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

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No Opportunities

 

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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

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

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Regardless of whether your past was filled with victories or defeat, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet because your best days are still ahead of you.

It doesn’t matter if your past was filled with success or disappointment, with achievement or living below your potential, or if it was filled with happiness or heartache. You still have what it takes to start out for new horizons, conquer the odds, and achieve the dreams that are still in your heart.

Moving forward is the key. Take a step, then the next one, and then another one after that.  Turn  your back on your past—no matter how good or how bad—face forward and stride confidently in the direction of your dreams.

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into small pieces or teeny-tiny increments. Make sure they’re right-sized bits—ones that you know for sure you can easily accomplish. Then, do it; go for it! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

You can do it! I believe in you!

Post a comment if you’d like.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Easter! You CAN Start Again!

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Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

This season reminds us that no matter where we are in Life and no matter where we find ourselves on the path to our dreams, we can begin again.

No matter what you have done or have not done, it isn’t too late.

You don’t have to go back to the beginning and start over. You can begin again right where you are right here and right now.

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Your homework is to know that you can start again, right where you are right now! So, take the next step right now. Break it into small pieces and tinier increments—a right-sized portion that you know for certain you can easily accomplish. Then do that—go for it!

 

You can do it, I know you can!

Feel free to leave a comment about your fresh start.

You’re awesome! I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Keep Going!

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As you plan your upcoming week, here are seven quotes to keep you going—one for each day.

 

 

“There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”  ~ Nelson Mandela

 

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  ~ Nelson Mandela

 

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” ~ Marilyn vos Savant

 

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.”  ~Confucius  

 

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”     ~Arthur C. Clarke

 

“If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.”    ~John B. Gough

 

“One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic – something or other that we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and a failure to let go.”   ~Maltbie Davenport Babcock

 

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Your homework today is to choose a quote for each day and repeat it frequently as you go about your activities. If there is one quote that’s particularly resonant for you, then repeat that one throughout the week. Feel free to use one that might not be listed here but is one that really gets your motor running.

You can do it!

You’re welcome to post your favorite quote in the comments section.

I’m so proud of you

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

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