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It’s all in a Name

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Sometimes it’s hard to take a step, even a piece of one, because subconsciously we may be thinking of taking a step as something hard to do; something that isn’t fun at all.  But steps come in all shapes and sizes.  We’ve called them teeny pieces and tiny bits but there are also full steps, leaps, and bounds.

Perhaps, though, the thought of taking steps, no matter what the size, is what’s causing anxiety.  So then, change your vocabulary and the language you use to describe the increments of forward movement you’d like to take.

Re-invent what you call steps in terms of the hobbies you enjoy.  For instance if you enjoy dance, think of them as swing dance moves or tap dance routines or whatever type of dance you enjoy.  If you’re a knitter, then perl your way to your dreams and goals!  Perhaps you enjoy woodworking.  Then whittle your overall dream or goal into small shavings and plane your way to success!

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Your homework is to rename what you call your increments of forward movement using the language and vocabulary of your favorite hobby or pastime.  Have fun with this!  Enjoy yourself!

You can do it!  Go you!

In the comments section, let me know some of the new names you have for the steps you’re taking.

I’m so proud of you for doing this.  This is awesome—and so are you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Super Bowl!

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In honor of tonight’s Super Bowl:

Forget about the times you fumbled; forget about the incomplete passes; and forget about being stopped at the line of scrimmage.

Acknowledge the successes: the interceptions, the third down conversions, and the scores.

No matter what, though, always keep your head in the game and your eye on the ball. Stick to your game plan and what you do best. Focus and concentrate on what you can do to help yourself with the next play. Keep pressing forward, keep standing strong.

You can do it, I know you can. I’m so proud of you!

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No homework today: Enjoy the game!

Your Friend,
Lauren

Celebrate! Dance to the Music!

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Yesterday we talked about A New Day is coming.  Today, let’s build on that theme by taking a look back at all the fantastic progress you’ve made this month.  It’ll help with preparing for this coming month—another opportunity for a new start!

Let’s celebrate all your accomplishments this month because you’ve done really well.  First of all, you made the commitment to achieving your dreams and goals.  This is a huge step because it took courage and resolve to make this promise to yourself.  You should most definitely celebrate it.  Yay you!

Next, you identified some steps you’ll need to take in order to reach your goals and dreams.  This, too, is fabulous.  Recognize the intelligence it took to identify these steps, which means you’re smart and resourceful.  Yahoo for you!

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Then you broke them into small steps—some of them were infinitesimally small, which is just fine—and you committed to taking these small increments and steps on a regular basis.  Recognize the courage and resolve that it took to do this.  It’s a wonderful thing to behold about yourself.

Then you’ve actually taken some steps whether you’ve felt like it or not whether you were frightened or not, whether you were certain or not.  This proves you have what it takes to succeed:  the grit, the stamina, the determination, the persistence, the character, the integrity.  YOU ROCK!!

FEEL THE PRIDE!  You deserve it; you’ve most definitely earned it!

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Your homework today is to revel in how strong and brave you are because you’ve taken steps toward your dreams and goals, and some of those steps were difficult and scary.  You did it anyway, in spite of your fears and anxieties.  Yay for you!!  This goes to show how awesome you are.  WooHoo!

Remember to rejoice in how fantastic you are because you have made progress.  You rock the house down!

MAKE SURE TO HOLD ONTO ALL THIS GOODNESS!

Do not let anyone—yourself included—or anything diminish or dismiss any of your accomplishments this month, no matter how seemingly small.  Small, teensy-tiny increments add up over time, so it all counts; it’s all good!  Stand tough and stand strong against any negativity!  This is important and it’s imperative that you do this!

You can do it!  Go you!

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I’m so proud of you!  You’re progress this month has been marvelous!  You’re terrific!

You’re Friend,

Lauren

Go Team, Go!

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Most of the time, we know what we need to do in order to reach our dreams.  We don’t need to be told.  All we really need is a boost.  So, here it is!

You have what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams.

You’re smart, intelligent, and have awesome street-smarts.

You’re strong, persistent,

You have grit, determination, you have grit

You’re smart, intelligent, and have awesome common sense.

You’re strong, persistent, and resilient.

You have grit, determination, and fortitude.

You’re creative, innovative, and your own special brand of genius is just right for helping you achieve your goals and dreams.

You’re in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way.

You’re on time and on track.

You’re a learner with an inquisitive and probing mind.

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You’re a champion, a victor, and a winner.

You are fully equipped, perfectly fitted out, powerfully enabled

You are authorized, approved, and specially endorsed to go for all your goals and dreams

You are powerful, mighty, and formidable

YOU ARE AWESOME!!  YOU ROCK!!

You’re homework for today is to find a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and with as much emotion and feeling as possible, repeat these statements to yourself (substitute “I” for ‘you”).  Absorb the power and energy and let it sink into your bones–into the very core of you.  Now take a step, even a tiny one.

Go for it, you can do it!

I’m so proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

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Your Friend,

Lauren

Fill ‘Er Up!

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Are you having trouble getting up and getting going?  Is your energy at an all-time low?  Are your reasons for making this journey to your goals and dreams just not that compelling and motivating right now?

This can be a little disconcerting because you’ve been doing so well with coming up with a plan, breaking it into steps, breaking those into small, easily doable pieces, and then doing something every day that will take you to your dreams and goals.  Right now, though, a heaviness might have descended upon you making you feel lethargic and fatigued.  The slightest, easiest task may seem nearly impossible to even think about, much less do.

It’s natural to feel this from time-to-time.  It could be that you need to fill the well, as Julia Cameron says in her book The Artist’s Way.  If you don’t already have this on your shelf, go to your local library and borrow a copy.  Her chapter on The Artist Date can be very enlightening and helpful.

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Your homework today is to think about things you can do to give yourself a break when ever you need to re-charge.   In Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, read the chapter on Artist Dates and use it as inspiration for things you can do to fill your own well.  Make a list and save it where you can access it easily.  Then do one of those things.  Enjoy the moment, enjoy the time you spend doing the thing.  Let it nourish you and fill you up.

One of my favorite things to do is to daydream.  I enjoy sitting outdoors—or looking out my window during inclement weather—letting my eyes rest on the scenery and then allowing my mind to roam free.

Another favorite thing is looking through quilting books.  I’m not a quilter and I never will be, but I love the colors, patterns, and creativity of each artist and each quilt.  I sense the stick-to-it-iveness that was needed to complete the project and that energizes me.  Of course, the overall beauty of each quilt is also inspiring!

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You can do this; I believe in you!

I’m so proud of you for doing this.  You’re awesome!

Your Friend,

Lauren

PS  Giving yourself a break or taking an Artist Date is an important step in your journey to your dreams and goals.  How cool is that?!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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A powerful technique for helping yourself get motivated–or helping yourself stay motivated–is working with a mirror. Counselors, psychologists, and healing coaches have used this tool for many years.  This method will help you counteract those harsh judgments and criticisms we think about ourselves every day, sometimes many moments during the day.

Working with a mirror does not mean that you are selfish, self-centered, narcissistic, pig headed, too big for your britches, or any other derogatory and unhelpful label.  You will not get a big head or become full of yourself.  Instead, this technique is like using a healing salve on an open wound.

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You WILL begin to see the gifts and talents you have that make you unique.  You WILL understand the valuable contributions you have to make to your corner of the world.  You WILL genuinely like–even love–and value yourself.  You WILL have a positive impact on your own life, your family, your friends, and your community.  You WILL become kinder, more tolerant, and more generous.  You WILL have more energy and enthusiasm for your goals and dreams and for living the best life that you can.

Your homework is to get a mirror, one that you can keep in a pocket or purse.  Find a private space and several moments when you won’t be disturbed.  Look into the mirror and into your eyes.  Say positive things to yourself, perhaps things that you always wanted to hear from someone.  If you can’t think of anything, here are a few statements to get you started:  I love you; I’m so good looking, I’m very nice, I have pretty eyes, I like the color of my hair.  I’m so smart.

You can also use “you” instead of “I” statements such as:  You are awesome; You’re a genius; You’re cute; You’re very generous; You’re the kindest person I know.

Do this exercise the first thing in the morning and right before going to bed in the evening.  If you can also do it during the day, all the better.

It may feel awkward and you may be embarrassed doing this exercise.  Do it anyway.  You’ll be glad you did.

You can do this; I believe in you!

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I’m so proud of you for pushing through your discomfort and doing this exercise.  I knew you could do it!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Have I Told You Lately…?

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This is what I believe and know to be true about you:

You are strong;

You are capable;

You are competent;

You are intelligent;

You have your own special brand of genius;

You are smart;

You have loads of common sense;

You can figure things out;

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You are an overcomer;

You are a warrior;

You are a victor;

You are a champion;

You have what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams;

You are fully equipped and empowered to make your dreams and goals come true;

You have grit;

You have determination;

You are persistent;

You have high character;

You have high integrity;

You are a person of worth;

You are a person of value;

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You are generous;

You reach out a helping hand to others;

You are beautiful;

The world is a richer place because you are part of it;

You are brave;

You are courageous;

You are in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way.

Your homework is to read this often and let the words sink into your mind and your bones.  Believe them because they are true.

You can do this!  I believe in you!

I’m so proud of you for moving forward.  I knew you could do it!

Your Friend,

Lauren