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

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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

 

 

You Don’t Have What it Takes….

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Has anyone ever said to you that you don’t have what it takes? Often this is said with disdain and accompanied by a sneer. Perhaps you’ve even said this to yourself, complete with distain and a sneer.

What no one tells you is that it’s an incomplete sentence, only a phrase. The full sentence is: you don’t have what it takes…for this.

Don’t take it personally when someone says this to you—or if you say it to yourself. View it as an invitation to press the Pause Button of your life and think it through. Take the time to answer the question “Do you have what it takes for this, the path you’ve chosen?”

Perhaps it seems like you don’t have what it takes because you haven’t gathered enough information to fully understand the journey to your dreams. Or, it could be that you’re letting yourself down because you’re shying away from doing the tough things and the tasks that are essential but are not fun.

Maybe you’ve discovered that the statement is true because you realize you really don’t have enough passion to pursue “your thing” at a high level; you enjoy it enough as a hobby but not enough to take it to the next level.

All of this is fine because, even though you may not have what it takes for this (whatever your “this” is), you do have what it takes for something else.

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Your homework for today is to take a moment and think about where you are on your journey. This week, did you notice that you aren’t really enjoying your path—and that it isn’t because you’re in a phase that’s a little tougher than other phases? Could it be that this path isn’t the right one but the trail that you thought was a tangent is actually the superhighway to your dreams?

On the other hand, did you notice that progressing toward your goals and dreams is getting easier? Perhaps things are beginning to flow….

Where ever you find yourself on your path this week, let’s celebrate. You are discovering new things about yourself, refining what it is you’re striving for, and making great progress. Even if you’re unsure or you’ve hit a rough patch, celebrate the fact that you’re still moving forward—you haven’t given up or quit.

Yay you! You’re awesome!

Feel free to leave a comment regarding your progress. We want to celebrate with you!

I’m so proud of the progress you’re making, the things you’re discovering, and your courage to keep on going. Truly awe-inspiring!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

Throw Off the Bowlines!

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

 

Shake off your doubts and fears. Trust that you’ll figure it out. Draw courage from the times in the past when you were up against a problem and it seemed as if there was no way to solve it but somehow, some way, you did. You figured it out.

If you did it at least once before, you can do it again. Go for it!

Your homework today is to throw off the bowlines and set sail for your dreams.

You can do it!

Post in the comments section how exhilarating it feels to go for it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

National Reduce Stress Day

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April is Stress Awareness month and today is National Reduce Stress Day.

So, let’s talk about the stressors in our daily lives and what we can do about them.

As you probably know, there are two types of stress. There’s the good kind of stress, called eustress, which you feel during positive moments, such as when you’re looking forward to a special vacation or to getting together with friends and family. The anticipation and excitement is stressful, but in a good way—a way that motivates you to move toward the happy event.

Dis-stress, the bad kind of stress, is the culprit that causes high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, among other things. It can be a contributing factor in people’s bad behavior and poor choices. Distress can be caused by commuting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, having too much on your plate, not taking time to recharge, and the like.

Even if your life is ideal, day-to-day living has, inherently, a certain level of stress. It’s unrealistic to think we can get rid of every last little bit of it. The more effective and helpful tack to consider is figuring out how to eliminate the unnecessary stress and then learn techniques for managing the stress that you do have.

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Your homework today is in four parts. The first is to eliminate unnecessary stressors: say “no” to projects that aren’t your responsibility and ones that do not interest you; delegate or ask for help on your obligations and responsibilities; and to not create drama and be sure to walk away from others’ dramas.

The second part of your homework is to lessen the impact of stress in your life. For instance if you commute in traffic, instead of taking the highway, perhaps it might be less stressful and more enjoyable to take the back roads. Think of other, less stressful, ways to do the things that must be done.

Third, come up with ways to regularly release the stress that builds up. Yoga, meditation, exercise, spending time with people whose company you enjoy, pursuing your hobbies, people watching, nature walks, and listening to uplifting music are a few suggestions. Also, sometimes taking a moment to breathe deep and remind yourself that this, too, shall pass can keep things in perspective and be beneficial in releasing stress.

Finally, put your thinking cap on and make a list of ways you can eliminate and reduce stress in your life, and note the stress-releasing methods that work for you. Refer to this list often!

You can do it, I know you can!

What do you do to release stress? Post in the comments section!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Tax Day Gratefulness

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On Tax Day, be glad for what you do have and where you are right now. Turn your focus away from that check you may have to write to the IRS and rivet your attention on the opportunities, adventures, and the depth and richness of your life—things that are far more valuable than any amount of money in the bank.

Even though you’re still a work in progress and even though you may not be where you want to be, you can look back over the last week–month, year, five years, and more–and thank your lucky stars you’re here and not there. You’re making great progress toward your dreams; you’re discovering cool things about yourself and Life; you’re more fully yourself that you’ve ever been. It’s so thrilling to discover and express the true you!

But, what if the past actually was better than where you find yourself right now? You still have a lot for which to be thankful. For one, you know what it’s like to be in a good place so you know what you are aiming for. Secondly, your best days are ahead of you. As long as you’re still here, still breathing, you still have something good, valuable, and honorable inside you to share.

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Your homework today is to take a moment and be glad and thankful for what you do have and for where you are headed. Also be grateful for the things that got you to this point in your life—the good and the bad. Without them, you would not be where you are and who you are right now.

And, take the next step on the journey to your dreams! You still have plenty of potential—go out there and share it! You can do it!

What are you thankful for? Post your answer in the comments section.

I’m so proud of you and I’m grateful to know you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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