Walk the Talk: The Benefits

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When you Walk the Talk and Do the Work of striving toward your dreams, you increase the likelihood of creating a soul-prospering life for yourself and there are other benefits as well.

When you consistently walk the talk and do the work, you can look forward to:

~Increased self-reliance

Let’s face it, crafting your soul-prospering life isn’t easy; you’ve probably endured many a rough patch.  And you made it through.  It may not have been pretty, and you may not have the outcome you hoped for, but you made it through.

You’ve learned that you can rely on yourself—you can count on you—in spite of what you think your shortcomings are (not smart enough, not talented, don’t have the “right” education…).  You were able to figure enough of it out so that you made it through.  And, since nothing’s cast in concrete, there’s always the opportunity to keep plugging away at it so you can modify the outcome!

~Increased self-esteem

Because you’ve been through the rockslides of life and you discovered that you can rely on yourself, your self-esteem naturally improves.  While you still may not be the most talented or smart or graceful about the whole thing—and I must interrupt here and say if you’re thinking this about yourself, or anything similar to this, STOP IT RIGHT NOW because you’re comparing yourself to others and you’ll always come out the loser when you do that—in spite of all of this, you did it and are continuing to do it.

Yay you!

~Increased self-awareness

You know yourself much better.  You have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.  You know what to do to shore up your weaknesses and how to play to your strengths.  You’ve found people who will help you when you need it as well as discovered those who truly celebrate you.

Best of all, though, is that you have a deeper, wider understanding of your purpose and passion.  Along with this, you’ve probably discovered new ideas about how to bring your special talents to the world.

 

Walking the talk, doing the work, may be difficult and heartbreaking at times, but there now is a depth and wisdom to you and your character that you wouldn’t have gotten any other way.

And this is so worth it!

Walk the talk:  Do the Work!

I know you can do it!  I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Walk the Talk: No One Else Can Do It For You!

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Walk the Talk: No One Else Can Do It For You!

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As we talked about in yesterday’s post, you have your own specific purpose/work/mission here on earth and it’s up to you to do it.

This means that no one else can do it for you.  It is up to you to do it.

Do the work:  Walk the talk!

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to go it alone and that you have to figure everything out by yourself.

No, not at all.

There are mentors and coaches to help you; there are books, classes, teachers, and other resources to help you.  There are libraries and reputable resources on the Internet.  There are support groups, clubs, and organizations that are designed to help others with specific difficulties or for teaching particular skills.

There is plenty of help in the world, but it’s up to you to find it and use it to help yourself achieve your special purpose for being in this world.

Do the work:  Walk the talk!

You can do it, I know you can!  I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Walk the Talk: Do the Work!

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Yes, we all have obligations and responsibilities. We have bosses to please, projects at work to complete, kids to raise, a spouse or partner to stay connected with, a home or apartment to maintain, pets to care for, church and community missions, and the like.

We also have to remember that this is our life to live–our only one. We weren’t given life so that we can give it all away to others and have nothing left for ourselves. I believe each of us was put here in this time and in this place (where ever in the world that may be) for a specific reason. And we each know this reason–we hear it in the whisperings of our heart, the urgings of our soul, and in the guidance of the Still Small Voice.

Do the work!

Follow your dreams and that thing that’s way bigger than you.

If we don’t do the work we were meant to do, then the world is not as luminous or as friendly as it could be. All of us have something of value to add to the world and it’s our job, our responsibility, to do it.

Of course take care of your family and be a good friend. Of course do your very best at your work and do what you can within your neighborhood and community to make the world a better place. But also live your life–work toward your destiny and craft your soul-prospering life.

Do the work!

You can do this, I’m sure you can. I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Walk the Talk: There’s Still Time

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are just about over. The holiday decorations are up in the stores and in our neighborhoods.   This can be a very exciting time of year.

It can also be overwhelming not only because of all the holiday preparations but also because at some point it hits us: there are four weeks left in 2017–34 days to be exact.

Ugh.

Along with feeling overwhelmed, we may also feel discouraged–all those goals and good intentions that we had at the beginning of the year, that we may have renewed our commitment to in the summer, then recommitted to when the kids went back to school….we’re nearing the end of the year and they’re still untouched.

UGH!

Ok. This happens to all of us so don’t feel bad.

Take a few minutes today–15 – 20 minutes–and go through your list of goals/intentions/resolutions for 2017. Ask yourself which of these has the biggest impact in your life. Keep in mind that it may not be the one or two goals that seem most obvious.

For instance, you may have a goal of making a certain amount of money as well as the goal of cleaning out and organizing your home. On the surface, it seems as if making more money is more important than cleaning and organizing because it’s obvious that enough money can impact your life in a big way: it’ll help you get out of debt, stay out of debt, and begin regularly saving and putting money away for your retirement. The money will also help you provide a good life for yourself and your loved ones.

However…

If you’re constantly tripping over all the stuff in your house, if you can’t find the tools and resources you know you have, if your living space isn’t the oasis from the chaos of the world and doesn’t make you feel nurtured and supported, then perhaps cleaning out and organizing your home is the true top priority for these next few weeks.

With this example in mind, take a look at your list and choose the one or two things you can work on.   Perhaps the projects are much bigger than you can complete in four weeks–completion isn’t the point, anyway.   It’s all about taking baby steps and chipping away at the goals and intentions you have that will make the biggest impact on your life.

I urge you to do this because keeping at it no matter what–even 5 minutes a day–will raise your self-esteem and enthusiasm, and give you the sustained energy to “slingshot” yourself into the New Year.

Give it a try and let me know how it’s working out for you. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Walk the Talk: 19 Quotes to Inspire Us to Keep On Keeping On

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It isn’t too late to achieve some of the goals/intentions/resolutions you chose for yourself at the beginning of 2017. Here are a few quotes to inspire you to choose one or two of your goals and to work on them during these next few weeks:

 

You can do it! I believe in you! –Lauren, Your Friend and Pep Pal

 

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. –Calvin Coolidge

 

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your won highest standards, and when you reach and surpass your limits, that is real joy. –Arthur Ashe

 

There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. –Derek Jeter

 

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you. –Maya Angelou

 

The opposite of fear is love – love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.”  ― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

 

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. –Sam Ewing

 

Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%–you make it that much easier for me to beat you.   –Unknown

 

Things may come to those who wait, but only the thins left by those who hustle.   –Abraham Lincoln

 

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can do wrong. –Ella Fitzgerald

 

Stay stupid. Follow your unconventional, crazy heart. ― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

 

A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. –Colin Powell

 

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. –Ann Landers

 

To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. –Picabo Street

 

Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.  ― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

 

Success in no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. –Pele

 

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. –Mark Twain

 

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Thomas Edison

 

Someday is not a day of the week. –Janet Daily

 

Choose a few of these quotes to keep handy as you go through the week. Refer to them often and let their wisdom and power infuse your being; let them be the fuel for your quest.

Which quotes do you like the best? Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thanksgiving: Stop Comparing Yourself!

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When we find ourselves thinking that we’ve nothing to be thankful for–or very little to be thankful for–it’s probably because we’re comparing ourselves either to others or to some standard of perfection we’ve concocted that, in reality, is unattainable.

I came across this poem that I think sums it up nicely:

 

Hard Luck

 

         Ain’t no use as I can see

         In sittin’ underneath a tree

         An’ growlin’ that your luck is bad,

         An’ that your life is extry sad;

         Your life ain’t sadder than your neighbor’s

         Nor any harder are your labors;

         It rains on him the same as you,

         An’ he has work he hates to do;

         An’ he gits tired an’ he gits cross,

         An’ he has trouble with the boss;

         You take his whole life, through an’ through,

         Why, he’s no better off than you.

 

 

         If whinin’ brushed the clouds away

         I wouldn’t have a word to say;

         If it made good friends out o’ foes

         I’d whine a bit, too, I suppose;

         But when I look around an’ see

         A lot o’ men resemblin’ me,

         An’ see ’em sad, an’ see ’em gay

         With work t’ do most every day,

         Some full o’ fun, some bent with care,

         Some havin’ troubles hard to bear,

         I reckon, as I count my woes,

           They’re ’bout what everybody knows.

 

 

         The day I find a man who’ll say

         He’s never known a rainy day,

           Who’ll raise his right hand up an’ swear

         In forty years he’s had no care,

         Has never had a single blow,

         An’ never known one touch o’ woe,

         Has never seen a loved one die,

         Has never wept or heaved a sigh,

         Has never had a plan go wrong,

         But allus laughed his way along;

         Then I’ll sit down an’ start to whine

         That all the hard luck here is mine.

 

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.