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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Awaken Your Day - Feb 27, 2018 - A Duel ( Original Post July 28, 2009)

Quick, short and simple today.

I challenge you to a duel...or should I say I invite you to participate in a duel. Between the "Have" and "Have Not". Between the "I Want...I Wish... I Need" and the "I Have...I Did.... I Achieved".
Every time you see something today that you want, or you think of something you need ( training, material thing, feeling ) I want you to list - yes...actually write down - something that you have already achieved .

For example - I wish I could have a new car. And... I bought and have paid off my old car.

Our mission today...is simply to recognize the skills we have already displayed to get to where we are and to have attained steps and things that we wanted in our lives. Once we recognize that we already have the skills to achieve, we can begin to push ourselves to reach for the next level of our goals.

In recognizing our achievements we stand a better chance of harvesting further belief in ourselves and our abilities to grow further.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - winning a battle of perspective.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 26, 2018 - Only One You (Originally shared July 2011)

"There is only one you...Don't you dare change just because you are outnumbered."
- Charles Swindoll

Five things.
Five unique things about you ... that you honestly like about you.
Five things.
Five other unique things, that you are proud of about yourself.
Five minutes.
Five minutes to acknowledge you.
Sometimes, it is a well deserved moment that we take, to just sit back, breathe a relaxed breath...and take stock of some of our achievements, and our attributes. A moment we overlook all too often.
There is only one you. Get reacquainted.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You -
Knowing You.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Feb 25, 2018 - The way I see it...

" The way we see the problem is the problem. "
- Steven Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

It is always beneficial, to take a moment away from a stressful environment, and breathe.

Pause for perspective. Imagine time has stopped and all you can see is frozen still. Now walk around the situation. Take your time. Examine the snapshot while you have "stepped" away. Allow thought to flow without the strain of rebutal or need to be explained. Look to understand.

Is our view complete? Do we see all the details from our position? Are we responding from a point of vantage, or from an inner podium of emotional charge? Are you still comfortable from your angle?
It is not always about right and wrong. Finding solution is very gratifying.

 Are you willing to be part of the solution...to what may not be a problem at all.

Just be aware of the value in a personal "time out".

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - Clearing your Vision.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Feb 24, 2018 - You have the Power

"I used to be", means you already know How to be.

 Those things you miss don't need to be a wish.
Think about it.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - revisiting your toolbox.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.
( And if i already wrote this in the last couple months ... oops)

Awaken Your Day - Feb 23, 2018- Find Your Calm in Gratitude

When your day already has a rope around your neck and you haven’t stepped into a thought of your own yet while you struggle to find your inspiration boost - pause for gratitude identification.

All the reason you need, all the passion that keeps you going is just one... thankful.... thought away.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - remembering why there is a Greater You.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, And Thankfully still the Author of my Day

AYD - Feb 22 - starting off with the day running me. Time to take it back.

Original - AwakenYour Day - Feb 16,2016

"Either you run the day or the day runs you."
- Jim Rohn

We can often receive motivational messages with no real effect. We get it, it makes sense, we feel good about having a headline to the story about to unfold and then... life and distractions go on the attack. It comes down to stopping for a moment to not only let the message become clear, but for us to apply it to our own feelings and details so that the message bonds with what it can mean to our circumstances.

It would be great if we could just receive some great advice and then go hopping along to greet the day and have it there like an auto response - but life doesn't always work that efficiently.
So take a moment, with this and other good advice you encounter from the so many sources we have, and actually consider how it applies to you and the day before you. Take the moment to absorb and shape.

A moment to invest in yourself will allow you to better see the gold wrapped in some words.
Good morning, greater day. Greater you is in control of more.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

"Either you run the day or the day runs you."
- Jim R

Awaken Your Day - Feb 21, 2018 - Do Your Worries Live Long?

“Ninety-nine percent of the things you worry about never happen. Dream more, worry less and enjoy every day. It goes fast.”
- John Addison

This reminds me of some other AYD moments and topics we have touched on. And like those I feel we need to take this one step further. I feel there is value in revisiting your own proof to help you not only read the good advice in Mr. Addison’s words, but to RELATE to them.

You have your own living evidence that will collaborate what he says.

So, let the life you have lived light the path again. Consider a couple times you were dominated by worry but all turned out well. It starts off that simply. ( Step two is Why did it turn out well ? ... like because you planned and executed a good plan. And repeat that. )

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - approaching with lessons learned versus worry burns.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Feb 20 - just doing a thing.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 17, 2017 - One Thing

Do one thing today.
Be kind.
Seize a moment before it gets away from you - and be kind....

Do it for you.
Do it for them.
Do it without needing recognition.

That's it.

 Good morning, Greater day. Greater You - because you can be.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 19, 2018 - Change is Necessary

Step 1 - Recognize.

I am dissatisfied with my lack of action in some areas required to advance toward my dreams.

 I have not been “waiting”, but I have also not been working hard enough at my “creating”.

Step 2 - Change that. Right now. And continue until dissatisfied feeling is gone.

This is the flag I carry today. In all things I want to accomplish. If we execute well in all we have to do, it will be the norm for all we want to do.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - recognizing when you have not been being the greater You.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Feb 17 - Flipping through some pages of yesterdays.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 17, 2016
"Successful people are simply those with successful habits."
- Brian Tracy

Bad habits. We have them. We all do. I do.
What do we do about them, other than admit them? For many, admitting it is the only step. They acknowledge a bad habit, and then that acts as a free pass to continue excuses on the same path without a plan to remove the habit.

So, with that, can we try to acknowledge a plan on a good habit in a reverse and succeed role? Successful habits can be any size, any shape, any measure of growth. For example - you want to read more on a topic of growth... so make it a habit to spend 15 min a day on that topic. After 14 days, you will find you have a hunger for more and it only cost you .... 15 min a day of focus on this new habit.

So - today you have an opportunity to do two things. When you acknowledge one of your personal "bad" habits, decide to be in awareness of it each day to attempt to overcome it by being in tune with it versus just sloughing it off as "it is what it is". And second, identify something you want to become a replacement habit on the good side of your ledger. Now make it a two week goal to apply some attention to it daily.

Successful habit for me will be focus on Action on my decluttering project in my home. Bad habit to be aware of is Procrastination. The one replaces the other. What will your plan be? Share if you like, to inspire others.

Good Morning, Greater you. Greater you becomes an idea center for others.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Feb 16 - travel day rerun

Awaken Your Day - Feb 9, 2017 - Momma said ...

"There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people. "
- Muhammad Ali

Straight up simple. Should you find yourself greeting an ill feeling toward someone, something or some event today - or you are in the middle of such a moment right now - pause for a self bettering effect.

Ask yourself, "What would I rather be thinking about than watering these negative emotions?"
Pause to identify your state - Who What Where When Why or How - you got here. And ... is it doing me any good to stay here?

Where is the nearest exit from the path I am on? Because there are more pleasant things to do than beating down my energy.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater you - choosing to find, the greater in you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 15, 2018 - Reaching Thoughts

Sometimes we find moments where there are no distractions. As far as the eye can see. 

 In these moments we actually see much more, hear much more and our thoughts have this magic ability to produce much more. 

Moments like this produce the simplicity we often need to win over the complicated. This morning my only puzzle piece in my life is which wave is going to reach my feet.
( the only angry I feel is why I haven’t made more conscious effort to be here more often)

We know what they hold - these moments that foster Reaching Thoughts. We know their value. Now we just need to dedicate time to staying in those like minded moments and running the program ... again and again.

Gotta run. My wave is coming and I don’t want to miss it.
Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with Reaching Thoughts and the setting to recognize them.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day
See More — at Dreams Dominicus La Romana.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 12, 2018 - Your Life

I am going to change the world.

 Say that to yourself and feel how powerful it is.
Believe it - and feel the rush.

 Now Go - and do what you were meant to do. 

 Good afternoon, Greater Day and week. Greater You - Deciding to be a Greater You.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, and Author to my Day. “Tell ‘em I’m coming !”

AYD - Feb 12 - travelling birthday rerun. Because it’s still fun

Awaken Your Day - Feb 12, 2016

Inspiration can find you anywhere .... or you can go looking for it.

 Like in an old photo album...well that just kind of ages me... doesn't it? Idea is, go through some old photos, or some old contact lists of all those people you know. Your thoughts will lead the way on the path of memories that will just automatically play out before you. 
It's our son's birthday today and my wife was looking back on pictures of his first - and the travels through the pages of memories was a fun trip to experience again. Makes the smiles of this special day a little brighter.

Sometimes a little reflection can light up a day.

 Good morning, greater day. Greater you, came from many pictures captured in time.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Feb 11 - vacation rerun because I like this all over again

Awaken Your Day - Feb 11, 2017 
"Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24-7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna..., turn up the volume - snap... crackle... this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world..."
- Hugh Elliott

It cannot be just a momentary "oh what a nice thought" take away. It has to be something we train ourselves to believe. Every meeting a success is what Mike Lipkin says and .... it can be.

I used to often wonder how different our lives would be if one event in the past had been different... or had we met someone earlier in life ... like the concept so often in movies where you go back in time but be careful because changing one event changes the course of the future.

And that is the problem. Everytime we think of this we are contemplating on events in the past and imagining how it would be thus different now. "Oh what a nice thought"... But that is make believe. Now turn that around... think about the here and now.

Now is not "make believe" , rather if we think about our actions in this very moment...the right now, the here and now... and how our actions NOW can change the path of the future.... see...same game, just more realistic focus.... we go from make believe to Make It Happen.

And then right before our eyes... miracles take shape. Every person we meet, every dream we have, every goal we aspire to ... all of it gains progressive benefit and eye opening miracles if we apply the same energy to what can be versus what might have been.

Make It Happen. It is an action, not an "Oh how nice that would have been." Make it Happen.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater you - here and now and more possible - then and more so now.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Feb 10, 2018 - Purpose

I believe there is one thing we overlook every day. We have but one life - and no matter what our Life Setting dial is set at right now - we need to try to remember to live some of each day or all of every day, to the fullest. Do something today to enhance your life experience. Please.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - creating.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Feb 6, 2018 - Aim High

“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
- Les Brown

First time I ever read this, I shook my head over how simple the statement was, how incredibly true it was, how obvious it was and how the hell had I not seen it so easily before.

I’ve told you about an old teacher of mine that gave you a 75% mark if you did exactly as told and the other 25% came from thinking for yourself and adding more. I began thinking more about what was beyond those 75% stars.

I’ve had a manager recently that always gave unrealistic deadlines for tasks and then on Thursday when we would advise It wasn’t quite finished but it would only take a little more , he’d say great, he needed it for EOD Monday - and the last bit shouldn’t be an issue with such great progress.
And we would finish the last 5%,or the touch ups, without stress, but now we could see his navigation charts for the moon and adopt similar patterns for ourselves.

Go for it. All of it. Your passions and drive will excite you and if you don’t make it to that goal checkpoint on that first nitro boost - pause, look around, and yell out, “Holy Shit!! Look how far I made it !”

Put the Dream back in drive and carry on.

Good Morning. Greater Day. Greater You - aiming for the Moon.
AYD -Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Feb 5 - Monday relevant rerun

Awaken Your Day - Feb 5, 2016 - I am, I share.

"We should give as we receive, cheerfully,
quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no
grace in a benefit th...
at sticks to the fingers."
- Seneca

We cannot hold back sharing the best of who we are. How else can we expect good acts and thoughts to grow? We must lead by example and recognize all that is worth sharing about who we are, whom our friends and family feel we are, whom our coworkers appreciate about who we are.

It gives a little more depth to the idea of "Be Yourself".

It is one more chapter in my growing and shaping philosophy, "What we do with what we are given." ( Alot more to come on this very soon.)

So today and this weekend - Be comfortable in your qualities - and in that comfort, Be Yourself, so that others can feel your influence. You will silently be giving a lesson on how others can 'give more' of themselves ... with no effort, and yet great benefit.

Good morning, Greater day. More discovery of a healthier you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my day.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 3, 2018 - A Leader among our Children

"The task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."
- Henry Kissinger

And on a Sports Saturday I think of our son's basketball coach and the great job he is doing - with our boy, and the whole team. I see they are learning, and listening and respecting as their skills grow with their smiles and effort.

And then my thoughts are drawn to our son’s other coaches from martial arts to summer sports. They too have been and are doing a fantastic job of bringing out the best in him – and all the kids working together.

And in that moment my awareness is heightened to all the leaders that affect our lives – even though it is not us they are leading, but those close to us.
Take a moment today to recognize and feel good about those leaders among us, and while we are at it, we may as well look inside ourselves and recognize moments where we are leading. Are we doing as good of a job?

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You – absorbing the leadership around you and the benefits it brings.
AYD – Pierre Couturier – Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Feb 2, 2018 - Detective First Class

"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."
— Oscar Wilde

There are lessons and elements of growth in every experience we encounter. ( Often it is strength from the knowing you made it through.)

We must put more focus on how to recognize the growth element, and resist the urge we feel to bitch about the event.

If you are still standing after a fall, what value is there in crying about how badly it could have been or that you had to go through it at all? You are through it. Count those strengths instead of taking inventory on the events and rating each one for how bad you felt.

Just saying.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - Putting on you detective cap and finding clues to your control over all things past.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Feb 1 - Replay from Jan 25, 2016

Late for the morning - but good anytime

Awaken Your Day - Jan 25, 2016

"Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless."
- Mary Kay Ash

Your mission, should you choose to accept it....

Good Morning, becomes a Greater Day. A greater you may just take action.
AYD- Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Working on my value.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

AYD - Jan 31 - busy day revisit day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 29, 2016

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
- Sidney J. Harris

A lot of time, we don't need some deep thought to motivate us or get us going. Part of my belief is that we just need a reminder or gentle push to ignite our own thinking and presto, magic can happen by our own thoughts plugging in. " Liiiiggght Buuuulb."

So Friday is here. Most people have a lot going on. With that the weekend will fly by and Sunday night will come and there could be that feeling, "AAAGGGGHHH!!! Where did the time go?! I have so much to do." So - the Pierre 51% rule takes effect. We know this is going to happen as it has before. Knowing it gives you 51% controlling interest in what happens next.

If you do nothing else today or this weekend, set aside some time for something that is all about you. Your project, your passion, your to do list to make you feel some sense of accomplishment. Feeling complete on some loose end or set aside project, is often a prerequisite for more AH HA moments.

Sometimes, you have to make You a priority, and not feel guilty about it.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You is a role model to share.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and .... Squirrel!!

Awaken Your Day - Jan 30, 2018 - Create Your Great

Like minded.
One of the keys to Success is being around like minded people.
Establishing an environment of consistency on your path and frame of mind of those same thoughts and drivers that keep you in the zone and peak.

 But like minded environment goes beyond just the people around you.

In the mornings I try to give you some triggers to generate your desire for a better start to lead to a greater day. A good starting environment.

And sometimes words are hard. Sometimes we want to find that Rah Rah and Pom Pom shaking energy - and we just don’t know where we left them. Kind of like going to the coffee machine and realizing there is none.

So we need a jumpstart - like boosting your car. So create the great another way.
This should help find your spark.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - just a little shake away.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 29, 2018 - wide Open

Opportunity Monday - what will you do with it?
Are you waiting, or are you Creating?

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - embracing the opportunities that present themselves.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 28 - and away we go.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
- Theodor Roosevelt

It is good to dream big, or to want to do more for ourselves and others. It is often successful people telling us to dream bigger than we thought possible to push ourselves. Of this there is no doubt.

But often many people get grand visions and then get discouraged right away when they do not experience that immediate highlight reel success.... and then they let the Start Stop Them....because they compare their lack of progress to that other amazing story of growth and achievement they read so much about.

You can hang onto those great and grand plans and ideals - just begin first with what you know - and this will help you hold your grip. Pause to understand where you are right now and where that puts you on the timeline of that plan. Goal setting is key and one of the steps is to list out those contributing steps we must take on the journey to get to where we are going. Every contributing step leads you forward, no matter how small.

There has to be some focus and respect on each foothold as you climb a mountain - so too there must be the same attention to each footprint you need to make toward your destination.

It is not a setback to plan your attack. (Hey, i like that one!) And it starts with accepting where you are, what you have for quality inventory and drive, and where those elements enable you to place your first footprint into the adventure story you so long to write for your life and those that care for you.

Good morning, Greater day. Greater you - well that is just better for everyone around you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, and Author to the map of my journey.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 27, 2018 - Take a walk through your Contacts

Like Minded People.
One of the keys to Successful days. Personal and business.
Take some time to enjoy your weekend. And one of the ways to do that is to get reaquainted with those people you enjoy. 

Walk through your contact list. Recite one thing you like about each person. Let your mind run through some happy memories.

Now Go... it's that simple.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - hanging with those other Great people you know.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Jan 26, 2018 - The rest starts now

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
- (When Harry Met Sally, 1989)

When you feel passionate about something … it is one of the strongest driving emotions you will ever feel. Consider it for a moment and you have to agree.

Passion, moves you. Literally. Your mind races and you get off your ass and you do things. You become more, you think more off the charts and out of the box, you generate ideas and results like never before. You take action because you want to and you continue to take action because your energy makes you. You surprise yourself, you motivate yourself, you energize mind, body and spirit. It is a constant rush. ( read that again but faster - it's like you can feel yourself getting excited)

You feel joy. You share joy. You shine. Your senses are alive.
You live like we are supposed to live. Now the million dollar WTH … knowing what we know … having felt that before for a love, a dream, a skill, a career … ( wait for it...)

Why are we not striving for that life altering, life bettering emotion is all we do? Why don’t we reach for that familiar Amazing when other elements of life are not peak?
What is your passion? Any one of them will do… great things for you.

 Awaken Your Day – embracing the passions in your life .. and let the rest of your life start now.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - passionate living.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - works for me - Jan 26

AYD - works for me.
Rough sleep
Refreshing shower
Healthy breakfast
Good lunch packed and bag prepared to go...
Read a few pages in a book that I can’t wait get back to
Bus on time.
Warm cozy coat
Good beats in my ears.
Dark foggy winter drive - reminds me of working winter In Rainbow Lake. Exactly what I needed then. I smile at the memory of the stars. The peace in my heart.
Time to change the music.
No matter what today brings - I’m ready for my part.
See you out there.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 25, 2018 - What's in your Wallet?

Pop Quiz.
What is in your toolbox - to better design the layout of your day?

You have what you need.
From what we have discovered here together - to what you have gathered in your successful life reflections.
You have built a wonderful tool kit.

What tool will you use right now to shape your...

 Good Morning, and Greater Day. Greater You - Living in Your Design.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Jan 24, 2018 - Because sometimes when words are taking shape - just practice what you speech.

AYD - Jan 24, 2014
Word of the day...Relief.

Relief ... now that I type it I start to question if I have spelt it correctly...it looks wrong...because it has been out of my vocabulary for what feels like a long time.

When you have a number of unfinished, yet all important tasks, that need your attention all at the same time. When you feel as though none of them are getting closure, and they all somehow have started to feel difficult. When you are not sure where to start one or finish another. When you start to pile on other items in your calendar, to the deadlines associated to the Existing Unfinished and you cannot seem to connect two thoughts together. When all of it clouds your vision, and you feel tired.

When you complete one of the items. Breath in feels deeper.
A sense of relief.
You complete another, and you realize ... that was not so hard.
Relaxing exhale. Relief.
You face another, and now you see there was only a handful, and not a mountain.
The chains fall, and focus is more centered. Relief.

I realize I am the only guy that can take the WORD of the day and turn it into a run on sentence ... but painting the picture that wipes away the dew on the windshield is as much for me as it is you.

I can see. And more so, I can feel. I am relieved after having finally completed a couple of important tasks. Now I feel momentum. I have stretched before the big race so to speak.

And only a couple left ... I can do this. "I think I can...I think I can... "

Good Morning,
Greater Day.
Relieved you, is a productive you.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author to My Day.

AYD - Jan 23 - Busy day Replay

Found this one from 2014. It’s like talking to an old wise man when we reflect on posts of wisdom from before. 😁 now I have to see if I can practice what I speech.

AYD - Jan 23, 2014 - Keep It Simple

"A smile is the shortest distance between two people."
- Victor Borge

Grab it, and run with it where you may. I know someda...ys, we have to make the effort to give a smile.
Be aware of when you receive one. How do you feel?
Watch reactions when you give one. What feeling do you see?
Pick someone who needs one. More than you. Assume the feeling it creates is a good one.
Simple enuf right?
Now please....continue.

Good Morning, Greater Day.
Greater You, means a smile for someone else to receive.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 22, 2018 - Share and watch it grow.

"Yeah, well, I've got a dream too. But it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. That's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And, well, I've found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And it kind of makes us a family."
- Kermit the Frog

What is your dream?
Does it bring you Joy to think about it, and work at it?
Share your joy with those that care.
And see how your Joy, brings them Joy, for all the belief they have in you.

Opportunity Monday. Yours for the taking and Sharing.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - living the dream and watching it grow.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Keep It Simple Sunday - Jan 21

Simple and Effective.

 Look around you. Find a spark - something you wanted to do.
Hold the spark. 
Get energized.
Feed the spark - with action.

I am.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - simply getting some action in.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 20 - Saturday reflections.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 20, 2016

"I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top."
- An English Professor

It is hard to get a do over with a full day - a report maybe, but not as easy with a full day. Be aware of your level of effort today - for your goals or a task - and let that awareness help you keep on track. We often dread tomorrow, knowing we have to make up the ground we somehow lost today.

Good Morning, Greater day. Greater you just flows along more efficiently.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 18, 2018 - Action over Stress

"Stress can destroy much more than just our physical health. Too often, it eats away at our hope, belief, and faith."
— Charles F. Glassman

Being stressed is most often an uncomfortable feeling. We know that. And very often we are most certainly not in touch with the consequences and how to connect these dots of awareness or repair.

While there are many kinds of stress, and many kinds of cures - one thing I believe will always assist is - Action. Stress will stop us in our tracks and kill our momentum... and lack of action obviously puts us further behind, and then stress compounds. It is not genius talk here, we know this... just not always in the stressful moment.

Lack of action and movement allows the cloud of stress to grow thick and coccoon you - and thus hope, belief and faith cannot be seen or felt. We are mummified. So keep moving. Don't be an easy capture. Without tackling a specific instance or circumstance this sounds pretty generic and "easy to say harder to do". Absolutely. So keep your eyes on that spot where stress cannot breathe. The spot you need to get to in order to be free of it. What is required of you to get there?

And don't stop. Hope Faith and Belief live because you can see the spot because you didn't stop and you did not turtle to the attack.
Just keep moving.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - knowing what you know and where you have to go.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 17 - revisit Wednesday when travelling and computer not cooperating

Awaken Your Day - Jan 11, 2017 - Tell you about you

Five things you became good at after you didn't quit when you started and were not so good.
And ride that g...ood thought through any obstacles today.

Good morning greater Day. Greater You - already.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband , daddy and author to my day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 16, 2018 - Not sure how to do this.

"Forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It's a gift you give yourself."
- T.D. Jakes

I'm not big on it.
Still working on understanding my stand on it.
How I define it.
I don't think I look at it as "forgiving" because I have not dealt with the sound of it... it sounds like I am OKAY with the offending person, place or thing.
Nope nope nope. There are some people in this world that have done me wrong...or you... and they need what's coming to them.
Okay, so now that I have that out... I can say, cool, that is my position. I don't like them. I hope the world balances things out because these people or events are just wrong.
Okay. Now I have stated my thoughts. Done.
Done done done.
Move on.
Don't dwell.
Do not be consumed.
See what you have now, in front of you.
You survived them or that and thus you are stronger than you can see... because you can't see light or clear when all you focus on is anger.

So if you are uncomfortable with the emotional shape that "forgiveness" paints in your heart ... that is fine. We can work on it. But for now, acknowledge your feelings but do not overlook your wins because you are looking backward.

Part of "forgiveness" is simply not putting all your strength into holding the noose around the neck of a bad memory. You have a life to live. You got through some crap, don't you owe it to yourself to live in this present moment for awhile?

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - standing tall in spite of some tough stuff.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 15, 2018 - Worth


Name, and think of the things in your life you consider to be... Priceless.

Inspiration and appreciation can find you anywhere.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - taking inventory.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 14 - Sunday Reflections

Awaken Your Day - Jan 14, 2016

"Actually I'm an overnight success. But it took 20 years!"
- Chris Brady

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

Good Morning, Greater day.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Swimmer ( with a life jacket)

Awaken Your Day - Jan 13, 2018 - A Story told begins to Unfold.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
―Maya Angelou

I would like you to imagine…it’s all about you.
Right now if you have the moment…or later when you can make time.
When you can … it’s all about you.

I want you to imagine you are in front of a room full of people … it’s your audience, they are there to see you, so you decide how big the crowd is. After all, it’s all about you.

You are nervous, I get it. I will be too, when the time comes. So to calm your nerves, find a familiar face. If it helps, imagine I am sitting there … in about row 5 and bang on center. I am there to hear you. There to support you in all you do.

All about you.

As if you are there to inspire - you and those listening - with a tale of a life you see .... tell it like you feel it inside. Give it water, give it life, voice it. Let it breathe.

Tell me ... tell you ... about the life story yet to be lived. No limitations. No wishing. No dreamy make believe. Tell your tale as IT WILL BE. How do you feel? How does it sound? Make it real. The way you want it to be.

And once you have allowed this, once you have given it a chance to be heard .... once You have heard it ... end your presentation with a display of intention. Let your audience know ( this includes you) that there is an update coming. There will be news to follow up on. Like an ending of a movie that is left open, inviting you to be anxious ... for the story does not end here.

 Leave us both wanting more. Hear it loud, "What is next?"

And now ... having enjoyed your story, and been whisked away on an energy surge of motivation to look more closely at my own ... now that we have bought into this passionate display of self belief and intention ... now we take out our complimentary workbook, and we begin...

Good morning, Great Day. Greater You ... telling an untold story of a life that is coming soon.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 12, 2018 - I’m sorry. Could you repeat the question?

Sometimes all you need to find a Spark ... is a Quality Question.

Often what extinguishes that Spark is our lack of effort to explore the answer.

Hint. Hint.
What Fires you up?

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - studying the sparks.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 11 - Just the reminder I needed today. I hope it brings you some value. Good Morning, Greater Day.

Re run from January 10, 2014

Word of the day - Enthusiasm.
Now go ahead. I dare you.
Write it on your hand....
Put a sticky note on your desk, or in your lunch.

I don't care how you do it.... but remind yourself today to show it. Often.
Think about it. Who, What, Where, When, Why and How ought to cover it.
With everything you do this day, and the thoughts you are planning for the weekend... add Enthusiasm to your recipe. Add it to your To Do list.
I will wash the dog with...you guessed it, Enthusiasm.
I will finish that report with ... oh, I know!!! Enthusiasm.
It is the word of the day.
And most often, without us even knowing, the most forgotten ingredient to the recipe of a great day.

Good morning,
Greater You.
Greater you, shows someone else the way too.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author to a fantastic day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 10, 2018 - You can, because you want to.

“You should never do something kind in the hopes of recognition. Do it because it’s right. Do it because it makes you feel good. “
- Scooter Braun

A large part of AYD is about self growth with self awareness and recognition. So I often ask you to dig deep and look at yourself in ways you may not have in order to see value we thus may not have seen.

And then use that Awakening sight.

What might we do today? What opportunity might present itself to us, so that we can do something kind? Now that we are thinking about it ... I guess we will See.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - because you can.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband,Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 9, 2018 - Is that all you got?

"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you."-
- Fred DeVito

We could say, "Thanks Tips!" But ... just because we have heard an expression over and over, and we know it to be true by automatic response ... doesn't mean we actually connect to it and use it.

3 things in your life that put you to the test. And you are better now for them.
List those 3, and then challenge anything that comes at you today.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - seeing how you already grew to be a greater you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 8, 2018 - Meaning, Meaning ... This I hope.

“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me.”
- John Wayne

I wasn’t always aware.
Aware of the ripple effect my life and decisions would have on those that were close.

I’ve learned a lot over the years. My understanding and awareness have grown. Thankfully.

So today I look upon Mr. Wayne’s comment and I can focus on today. This moment. This life we are living in the here and now. I can think of my family and those I hold close in my heart. And I can think about how I’m living this life, with a smile. I think they would say I’m doing alright by them. I need to reach out to a few of them more often but I think they can respect what I’m trying to do.

So starting your Opportunity Monday with some inner peace on the love you give and respect you have earned - might be as good as that coffee. Maybe, a good frame of mind will help it and the day become better still.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - recognizing the effort to live with Meaning.
AYD-Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.
“Are you waiting, or are you Creating?”

Awaken Your Day - Jan 7, 2018 - I know you are but .... do I ?

“It’s not differences that divide us. It’s our judgements about each other that do. “
- Margaret J. Wheatley

While we are busy with plans of betterment and change and goals etc - shall we consider this often overlooked and silent relationship killer? Judgement. Most often made worse when combined with speculation and assumption. Horrible gang of thieves these guys.

They steal rational thinking, and logic, and credibility. Common sense gets a few stab wounds along the way too.

Quite simply - when you find yourself in a situation that sparks your defensive emotions - before rushing to judgement - assess. Assess what you know about the
Why and
How things are playing out.

 The worst thing is you might come up with a more Quality Question regarding the situation. From that you may prove or disprove the judgement that was coming. But at least you can say you didn’t lose your value to the thieves before putting up a skilled attack.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - using your insurance skills.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - January 6,2018 - Simplicity for Saturday

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do something today that at days end you will be happy with your effort and achievement.
See? Simple right?

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - simply putting in the effort to be so.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Awaken Your Day - Jan 5, 2018 - Let good words sink in.

"In the end, only three things will matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
- Jack Kornfield

While your mind and intentions are still set on the New Year, and new starts - it is a good time to spend time with examples of how you love, some gentleness in your living, and what kind of burdens and conflicts you can release.

Identify and become aware. Then you have the sight to make the decisions very clear.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - just putting in some self time.
 AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.
"Are you waiting, or are you Creating?"

Awaken Your Day - Jan 4, 2018 - Wonderfully Said

“The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them,”
- Jim Rohn

Easily one of the most complete and favourite comments I have ever read. This is so much part of the philosophy behind AYD, and what I have been learning within.

Enjoy the Journey to all the things you want in your life.

 It takes practice to do this - don't get me wrong. But it starts with growing our awareness so it becomes more automatic to you, more second nature to be in this mindset - and in there we start to see things differently.

Maybe this is where my belief started to take shape. Start by Awakening Your Day by your rules and your pattern for Success, and the rest of the day will fit that mold, as You Shape it.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - all along the way.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 3 - Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed - due to computer glich and my fading memory this morning, please enjoy this rerun from last year while I try to retrieve the million dollar wisdom statement I had planned for today. Good morning.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 2, 2017 - Yes You Are

"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
- A.A. Milne, Author

Reflection. Sometimes we need to look back in a moment of quiet and actually look at how far we have come, what we have lived through, what we have endured and in all that, how we have grown.
When we do this we find confidence in our abilities as we see from a different angle, those life experiences we have journeyed through.
Life has given you challenges - and you are now more brave to stand up to new ones that present themselves because of rising above before. You are stronger emotionally, and with your self worth because of those challenges - all of them. And we often do not see how life smart we have become, until we look back and recall our decisions along the way ... to get us through, to get us over, to get us excited and motivated.
As you begin a new chapter now, do not just make promises of good intent to relieve some self created pressure. Look at what you truly have within you to make these "promises" achievable ... introduce yourself to the HOW and WHY you will succeed and then watch your plan become much more believable to You.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - yes, yes you are.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 2, 2018 - Practice and Repeat

As you start a new year, week, task, search or goal or day ... one of the most amazing and ROI giving skills you can practice is listening.

One of the greatest things I have ever heard is the often quoted expression, that most people do not listen to understand, they listen to respond. So often our brains are already mounting a comment, argument, rebuttal and debate before we have absorbed and processed the incoming communication.

This is in our work, and our homes. In our conversations and when listening to the radio and reading headlines in the paper.
With our work relationships, and with our loved ones.

It takes but a moment more to get all the details - to hear the tone, to take it all in. And then, have your turn.

The value to be gained can be immense.
Listen first to understand, and not to respond.
If you are not convinced, watch how you feel when you get short changed before you made your point.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... hearing it through.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 1, 2018 - And It Begins

"I am committing to my days, all that I can give - and the clarity that I attain from that will help me embrace all that my day commits to me. We hope to share here with you some little gesture to start you off in the right direction each day. A quote, a thought, an observation… it is our desire to give you a variety of influence to ignite all of your senses as you greet the mornings and embrace everything that is before you each ...and every day."
- Pierre R. Couturier

A New Year begins on Opportunity Monday. Kind of a win win we can say.
To begin the year I had to go back to where AYD started. To gather the ideas unfinished … the plans not completed … the visions not colored in. To realign, and remember the purpose – and once again to touch the passion that initiated it for me. For the time to make things grow is now.

Opportunity Monday.

 Gather close your successes. Lay out your goals and desires.
Get cozy with the idea that you have learned, and earned, and have the ability to reach.

 Awaken Your Day – every day – and see what doors you open for yourself.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You … because you can.
AYD – Pierre Couturier – Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 29, 2017 - Sometimes, just go with it ...

"I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn't mine."
- Rita Rudner

And you are wondering ... "What??"
I got nothing.
I'm not feeling well. It's cold as H up here and just as cold at home. It's dark. It's a promise of a long, cold, winter day.
I don't see alot of Oh Happy Day just springing up to be plucked and sniffed and spread through the air. It does not look promising.

So I guess, I'm just going to have to change that.
Make a change, before you pull a groin muscle.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - recognizing where you are, and feeling empowered still to want to do something about it.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 28, 2017 - What matters is ...

"Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter."
- Harold Kushner

Too early for that kind of deep thought? Ya, maybe. However, instead of fully wading into that pool until we are neck deep, just tip your toe in the water.

And when it touches, and creates the ripple ... think of three things that give you meaning. Three things in your life where you feel connected, and purposeful with. Three things that generate that emotion in you - the one where you know you matter.

See, it doesn't have to be a deep pool of thought to get us going - just follow the ripples.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - just dangling your feet in the water.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - sick day rerun. And good morning

Awaken Your Day - Dec 27, 2016 - A lot of Motivating Ideas

"Many a false step was made by standing still."
- Fortune Cookie

There are a lot of motivating comments, suggestions, and inspirations moving around right now. A lot of value to be absorbed.

 It can be overwhelming - as we sift through it all to find that piece that is just right for our needs.
Stay calm. Do not stack it all up and try to carry it with you.

Might I suggest you do not add to your stress by trying to introduce too many inspirational tools to work into your plans for a better you.

Start small and be consistent. Don't wait but don't overpromise. This business of "New Year's Resolution" can be quite pressure filled. Start small - start with recognizing that any step forward is... forward. This is not a free pass to accept less than you can offer yourself, rather it is an idea that is often overlooked as we strive for unreachable goals that we set too high.

Take a step of action - no matter how big - recognize that you did make motion forward - BUT then take another step.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Never put off until tomorrow, that which you can do today.
You see, many of the inspired moments you will hear right now, compliment each other. Not separate messages, but rather partners in successful growth.

Take a step, see what you can see, feel good for the step is now accomplished. Look at the map of the goal checkpoints, and take another step. Recognize how it worked. Get your feet steady and stay balanced, get comfortable in the surroundings. Ready, set ... and another.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... just as you carefully planned.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy And Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 22,2017 - Live, Take Note, and be able to Laugh At Yourself

Laughter is great medicine - and more so when you can do it at yourself and put your ego away. People will see a real side of you and hopefully show them how genuine you are.
We live in a time where we assume quickly that things are more complicated than they are.

Automatic soap dispenser in the washroom not working.
1. Test the batteries. One slightly weak. Pull it. Replace it. Still not working.
2. Pull the batteries to avoid surprises and clean the ports. Toothpicks and tissues and hot water tap. Still not working.
3. Maybe I put the batteries in wrong so we pull them again- look for the plus and minus indicators and question self. Still not working.
4. Assume the whole item is fiddlefacked (copywrited) and with some agitation swing open the cupboard to toss it.
5. For some reason still hold the unit carefully in case sensor kicks in and surprises us with soap like a teenager on a date.
6. Pause in mid throw as we see the on/off switch on the back of the unit.
7. turn the unit on- wash hands like you meant to the whole time.
And with that -

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with a smile and a giggle and a self made ha ha moment.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Dec 19, 2017 - Review and Revisit that Worth Repeating

Tuesday picking up speed - feels like trying to merge onto a six lane freeway needing to get to 100mph in the next ten feet. Don’t worry about the impending crunch of schedule on nerves- we got this under control good morning.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 19, 2016 - You Can Make Things Happen

"Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen."
- Zig Ziglar

This takes practice. There! I said it.

 It takes creating a zone for yourself and your frame of mind and then building it. Like a house. Build it each day and it will take shape within your thinking, and your beliefs.

It can become part of you - as it should. It will show in your actions and in your conversations. Your body language and your energy. People around you will absorb it and with any luck - begin to follow your lead.

Something wonderful is about to happen. You will help design it. You can make it happen.

Good morning, greater day. Greater You - is happening right now.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 18, 2017 - A proper greeting.

Good morning Monday.

 I am ready.

 Shall we lead the way - enhance the day - and make the most of it all?

 Then lets begin.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with the proper Greeting to start you off.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 17, 2017 - Celebrate Those Other People

"Celebrate what others have, and know that celebrating others attracts more abundance to your own life."
- Gabrielle Bernstein

It's Keep It Simple Sunday.

 Scroll through your contact list on your phone. If you only have 5 minutes to spare, pick 3 and pause for reflection - think of where they are, their journey and their successes - by your definition.
If you are on the couch enjoying a lazy start to your day ... do more. Spend some time with these all stars that you know. Spend some time acknowledging their successes.

It will feel good. I promise you.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... surrounding yourself with thoughts of Greatness in Others.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Saturday Replay

Awaken Your Day - Dec 16,2016 - Be More

"Normal is a setting on a dryer."
- from Movie, The Suicide Squad

Pick a moment today to not be normal, or better yet, let a moment pick you.

 Become Extraordinary

Good morning, Greater day.
Greater You - finding more you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - found exactly what I needed this morning. Searching for a “Picture” of the day I wanted to generate - I remembered I have something better. Now I just reach for the paint brush .... and the day comes alive.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 8, 2014 - Fresh Construction Site

Often in the search of that inspirational push to light the path of the day, we often overlook the clean canvas in front of us, while we rummage through the crumpled up pages of yesterday.

Good morning, Greater day.
Greater You, becomes a designer of greater good.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 14, 2017 - Questions that need asking.

I am my own worst critic. I really like that expression. I like it more when we ask ourselves the tough, but progressive questions during those moments of critique.

"Am I learning from my mistakes? Most patterns of success include plenty of failure. That's completely normal - even healthy. But the important thing is that you're learning and rarely making the same mistake twice."
- Abby Perkins, Article in Success Magazine

There are question and answer periods that I feel we need to put ourselves through and we have to be courageous enough to be honest with ourselves. This is not meant to lead us to any self defeating judgement and we must work hard to abandon that trapping outcome. We have to adopt and believe in these questions as only a growth movement.

Let's ask ourselves the tough questions and do a hostile takeover of our fears. All good mistakes can lead us to opportunistic roads. Like a children's book where we choose our own adventure outcome ... let's learn to pick the path that excites us to move forward and not scares us to end a chapter based on a couple mistakes.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - being that tough interview.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - travel day rerun and because airport connection is rough and because I’m working on new material but first have to work on making “My Time Like Minded”.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 12, 2016. - Wealthy Friends

"Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people. "
- Warren Buffet

How many people do you know that can afford it?
Can you?

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - spreading your "wealth" .
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 12,2017 - Positive List

As I start the day I tripped over a reminder on my way to feeling hectic. Through the day and at the end of the day, the first list you need to review is the list of accomplishments you created.

It is so easy to focus on the remaining to be done tasks that we fail to celebrate what was gained. Focus first on the “Outstanding Accomplishments!” list and your perspective on the outstanding to do list will surprise you in how much less stressful you thought it to be.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - listing off your greater done.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband , Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 11, 2017 - A Daily Ingredient for any Success

A shared memory from a post early on in my love for inspiration training. Original share was Aug 2007.

“Enthusiasm is by far the highest paid quality on earth, probably because it is one of the rarest; yet, it is one of the most contagious.”
- Frank Bettger

You may not recognize the name, but Frank Bettger wrote a little book back in 1947 titled, “How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling.” Is it a good book? Well, it has been recommended to me from all angles. From Multi Level Marketing companies, to friends who sell cars. And so with all that enthusiasm these people had in the content of those pages, I thought it would be a good idea to find it. For the last 6 months, there hasn’t been a copy on a shelf that I could find. Seems the word got around. Seems it was a very good book.

I finally ordered the book, and now have a hard time putting it down. I find that many of Frank’s techniques and comments about selling can be paralleled with other daily life situations. And it is with that in mind, that I focus on Enthusiasm.

This one element of action, Enthusiasm, is what changed Frank’s life and turned him onto the path of becoming one of the greatest names in sales. And this one element can change your Lifepath and bring to you the success you desire in all your goals much faster, and with more enjoyment.
To become enthusiastic – act enthusiastic.

This is one thing you can do. And it will begin to show results, as you will undoubtedly see.
Some of the secrets to success I have found, are quite simple, as is this one. Simple action that begins to turn the reactions of many into rewards for you.

Before you is Monday, and a week of plans. Begin now to Awaken Your Day, with more Enthusiasm, and enjoy the results.

Good Morning , Greater Day. Greater You - adding Enthusiasm to the mix.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 8, 2017 - One for them... and the new for me

"The present is theirs, the future, for which I really worked is mine."
- Nikola Tesla

We are not all where we want to be. We have a plan, but as we evolve that plan the reality is that we are here and now, and sometimes that now is not all about our plan exclusively. There are an assortment of commitments and everyone's story is in many ways different.

As we enter a weekend, or a shift start, or another day in the middle of continuous action - where ever your schedule has you ... try hard to sign off on some time that is exclusive to you and to getting you closer to your planned goal.
What we do in our "extra" time - no matter where that is in our individual set of time and circumstance - whatever we do with that time is the investment strategy we need to be more aware of and more dedicated to. That activity will ultimately allow you to find more "extra" in the future.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - working on your future and it not feeling like work.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD- Dec 7- Needed a revisit today. Something simple and effective. Rename it as just Opportunity

Awaken Your Day - Dec 5, 2016 - Our mission

"One positive thought in the morning can change your entire day."
- Zig Ziglar
- AYD Mission

I believe you can alter the course of the day for the better, if we just begin on the right note.

 Opportunity Monday - What gets you going ? Find it.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - because you want to decide.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Tues, Dec 5, 2017 - I do not say "Blah Blah Blah"

"People do it everyday. They talk to themselves...They see themselves as they'd like to be. They don't have the courage you have, to just run with it."
- Tyler Durden, Fight Club
 - Used by Engineering the Alpha

I do it.
I am courageous, and funny, and sarcastic and full of action and I make sense and I win every imaginary stand off in your face WTH are you talking about argument.
And I feel better when it is all out of my system.

 Same as I do when I am seeing myself on a stage, in front of hundreds of people sharing my platform that I share here with you. I see my dream and in that mind rehearsal, I am connecting the dots on all my thoughts and positions and feelings and experiences. I imagine I am there ... sharing and making a difference.
And in that comfort zone, I can word smith my explanation. I can say it so you understand it. I can cross out or capitalize and revise how I express myself. And I can work on my strengths ... like my expression.

So there is value in talking to yourself. Be it a full mental rehearsal or a pep talk or a review of the days accomplishments and lessons learned. There is tremendous value. And once we recognize it, once we learn how to use it ... Yes, there is no denying, we must use that new confidence and knowledge, to grab our courage and run forward to the next step. Action.

It shouldn't be hard right? I mean, we already talked ourselves into it.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... listening to the voice in your head.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 4, 2017 - When you lose your plan, there is always good reference material.

Had a plan this morning. Had a big message. Lost it. Wasted time worrying about it. And in the end, remembered, we have a lot of consistent messages we can share. So... when in doubt, pause and state what we already know to be efficient.

"You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously."...
- Sophia Bush

Yes you are. But this is not permission to sit on your ass all day everyday. It's Monday. Make it a great start to a butt kicking week. Yours or your Do list - doesn't matter. It's butt kicking week time.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - making it a Greater You.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 3, 2017- I’ll decide.

Repeat after me...

I will decide how to play this day.

 (Emphasis on the “ I “)

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with one solid decision a day.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day – Dec 1, 2017 – It’s about investments

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”
- Phyllis Theroux

Making contact.

Personal touch.

A few words outside of the standard .

How much do we invest in a conversation? A thank you? A holiday wish?
Are we in the moment? Does it show?

It’s about investments.

 Ones so often missed or lost, in our must have portfolio.

Inspiration can find you anywhere - often in the eyes of those we meet, when they feel our investment in the moment.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You – grabbing opportunities to enrich day to day moments.
AYD – Pierre Couturier – Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Awaken Your Day - Nov 30, 2017 - This is worth some thought time.

"When I'm old, how much would I be willing to pay to travel back in time and relive the moment that I'm experiencing right now?"
- Muneeb Ali

 - Shared from Tribe of Mentors.com

Kind of stopped me in my tracks when I thought of it.
We talk often about where we have been, how that can help shape where we are ... and it might be an easy trap to get caught right in the here and now. This is one of those questions that helps us to keep moving, keep improving. To keep pushing our life experience. Not because we are not satisfied, Rather, we just need to stay aware of the idea to make each chapter in this life worth it.

And of course, I could go on and on and on ... but you get it. So let's make the day worth the price of admission - and get a story we can share for chapters to come.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... gaining value on your time spent.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - travel rerun day. Because what I said before - still applies. Good morning. Nov 29, 2017

Awaken Your Day - Nov 23, 2016 - 15 min can change your life.

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows."
- Ralph Marston
Don't just read it and run along your merry way.
Think about it for a second.
Making time to applying yourself to something now, brings visible benefit later. So obvious, but many of us miss it ... because we simply do not think about the need and the connection.

So let us put it in motion in a simple way. Do an experiment. Draw your attention to something you want to achieve -something you have on your list that will be beneficial when it is complete. Let's say, you need to do some reading to learn something for your career or business. Once it is learned, once you have it, you can use it for growth. Let's say reading a book on your skill.

Now, dedicate 15 min a day out of your busy day toward that. Do this for a week, or two, and you will see a lot of growth and what feels like very little expense or effort. Done right, and you should feel energized to continue with this non-invasive investment. You will feel momentum. The book is done, knowledge gained, schedule uninterrupted ... and your batteries will be charged for more. Knowledge will compound and increase skill and ability.

What we do today ...

Good morning, greater Day. Greater You ... today.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Nov 28, 2017 - In The Beginning... there was a start.

“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.”
- Olga Korbut, Gymnast – four time Olypic Gold Medallist

This can be applied to many things we do that are new to us.

But focusing on our journey of Personal Development, we sometimes need to remember that this is not a race. It can be tough, for once we find that desire to make a change, we rush in headlong with excitement only to discover some stumbling blocks…and then discouragement sets in. Often, this is the end of the path. The charge falters. And we struggle.

This is where we just need to keep in mind, that this Path was designed with many Points of Interests. Like a tourist, we have a destination, but there are many places along the way to stop and take in the sights.

Good Morning,Greater Day. Greater You ... enjoying the Journey.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Nov 27, 2017 -

“Victory is not about First Place, we are victorious when we learn from the experience and improve ourselves for the next challenge.”
- Rickson Gracie, Member of the world famous Gracie family in Gracie Ju Jitsu.

As it is in sport, it is also very applicable to everyday life. I am constantly reminded each day to reflect on the lessons of yesterday to help me take the next step toward a goal, or to get through a difficult task.

Each step you take toward achievement, is a form of victory; especially if it is one more than the last attempt.

Each and every goal you set for yourself and attain, is a victory. You may not get there on the first try, but that does not diminish the achievement.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with every step.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Fun Reflection. - Nov 25, 2017

Awaken Your Day - Nov 21, 2016 - Start Your Engines

"Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless..., rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters."
- Margaret Halsey

Psst. You.
Yes ... you. That was meant to be funny... but I bet for a second there...you thought of someone who has more screws loose than you...am I right? Huh? Oh come on... I did, and was just typing it. I know some loonie people. Lucky enough to work with some.
It's Opportunity Monday.

 Opportunity to see the week start with a jump in your step.
Any Joy you have is waiting to be shared.

 Any concerns you have are taking a step back to let you through to the starting line.
Now ... "Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin."

Good morning, Greater day. Greater You....because you choose to be.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to My Day.

Awaken Your Day - Nov 24, 2017- Let it be, and drive forward.

Original Post Sept 2007

Been a little under the weather tired the last week or so, so i hope you can forgive the reliance on old gems brought forward. This is a good one for greeting the weekend. Alll the best. ...

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday is over. Today has just begun. I will give all of my energy to this day. I will carry forward my lessons from all my yesterdays, and use them as the tools they are so that I might find all the hidden treasure that today has laid out for me.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - stepping forward.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Nov 23, 2017 - Hey, if you have a couple minutes...

Originally I posted this in 2007 ... came across it this morning. A bit long, big surprise, but long lasting.

There was one day last week at work that seemed like nothing was going right. I was feeling like I was surrounded by dark clouds of loose ends, and the forecast was heavy issues. Coming out of my second meeting of the day, I made it back to my office with a plan to find a way to bring it all together nice and neat for a good start for the next day.
I got back to my desk to find this piece of paper with a passage on it. I still do not know who left it, and I don’t know where they got it. I do not know who wrote it. It reminds me of an email I received once. But all in all, in a hectic day, for me to find this on my desk, I was given the feeling … that someone was listening. I liked the piece and thought you might too. Thanks to the one that left it.

What Will Matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things that you collected, whether treasured or forgotten
Will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and To Do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on,
At the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful, or brilliant.
Your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you
Got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice
That enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel
A lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter won’t be your memories but the memories that live in those
Who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

As I said, I do not know the author. But I think that point might be, as you see the pictures that are created from each line while it stimulates your thoughts…that point might be that You are meant to be the author. The writer of your story, and the legacy you create.
Just a thought, and a good morning.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... with all that matters.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.