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"What can we do, starting today, to build lasting success?"...."We all want to be part of something. We all want to feel great about the choices we make."

Friday, June 12, 2009

Awaken Your Day - June 12 - Go With A Smile

Many are thinking .... TGIF.

So, in the words of the Jack as the Joker...
"Go, go, go, go...go with a smile."

"Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps."
- Emo Phillips

"You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later."
- Mitch Hedburg

"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office."
- Robert Frost

"I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock."
- Henny Youngman

"Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas."
- Paula Poundstone

Enjoy your Friday and your weekend...

Pierre Couturier
Father, Husband, Author, Entrepreneur and Friend

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Awaken Your Day - June 11 - Courageous Decisions

"In every success story, you find someone who has made a courageous decision."
- Peter F. Drucker, Author

Often we hear a comment about "Success Story" and our minds attach a heavy backpack to the idea of the journey one must have taken to be a Success. And subliminally, we remove ourselves from the Effort.

And if we hear, "Courageous Decision", it is like we subliminally just added 4 more imaginary heavy stones of what that must mean to our burden; thus making it that much more impossible for us to move ahead on the path of Success.

Sadly we forget one detail about Successful Stories that may make our internal imaginary burdens feel so much lighter ... that being that millions of people have gone before us and not only found, but reached and touched that hidden spot on the map of life.

Therefore.... IT CAN BE DONE. The idea is not impossible and the decisions can be made.

What is more unfortunate however, more draining while we speculate the idea of what Courageous Decision must mean;

while we worry that our Success Story automatically means Sacrifice, and Discomfort and Hard Times Ahead ....

... more unfortunate is that the real truth is missed.

So very often the Most Courageous Decision looks very much the same for all of us, and it looks a little something like this ...

"Yes. Yes I can."

A good morning, is a Success Story.
Good morning to you,

Pierre Couturier
Father, Husband, Author, Entrepreneur, and Friend.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Awaken Your Day - June 10 - Loose Ends

"How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time."
- Fred Brooks

It surprises you. How fast time goes by.

Yesterday we returned some DVD's to a friend ... almost a year after he lent them to us.
We bought a little bench for our entry way ... that we have thought of since we moved in.

Last month I went thru my old filing cabinet and was surprised to see a full bag of unneeded papers for recycling when I was done. And I finally loaded up those 9 boxes of old "I better keep this just in case" stuff and gave it all to Goodwill.

Look around you. I am sure that you, like I, have a few nagging little things that you meant to do, or possibly have started .... sometime ago.... and here they sit now unfinished.

Tie up some loose end. Or if you are ambitious, a few loose ends from your yesterdays.
Clean up some of your mind clutter.

You will feel better. And may I suggest you try to do it before the weekend. So on your days off you will feel a little less distracted.

Have a great day.

Pierre Couturier
Father, Husband, Author, Entrepreneur, and Friend.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Awaken Your Day - June 9 Finding Value

"Valuable relationships are like home-grown tomatoes. You can't shop for 'em, you've got to grow 'em yourself."
- Rev Baker

We have to give the good of ourselves to attract to us the good of others.
Turning the other cheek does not always mean with the same person who has done you wrong, it often means turning your cheek to a negative environment and not giving up hope or faith that things will be getting better.

If you can continue to be yourself, and put out there all the qualities that are you, you are like the gardener continually planting seeds. Valuable relationships will grow.

But I ask of you to do what you can to avoid adopting trend for the sake of an easy road. Be it a negative trend of gossip, or being fake so as to gain acceptance.

Truly valuable relationships, those to come and those that exist around you now, begin with the planting of your personality into the lives of others. The best of you, shines a light on hidden bests of them, and they slowly expose themselves until you get to share what they have as well.

There is great value all around you. Take time to water those relationships that have shown promise, and then sit back and watch them flourish. Your peace will thank you for it.

I wish for you, a wonderful day.
Good Morning.

Pierre Couturier
Father, Husband, Author and Entrepreneur

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Awaken Your Day - June 8 - Contribution

"What will be my contribution to this day?"

I only ask that you ask yourself this question now, or early in the day.
And when you do, then simply follow the trail of assorted connector thoughts that will come to you. If the trail gets cold, then ask yourself one more question...

"Do I know what I contribute, each and every day, and to what and whom?"

Your contribution today matters. It makes a difference. Before you do anything else, understand that without a doubt.

Sometimes, to find that goodness for ourselves, we just need to kickstart our thoughts with a basic question.

We are very often giving of ourselves and our qualities, and we do not even know it.

Good morning, and thank you for your contribution to my day.

Pierre Couturier
Father, Husband, Author and Entrepreneur