Start the Week with Pep!

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To start your week right, here are some power pep phrases:


I was born for this.

I was made for this.

I can do it, yes I can.

I have what it takes to achieve my goals and dreams.

I am smart enough and I am talented enough to achieve my dreams.

I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way.

I am a champion.

I am approved to achieve my goals and dreams.

I am permitted to achieve my goals and dreams.

The best is yet to come for me.

Wonderful things are in store for me in the future.

I love my goals and dreams.

I’m excited that with each step I take, I get closer and closer to my goals and dreams.

I am perfectly suited to succeed.

I believe I can do it.

I am sure I have what it takes.

I am positive I can do it.

I feel it in my bones, in my gut, in my mind, and in my spirit.

I can do it, yes I can!

I am awesome!

I am a rock star!

Your homework today is to stand in front of your mirror and, with a big smile and enthusiastic attitude, repeat the power statements to yourself. Note the ones that strike a chord within you. Jot these down and carry them with you, referring to them often throughout your day.



I think you are so cool!

Post in the comments section phrases that are particularly powerful for you.

I believe in you, too!

Your Friend,



Think About These


Here are a few quotes to think about as you prepare for your upcoming week.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady


“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

— Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer


“The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources – though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


“What keeps so many employees back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.”

— Orison Swett Marden, motivational expert


“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

— Will Rogers, humorist


If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

— Frank A. Clark


“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Author

Your homework today is to take some quiet time to ponder these quotes. Note the ones that resonate for you. Jot them down and keep them handy where you will see them frequently during the week. Feel free to search online or at your local library for other quotes that inspire and motivate you.


You can do this because you’re awesome!

Post in the comments section below a quote or two that you really like.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,


Doing the Best You Can

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People are not failures when they’re doing the best they can. ~Mr. Rogers

As with any look-back across the week, be gentle with yourself.

Of course note what needs tweaking: Do you need to brush up your skills? If so, can you take a class or devise a program of self-study? Do you need more information? If so, can you talk to somebody who is more knowledgeable than you or can you find the information at your local library or through Internet searches?

Naturally, you’ll also want to take a look at the time constraints you have with your weekly schedule. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Due to responsibilities and commitments at work, in your family life, and personal life, you have limited time. Be realistic about what you can devote to your goals and dreams. It’s okay if you have only a little bit of time each week to do only small steps and tiny increments. You will still be successful, as long as you regularly devote time to your goals and dreams

The most important part of the look-back is to celebrate what you did well. Note what things worked out–what connections and a happy surprises happened this week? Did you have any lucky happenstances or serendipitous events? Did a couple pieces of the puzzle come together? Perhaps you discovered something really cool about yourself.

Your homework today is to recognize the good stuff this week and pat yourself on the back for all of it. Take time to celebrate. Include your family and close friends. The celebration doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or big, it can be something as simple as renting a favorite movie or going for a nature walk. Including your family and friends will help them understand your dreams better and make them feel part of your journey.

Good for you! Congratulations on all the good stuff! I knew you could do it.

Post in the comments section something you’re proud of that happened this week.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,


Master Mind Group



Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, the book he is most known for, describes the Master Mind Alliance or Group. A Master Mind Group is composed of like-minded people who have come together in a spirit of giving each other wise and well-considered counsel, support, and encouragement. The group usually meets on a regular basis.

Napoleon Hill points out that oftentimes it’s very difficult to find people in whom you can place implicit trust. And it’s murder to your hopes and dreams if you choose people who are “wrong”. It isn’t that they deliberately set out to harm you or to squash your dreams but, in an effort to be helpful, they point out pitfalls and weaknesses and that you don’t yet have all the answers you may need.   The next thing you know, you’ve given up on your dream or put it on the shelf to await a time when you are “more prepared”.

As an aside: there is no better time than right now to start on, and pursue, your dreams!

Instinctively, you understand that this Master Mind Group can be very beneficial: people to turn to when you’re unsure or discouraged, as well as having the benefit of others’ knowledge and skills. All of this could help you move faster toward your goals and dreams.

However, it’s human nature to see the world through one’s own lens of hopes and aspirations, fears and resistances, judgments and preconceived notions. Without realizing it, one then ascribes these to what other people are saying and doing. It takes a very wise and seasoned person, indeed, to put aside their perceptions and notions and truly listen and counsel another.

So, what’s a person to do? Especially if you follow Napoleon Hill’s counsel and are very careful who you invite to be in your Master Mind Group, and if you really don’t want to wait around until you do come across these sometimes rare individuals?

Napoleon Hill goes on to explain how he solved this problem for himself: he held the meetings in his imagination with people he admired, current business people of his time, whether he personally knew them or not, as well as some historical figures, such as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

You can do the same for yourself!

Your homework today is to create your own Master Mind Group, at least in your imagination. Choose people you admire and respect, and who admire and respect you in return. It doesn’t matter if they are alive or not or whether you know them or not. They can be real people or characters. For instance, you can choose to have Mr. Rogers on your advisory board because of his gentle counsel, The Lone Ranger because of his sense of justice, Helen Keller because of how she overcame her disabilities and lived a rich, full life that inspired millions, your neighbor down the street who is always cheerful and ready to lend a helping hand, and your grandma because her food always made you feel safe, secure, and loved.

You can choose a number of people or only a few. You can have more than one group, one to help with personal situations and another for business support, for instance. Or you can have a core group and add members for specific purposes and then let them fade into the background when you no longer need that specific help. For instance, if you’re feeling discouraged, in your imagination you can once again be with your grandma and bask in her love for you and her gentle counsel.

Who will you choose? Post in the comments section about this, if you’d like.

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend,


Great Day!

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 “Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the journey is started, all that is within as well as all of that outside of you will come to your assistance. Paraphrase of a quote by Robert Collier

Today is a great day to take the very first step on the path to your dreams. Congratulations on your daring and having confidence in yourself and the Small Still Voice within. You are taking control and living life on your terms—bravo!

You are fully capable of living the life of your dreams. You have what it takes! You’re in the right place at the right time. You already have all the raw talents you need within you. Just take that first step—or that next step, if you’ve already started.

You don’t need all the answers right now; you don’t need to see every single step along the path to your dreams. You and your plans don’t have to be perfect—good enough is good enough! It’s more important to move forward than it is that your plans and steps be perfect.

Trust in your native intelligence and the talents and skills you have. Trust the dream in your heart! You can do it—you will do it!

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Going for your dreams will be the most exciting and fulfilling journey you’ll ever undertake. You will meet wonderful people, learn interesting things, discover strengths and talents you never knew you had, and be filled with peace of mind and contentment. I am so happy and excited for you!

Your homework today is to do it—take the step! Break it into small pieces and tiny increments, as needed.

You can do it, I know you can! I believe in you and I am right with you every step of the way!

Post in the comments section how proud you are of yourself.

I am so proud of you! You’re awesome and a Rock Star!

Your Friend,


Happy April Fools’ Day!


Happy April Fools’ Day!

Some form of a day of jokes and hoaxes can be traced back to the Romans (who may have adapted the practice from the Greeks). Since ancient times, many cultures celebrated a day of pranks, although it was usually to commemorate their new year.

Who are we to ignore on such a long–and fun!–tradition?   😉

Your homework today is to look around for funny things and to make sure you laugh. Enjoy a lighthearted day! And, take the next step on your journey to your dreams!

Post in the comments section about the funny pranks you enjoyed today.

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend,


Be Yourself


The financial magazines and news programs, along with the advertising agencies on Madison Avenue, would have you believe that in order to be successful you have to be sleek, flashy, and in the spotlight. They also suggest that you must have your act together, be extra-ordinarily talented, or super smart.

But that isn’t true.

You can achieve your dreams with who you are—your quirks and foibles—and all that makes you unique. You can be quiet, nerdy, and shy and still live the life of your dreams. Whoever you are right now, added to the seemingly “ordinary” raw talents you have inside, are just the right ingredients needed to achieve your goals and dreams. Then add the urgings of the Still Small Voice to the mix—and following those urgings—and your success is virtually guaranteed.

That doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged and that you won’t have to dig deep from time-to-time. It also doesn’t mean that your success will happen overnight. What it does mean is as long as you consistently take steps along the pathway to your dreams, you will achieve success.

Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into small pieces and tiny increments, as needed, and move forward.

You can do it

Post in the comments section that you took a step today! WooHoo!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,



Crafting a soul-prospering life.