Jump!

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Shake off hesitancy and worry. Clear the fog from your eyes and the fuzziness from your thinking. Look for the gifts and opportunities in this moment. They are there waiting for you.

Do something a little different than what you’ve been doing so that you can see the opportunity right there in front of you. If you keep doing the same things in the same way, then you’re going to see the same things, experience the same things, and the same results are going to happen.

Sometimes you have to be bold and take a leap in order to see the opportunity.

Go for it! You’ll be fine; you’ll figure it out!

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Your homework today is to stretch, take a leap. Dare yourself to push ahead toward your dreams. Then challenge yourself to take just a little bit bigger step than you normally take.

You can do it! I know you can—I believe in you!

Post your adventures in the comments section.

I’m very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Playlist

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Please note:  this post has been updated and published on May 20, 2017.

 

 

Do you have a playlist, one that’s specifically geared to fueling your enthusiasm for your goals and dreams? If not, it can be just what you need to help you keep taking steps on your path.

Here are some suggestions:

 

“Good Morning” featured in Singin’ in the Rain

“It’s a Great Day” as sung by Peggy Lee

“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” featured in Disney’s Song of the South

“What a Wonderful World” as sung by Louis Armstrong

“Climb Every Mountain” featured in Sound of Music

“Roar” as sung by Katy Perry

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T” as sung by Aretha Franklin

“I Can See Clearly Now” as sung by Johnny Nash

“Eye of the Tiger” featured in Rocky

“Jump” as sung by Van Halen

“Walking on Sunshine” as sung by Katrina and the Waves

“Celebration” as sung by Kool and the Gang

“Don’t Stop Me Now” as sung by Queen

“Get Happy” as sung by Judy Garland in Summer Stock

“I Believe I Can Fly” as sung by R Kelly

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” as sung by Starship

“Magic” as sung by MoZella

“Do You Believe in Magic?” by the Lovin’ Spoonfuls

“Life is What You Make It” as sung by Hanna Montana

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” as sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl

“So Long Dearie” as sung by Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly!

“New York, New York” as sung by Frank Sinatra

“Dream” as sung by Ella Fitzgerald

“Smile” as sung by Nat King Cole

 

 

Feel free to add others that are your favorites. And, feel free to tweak the lyrics to make the songs more empowering and meaningful for you!

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Your homework today is to make a playlist for yourself, one that’s filled with songs that motivate you toward your goals and dreams. If you already have one, then update it (Please remember to respect the hard work of the artists and download songs from reputable services). Have fun with this!

Play these songs first thing in the morning to get yourself charged up for a great day and to catapult you into taking the next step toward your dreams. Also, play the list throughout the day to keep you going.

You can do it!

Post in the comments section the songs that are your favorites for feeling good and motivating yourself.

I’m so proud of you—rock on!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Peeps

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Do you ever come across people who don’t seem to care for you too much? You try to be nice, perhaps you go out of your way to show you’re a good person. You do everything you can think of to be friends with them but nothing works. You are not even the smallest blip on their radar screen.

When this happens, you may wonder why they wouldn’t like you. You may even think that there must be something wrong with you.

Not true!

There is nothing wrong with you!

All it means is that those people are not your peeps! For whatever reason, they can’t celebrate you the way you deserve to be celebrated.

Don’t feel bad about that. Instead, be glad and very grateful. They are doing you a favor because they are telling you to not waste your time with them. They’re saying they are not part of your destiny.

Instead, find people who can and will celebrate you. They are out there. It may take a little bit of time to find them, but you will find them.

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Your homework today is to make a plan for finding people who will celebrate you. Some suggestions would be to become involved in civic organizations in your community such as the Rotary Club, the Women’s Club and Toastmasters. Also, your place of worship may be a source of like-minded people.

Taking a class through a local university or community college could be a double benefit. Not only will you improve your skills and knowledge but it also gives you an opportunity to meet people who are interested in improving themselves.

And, don’t forget about clubs related to your hobbies and recreational interests. Knitting, crafting, hiking, kayaking, and book clubs are just a few of the many places to meet other interesting people.

Just be your usual charming self and strike up a conversation with people, getting to know them. Take your time with this—keep your impatience in check—because it can be overwhelming to others if you are pushy.

If you’re a little shy, remind yourself that you automatically have a conversation starter because you both are pursuing a common interest. It’s quite natural that you’d be curious about what drew them to the class or group and what they’re hoping to get out of it. From there, the conversations can unfold.

Remember, too, that people interested in the same activities that interest you may not automatically become your friend. You’ll still have to take your time getting to know people so you can find those with whom you can form a friendship.

Take it one step at a time—but definitely take the step!

You can do it!

Post in the comments section the ideas you have of meeting new friends.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Accountable

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Are you holding yourself accountable regarding achieving your dreams? Do you have a reliable method for tracking your progress and making sure you’re on track and headed in the right direction?

An idea for holding yourself accountable is partnering with a trusted friend or family member who will gently and firmly hold you to the steps you said you’d take that week. If you don’t have a reliable person, you can still do this by yourself. You can give yourself a reward for taking a few steps toward your dreams during a certain time period..

If you find that you’re consistently letting yourself off the hook, as well as talking your trusted friend or family member into letting you off the hook, then you need to determine what’s going on. Why aren’t you taking steps toward your dreams? If it’s some variation of fear, what can you do to alleviate the fear? Do you need more information? Do you need more preparation? Do you need to tweak your Plan A as well as your Plan B? Do you need a mentor to, in a fashion, hold your hand?

Do you need to get a new partner, one who will be more insistent that you do what you say you’re going to do?

Do you need to have harder consequences for not taking steps? Do you need to sweeten the reward for when you do take steps

Could it be that the dream you say you want is one that doesn’t really thrill you? Do you wish your dream was something different? If so, then change your dream!! It’s a waste of your life to strive for a dream that you don’t want!

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The first part of your homework is to take a look at the way you hold yourself accountable. As you review your week, is your method of accountability working? Does it need tweaking or an out-right overhaul? Do whatever it is that you need to do so that you have an effective system for holding yourself accountable!

The second part of your homework is to celebrate the progress you did make this week. If you haven’t made progress, then celebrate the fact that you haven’t thrown in the towel yet. And, if you have thrown in the towel, celebrate the fact that you ARE picking up that towel right now and trying again!! 😉

You can do it!

Post in the comments section about the ways you hold yourself accountable.

I’m so proud of you for following through with this. It’s hard work and you’re doing an awesome job!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

No Opportunities

 

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Copyright 2014 LMC Images

 

Sometimes we get ourselves into a position where it seems like there’s no opportunity—no potential for change, for helping and bettering ourselves. When this happens, our outlook on life becomes grim and bleak.

But this so incredibly far from the truth!

There are possibilities all around you! Take off those Gloomy Glasses and see the prospects all around you!!

Focus on the promise in the world, not the problems!

You can hear the promise in a baby’s laugh and the delightful sounds children make while playing. You can see it in the fact that nature provides us with fields of flowers in all sorts of colors and in innumerable places on earth. There isn’t just one flower in one color growing at one moment in only one place in the world.

No!

There is a super-abundance of flowers thriving, flourishing, blooming all over the world!

So, too, with opportunities. They’re all around you. Sometimes they come in working clothes—a metaphor Earl Nightingale frequently used. Don’t be too proud to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty. And don’t be too timid to dive right in—the flowerbed is just fine! 😀

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Your homework today is to look around you for opportunities—remember they may be in working clothes. Make note of the possibilities, the potential. Then get busy and take the next step!

 

You can do it!

Post in the comments section about an opportunity that you discovered that was sitting there all along!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Path of Least Resistance

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We associate the Path of Least Resistance with habits that are not particularly good for us, such as laziness and choosing what’s most expedient or most convenient. It’s true that we humans naturally choose the quickest and easiest solution over ones that require more thought and effort.

Use this to your advantage!

Using the Path of Least Resistance principle, make it easy for yourself to choose to do what you need to do when you need to do it. For instance, studies have shown that people who put their workout clothes beside their bed are more likely to exercise first thing in the morning than people who don’t do this. Research has discovered that if people put healthy foods at eye level in their pantry and refrigerator, they are more likely to choose these for a snack rather than reaching for the chips and cookies.

You can do this, too, when you’re working toward your goals and dreams.

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Your homework today is to answer the question: What can you “put beside your bed” and “put at eye level” so that you’re more apt to do the hard thing that you may have been putting off?

Then, devise a plan to implement these ideas so you can harness the power of the Path of Least Resistance. Remember to break steps into smaller and smaller increments until you get to a size that you know for certain you can easily and quickly do—then do it, of course!

Post in the comments section below the ways you’re using the Path of Least Resistance principle to your advantage.

You can do this, I know you can. I believe in you!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,
Lauren

Happy Earth Day! All of Life Wants to Live

 

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I’m sure you’ve seen those nature programs on public television featuring organisms living in inhospitable conditions. For instance, scientists thought that the deepest of the deep oceans would be a wasteland: there’s no sunlight, the water pressure is immense, and no oxygen is dissolved in the water that far down. They were sure there was no way Life could live down there. However, not only are organisms living quite well at miles below the water’s surface, but whole ecosystems are flourishing down there!

Humans would perish instantly, or within a few minutes, in these deep sea environments, but yet Life has figured out a way to live there. And not just surviving, barely getting by, but rather these organisms are thriving in whole communities that are blossoming—thank you very much!!

The wonderful news is that you have this same Life, the same urge to live fully, inside of you! So, if organisms can figure out how to thrive and flourish in hostile ecosystems, then it’s a snap—relatively speaking—for you to figure out what to do in your life!

Please know that I’m not diminishing your struggles or dismissing the difficult circumstances you may be facing. Instead, I’m encouraging you to understand that Life wants to Live and if organisms can figure out how to thrive in seemingly impossible circumstances, then you, too, can figure it out. It may be tough and it may take some time, but you can do it; you can figure out how to live fully and thrive.

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Your homework today is to keep your eye out for Life living in impossible places. For instance, on your way to work you may notice a flower growing out of a crack in the sidewalk or out of the pavement in the road.

 

Also, search the Internet for reputable websites featuring amazing scientific discoveries. For instance, here is one about abundant life around thermal vents in the oceans: http://www.onr.navy.mil/Focus/ocean/habitats/vents2.htm.

Make a note of these examples of life triumphing over the odds. Refer to them when you’re feeling down or when you think it’s all over for you. Let their examples uplift you and give you a boost. Use these reminders as inspiration that if they can do it, so can you.

And you can; you can do it! I believe in you!

Post in the comments section examples of the abundance of Life in seemingly impossible circumstances.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.