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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, October 5, 2012

AYD - October 5, 2012 - Planning Makes Perfect

"Most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than planning their lives."
- Source Unknown

This point does not need alot of explanation to hit home, or to make the connection.

Think about a vacation you took.  First, it was a "vacation".  The word represents a book of emotions and feelings and motivations.  Time away to from your routine to enjoy.  Time to see someone or something that is exciting and you are not always able.  Something to look forward too.  Something of value.

We plan ahead.  We anticipate.  We feel good now thinking about being there then.  We get excited thinking about the result.  We put in extra effort to plan it, pay for it, get ready for it, and to make sure we have a checklist of actions and plans to make the big plan successful.

Why should setting our goals be any different?
Why do we settle into a routine in our life and accept that as, "The way it is", and live anxiously for those "insert vacation here" moments?

Where is the parallel we need to make, between the energy we fertilize for a vacation...and the energy we SHOULD fertilize for a life changing goal or skill or financial plan or education or .... the list goes on. 

The planning takes the same amount of energy.

Sometimes I like to sit and ponder how I miss these obvious connections.  I like it because then I see them, and I give them time to grow ... and instead of regret, I feel gratitude that I see it now.

I get excited planning a trip for my wife and son, and today I am excited planning out my fitness goals so I can be a more healthy husband and father....for my wife and son. 

All it takes ... is a few moments to see why we apply so much of ourselves to one idea to get a refreshing result... and pick up that template of thought and apply it to another chapter of our life for the same kind of benefits... ( and potentially lasting a lifetime).


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

AYD - Oct 3, 2012 - Only You Can Measure Your Desire

"Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking."
- David Schwartz

If you think you want to make or save $10, your mind will think of ways and means to get to $10.
Collect some bottles. 
Check the couch for change.
Clip some coupons in grocery flyer.

If you think you want to make or save $1000, your mind will push past previous limits and think of larger scale ways and means to get to $1000.
Collect bottles everyday, take your bike and some garbage bags.
Check the part time ads in the paper for some weekend work.
Browse thru all the flyers for additional savings and check the internet for more special offers.
Clean the garage and see what you can sell off.
Ask about overtime at the jobsite.

The size of our goal, automatically increases the size of our thoughts on the possiblities and opportunities to achieve.

This is a basic example, but it shows you that we limit our own efforts by thinking to the limits of a situation or moment.

If you have a project at work, do not just meet the deadline because then we pace our efforts to arrive Just In Time.  Beat the deadline, and then step back and list the benefits of giving more thought and energy up front.

If you have a goal you wish to achieve, do not just think of it;  write it down.  Give it legs by listing the steps you need to address.  Break it into sizable and achievable pieces... and watch your energy meter pulse as you see the clarity from more sizable amounts of productive thinking.

Think beyond the general outline.  Look thru the finish line to a spot 10 meters beyond, and make that your goal. 

Expand your thinking, expand your success, expand your appreciation for what you gain and achieve.  It has a very nice flow to it.

If you will excuse me, I need to practice my own words ... and focus on an overdue project.
Good morning...
Great thinking with you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author and Thinker.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

AYD - October 2, 2012 - I Am, So Others Can See

"Be the change you want to see in others."
- Ghandi

Quite simple really.
Do not give in, or give up.  Be who you want to be, and by being the image of the better person, you influence others around you. 

By being an expression of the quality person you want to be, you influence others that are drawn to those qualities in your personality. 

One of the key elements to overall success is surrounding yourself with like minded people.  By being the best you for you,  others find that they can be themselves around you, and your personal success not only attracts others that are like you, but it opens the door for people to feel good, and explore the scary waters of just being themselves.

Again, I share with you my thoughts... "Are you waiting, or are you creating?"

Good morning.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author... And studying my reflection.

Monday, October 1, 2012

AYD - Oct 1, 2012 - One Mighty Step, and then Another

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
- Walter Elliot

Keeping the goal in sight.
One more step is one more victory.
There is someplace you need to be.
There is some objective you must reach.
A race to better your own time.
A conversation to better a relationship.
A breath to regain composure before tackling the situation again.

A hard day at the office.
A toddler that is in the middle of the defiant stage of growth.
A set back in finances.
A, "What else can go wrong?!" kind of day.

When the going gets tough....
The tough focus on the next step that must be taken.
The tough remember that there is something greater to look forward to than this one moment of difficulty.

There are peaks and valleys to every "race" we sign up for.

Gain momentum while we enjoy the peak, and reflect on it and the wonderful view from that height, while you race thru the valleys that test our spirit, and our focus on what really matters.

It is a Monday, and for the faithful, you will remember that we call this, Opportunity Monday. 

Lead your races, all of them.  Lead by choice over peaks and thru the valleys.
Do this for you.  But enjoy watching the sign on sheet as others follow your lead.

Opportunity Monday.
Lead the way please.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author.... Endurance Achiever in Training