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Pep Talks: 12 Statements to Start Your Week Off Right

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I want to help you get the week off to a great start and today’s post contains 12 statements you can make to yourself first thing in the morning, throughout your day, and the last thoughts before bedtime.

You may not believe it but you do have what it takes. The day and week ahead may seem daunting but it’s manageable when you take it one little piece at a time. Don’t look too far ahead down the road and DO NOT look behind, especially don’t do this in judgment of yourself–harsh judgment in particular.

In spite of your circumstances, and instead of waking up with dread and misgivings and fretting, tell yourself that you can’t wait to see the good that will come to you today and the beauty that you’ll see along the way. Even if it feels like a lie and the most outlandish thing to think about the day, think it anyway. You need to retrain your mind and starting with your thoughts and your attitudes at the beginning of the day is a great place to start.

Here are some pep statements you can say to yourself in the morning, especially as you’re brushing your teeth and washing up in front of the mirror. Look at yourself. Right in the eyes. SMILE at yourself–in spite of the toothbrush in your mouth!–and say these statements with as much enthusiasm and pep as you can:

I have what it takes;

 

No matter what, I can and I will figure it out;

 

I can take care of myself; I can stand on my own two feet;

 

I have resources I can turn to that will support me as I figure it out;

 

I am talented and smart;

 

I am creative and can think of new and interesting and fun ways to use my talents, my abilities, my skills and my knowledge in ground-breaking ways to help myself;

 

All the raw materials I need to build my soul-prospering life are already within me;

 

I am strong, I am capable, I am competent; I am well able;

 

I am locked and loaded for victory and for greatness in my own life;

 

My life is the perfect fit for me and I am a perfect fit for my life:

 

I am approved, anointed, and I have the authority to live my life my way;

 

I am the only one who can live my life successfully, with majesty and greatness–no one else can do it; only I can!

 

Now stand straight and tall with your shoulders back and your head held high, looking the world square in the face. Now go out there and craft your soul-prospering life!

You can do it, I am very very sure of it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Gratitude: The Wise Woman’s Stone

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I came across this little essay and it resonated strongly with me. I thought you’d like it, too.

 

The Wise Woman’s Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”  

~Author Unknown

 

This is such a simple way of reminding us that it isn’t who we are on the outside–riches, fame, beauty–it’s all about who we are on the inside. With an attitude of loving-kindness, humility, and gratitude, we are far richer, far more beautiful, and can have a deep, far-reaching impact on our life, our loved ones’ lives, and, perhaps, we can make a significant difference in the larger world.

The point is what’s on the inside of us.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Laughing it Up: Some Resources

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This week we’ve been talking about the benefits of laughing.   Sometimes we all need help in bringing more laughter into our lives. The following are some ideas of where to look:

~Local library:  Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more, that can make you laugh

~Meetups (www.meetup.com):  Groups focusing on positive thinking, happiness, joy, and more

~Happiness Club (www.happinessclub.com):  Find groups near where you live—or start your own chapter

~YouTube:   Videos of: people laughing, how-to’s on doing laughter yoga, videos of people being  silly, old sit-coms, old movies, and more.

 

Hope these help you add laughter to your day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Love the One You’re With: YOU!

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Here are a few quotes to follow yesterday’s theme of loving and appreciating yourself:

 

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.  ~Buddha

 

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.  Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.  ~M. Scott Peck

 

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.  ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

 

Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?  ~Brigham Young

 

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.  ~Denis Waitley

 

Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth.  Only you can be responsible for that.  If you can’t love and respect yourself, no one else will be able to make that happen.  Accept who you are, completely—the good and the bad—and make changes as YOU see fit, not because you think someone else wants you to or to make others like you.  ~Stacey Charter

 

Let me know which one(s) you liked!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Valentine’s Day: Love the One You’re With

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Back in the ’70s there was a popular song that was sung by Steven Stills of Crosby Stills & Nash called Love the One You’re With. 

People come and go in your life and you don’t always have control over that.  But you always have you.  You’re the one who will be there all the time, no matter what.

 I heartily encourage you to love the one you’re with, the one you’re with every day, all day and all night.  That’s YOU!

If you don’t already, learn to appreciate yourself.   Instead of focusing on the things that you perceive as not right about yourself, focus on the things you like and appreciate about yourself.  I’m sure you can come up with a list—which is what I encourage you to make for yourself.

Here are a few suggestions to jump-start you—remember that nothing is too small or too insignificant to include:

You make your bed every morning

You have a nice smile

Your laugh is infectious

You have a good sense of humor

You give good hugs

You’re good at math

You’re good at grammar

You’re a good speller

Your hair is thick and lustrous

Your hair is smooth and satiny

You like to sing

You see the beauty around you

You’re a good cook

You’re creative

You’re inventive

You’re resourceful

 

Keep going with your list!  Keep it handy and refer to it OFTEN!

Keep reminding yourself why you are soooo lucky to be you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Raw Materials: An Additional Thought

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Yesterday I talked about a portion of The Shift, a movie starring Dr. Wayne Dyer.

The part I talked about was where he says that during our time of gestation, when we are still in our mother’s womb, we have all the know-how we need to go from one cell to the billions of cells that make up a human body.

Dr. Dyer asks the question if we had all the know-how at that time, why don’t we have it now—what happened to it?

The answer is implied but let me make it clear:  The answer is that we didn’t lose it.  It didn’t disappear.  We still have the know-how within us to achieve our true dreams.  All we have to do is to look within and to trust what we see and hear there.

Let me know what you think of this concept.  Thanks!

Please pass this post along to a friend.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.