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Friday, October 17, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 17 - Begin with Belief

"Sometimes the key to successful risk-taking is merely to act, whether you feel ready or not. Eventually your confidence level will catch up to your actions."
- Libby Gill

The weekend is upon us.
You and I, have some things we wish to accomplish.
Silent enemy, procrastination, has been seen to be snooping around the area.
Maybe his buddy, fear, has been with him.
Somehow, we felt it. For we have yet to move forward on an action plan on a goal we set out for.
The time is now for a confrontation.

The only risk is the first step, and then we summon our courage to try another.
The only failure is in not trying at all. Begin and Believe.

Good luck with your dreams, goals or even just the task you have for the weekend.
Good morning, to set you on the right step forward.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 16 - Character & Friends

"When the character of a man is not clear to you, just look at his friends."
- Japanese Proverb

I told myself we would have a quick message this morning. Something light, and not too heavy.

And then I read this and started thinking..... great.... lots of thoughts on this one.

Let me be short and just say ... take a look at the people around you. Look specific now only to those that support you, share or promote your passions, and those that celebrate that you are who you are and they like you just like that.

Let us give time today to think of only the ones in our lives that are a true reflection of our shared friendship. We can analyze all others another day.

Today, just look at the friends around you, and what those friendships show you about yourself.
It is nice to know that we give something to those lives that enrich ours isn't it.
That right there is a gift we all silently wish for.

Have a wonderful day.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 15 - Dance

"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance."
- Dave Barry

Strive to never sell yourself short.
Commit to you, that you will not give up without trying.
We must not deny ourselves the reward of doing those things we enjoy, out of fear of what we look like, or what others will say, or simply that we feel we are not good at it.

Everyone that is good at something, from tying their shoes to playing sports, being a kid to being a dad, or even taking charge of life - everyone had to begin somewhere.

I feel a good beginning, starts with embracing the moment.

Today, 'Just get up and dance.' Reward yourself.

Good Morning.

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

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 14 - Experience

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. It's a phrase worth considering at every brick wall we encounter, and at every disappointment. It's also a reminder that failure is not just acceptable, it's often essential."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

I believe that every experience of our lives carries with it an opportunity to take forward something valuable.

Yes, including the harsh times.

When we have run the emotions of the moment, be them good or bad, we have an obligation to ourselves to take meaning and experience forward so that we can be fully aware, prepared and mostly appreciative of what is to still greet us in our days.

When you have a setback, you must identify it for what it was and carry forward your understanding of why or how and then you are more equipped for the next attempt, and the odds move into your favor.

Your favorite sports figures practice this daily. Leaders encounter this constantly.
You and I are no different than the best in any of those fields.
We begin, we learn, we may fail, and we learn, we push forward and we remember what we learned, and we push forward some more.

Where are you this morning? And are you touching on all of what you have experienced to move you forward?

Good morning.

Pierre Couturier
CEO, Prosperity Designers Inc.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Oct 13- Thanks

Today is one where I will ask you something simple, and I hope that the thought carries with you thru the whole day, thru each moment and everything you touch.

It is Canadian Thanksgiving Day today. And while it may appear that I took the easy road and just dropped the obvious in your lap, it is quite the opposite. I am struggling to keep it brief.

We set aside days to accentuate the feeling or message so that we can feel as though we have brought attention to something that is a soulful benefit to us all. A day for Thanks. We bring together family, which of course is a good way to see right in front of us what we are most thankful for. The celebration, while for some is just a routine, overall is a good action to follow.

However, I am more interested at this point in my life on how do I celebrate my thanks and all that I have to be thankful for - Daily? How can I bring it to my attention, in all the hectic activity that surrounds me, how can I feel and / or express this gratitude each and every day?

To me that is the challenge. And it may not be as hard as it sometimes appears. It is about passion and awareness. Beginning each day the way I do, here with all of us, helps me to bring attention to the front of my mind as to why I do what I do. What I want to share. The life that has so graciously wrapped itself around me. It opens the door for me to see the gifts I have been blessed with.

In the 100 Day Challenge we are in right now, today's task is to "go the extra mile." I right away thought of my chores in the house and my prep for my work, and taking care of my wife. And then one thought combined with another.

Going the extra mile.
Giving Thanks and being thankful.

Today my personal challenge, and you can join me, is to dedicate some honest, quiet, calm moments to going a little further into my list of reasons to be thankful. Go back a bit and find a few things that are truly the source of the gifts I may enjoy today. And then, acknowledge them.

Make a list if you wish, or just hang out inside your thoughts.
And in parting, may I say something just a little more personal.
Often, we are told we have to love ourselves, and when I was younger, I did not know how to understand that comment. Today I do.
So on the same note - spend a moment and Thank yourself for who you are, who you have become and who you are to others. You worked hard to grow to what is now.

And with that - I wish for you a wonderful day.

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