“…I’ll Never be Hungry Again!”

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What does that line–one of the most famous in all of movie history–have to do with moving toward your goals?  Because it’s as important to know what you don’t want as it is to know what you do want.

The right kind of negative statement can be powerfully motivating.  In Gone with the Wind at the end of the film Scarlet is silhouetted in a blazing sunset with the ruins of her beloved Tara around her.  That’s when she declares “…I’ll never be hungry again!”

Here is the full text of the movie quote:  “As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to beat 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!”

In those words, you can feel her steadfast determination and fierce resolve.  We believe her and we’re positive she succeeded.

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Your homework for today is to draw that line in the sand for yourself.  Decide once and for all what you will not tolerate any longer.  Write it down using language that is emphatic, filled with powerful emotion, and something that makes the steely strength within you rise up.  Make the statement short and to the point; write it down and post it where you see it often.  Say the words to yourself every morning when you first wake up and make those words the last ones you say before falling asleep.

For extra credit, rent Gone With the Wind and watch the ending scene over and over again.  Absorb the force and intensity of the speech.  Make it your own.

You can do it!  Go you!

I’m so proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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Jingle All the Way!

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Jingles:

They’re catchy and tuneful, memorable and easily get stuck in your head.  You hear the first note or two and instantly your mind knows what it is.  You’re snapping your fingers and tapping your toes, and all day it goes ’round and ’round in your head.

You can do this for yourself with your own personal motivational statement.  Just think how powerful it would be to have a statement or a song that, to you, has power and energy in it–and have it looping in your mind throughout the day.  It’d be jet fuel, for sure!

For inspiration, think of your favorite company taglines, such as “Just do it” (Nike), “Where’s the beef?” (Wendy’s) and “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.” (M&Ms).  Also, think of your favorite jingles, for example “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is!” (Alka Seltzer), “My bologna has a first name it’s O-S-C-A-R…”  (Oscar Mayer), and “Mm, mm good, mm, mm good….” (Campbell’s Soup).

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Here is a link to an article naming a few jingles:  http://money.msn.com/now/12-of-the-best-ad-jingles-ever  (scroll through the comments for additional ones).  Here is a link to an article naming a few famous taglines:  http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/28/nike-bmw-amex-apple-cmo-network-best-advertising-taglines.html

Your homework is to create a tagline and/or a jingle for yourself.  If you’re having trouble coming up with something original, then rework a famous one (since it’s for your own personal use, it isn’t copyright infringement).  Have fun with this!  And don’t worry about making a mistake or not doing it right.  All that matters is that it’s meaningful, memorable, and fun for you.

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You can even re-work one of your high school’s cheers or ones that your favorite professional team’s cheerleaders do.  If you can’t think of any, feel free to use this:

Rah, rah, rah! 

Sis-boom-bah!

I can do it!

I can do it!

Rah, rah, rah!

WooHoo!

You did it!  Yay you!

I’m so proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren

 

The Unexamined Life….

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“The unexamined life is not worth living by a human being” ~Plato

What if you look back over these past seven days and find that your energy and enthusiasm has dwindled?  What if Life has intervened in ways you hadn’t imagined so you’re not really taking any steps at all?  What if you never really got out of the starting gate in the first place?

What do you do about this?

Is it time to pack it in, give up, and somehow reconcile yourself to the seeming fact that you’re just not one of the lucky people who can attain their goals and dreams?

The answer is:  NO!

Don’t let these thoughts get to you!

It’s very common to find your drive and motivation flagging and it’s an all too usual thing for Life to mess up our best-laid plans.  And, many people feel discouraged and disappointed from time-to-time.

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When you evaluate yourself, be gentle.  I’m positive you can look back over these past few days and identify little things you did do to help yourself and small steps you did take.  Even if you’re at the very beginning point where you’re working on this in your mind, give yourself credit for the things you are doing.  Even just the simple awareness that you want something better for yourself and you’d like to–or hope to–one day do something about it is a reason to celebrate yourself.  Remember from previous posts that mind-work in the form of imagination, visualization, contemplation, and awareness is vital and valuable.  Also remember that teeny-tiny steps are the foundation of the larger steps you’ll take later on

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Your homework today is to celebrate the victories you’ve had this week, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential.  It’s hard work breaking steps into small pieces, overcoming resistance and inertia, pushing aside fears and anxieties, and moving forward.  You did it, though!

You rock!  Give yourself a cheer!

I am awesome!

I am awesome!

I am awesome!

I’m so proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren

Rocket Fuel!

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Image courtesy of NASA

The thoughts you think–the words you say to yourself–are very powerful.  From time-to-time, we all need a little boost.  One of the easiest ways do this is to repeat words that are powerful and meaningful to you.  Here are a few suggestions:

Conqueror, champion, winner;

Strong, resilient, hardy;

Powerful, bold, audacious;

Mighty, dynamic, robust;

Victory, triumph, success;

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Vibrant, vigorous, vitality;

Vim, zest, gusto;

Effervescent, radiant, dazzling;

Brilliant, genius, quick-witted;

Creative; innovative, ingenuity;

Smart; intelligent, brainy;

Thriving, flourishing, soaring;

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Talented, gifted; well-able;

Brave, daring, heroic;

Courageous, plucky, gutsy;

Dazzling, spectacular, magnificent.

Your homework for today is to go over this list of words and make a note of those that strike a chord within you.  Repeat them frequently throughout the day, each day.  For extra credit, pull out your thesaurus– or go to http://www.thesaurus.com — and search for words that make you feel energized and optimistic.  Note these and add them to your roster and repeat them to yourself throughout your day.

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Yay you!  You’re awesome!

I’m proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren

Wagons, Ho!

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“Wagons, ho!”  This was a common phrase in the TV westerns of the 1950s and early 1960s.  We can learn a lesson from it. 

It’s important to make consistent, regular movement forward.  You don’t have to take leaps and bounds; tiny baby steps are just fine.  You don’t have to take a step daily, although it’s ideal to devote a little bit of time each day–even 5 minutes–to your goals and dreams.  As long as you’ve earmarked part of your week or month to pursuing your goals and dreams–and you stick to this–you will succeed.  Of course, it may take you longer to accomplish your goals and dreams than someone who devotes a few hours every day to theirs, but then, you aren’t in competition with anyone–not even yourself!

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Wagon trains were capable of traveling 10 miles per day.  Frequently, though, because of weather, terrain, attacks, and other factors, they moved much slower.  But they still made it to their destinations in Oregon, California, New Mexico, and other western regions!

It’s the same for you.  It doesn’t matter how big of a step you take or how often you take it.  As long as you consistently and regularly take those steps, you will make it!

Your homework for today is to realistically look at your schedule for the next few days and assign time to work toward your dreams and goals.  Search for those little pockets of time that we often overlook:  while you’re waiting to pick up your children; instead of going out to lunch, brown-bag it and devote a few moments to a small step; rather than spending all evening in front of the TV or surfing the Internet, allocate 15 minutes or a half hour to working on your goals–you’ll still have time for other things.

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So, in homage once again to the old TV westerns, head ’em up and move ’em out!  Wagons, ho!

Go you!  You rock!

I’m proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

You’re friend,

Lauren

Use Imagination!

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Use Imagination!

You can do it!  Go you!

“Use Imagination!”  This statement has genius in it, because it unlocks and unleashes your own special brand of genius in the form of unique and creative ideas and ingenuities.  This then fuels you with energy, enthusiasm, and confidence.

“Use Imagination!” is also an anagram of sorts.  You can use some of the letters in the phrase to spell the word genius!

And, it’s plain, old-fashioned fun to use your imagination and let it soar; to “give it its head” and let it run.

You may be saying that you’re too busy taking steps to waste time on imagining.  Or, you may scoff at the idea, sure that nothing will come of it.  That’s because using imagination has gotten a bad rap.  Growing up, you probably heard that indulging in imagining was woolgathering, day-dreaming, or being in la-la land.  Worse, you may have heard it called laziness, not paying attention, making up stories, or even lying.

It isn’t true!

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It’s well-known and documented that great people throughout the ages scheduled time each day for quiet, contemplation in which they would let their imaginations go.  Edison was famous for taking naps when he was wrestling with a problem.  Often, he would wake with the solution, or a crucial step that would then lead to the solution.  Nicola Tesla, upon whose work our wireless technology is based, always worked through his inventions in detail in his mind before building them.  And, the daily training routine of Olympians and professional athletes includes imagination sessions where they go through their routines and perfect their movements.

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Your homework for today is to schedule an imagination session.  Give  yourself enough time (5 – 30 minutes) and choose a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted.  As you’re getting comfortable gently think about some aspect of your dream or goal.  Or, you can think about your dream or goal in general terms.  Then go for it–let your imagination roam and soar where it will.  And, no worries; you can’t do this homework incorrectly!  It doesn’t matter if your mind worries or wanders–gently bring it back to your dream or goal.  It doesn’t matter that you didn’t get any images or ideas.  No effort is ever wasted.  View this as a building block or a training session.  Trust that you’ll get better at it because, with regularly doing this exercise, you will get better.  Remember, too, that even the greatest thinkers didn’t have insights or eureka moments in every single session either; you’re in good company!

So revv up those imaginations and let ’em rip!

You can do it!  Go you!

I am so proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren

Give it Up!

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Give it up–give up your perfectionism!

You can do it!  Go you!

Naturally you want to do the best job you can.  And of course you must be prudent and do sufficient research and planning before starting out.  But don’t let these honorable traits turn into a straightjacket that prevents you from moving forward.

Planning and research are an important and a vital first step in any undertaking.  Give yourself a deadline for completing these, though.  Then take that one step, trusting in not only what you’ve found out but also in your native intelligence and common sense, in your life experience, and in the fact that you probably have other resources at your fingertips.  Remember, you can always Google it or ask your friendly librarian or a friend or read a book on the subject or talk to someone who you know has more experience or knowledge in the area than you do.  Don’t be afraid to “draw a line under it”, under the research and planning stage, and declare that good enough is good enough.  Then go for it–take that first incremental step!    

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This is where the benefit and the power of breaking your steps into itty bitty fragments comes in.  You’ll be able to take that little step by the deadline because you’ve broken them into teeny-tiny parts that you know for sure you can easily complete.  And, because you’ve also categorized them into time chunks, you know that if you only have five minutes to devote to your dreams that deadline day, you can look under that category and choose a piece.    

So, set that deadline for finishing your research and planning phase and select a little step that you’ll be able to do at that deadline.  Now you have a plan.  Isn’t this great?  Don’t you feel proud of yourself?  Don’t you feel a surge of energy as well?

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WooHoo!  This is awesome stuff!  Now you can see the reality that you can actually do this–you can achieve your goals and dreams!

WooHoo!  Go you!

Your homework for today is to revel in the positive, empowered feelings you’ve just created.  DON’T SKIP THIS HOMEWORK!!  All too often, we forget–or pooh-pooh–the small, often tiny, victories and achievements we have.  You MUST honor yourself, your hard work, and the bravery and courage you’ve poured into every little bit of forward movement. 

You can do it!  Go you!

I am so very proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.