Living Below Your Potential

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Does anyone tell you that you’re living below your potential? It probably comes as a surprise because you’re enjoying your work and making steady progress toward your dreams.

But your well-meaning friend or family member points out to you that you have gifts and talents you’re not using, such as in music, athletics, or intellectual pursuits. To you, though, the gift is something you enjoy as a hobby but it doesn’t ignite The Fire within you. You’ve found your passion and it isn’t where your outspoken friend or family member thinks it is.

Recognize that this isn’t about you; it’s about the other person. Something within your gift is striking a chord in your friend or family member. They don’t understand that this resonance means that they actually have some variation of that gift. Perhaps it isn’t as fully realized as yours, but they still have it.

What do you do in a case like this?

You gently point out to that person that they, too, have some version of that same gift with in them. Encourage them to pursue it—become an enthusiastic cheerleader for them. They’ll need it because they probably think your gift is so awesome that it’s hard for them to believe that they, too, have a similar gift.

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Your homework today is two parts. The first is to take the next step on the journey to your dreams. Enjoy the passion and excitement of moving toward them.

The second part is to use some of that passion and excitement to encourage your friend or family member to follow their dreams.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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What Now?

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What do you do when you’ve achieved your dream? Start on another dream.

But what if your dream didn’t work out, what then? Start on another dream.

What if you crashed and burned with your dream? Pick yourself up and start on another dream.

How about, though, if you made a mistake by listening to someone else and you didn’t try for your dream and now it’s too late? Pinky-swear promise yourself that you will never ever not try for your dreams because someone else has a different idea about what you should and should not do, and then start on another dream.

What if, though, you made a fool of yourself when you started toward your dream? Look around you and you’ll see that not everyone is laughing at you. These are your true friends and supporters. Thank Team You for sticking by you, turn your back on the others, and start on another dream.

What if the dream you’ve already achieved is so big and so amazingly awesome that you’re afraid you’ll never come close to topping it; what do you do then? Recognize that achieving your dreams is not a competition. The whole point of achieving your dreams is to fully express the beauty that is you. In so doing, you live your destiny and the world truly is a better place for having you in it. Spend time in quiet contemplation letting your brightest passion reveal itself to you. Then, to manifest this new passion, start on another dream!

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Your homework today is to power through to completion with your current dream, celebrate fully and completely, and then start on another dream!

You can do it! You have what it takes!

I’m so very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Floating on a Lazy River

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Whenever I’m feeling harried, confused, or unsure what to do next, I imagine myself floating down a lazy river on an inner tube. This reminds me to lean back, relax, and let Life take me where it wants me to go.

When I do this, I realize that I’ve been fighting and struggling and pushing to have my way. Sometimes—and here comes a shocker—my way isn’t always the best way. Go figure! 😉

As I release my tension, frustrations, and confusion, I’m more aware of the sounds, aromas, sights, textures, and other sensations in the here and now. As I open to the gift and wisdom of the moment, sometimes I am rewarded with an insight that then leads me to the next step. I’ve also found that repeating the words “lazy river” to myself helps me stay calm when things are going haywire at work or at home.

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Your homework today is to take your time imagining floating down a lazy river. Get a solid picture of it in your mind complete with the sounds of the water gently lapping at the shore and perhaps a few birds chirping in trees beside the river. Is the scent of flowers filling the air? Is a slight breeze playfully tousling your hair?

Imagine the scene with as many of your senses as possible. Make this lazy river your own! Use this image as often as you need to when you’re feeling stressed.

Now take the next step!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Thank You.

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Thank you, Uncle Johnny, and all of our service women and men .  Your devotion and sacrifice will always be remembered and humbly appreciated.

Homework today is to give a thought of thanks to those service women and men—be they family members or those you’ll never know—for loving this country enough to defend Her with their lives.

Thank you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Some Favorite Things

 

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Respite from the slings and arrows of life, as well as all the rush and hubbub;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My local library where all are welcome, no question is too silly or too hard, and whatever you need—help, adventure, wisdom—is between the covers of a good book;

 

 

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Mother’s Day Tulips—‘nuff said;  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Still having my parents and still being able to go home;

 

 

 

 

 

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In spite of things looking bleak and that there’s no hope, the sun breaking through the storm clouds and inspiring me to take one more step;

 

 

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Beauty and inspiration;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Valuable work that contributes— even in a small way—to the goodness in the world.

 

 

 

 

Your homework today is to make a list of your favorite things and then make sure you take time for them each day.

You can do it!

Feel free to post in the comments section some of your favorite things.

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Get it Done!

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The most powerful thing you can do to improve your confidence, your outlook on life, and to truly believe you can achieve your dreams is to get things done. No waiting, no dragging your feet, and no excuses: get it done.

Break steps down into small pieces and tiny bits. Choose one. Complete it. Cross it off your To Do list. Then choose another one. Complete that. Cross that one off your list, then choose another…. You get the idea: get it done!

Keep getting things done and very soon you will find that you’ve achieved your dream! Yay you!

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Your homework today is to get it done. Work quickly and get it done. Cross it off your To Do list: get it done!

You can do it, I’m positive you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Joy Stealers

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Joy Stealers: we all have them. They’re people who outright tell us we’re dumb or weird for loving our dreams and going for them—or they’re the ones telling us we’re doing it all wrong.

But the worst joy stealers, though, are the ones who are very subtle about it. They seem happy for us and that they’re supportive of our quest but, after spending time with them, somehow the starch is taken out of our sails. We’re not so hepped up about our dreams anymore and we’re beginning to question ourselves and wonder if this was ever such a good idea to begin with.

Let me set the record straight: we all have what it takes to achieve our dreams! As long as we’re persistently and consistently taking steps toward our dreams, we will get there!

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Your homework today has several parts. First, put aside time where you can think and plan. Consider the people in your life and note the ones who are joy stealers—the obvious ones as well as those more subtle. If you can’t move these people out of your life, then limit your contact with them. You can do this through not spending time with them, of course, but also, when you are with them, directing the conversation and just not giving them an opportunity to offer their version of “friendly advice”.

Secondly, plan your week ahead. Be realistic about what you can accomplish—remember that small regular advances are better than an occasional leap!

The last part of your homework is to celebrate! Feel good about the progress you’ve made, the insights you’ve had this week. WooHoo! Yay you!

You’re awesome! I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.