The Right Stuff

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We humans are an imaginative, industrious, inventive, ingenious lot.  Wherever there has been lack, limitation, hardship, blocks, challenges, and the like, humans have rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work figuring it out—figuring a way over, under, around, through.

And we humans have succeeded.

We’ve met and surpassed all the times when it seemed that there was absolutely-no-way-on-this-green-earth-that-there-is-a-solution-to-this-problem.  And all the times when the experts said “This problem is just too big and too knotty.  We’re going down!”  Someone somewhere wasn’t satisfied with that answer, wasn’t convinced it was true.  And, sure enough, eventually someone figured it out.

You are made of this same strong, never-say-die stock because you are the culmination of all that have gone before you.

You have the blood of a long line of victors and champions running through your veins.  Coded into your DNA are all the accomplishments, all the successes, and all the magnificent feats of your predecessors—not only of your family but of the whole human race.

You, too, can meet your challenges and you, too, can figure it out.

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Just as I have faith in my fellow human beings and I believe we’ll figure it out, I also have faith in you; I believe you, too, will figure it out.  I know that whatever it is that you need to figure out, you’ll do it.  I believe it; I know it!

Your homework today is to go for it!  Get busy!  Take that next step!  Break it into small, microscopic pieces if you need to—just take the next step!

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

In the comments section, post your victories today—we want to celebrate with you!  Remember: no accomplishment is too small to be applauded.

I’m so very proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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Attitude Determines Altitude

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“Your attitude determines your altitude” ~Earl Nightingale

What thoughts are in your mind when you wake up in the morning?  These will set the tone of your day.  It’s impossible to think negatively but yet be cheerful, optimistic, and enthusiastic all day long.  Of course, through focused thought and willpower, for a short while you can manage it but for anything longer than a few minutes, it can’t be done.  Something will give way and it’s usually the positive thought that’s crushed.

Whether it’s because humans have a natural propensity for the negative (nature) or if we’ve been conditioned by Madison Avenue or enculturated by our times (nurture), negative thoughts tend to overwhelm the positive thoughts in our minds.  This is why you have to be vigilant and watch the thoughts you think and make sure they are the highest and best thoughts you can manage at that moment.

Your homework today is to start your day with mirror work.  As you comb your hair, brush your teeth, and get ready for the day, get your mind ready as well.  Look in the mirror and say:

Things are going my way;

I am rockin’ this day!

WooHoo!

I’m looking good;

Just as I should!

WooHoo!

Have fun with this and make up your own rhymes.  And don’t forget to dance and hop around!  You’re in the bathroom, after all, and who’s going to see?!

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The second part of your homework is to choose some pep words or phrases and carry them with you either jotted on a piece of paper or as a notation in your phone.  Keep your attitude flying high by referring to these pep-er up-ers frequently throughout the day—your own personal Pep Rally!

You can do this, I know you can!

In the comments section, post the pep words or phrases you’re using today.

I’m so proud of you.  You are awesome for taking steps each day!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Pep Words and Phrases

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Have you made a list of words that pep you up and phrases that motivate you and keep you perking along?

Here are some quotes to inspire you to take action now:

“Do it now!” ~ W. Clement Stone

“Get ‘er done!” ~ Larry the Cable Guy

“Whatever you want to do, do it now.  There are only so many tomorrows.”  ~Pope Paul VI

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.” ~Stephen Vincent Benet

Here are a few cheers to use:

I got {clap at the same time you say “got”} the spirit, {clap} I’m hot, {clap} I can’t be {clap at the same time you say “be”} stopped!

Go (insert your name here), go! {clap}   OR   Go {clap when you say your name}, go! {clap}

Yes I can! {clap with each word}

Repeat these cheers several times each and enjoy how your energy and enthusiasm soars!

Your homework today is to make a list of pep words and phrases.  If you already have one, then add some new words and phrases to it.  Keep this list handy so you can refer to it during the week.  Also, pull out a word or phrase that sticks with you and is meaningful.  Post this where you can see it every day.  Refer to it often.

The second part of your homework is to stand in front of your mirror and look deep into your own eyes and say your pep words and phrases.  Smile when you say them, be enthusiastic.  Do this every day, even several times during the day.

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You can do this!  You rock!!

Post in the comments section below some of the pep words and phrases that are your favorites.

You’re fantastic!  I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Inspect What You Expect

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“Inspect what you expect.”  ~Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was the author of Think and Grow Rich, one of the most important books in the Success and Achievement industry.  Hill spent twenty years researching why some people were successful and others weren’t—was it a matter of luck or were there particular skills and habits that controlled whether or not a person achieved his or her dreams?  He discovered that people can learn to be successful; success is like any other skill that, through applied study and practice, people can become good at it.

One of the habits Napoleon Hill discovered that all successful people had in common was that they regularly evaluated where they stood along the path to their dreams.  They assessed the things they were doing well and noted what needed improvement.  Hill found that successful people patted themselves on their backs for their successes and the progress they were making, and he found they also came up with a systematic course of action designed to strengthen their weaknesses.

It’s been a week since our last review session.  We have an opportunity to take a page out of every successful person’s book and reflect on how far we’ve come.

Your homework today is to carve out some quiet, alone-time for this review—time and space for thinking and contemplating.  Note your successes and the progress you made this week.  It doesn’t matter if you have “only” small successes and “only” microscopic progress.  The point is you’re moving in the right direction!  Congratulate yourself for this.  It’s awesome!

Observe areas that need strengthening.  Make a few notes about what can be done to improve.  Break the ideas into small steps and even smaller pieces that you can easily do.

Next, look at the upcoming week.  What steps will you commit to accomplishing?  When will you do them—do you have to shift things around; can you delegate some tasks; can you ask for help on other tasks to make them go quicker?  Do you need to break the steps into smaller pieces that fit easier into your schedule?

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Make sure you honor your successes and progress!  Post in the comments below what you’re doing to celebrate.

You’re making fantastic progress!  I’m so proud of you!

You’re Friend,

Lauren

PS  For extra credit go to your local library and borrow a copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

How to Shut Up the Critics and Naysayers

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Perhaps you find yourself in a situation where it seems everyone around you is criticizing your dream, saying “it can’t be done”.  Possibly people who are close to you, people you thought you could count on for support and encouragement, aren’t so sure about your dream.  Maybe some people are laughing at you and you find yourself the butt of jokes.

How do you shut up the critics, naysayers, and people who are ridiculing you?

Easy.

Get busy!

Become so focused on, and immersed in, bringing your dream into reality that you don’t hear what others are saying—you lose track of them.

If you find yourself discouraged or stopped because of someone else’s opinion about what you’re doing, that tells me that YOU AREN’T BUSY ENOUGH WITH YOUR DREAMS!!  You’ve taken your focus away from your dreams and turned it toward other people’s opinions.

STOP FRETTING ABOUT WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING, DOING, THINKING and GET BUSY WORKING TOWARD YOUR DREAMS!!!!

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Your homework is to GET GOING!  Take the next steps!!!  Break them down into manageable and easily doable pieces and then GET BUSY!!

You can do this, I am sure of it!!

Post in the comments section how great it feels to dive into your dreams and to be working toward achieving them.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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You Just Never Know

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“No one knows enough to be a pessimist” ~Earl Nightingale

This quote reminds us that no one has a crystal ball and no one can clearly and with certainty look into the future and know with 100% accurately what will happen.  No matter what anyone says, no one can tell the future.  This means that you can’t discount your dream until you see it through—investigate it completely and follow where it leads.  This also means that you really can’t let anyone else’s opinion of your idea stop you from pursuing it.

Even if they’re experts.

But you do know, even if you don’t have tangible proof.  You know it “in your bones”.

YOU are the one who hears the Still Small Voice inside of you.  YOU are the one who has the special vision that your dream gives to you.  Because of this, you see connections, possibilities, and opportunities that no one else can sense.  YOU are the one who has the special gifts, talents, and abilities that are needed to achieve your dream—it’s all part of the package that comes with it  (you wouldn’t have had the dream if you didn’t already possess the raw ingredients needed that enable you to achieve it).

There are many unknown factors involved in new undertakings that aren’t detected or anticipated before starting.  It isn’t until steps are taken that they’re revealed.  Naturally some of these factors create challenges that need to be solved but, oftentimes, other factors turn out to be catalysts that spur the project onward in ways that seem miraculous.

But no one really knows this until the first step is taken, and then the next, and then the one after that….

You MUST follow where your interest, enthusiasm, and gut instincts are leading you.  You must investigate, follow through.  You just don’t know—no one knows—if something will work or not until you roll up your sleeves, jump in there, and dig into it.

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So don’t join the ranks of the pessimists and think that you can’t achieve your dream simply because there’s no proof that you can do it.  Get busy instead!  Become so engrossed in moving toward your goals and dreams that you no longer hear the naysayers.  Keep moving forward and eventually everyone else will see what you knew all along:  you CAN–and you did– achieve your dream!

Your homework today is to roll up your sleeves and get busy!  Take the next step—break it into microscopic pieces if that’s what it takes to make progress.  It doesn’t matter if the step is large or small; the important thing is to move forward.  So get going!!

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

Post in the comments section below links to articles on the Internet about inventions that are now part of the fabric of our everyday life but were, at first, laughed at by experts.  Here’s a link to get you started: The Experts Laughed

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Happy Birthday Earl Nightingale!

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Today, Earl Nightingale (known as the Dean of Personal Development) would have turned 93.  This blog post is in tribute to him and the powerful influence he had on my life.

Earl Nightingale is my hero.  I “met” him in the early 1980’s during a difficult time in my life.  I was lost, confused, frightened, and felt isolated and alone.  I “met” Earl through an audio program that I’d borrowed from my local library (it was a collection of his well-known works).  The moment I turned it on, his gravel-y voice calmly delivering his wise message instantly soothed me.  It felt like he was tossing me a lifeline.  It seemed that he was taking me by the hand and gently pointing out the way, all the while letting me know that everything was okay, this situation was no big deal, and I would be just fine.

As I studied his messages and did my best to implement them, gradually I felt surer of myself and my place in this world.  Even though he’s been gone from this earthly plane for 25 years, he’s still inspiring me and, now, I hope you, too.

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One of the outstanding character traits of Earl Nightingale was his curiosity.  His fascination with the world around him and his passion for passing along his discoveries was legendary.  He has inspired—and still is inspiring—many thousands of people to become better versions of themselves.

Sometimes it’s hard to be excited about our goals and dreams and to have confidence that we’ll achieve them.  We all know we must have at least a little bit of belief in our abilities and capabilities and a tiny modicum of enthusiasm for our goals and dreams, but we just can’t seem to muster any of it—not even the tiniest bit.  Perhaps it’s because we’re anxious or afraid, or possibly we’re confused and lost, or maybe we’re discouraged.  Whatever it is, the result is the same:  we aren’t moving forward and there seems to be no hope of forward movement in the near future.

If this is ringing true for you, it’s counter-productive and silly for me to tell you to:  Pep up! Get excited! Go team, go!  Rah, rah, rah!  Instead, I encourage you to emulate Earl Nightingale and look at your situation with curiosity.

Curiosity is neutral.  It’s a state of no expectations and it’s an openness to any experience and any outcome.

Approach your situation as if you’re a scientist intent upon observing why a certain thing behaves the way it does.  Or, perhaps have the attitude that you’re an explorer whose task is to report all that you’re experiencing to the people back home.  Or maybe you can approach your situation as an athlete learning a new technique, observing and noting how it feels and how best to assimilate it into your training routine.

In all of these scenarios you’re keenly aware of what you’re seeing, hearing, and sensing, and making note of it all.  Some aspect of what you’re observing may particularly intrigue you.  As you delve into it, you’re led to the next step, and the next….  Soon you’ll discover that you’re full of energy and enthusiasm for your goals and dreams.

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Your homework today is to have the attitude of curiosity.  Look objectively at the pathway to your goals and be curious about it.  Ask yourself the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how.  Investigate the answers and then ask the questions again.  Keep asking and keep following where the answers lead you.  You may find yourself going in a whole new direction, one you’ve never considered before.  And it just might be the direction that leads you to the breakthrough that will make all the difference.

Post in the comments section below how curiosity—switching into neutral—has helped you move forward.

You are absolutely AWESOME for forging ahead—because curiosity is a valuable and essential technique to help you move forward!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Crafting a soul-prospering life.