Category Archives: You Can Do It

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

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

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