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Motivation: Crazy, Nutty, Outlandish, Weird, Stupid, Dumb, Frivolous…Ideas

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Yesterday we had a most excellent brainstorming session and came up with all sorts of ideas–some of them quite bold and outrageous but still very exciting. Got the old juices flowing!

Today, let’s take a closer look at ALL the ideas we jotted down, NOT leaving out any idea no matter how nutty, crazy, stupid, outlandish, dumb, frivolous, etc., they may seem.

Now, let’s categorize our ideas. We’ll have only two groups (1) Reasonable, (2) Totally NUTS!!. Some ideas may be hard to categorize because they’re not quite reasonable but they aren’t totally nuts either. With these, tune into your instincts and let that help you choose which category to put the idea into.

Take some quiet, uninterrupted time, about 15 – 20 minutes. When you have your Reasonable group and you have your Totally NUTS group, put the Reasonable ideas to the side.

We’re going to focus on the Totally NUTS ideas.

Why? Because THAT’S how you’ll achieve your soul-prospering life!

You won’t achieve the life you yearn for if you are reasonable, rational, logical. This is the thinking that’s keeping you in your comfort zone, stuck in your rut!

It’s when you seriously look at your Totally NUTS ideas that you find your way out of your dead-end, unsatisfying life and step into your soul-prospering life!

Sit quietly without interruptions and think about steps you can take within a day or two regarding your Totally NUTS ideas. I know this is scary stuff, but you don’t have to take giant leaps or enormous bounds. All you have to do is take one tiny little baby step. That’s it!

Hang onto this list of Totally NUTS ideas because we’re going to talk more about them tomorrow.

WooHoo! Exciting stuff! You and me, we’re on our way! WooHoo!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

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Motivation: Idea Generation!

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Yesterday we took the time to ask ourselves what we’ve gotten used to in our lives. Today, let’s do some brainstorming regarding what we can do about this.

A reminder: we’re brainstorming so that means all ideas are worthy of being jotted down and considered.

This means:

~NO judging

~NO dismissing

~NO blowing off

~NO pooh-pooh-ing

~NO disparagement of any kind

 

of ANY idea, no matter how crazy or outlandish it is.

 

Also, do NOT:

~worry about the practicality

~fret about the money involved

~angst over how much time an idea might take to work out

~lament over the very few ideas you’ve come up with

~freak out over how may ideas you’ve come up with

~despair over the illogical ideas your brain produces for you

~feel like an idiot because of any idea that your creativity has gifted to you

 

We may find that a piece of one nutty idea combined with a piece of an outrageous forms a blockbuster action that move us forward faster and better than any rational or logical idea we’ve come up with so far!

Take the time today to write down as many ideas as you can. Don’t worry about the number of them, just write down all that come to you in the time you’ve allotted–I recommend 15-20 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time, perfect to do during your lunch hour (just sayin’!). Keep a notepad and pen, or other device handy, so you can jot down ideas that come to you during the day–trust me, they will!

Tomorrow we’ll talk about these. Be sure to make time in your schedule for 15 – 20 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time.

WooHoo! This is GREAT stuff!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Motivation: Happy Labor Day 2017!

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Thank you to all who work hard to give to the world your talents, gifts, and abilities in the form of the products and services you offer or are part of the team that offers them.

I came across this poem that illustrates that taking action is essential to living a soul-prospering life.

 

ACTION 

Forever stars are winging
Their swift and endless race;
Forever suns are swinging
Their mighty globes through space. 


Since by his law required
To join God’s spheres inspired,
The earth has never tired,
But whirled and whirled and whirled. 


Forever streams are flowing,
Forever seeds are growing,
Alway is Nature showing
That Action rules the world.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

When we’re unsure what to do, all we need to do is look to Mother Nature. As this poem so eloquently tells us, movement, stepping out, and taking action are what makes the world go ’round–it’s the name of the game. There’s always a little something each of us can do, a small something that will move us forward, even just a smidgen. Follow Mother Nature’s cue and do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Pep Rally! Something Good WILL Happen!

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Something good–helpful–will happen; it always does.
Oftentimes we want the solution to our problems RIGHT NOW!!   It doesn’t always happen this way.  Usually, we have to be inventive, do our homework, and search for additional help and support–with some hand-wringing and nail biting thrown in–before we figure it out.  
Remember, too, that it isn’t unusual that resources come our way just in the nick of time.   The good news is that “just in the nick of time” is all we need!
In the meantime, help the “something good” come to you by:
~Staying positive – keep telling yourself “I can do this.”  “All is well”  “Everything is working out for my best.”  “I am capable, I am competent, I am strong.  I am smart.”
~Staying productive, not just busy.  Finish task, work on projects that will take you farther down your path, that will help you get ahead.

~Staying alert to opportunities and remembering that they often come to you disguised as hard work.  Eagerly roll up your sleeves and get to work because this hard work will probably thrust you into your breakthrough!

Here are pep statements to say over and over and over to yourself:
This setback is actually a set-up for something fantastic for me!
I have what it takes!
I’m smart, I’m strong, I’m creative, I’m tough, I’m inventive, I’m resilient!
My breakthrough is just around the corner.
I can do this and I AM doing this!
All is well.
I believe in you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Pep Rally! You CAN Figure it Out!

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You can do it; you CAN figure it out!
No matter what Life throws at you and no matter what obstacles are in your path, you have the intelligence, creativity, and inventiveness to figure it out.  It may not be easy, but you can do it; you have what it takes.

Setbacks can be very disheartening but you’ll also find that they may point you in another, better, direction. They’ll also challenge you to find the sleeping giant within. Brush off your skills of resourcefulness and ingenuity and use them to help yourself figure “it” out.

Remember that you don’t have to go the whole way alone. You can do research on the Internet and in your local library; you can talk to others who have experienced something similar to what you’re going through; you can bounce ideas off a trusted friend or loved one; you can take classes online or at a school; you can read books or magazines…. There are plenty of resources out there that’ll support you in figuring it out.

Trust in yourself–your know-how, your curiosity, the gifts inside of you, and your determination–and you WILL figure it out!

In other words, you WILL figure it out by::

~Putting on your thinking cap;

~Roll up your sleeves;

~Every moment strengthening your spirit and your resolve with pep statements;

~Pressing onward no matter what!

 

You CAN do it, you WILL do it, and you ARE doing it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Talks! You Have What it Takes!

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You have what it takes!

You are fully loaded with all the raw materials–the talents, abilities, gifts, native intelligence–you’ll need to achieve the soul-prospering life you dream of.

Like all of us, there are some things you’re naturally good at. You may not need to practice that much in order to have above average skills and performance. But, like all of us, there are other things you aren’t very good at. Although you’re interested in the activity, you have to work at it. That’s okay! Roll up your sleeves and develop your skills and abilities in the area of this particular interest.

Just because you aren’t immediately and naturally good at a task or activity does not mean you don’t have a talent or ability in this area. If you have an interest, then there is a skill or talent inside you that corresponds to this interest.

Sure, others may be naturally talented and “better than” you, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t or aren’t allowed to pursue your interest to the fullest that you can. Think of Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd, both Hall of Fame basketball players. It’s clear that Michael Jordan is more naturally talented than Larry Byrd but because of Larry’s unrelenting dedication and his incredible practice ethic, he, too, was a top player in the NBA–right alongside Michael Jordan–and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Whether or not you become the equivalent of a Hall of Famer as have Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan, you can still develop your latent abilities and talents as much as you can and all the while enjoy them to the fullest extent.

It’s all about the enjoyment you give yourself, your loved ones, and others around you. It isn’t about being famous, it’s about enjoying who you are and sharing that with others.

You CAN do this because you DO have what it takes!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Environment: Say NO, Then Go Play!

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…as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!

~Scarlet O”Hara in Gone with the Wind

 

Stop worrying and fretting about the fact that you may have absolutely no clue about the future you’re headed toward. Worrying and trying to force a vision may be the reason you’ve been stuck for years.

When you read the quote above from Scarlet O’Hara, you can feel her rock-solid conviction. You would probably bet your last dollar on her and the fact that she made more than good on this oath she swore.

It’s just as powerful to know where you don’t want to go and what you don’t want to have/be/do as it is to know where you do want to go and what you do want to have/be/do.

In fact, dissatisfaction with the way things are is the basis of most great achievements. Those who are dissatisfied don’t necessarily know what they do want but they definitely and absolutely know what they don’t want!

What is it about your life that you really don’t like and don’t want anymore? Perhaps it’s that you’re finally done with being passed over for promotions at work or you’re fed up with your home always being messy and disheveled. Or maybe you’re like Scarlet O’Hara and you’re sooooo done with Life kicking you around.

Up to now, you may have forced yourself to accept the fact that this is the way it will always be.

But you can use to your advantage the energy of drawing the line and saying once and for all that this most definitely is NOT what you want and you’ll NOT have any more of it!!

Tap into this energy and use it to firm up and strengthen your resolve that, from now on, you refuse to live your life this way.

This is the first part of crafting a soul-prospering life. The second part is including activities you enjoy: playing.

Don’t worry if the things you enjoy seem silly or frivolous or that there isn’t any point to them. Just the mere fact that you enjoy them is reason enough to do them. You don’t need to have any idea where they’ll lead so forget-about-it and enjoy the activities in the moment.

Keep at it! Keep playing! You’ll begin to see a pattern or a thread of interest that gets your juices flowing; you’ll have a more positive open-minded attitude that will allow you to see opportunities that you didn’t notice before; you’ll feel better about yourself and your life and this will enhance your creativity.

As you keep at this, moving away from what you don’t enjoy and moving toward what you do enjoy, you WILL craft a soul-prospering life!

You CAN do it, I know you can!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren