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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
As I’ve been encouraging you to do all week, I try to incorporate pilgrimages into each week.Last week I told you about my practice of arriving early at clients’ offices so I can enjoy the sunrise.
To me, watching the sunrise—as well as the sunset—is a pilgrimage because I connect with that quiet, serene, calm place inside that accepts the moment for what it is.It’s that place within each of us that can feel expansive awe and wonder in the midst of a busy day or a difficult situation.It’s that part of us that knows we are bigger and more than who we think we are.
Perhaps you’d like to know about a few recent pilgrimages I’ve made.Recently, I visited a beloved friend and we hiked in a park, enjoying the splendor of Mother Nature.
We also visited a historic location and toured a church at the site.The stained glass was exquisite and the church was infused with benevolence and grace from nearly two centuries of peoples prayers and worship.
Please tell me about the pilgrimages you’ve been on recently.Thanks!
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!
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.”
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.