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Friday, January 2, 2009

Awaken Your Day - Jan 2, 2009 - A New Day

Thought we would skip the first day of the year, and let everyone ponder their own thoughts and evaluations of the year past, and the promise that this one brings.

You may have come up with a lot to think about regarding what you did do last year, what you did not and what you 'hope' and 'wish' for for this year.

Bottom line, is be true to yourself and your abilities and more than anything your expectations of you. Dream big, but dream truthful. Shoot for the stars but then stay true to the action that will propel you to them.

There is always so much we can try to tap into for motivating each of us at this time. Our lives always take on a refreshed focus right now. Trick is to keep the focus. Take it from me, it is the key ingredient I have been inconsistant with to push the boundaries of my own success.

I borrowed today's comments below from Bob Proctor. Funny, how what I need finds me when I need it, and I hope I then in turn find some of you when you need it.

Good morning, good start, good year.


Take a Year-End Attitude Inventory

It's a wise custom to end an old year and begin a new one with serious self-reflection. What did you learn this year that can improve your life and make you a better person?

Start by examining the way you think and feel about your job, your relationships, and yourself. After all, the single most important factor in personal happiness and your impact on others is your attitude.

In the geometry of life, the axiom is "positive attitudes produce positive results." They make success more likely, failures less harmful, pleasures more frequent, and pain more bearable. Some people tend to bring warm sunshine wherever they go; others bring cold chills. What do you bring?

To find out where you can improve, take an honest inventory of your predispositions, the attitude you're most likely to start with.

Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic?
Do you tend to assume the best or expect the worst of people?
Is your first instinct to be empathetic or judgmental?
Is your first instinct to be supportive or critical?
Do you send the message that you enjoy life or that you're barely enduring it?
Do you come across as the captain of your own ship or simply a passenger?

Wherever you are on the positive-attitude spectrum, think how much better things could be if you were more consistently and self-consciously optimistic, empathetic, supportive, grateful, enthusiastic, hopeful, and cheerful.

So why not resolve to think, act, and speak more positively about yourself, your family, your coworkers, and everyone else in your life?

- Michael Josephson

Monday, December 29, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Dec 29 - Part of the Plan is to Plan

"Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin."
- Kathleen Norris, Novelist

Many of us at this time of year, are planning that wonderful "New Year's Resolution".
Maybe not 'planning' as much as hoping and trying to be convincing - to themselves, and then to everyone else.

While a resolution can be good, I prefer to label my New Year Plans as just that... plans, or goals.
Do what you must to take away the mental impact of 'pressure' but still make a commitment to yourself that you are going to apply your best effort.

Too often these resolutions are lined with a level of desperation, and then surrounded by negative energy. People are upset about their weight, or their job ... or something they deem as a fault and it must change...so they make a resolution...saying it feels better and they convince themselves...all will be better. But then, the first obstacle hits and they were too busy focussing on the promise to realize that there would be some tough turns to navigate on this journey...and then they give up.

I do not call it a "resolution". I call it a goal. A goal for something that is going to enhance my life so therefore I have everything to gain from staying focussed on it. AND... I know it will not always fall right into place for me, so I attempt to foresee what might rise up as an obstacle, and now I am more prepared.

The problems I may face, are nothing to stop me but the unprepared discouragement that attacks us can stop just about any of us.

Set a goal for this New Year promise on the horizon. Prepare yourself by accepting that things may not go 100% smooth but remind you of the rewards, and that these things are not show stoppers.

You still have your eyes on the prize and the awareness of why you are doing what you do.

Good morning.
Happy Holidays - and let's finish the year strong.