Reminders

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You have what it takes to achieve your dreams. Keep taking steps, keep moving forward bit by bit. You’ll get there; I know you will!

You were made for this! You were created intentionally, including the Small Still Voice and Vision inside you that was tuned to you specifically. You and your dream have been tailor made for each other!

You are in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way. Take the next step!

Your destiny cannot be stopped as long as you keep taking steps toward it. No one and no thing is more powerful than you. As long as you keep taking regular measured action toward your dreams, you cannot be stopped.

Expect success! It’s guaranteed as long as you keep taking steps toward your dreams and your destiny.

You are the right gender, the right size and shape, the right age. Innately, you have the right abilities, the right smarts, and the right strengths. You are just right, just the way you are. You can achieve your dreams—keep moving forward!

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Copyright 2014 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework today is to stand in front of your mirror and with a big smile and a lot of enthusiasm, say these statements to yourself. If you feel more comfortable putting them into your own words, then feel free to do so.

The second part of your homework is to take the next step! Break it into small pieces and tiny bits and move forward.

You can do it! You have what it takes

I’m so proud of you

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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Bad Day?

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Having a bad day? Need your spirits lifted?

Here are a few quick pep-uppers that I’ve found helpful:

 

~Babies and children playing, laughing, and having a good time—some of the best sounds in the whole world! For me, this is a no-fail way to feeling better. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face and remind me that all is basically right with the world. If you don’t have children of your own or there aren’t children in your neighborhood, then the Internet is a good source of videos of babies laughing.

~Beautiful scenery. Sometimes I’ll take a drive through pretty areas of my town and the surrounding area. If I can’t do this, then images and videos on the Internet of beautiful landscapes are a good substitute. Oftentimes these are paired with inspiring music and uplifting messages. Also, your library has many books of beautiful images that you can borrow using your library card!

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~Silly antics of people and pets. I can recall lots of goofy things I’ve done over the years that will get me smiling and laughing in no time. If you can’t think of anything for yourself then, once again, the Internet to the rescue! There are loads of these kinds of postings on the Web!

~Music I enjoy. It’s helpful to pair this one with movement, even simply tapping your toes or bobbing your head. The movements don’t have to be dance steps; small, free-form movements are just fine!

~Pep words and phrases combined with movement. This gives them a kick that you don’t get otherwise. Here are a few pep phrases that get me through the moment: This, too, shall pass; All is well; Just one more step; Yes to me; Let it go; I am still me; keep going; There’s more to me than this. Here are a few pep words: Strong; Vibrant; Smart; Zest; Vim and vigor; Yes/No (depending upon the situation); Thank you; Grit; Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.

~Making sure I’m warm enough—or cool enough. This sounds surprising but I’ve found that sometimes my mood can be improved by putting on a sweater or sitting in front of a fan or air conditioner—even if I didn’t think I was feeling chilly or too warm! An unconventional solution, I know, but it has helped!

 

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Your homework today is to try some of these techniques when you need a lift. Also, make a list of things you like to do that help you feel better. Keep the list handy for those times when you need a pep-upper!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

Share in the comments section some things that have perked you up.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

No!

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“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”  (my emphasis added)

— Steve Jobs, Apple Co-founder

In order to reach your dreams, you must say “No!” Of course this means saying no to people and projects that hold no interest for you or that take you away from your path.

But it’s more than that.

It’s also saying “No!” to yourself.

You are a multi-talented person; many things capture your interest and imagination. In order to do any of them well, you must spend a lot of time and concentrated effort on them. To master a thing, it requires practicing, trial and error, and trying again. As a result, you must say “No” to all the rest, even things you find very enjoyable.

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Your homework is to say “No” to yourself. Find the one thing that you can focus on—the thing that brings you pleasure, satisfaction, and fulfillment. If it isn’t already, make this your dream and then go about systematically pursuing it.

This doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy the other things in which you have an interest. It just means these other things are not going to be your primary focus. You’ll enjoy them when you have some down time or you want to relax.

Say “No” to yourself. Notice how your focus sharpens and the pathway to your dreams becomes clearer.

You can do this, I know you can!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Capturing Ideas

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Fashion a routine that enables you to quickly and easily capture ideas, no matter how zany and no matter how tiny of a fragment they might be. If you leave it to memory, certain that you’ll be able to recall it, you are not respecting the rare gems and nuggets of gold that these thoughts can be for you. Capture those ideas before they evaporate like mist in the morning sun—and you know they will disappear.

Technology makes it very easy to do this. Smartphones come with recorders and if your phone doesn’t have this pre-loaded then I am sure there is a free app out there for it! You can purchase voice recognition software so you can dictate memos into your computer. Also, you can purchase recording units that can download files to your computer. There are so many options available. Of course there’s good old-fashioned pencils and paper.

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Your homework today is to come up with a system of capturing and cataloging your ideas for easy retrieval. I keep a small notebook handy where I jot notes, ideas, thoughts, to-do lists, and the like. Periodically, I go through them and pull out the good ideas and put them into a file in my computer. Also, as I do this, I sometimes find an idea that turns out to be the solution to a problem I’d been working on. Most times I’d forgotten about that idea and, without my notebook system, it would have taken me much longer to “figure it out”.

I know you can do this for yourself—go for it!

Post in the comments section about the idea-capturing system that works for you.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quiet Time

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Copyright 2014 Artisans Workshop Designs

 

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote reminds us to slow down, become still and quiet; listen. Only you can hear the Still Small Voice. Only you can see the vision it brings to you.

Listen, watch; take calm  action.

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Your homework today is to put aside quiet time. Sit in Nature or in another place that puts you into a contemplative frame of mind. Listen. Be open to what you hear.

I believe in you and I’m very proud of you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

It’s a Beautiful Day!

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It’s a beautiful day today! Get out there and enjoy it!

As you’re working toward your goals and dreams, one very important step is to regularly take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. It’s a way to press the reset button when you’re feeling overwhelmed, harried, frustrated, discombobulated, discouraged, and other agitation-causing feelings and emotions.

It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny with spring-like weather or if the weather is an arctic cold front or if it’s something in between. Each type of weather and day has its own beauty and a gift to give you.

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Your homework is to take the next step, which is enjoying this beautiful day. If it’s inclement weather you can play games with your friends and family or you can snuggle up with a good book. Also, you can make a big bowl of popcorn and settle down to a movie marathon of your favorite films.

On a nice day you can get outside and play catch or Frisbee; you can take a nature walk by yourself or with friends and family. You can also sit under a tree or beside a stream and enjoy a good book. And don’t forget about enjoying a meal at an outdoor café with friends and family!

So take the next step of enjoying this beautiful day!

You can do this, especially because this is easy and fun!

Share in the comments section some of your favorite ways to enjoy the day.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Take a Look

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It’s time we took an evaluative look at where we are on the pathway to our dreams.

If you’re having trouble with time management, remember about delegating tasks where you can and enlisting helping hands with those you can’t delegate. Of course the most effective time management tool is saying “NO”! You can do it, you have what it takes!

If you’re discouraged or disappointed, know that you can begin again. There are opportunities and things you can do right where you are that don’t require anything more than you taking that next step. While you may have to improve your skills or deepen your knowledge, there are small steps and tiny bits of steps that you can take right now, right where you are. Doing so will shore up your confidence and start the momentum going again. You can do it, I know you can!

If you’re frightened, remember that this, too, shall pass. Hang in there and don’t be embarrassed or shy or afraid to ask for support from friends and family. I’m sure you can find at least one person who will hold your hand—either metaphorically or literally. Remember, too, that counselors and clergy people are also excellent sources of help. You can do it, I believe in you!

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We have a two-parter for homework today. First of all, as needed, tweak your schedule for the upcoming week. Be realistic about what you can and cannot handle—it’s absolutely fine to take tiny steps and teensy bits of steps, as long as you’re moving forward. Remember to ask for help, to delegate, and to say “NO”.

 

Do what you need to do in order to set yourself up for success this week!

 

Second part (my favorite, and I hope it is yours, too): CELEBRATE! Celebrate the progress you did make this week, no matter how small and no matter how strong of an electron microscope you have to use in order to see it! 😀

What if, though, you didn’t make progress? Then let’s celebrate the fact that you’re still at the plate and still swinging (baseball metaphor)! Let’s celebrate you drawing a line under this week and knowing that next week you will do better! Even if you’ve quit and thrown in the towel, let’s celebrate new beginnings, taking another shot at it, and you picking up the towel and trying again!

Woo Hoo! You guys are AWESOME!!

Celebrate with friends and family for extra sweetness!

AND, remember to take the next step, no matter how small or how shaky—take the next step!!

I’m so proud of all of you—you ROCK!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.