spend on the poster, time that she could have spent on paying clients’ projects.   

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What had her fuming was that no one from the non-profit said, “Thank you.” 

Because of her not hearing those two little words—thank you—she will not help them again. 

Wow. 

This is definitely a cautionary tale for us! 

By the way, the poster is beautiful and I know for a fact that the non-profit has received additional attention and positive feedback because of the poster. 

The take-away for me is that you can ALWAYS find some aspect for which you can say thank you:  the person’s time, their willingness to volunteer or give a donation, their efforts, their interest, etc.. 

Remember to say Thank You! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Self-Actualization: A Few Feelings to Expect

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You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well. ~Jennifer Egan

Although today’s quote is talking about writing, in its place you can substitute any area of interest, any passion, any subject–anything–and it still holds true.

The quote also applies to self-actualization–the quest to unshakably connect with your True Self and live a juicy, luscious life.

This quote is telling us that the price we’ll pay to get to this delicious life is feeling uncomfortable, awkward, and out of our depth as we learn. The price also includes making false starts and mistakes. Also, it’s feeling unsure and wrestling with self-doubt.

The good news is that the more we stick with it and take one babystep after another, the more confident we’ll become and the clearer we’ll see that we’re on the right track.

Take the next step!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Self-Actualization: One Person’s Journey

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I came across this essay where the author is talking about her journey into her True Self–self-actualization. I wanted to share it with you because I want you to see how following your Inner Guidance, to people on the outside looking in, it looks crazy.  What you want to do doesn’t make sense to others.

As you see in the article, the author followed her instincts anyway and it was one of the best, most empowering phases of her life. Of course she had struggles and setbacks along the way, but the insights and connecting with her True Self and knowing she could trust it and rely on it were much more valuable than any price she had to pay.

Here’s the link again to the article. Let me know what you think in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren