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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Awaken Your Day - Aug 31, 2011 - One Moment Lights the Way...

Your day has begun.
You have already had numerous thoughts about what you will be doing, and what needs to be done.

Now.... Pause.

Just focus on one simple question, without distraction of the clock. 

What is good with you right now?

And on that beginning - take the step to greet the day.

Good Morning
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author

Monday, August 29, 2011

Awaken Your Day - Aug 30,2011 -

" 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

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author and Mentor in Training

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Awaken Your Day - Aug 29,2011 -

"You are nothing unless it comes from your heart.  Passion, caring, really looking to create excellence.  If you perform functions only and go to work only to do processes, then you are effectively retired.  And it scares me - most people I see, by age 28, are retired...If you go to work only to fulfill the processes and functions then you are a machine.  You have to bring passion, commitment and caring - then you are a human being."
- Horst Schultze, former COO of the Ritz Carlton

I understand it is not easy.
We cannot all be those wonderful success stories; starting off in some difficult place and telling the tale of how we stood strong and worked hard and here we are today..."successful!"   .... by some definition.

Are you retired? That is really a shifty way of asking...have you given up and settled for your life to be a constant execution of the routine?  You traded passion for familiar somewhere along the way, and you cannot make this tale sound grand and wonderful, even if you could identify where along the way it happened.

There is no better time to ask ourselves, than in the doorway of a Monday morning, if we are idling like a machine.  Waiting for the start button, and another "shift" begins.

I am asking you, if you fit into this catagory, to become aware of how it makes you feel.  Can you accept that with a little more attention, you can look into some after market accessoies for this "familiar machine" and rekindle an old passion.  "Whatever you are, be a good one."

You might sweep floors.  You might fight in court.  You might drive a bus or you might have your own business.  Do Horst's words above describe your present feelings? 

Take a new interest in whatever it is you are doing.  Add a little thought, and passion to what you do.  Let your awareness help you refocus, and in that I believe is where we have the opportunity to see what we do with new eyes...and stepping out of the routine to have a look can be very informative.

Let an idea be created for what you really want to be, by giving more of yourself to the moments we are presently in.

Good Morning, I wish you a passionate "Ah Ha!"

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author and Family Dream Planner