Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto, ~Dale Carnegie, author
Your homework today is to focus on what interests you, deeply interests you. Don’t be half-hearted or willy-nilly about it. Take the advice of the quote and let your interest get into your bones. Your interest has tremendous power and energy in it; let it infuse you!
It might be a little scary at first to delve into what interests you—especially to feel the potency of its energy. Take it one small step at a time, making each of them small enough to comfortably handle. Soon you’ll feel at-ease!
Dale Carnegie wrote and lectured on topics of self-improvement, salesmanship, interpersonal skills, and public speaking. He’s most famous for his blockbuster bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People.
He was remarkably astute in his observations. The following are several insightful quotes from him.
~Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest steppingstones to success.
~Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
~Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy!
~If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
~Feeling sorry for yourself and your present condition is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
~The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Your homework today is to carve out time to review your week. With Dale Carnegie’s quotes in mind, what can you learn from things that didn’t go right this week? What can you do in a different way that might lead to success? Is procrastination a problem? If so, can you break steps into small pieces and tiny bits to help yourself take action on them?
Next, make a plan for the upcoming week. Be realistic! Remember that there’s no race and no deadline so a slow and steady pace is just fine.
Also, make sure you acknowledge things that went well for you this week. Applaud yourself for the progress you have made, no matter how small. You are doing it; you’re making progress toward your dreams!
Here are a few thoughts to give you power for victory!
You have what it takes; you were born to achieve your dreams!
You are fully equipped with all the raw talents you’ll need on the journey to your dreams!
You are approved, appointed, and anointed to achieve your dreams!
You have permission to achieve your dreams because you have been chosen to achieve them!
You are capable of achieving your dreams and you have the competency to achieve your dreams!
You have all the native intelligence you’ll need to achieve your dreams; you are quick-witted and you have plenty of common sense!
You have stick-to-it-iveness, persistence, perseverance, determination, grit, and the strength you’ll need to achieve your dreams!
You are in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way!
You are on your way to your dreams!
Your homework today is to say these statements to yourself, changing “you” to “I”. Of course when you say them you’ll be standing in front of your mirror gazing at yourself with a big smile on your face! And naturally you’ll be saying these with all the enthusiasm and energy you can muster! 😉
Repeat these statements throughout your day, especially the ones that ring true for you. And, it’s okay to make up your own if they feel more comfortable to you than the ones I’ve given you.
I was at the blueberry patch today. The berries are coming on strong now and just about every bush had loads of ripe berries. Yum!
Most of the bushes are large, averaging about 5 ½ feet tall and 3 – 5 feet wide. A few of the bushes are skinny, only about 1 – 2 feet in width, with only one main branch and a few smaller branches off of that. Their slight size is probably due to weather damage.
As I was working my way up to a skinny bush, my plan was to skip it because I figured there weren’t many berries on it. With the bigger bushes, even though the ripe berries were mixed with the unripe berries so I had to pick through them, I figured the larger volume would make it more worth my while than to spend time on what I thought would be the meager pickings of the skinny bush.
When I got closer, though, I saw that indeed the skinny bush did not have the density of berries that its bigger comrades had, but on the skinny bush, every single berry was ripe! And, there actually were plenty of berries and it really was worth my while to gather them.
It was an unexpected bounty!
This got me to thinking….
How many times to we dismiss out-of-hand advice that someone may offer us because we’ve assumed that the person didn’t have the knowledge or experience or we thought they weren’t in a position to help us? And the same with resources. Sometimes we don’t pay attention because we think we can’t learn anything from it—we think it has nothing to offer us.
Help, advice, insights, and the like, can come to us in many ways. “Thinking outside the box” isn’t reserved solely for our creative times; it’s also important to “think outside the box” when we’re searching for answers and looking for help.
Your homework today is to stop, look, and listen for the unexpected bounty. Take a moment to truly listen to what someone is sharing with you; pause and look closer at things you come across. While not everything will be helpful to you, uncovering those unexpected big, fat ripe berries will be well worth the moment you spent listening and looking.
You can do it!!
I’m proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
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As I was putting the blueberries into the vegetable wash solution to soak, I was gently running them through my fingers checking for soft berries or ones that were squished. I checked the berries again as I took them out of the wash and rinsed them off, putting the soft ones and squished ones to the side to be thrown away. I did this a third time as I gently laid them out on paper towels to dry and I repeated this a fourth time as I put them in a single layer on trays for freezing.
That’s a lot of checking and weeding out of the inferior berries!
And it got me to thinking….
Even though we might have weeded out our negative thoughts and gotten rid of them, periodically we have re-check our mind. Negative thoughts have a way of coming back; we may have spent years with these and it takes time to permanently change.
Your homework is to be aware of your thoughts today. Note the negative ones that are still in your mind. Also note the experiences that make you sad or feel bad. Now that you have the awareness, be vigilant and don’t let yourself think negatively and don’t dwell on the experiences that make you feel bad about yourself. Being vigilant takes effort but it’s well worth it.
You can do it, I know you can!
I’m proud of you for doing this. You’re going to be so glad you did!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
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No matter how well you plan and how good your intentions, there are days when things don’t go as you expect. Sometimes you can only manage “good enough”. These are the days to be kind to yourself.
Your homework is to remember on this type of day is to cut yourself some slack. Perhaps enjoy a few moments with your hobbies. Or read a good book. Maybe spend some time with someone who’s positive and upbeat and who likes you.
You can do it, you can be kind and gentle with yourself.