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Friday, October 10, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 10 - Decide and a Path will Show

"The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want."
- Ben Stein

Sounds simple. Or should I say, sounds obvious?
Sure it is obvious. Obvious that most of us do not start at step one.

We often make a quick acknowledgment of something we 'want'...but then get off on the same old beaten path that has not led to it in the first place.

"Decide" is the same as Identify. Like when we discuss goals. They need to be more specific, and attainable. The connection needs to be more focused and you must give it great attention.

Start small...this weekend. What do you want in your life. Make a connection to even one thing you are interested in and think you wish to pursue. Put some thought to it. Maybe do a little research. Look around you. What would you change if you were empowered to make that change. Note: not if you "could", but rather if you were empowered to make the change. Because we both know...you can, but will you ?

So, what would you change, and what would that change bring to your life?
Decide...what you want. And then...

Good day and good weekend.

Pierre Couturier

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 9 - Excellence

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle

Reaching for excellence, is not vanity.
Achieving it, is not ego.
Reaching and achieving is putting yourself out there in uncomfortable surroundings...not the ease of what we know, but rather the dark of the unknown. Testing oneself, pushing yourself to do more than you have ever done, to achieve more than you had dreamed of.

I long struggled with saying or expressing my thoughts of self worth, or stating that I felt I was good at something. I struggled with it because too often I was witness to people making such claims with a very thick layer of ego attached to it.

To be excellent at something, be it following your dream, or working on cars, or taking care of a child, or mowing the lawn - or playing a sport, it all required work, dedication and sacrifice. It took practice and more practice. It took your attention to task, over and over again.

You earned it.

Now if we can apply all that effort, all that desire for excellence to the simple things we do - we would bring out the best in ourselves more frequently until it became a natural habit.

Not an ego, but rather just who you are.
Someone who reaches, and grasps...dreams for and succeeds.
You get the benefit of a habit that constantly shows your talents.
We all get the benefit of following your lead and seeing results that benefit many aspects of life.

Strive for excellence - and it too will find you anywhere.

Good Morning.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 8 - Imagination

Do you daydream?

Somehow, I think I have asked you this before, and I believe I said then that I bet you do.
You should. I feel it is healthy; or it should be.

Aside from those times when we may catch ourselves playing out an act where we finally stand up for ourselves in some scenario that is the "I wish" of a conflicting situation we are experiencing in our lives - I do believe that daydreaming carries alot more pleasant visions and is a constructive part of our working things into good shapes in our mind's eye.

Plugging in the numbers.
Checking the angles.
Planning our route.
Setting our goals.

All part of a wonderful tool that we often do not remember is a wonderful asset - Imagination.

"Tell you, it was just my imagination. Running away with me."
- Temptations, "It's Just My Imagination"

I know for certain that I run away with my imagination many times a day. Not always aware of it at the time, but the trips are there.

The trick is to tap more into the good exploration department than the negative. It is quite easy to get carried away anticipating a conflict from some part of our day, and then our imagination runs with the negative until we get all worked up and then run into a bad relative - speculation.

Let's not go there. No really - together we need to say, "Let' s not go there".

Today, in the same pattern as the 100 day Challenge that I am enjoying, I would like to put out there a little task of our own.

Use your imagination.

Where do you want to be in a couple years? Run with it.
What does it feel and look like to have that project you are working on done?
What does it look like to have a clean house? Feels good I bet.
What does it look like around you, when you calmly saw the way to a bit more financial ease?
What does it look like to celebrate achieving some goal you have held close for awhile now?
Where would you be right now, if you achieved financial comfort and were doing what you wanted with your talents and unlimited power?

The list goes on.
Key here is for us to tap into the feelings and joys that come with imagining, and feeling the way we do and will, when we get to this good moment we have imagined.

Got it yet?
Use your imagination, to fuel your fire, to ignite your action today - to identify a place or goal, and to set your course to get to it. Feel the passion now, for the story and success that your imagination shows you. Feel the passion now, that you will achieve then.

And then...grab onto your desire, and your belief...and enjoy the tour.

It is Wednesday, and I can only Imagine what I can shape this day to be.

Good morning.

Pierre Couturier
Author - "All She Is..."
CEO, Prosperity Designers Inc.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 7 - Preplanned Dreams

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
- Henry David Thoreau

Another way of saying that it is okay to have our ideas and dreams up there in the clouds...shoot for the stars ... think big. Now, just put the action into motion that you need to see the staircase appear before you.

Happy building.

Good morning, good day, and enjoy the castle. It is a great view isn't it.