Mile Markers

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The following two quotes from Earl Nightingale express the power of goals and how they make dreams into reality.

 

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going

 

All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.

 

Sometimes the word “goals” sounds so cold, machine-like and forbidding.  Goals are nothing more than guideposts to aim for and to measure against.  They tell you that you’re going in the right direction and that you’re making progress.  Think of them as the mile markers on the highway to your dreams!

Your homework today is to review this past week.  Do you have any mile markers in sight?  Have you passed any?  Are you being realistic in estimating how quickly you can move toward the markers?  Are you being hampered?  Do you have to be more accurate with your plans or is there something you can do to avoid the slow-downs?

Most importantly, celebrate the mile markers you have passed and the ones you are in sight of.  Even if it seems like you haven’t made any progress at all this week, as long as you can still see the mile marker you’re aiming for, that’s good enough.  Seeing the mile marker even without progress tells you that you’re still pointed in the right direction and you haven’t taken any steps backward!  So celebrate!

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And, if it seems as if you have taken steps backward…as long as you’re doing things that you think are the right things to do in pursuit of your dreams, then this is cause for a double celebration: first to celebrate that you’re taking steps and second that what seems like backward motion could actually be a shortcut and a special gift that speeds you to your Big Break!  Keep a positive mind focused on expecting the best and keep on moving!

Plan your steps for this coming week and then celebrate—involve your family and friends!

Post in the comments section what you’re proud of this week.

You are awesome!  I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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Thank You!

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None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.

~Harvey Mackay

 

Take ten seconds to think about the people who helped you become the person you are right now and to help you get to this moment in time. Won’t they be pleased to know you thought of them and acknowledged how they helped you?

~Mr. Rogers

 

Thank you, my Dear Readers, for following this blog. I appreciate it very much and I hope to continue to provide you with inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and pep to help you achieve your dreams!

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Your homework today is to take time out of your schedule and think of the people and the things they did to help you become who you are and to get to this point in time. Thank them either in your heart, or write them a note, call them on the phone, or speak to them directly. And don’t forget about the small, seemingly insignificant things people have done for you along the way!

Make it a habit to regularly give thanks for all you do have.

You can do it!

Post in the comments section some of the people who have helped you.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Take Action

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Here are a few quotes to inspire you to take the next step!

 

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. ~Calvin Coolidge

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. ~Lewis Cass

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. ~Jonatan Mårtensson

When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress becomes manageable. ~Greg Anderson

Don’t find fault. Find a remedy. ~Henry Ford

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps — we must step up the stairs. ~Vance Havner

Action is the antidote to despair. ~Joan Baez

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas (Chamfort)

All know the way; few actually walk it. ~Bodhidharma

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~Peter Marshall

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. ~Arnold Glasow

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. ~Frank Tibolt

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Your homework today is to study these quotes and understand what they’re encouraging you to do: take the next step. While it’s important to plan, it’s critical to take action. You must take the next step.

Go for it! You can do it!

 

In the comments section, post that you did it—that you took the next step.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Friendly Universe?

 

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Yesterday we asked ourselves the question Is the Universe a Friendly Place? I encouraged you to take the time to answer this because it gets to the core of your personal philosophy. Today I want to talk a little more about the answer you gave.

Those who answered “Yes” generally have a can-do attitude, which makes the journey to your goals and dreams more pleasant. This doesn’t mean that the going will be easy or that you won’t have challenges along the way.

The journey is basically the same for everyone: you’re challenged, you have to roll up your sleeves and apply time, effort, and elbow grease, you dig deep, and eventually you reach your dreams.

The difference is that people with a positive attitude tend to see possibilities and opportunities that people with a less positive attitude might miss.

Those who answered “No”, don’t fret. It’s actually a cause for celebration. That’s because this is a very valuable piece of feedback you just gave yourself. It’s good to know what your basic—default—outlook is on Life. You can use this information to tweak your plans and your routines so that you’re working with yourself instead of against yourself.

Popular thought says that in order to be successful you have to be peppy and happy and cheerful and energetic. That isn’t true. Naturally, an attitude of expecting good things to happen and a cheerful, energetic personality might make the journey more pleasant, but they aren’t requirements for success. You can be achieve your goals and dreams no matter your outlook on Life or your personality type. As long as you take steps regularly toward your goals and dreams and as long as you don’t give up or quit, you will achieve your dreams.

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Your homework today is to recognize the personality style and outlook you have. How can you tweak your plans and your schedule so that they’re more in line with your nature? What gifts and strengths do you have that are a result of your particular temperament? How can you use these to help yourself?

Also, for those who tend to look on the gloomy side of Life, take the time to think about things you can do to counteract or circumvent your tendency to expect things to be difficult or to not work out. While this may be your go-to attitude, it doesn’t need to have the final say in how you handle your life. You can consciously override it or modify it. Jot down some thoughts on what you can do.

And for everyone, take the next step!!

Go you! You can do it!

Post in the comments section some of your strategies for giving yourself every chance to be successful!

I’m so proud of you! You’re doing wonderful work!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Is the Universe Friendly?

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According to Albert Einstein, the most important question we all must answer for ourselves is:

Is the Universe a friendly place?

On the surface, this Yes or No question seems very simple and one that you can answer quickly, even flippantly. But when thought about a little deeper, it quickly becomes apparent that the answer to this question gets to the very core of how you relate to the world and how you require the world to relate to you in return.

Your personal philosophy about Life affects every aspect, every tiny nook and cranny, of your existence. You can think of it in terms of your attitude toward Life and your assumptions about its attitude toward you.

If you think the Universe/Life/world is a friendly place then you’re going to expect that things will work out. Even though you may not know how to do a certain thing, you have confidence that you’ll figure it. You’ll believe that others will lend a hand or point you in the right direction. You’ll trust that when you need it, you’ll be in the right place at the right time and get the boost that you need

On the other hand, if you think the Universe/Life/world is not a friendly place then you’re more apt to think that life is hard and a struggle; that things won’t work out for you. You may expect to settle for second best or just the crumbs.

The wonderful news is that you can change the way you relate to Life. It’ll take time and effort and some elbow grease to change your attitudes but it can be done—and you’re just the one who can do it!

Your homework today is to schedule uninterrupted time—a few hours if possible—and answer the question “Is the Universe/Life/world a friendly place?” If you answer Yes, then good for you! Think of ways you can harness this positivity and use it to help you move quicker toward your dreams.

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If you answer No, don’t worry it isn’t the end of the world. Knowing your default response is very important information to discover. This tells you to be vigilant about the thoughts in our mind. Develop a positive expectancy rather than a problem expectancy by repeating power phrases that strike a chord within you. Say them in front of your mirror. Repeat them frequently throughout the day—every day. Read biographies of people who have overcome the odds to achieve their dreams. Reward yourself for every tiny bit of progress you make—celebrate it! Spend time thinking about what you can do to help yourself—to give yourself every chance to succeed. This may require time, effort, and elbow grease, but you and achieving your dreams are well worth it!

You can do it! I believe in you

Post your favorite power phrases in the comments section below

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Start the Week with Pep!

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To start your week right, here are some power pep phrases:

 

I was born for this.

I was made for this.

I can do it, yes I can.

I have what it takes to achieve my goals and dreams.

I am smart enough and I am talented enough to achieve my dreams.

I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way.

I am a champion.

I am approved to achieve my goals and dreams.

I am permitted to achieve my goals and dreams.

The best is yet to come for me.

Wonderful things are in store for me in the future.

I love my goals and dreams.

I’m excited that with each step I take, I get closer and closer to my goals and dreams.

I am perfectly suited to succeed.

I believe I can do it.

I am sure I have what it takes.

I am positive I can do it.

I feel it in my bones, in my gut, in my mind, and in my spirit.

I can do it, yes I can!

I am awesome!

I am a rock star!

 

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Your homework today is to stand in front of your mirror and, with a big smile and enthusiastic attitude, repeat the power statements to yourself. Note the ones that strike a chord within you. Jot these down and carry them with you, referring to them often throughout your day.

 

 

I think you are so cool!

Post in the comments section phrases that are particularly powerful for you.

I believe in you, too!

Your Friend,

Lauren

Think About These

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Here are a few quotes to think about as you prepare for your upcoming week.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady

 

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

— Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer

 

“The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources – though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

“What keeps so many employees back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.”

— Orison Swett Marden, motivational expert

 

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”

— Will Rogers, humorist

 

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

— Frank A. Clark

 

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Author

 

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Your homework today is to take some quiet time to ponder these quotes. Note the ones that resonate for you. Jot them down and keep them handy where you will see them frequently during the week. Feel free to search online or at your local library for other quotes that inspire and motivate you.

 

You can do this because you’re awesome!

Post in the comments section below a quote or two that you really like.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,

Lauren

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