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Easy Street: Happy Colgate Day!

Photo Credit: Colgate University


Today is Friday the 13th and, as I’ve written in previous posts, today is also known as Colgate Day.  Colgate Alums, students, and others associated with the university, consider all Friday the 13ths to be their good luck days.  It has to do with the lore surrounding the university’s founding.

The point, though, is that you don’t have to succumb to conventional wisdom regarding your dreams or what you consider to be a soul-prospering life.  What one person—or even groups of people—see as a bad thing can actually be your good thing!

Take a page out of Colgate University’s playbook and don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams, your Vision, and—most especially—your soul-prospering life.

You can do it!

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Thoughts: 12 Quotes



The very first, most fundamental step in crafting a soul-prospering life is getting your thoughts lined up so they will serve you rather than trip you up.

Here are twelve quotes about right thinking:

Thoughts are things. ~Earl Nightingale


As a man thinketh…. ~James Allen


Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar


Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson


Whether you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford


Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Rule your mind or it will rule you.   ~Buddha


A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere. ~Anonymous


A negative mind will never give you a positive life. ~Anonymous


Thinks work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~John Wooden


Same old thinking, same old results. ~Unknown


Believe you can and you’re half way there. ~Theodore Roosevelt


Which quote did you like best?


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Baby Steps: Resources

Photo Credit: Colgate University
Photo Credit: Colgate University


Happy Friday the 13th!  And, for those of you with a connection to Colgate University, Happy Colgate Day (here’s a link to find out why)!


There a many resources our there but these are the ones that I’ve found very helpful in understanding baby steps and learning how best to use them.

Books—I have read each of these books.  While they don’t contain all the answers, each of them has valuable information that can be applied to taking baby steps:

~One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Mauer, PhD~Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

~Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength  by Roy Baumeister and Joe Tierney

~Change Anything:  The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny

~Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

YouTube—B.J. Fogg has some very interesting techniques for crafting baby steps and developing a system for their implementation so the changes take hold (be sure to watch both videos):

~B.J. Fogg, PhD TEDx Talk in Freemont, California 

~B.J. Fogg, PhD TEDx Talk in Maui, Hawaii 

Articles on the Web—Like the books, these articles don’t contain all the “secrets” of baby steps.  Each of them, though, has interesting thoughts, suggestions, and tips; one of them might be just the thing you’ve been searching for!

~An article in Oprah Magazine about Dr. Fogg’s work  

~Scientific Ways to Make New Habits Stick

~Simple and Effective Changes to Make in Your Business

~Small steps to regain control of your work and personal life

~Easy Life Hacks







Let me know which resources you found to be most helpful.  Thanks!

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Quotes about Problems



Every day we all have problems. Usually they are minor annoyances that we quickly forget about.  Some, however, are tougher and can turn into rough patches.  Below are a few quotes I found that might help you think of problems in a new way.


If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.  ~Abraham Maslow

This quote reminds me to step outside my habitual way of responding to unexpected things that happen. It reminds me to pause, take a breathe, and keep my emotions at arms length as I evaluate what’s happened.



Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path. — Andy Stanley

To me, this quote is advising us to stop looking at the door that’s closed, barred, and locked and instead start looking for the window that’s open.


Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. — Edward R. Murrow

Sayings and slogans shouldn’t be used to distract ourselves or anesthetize us or make us feel that the problem will go away or be taken care of all on it’s own. Sayings and slogans can help us calm ourselves, give us hope in better days ahead, and to help us get our feet back underneath us so that we can take action and get through the rough patch.


I hope these quotes, and my explanations of why I shared them with you, have helped you. Which ones did you like?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

Keep these quotes handy–especially the ones that have resonated with you–and refer to them often when you need a boost.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


A Matter of Perspective

Photo Credit:  Colgate University
Photo Credit: Colgate University



Today is Friday the 13th. Most people think of it as an unlucky day.  But there are people who think Friday the 13th is a good day–a lucky one, even!

For instance the alumni, students, faculty, staff, and families of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York think every Friday the 13th is a day for celebration. It has to do with the founding of the university (13 men with 13 prayers…).

It’s all a matter of perspective!

Happy Friday the 13th! #ColgateDay

Your Friend and Pep Pal,