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,

Lauren

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Happy April Fools’ Day!

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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?   😉

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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,

Lauren

Be Yourself

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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.

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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,

Lauren

 

Family and Friends

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As much as they love you, don’t expect blatant support and encouragement from your family and close friends. It isn’t that they don’t care but rather because they do care—a lot.

This doesn’t seem to make sense on the surface of it. But if you delve a little deeper you’ll realize that it’s because your family and friends value their relationship with you that they don’t want to be put into an awkward position.

Look at it this way: They friend you on Facebook, comment regularly on your blog, and follow you on Twitter. Everything’s going along great, and then they realize they’re spending too much time on social media and need to cut back on the people and groups they’re following. They decide it’s your blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc., they’ll terminate. They’re probably thinking that they get all the updates from you directly—and much sooner than from social media feeds. They still support you and believe in you even though they’re no longer connected to you on social media.

If this would happen, you might feel slighted and insulted, to say the least. Most likely, you’d feel betrayed and that would seriously affect the relationship. Instinctively, your family and friends know this and don’t want to hurt you or harm the relationship.

Strangers, though, will support you enthusiastically and vocally.  That’s because if they decide to move on, they don’t have to fret about seeing you at family gatherings or avoiding getting together with friends because you might be there. Strangers know it’s little harm if they stop following you. And if they do stop, you may feel mildly disappointed at first, but it quickly passes and you don’t think of it again.

Keep in mind that it’s your friends and family who have given—and will continue to give you—a shoulder to cry on. And, when things weren’t going so well for you, they’ve patted your hand, slipped you a few bucks, and perhaps dropped off a casserole.

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Your homework today is to go easy on your family and friends. Be thankful that in their own quiet ways they are supporting you. And, be grateful for all the times they’ve held your hand when you were anxious and they helped you up and brushed you off when you fell.

Give three cheers for people who’ve comforted you and helped you over the rough spots!

You can do this!

Post in the comments section about people who have been there for you.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Weekly Evaluation

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“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” ~Earl Nightingale

Today we review our week—how’d it go for you?

As always, don’t berate yourself if you seem to have fallen short of what you wanted to do this week. Draw a line under it and move forward. There’s a brand new week ahead of you and you can start fresh right where you are. You don’t have to spend time in the penalty box or forfeit the progress you have made. Just make a note of where things got away from you, come up with ideas for what you can do about it, resolve to do better this coming week, then move on.

Keep plugging away toward your dreams!

Your homework today is to evaluate where you are on the path to your dreams. Make your plan for the week, making sure to take into consideration the demands on your time and your obligations and responsibilities. Tweak your schedule as needed so that you give yourself every opportunity to be successful this week. Break the steps into small pieces and tiny increments. It’s quite fine to make slow progress toward your goals and dreams as long as it’s steady progress.

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The second part of your homework is to congratulate yourself on the things you did accomplish this week and applaud the things did you do well. Delight in these victories! Do something special for yourself—perhaps include your family and close friends in your celebrations.

 

Keep moving toward your dreams! You can do it—I believe in you!

Post in the comments section what you’re doing to celebrate your accomplishments this week.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Look for the Helpers

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Please note:  An updated version of this was posted on April 15, 2017.

Mr. Rogers, famous for hosting Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS, tells of a time when, as a child, he was frightened by items in the news. His mother comforted him by saying that although there were, and will be, bad and scary things in the world, it was important to look for the helpers—there were always helpers. Her words calmed him at the time, and also helped form the foundation of his life’s work.

It’s true, there are always helpers. No matter how seemingly all-encompassing and horrible the situation, there are always helpers. In times of natural disasters, organizations such as the Red Cross immediately dispatch people and resources. Friends, neighbors, and strangers reach out helping hands. Also, in times of war, there are resistance networks fighting the oppressors and individual citizens, in their own quiet way, performing small acts of kindness.

The same is true for you as you travel the pathway to your dreams. You don’t have to do it all yourself; there are helpers along the way. These helpers will probably not be with you every single step on your pathway, but they will be there to help you negotiate a rough patch. And new helpers will appear the next time you come up against setback.

So, if you’re having trouble taking the next step, look for the helpers who can give you the boost that you need.

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Your homework today is to look for the helpers on your path. Of course they can be people, but also look for books, classes, services available at your local library, other resources, and the like. The second part of your homework is to look around you and be a helper to someone else.

Go you! You can do it!

Post in the comments section what you did today to be a helper. Yay you!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

PS Here is Mr. Rogers’ full quote and the source in which it’s found:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.” The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

Rough Patch

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From time-to-time we all hit rough patches. These times can make us feel discouraged, or frustrated, or anxious.

Sometimes we retreat and look for ways to avoid the situation. We may develop a tense or snappish demeanor. We can also become morose—not too enjoyable to be around. Other aspects may suffer—we have a sour or worried look on our faces and we may let our appearance go, even just a little bit.

Now is not the time to lose ground: fight back! Take things step-by-step, breaking them into small pieces and tiny increments.

More importantly, though, is to do things that validate you as a good person who’s capable and competent, and who is a person others are glad to see.

How do you do this?!

First of all, take care of yourself. Get out your mirror and repeat your favorite pep words and phrases to yourself—focus on positive thoughts. Take care with your appearance. Make sure your clothing is clean and in good repair, and keep up with your daily grooming routines. Make sure you are drinking water and eating fresh, alive food—also getting a good night’s sleep. Stand straight and tall with your shoulders thrown back. These actions will help you regain a sense of control.

Then, take care of others. Look for opportunities to help someone else. Is there a neighbor, friend, or family member who is going through a rough patch of their own? Perhaps there is some way you can help, even if it’s just lending and ear as they talk about things. Or, there are probably opportunities in your church or community where you can volunteer. This will help you feel valuable and needed.

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These steps will help improve your attitude and give you a boost of confidence so that you can better handle the rough patch. Give them a try!

 

Your homework today is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Next, look around and see what you can do to lend a helping hand. It could be something as simple as holding a door open for the person entering behind you or giving a passerby a nod and a smile.

You can do this, I know you can!

Post in the comments section about the lending hand you reached out today.

I’m so proud of you! You’re the best!!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.