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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."

Monday, July 29, 2013

AYD - July 29, 2013 - You're so square.

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
- Steve Jobs

Sometimes you just need to come across some simple truths ... some words that take what you may already know or feel, and poke you into putting some thought and energy toward the insight.

Sometimes we need to hear that it is okay to feel like a round peg in a square hole... because it is accepting that feeling that allows us to wiggle around until we find out ... this is actually a comfortable place to be.

Listen, consider and absorb.  Often times people share great insight, not for us to over analyze ... but so that we can leap forward in proven footsteps and become more, just like they did.

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, is a foot print for many others to follow.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author to my continuing Exploration mission.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

AYD - July 25, 2013 - Count your Successes

"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."
- Marie Curie

I feel it is an essential ingredient to successful progress, to pause and take time to reflect on how far we have come, on what we have achieved so far.  Think of it as the glass half full or half empty discussion.  So many people focus on what is yet to be done, that the glass never feels full.  But if we look at the accomplishments we have made on the way to our goals, and add them up ... we watch the glass filling up as we go. 

Watching the levels of achievement rise, builds momentum and excitement.  Looking only at the space yet to be filled takes away rush of the rising level.

Good morning,
Great day.
An accomplishing you, lights the way for others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author...of my day.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

AYD - July 24, 2013 - Plant the Seed

"The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty-five years ago. The second best time is today."
- James Carville

If only I had done that then...

I wish I would have ...

Think of where I would be right now if I had just ...

Yes, those could all be true statements.  And surprise, they are all irrelevant. 
Reality check, that was then...this is NOW.
So go ahead and state the obvious.  It is good to get it out of your thougths and release it.
Then let it be gone.  Be done with negative reflection and the regret of not having done something that would now be paying you some kind of dividend for your action when it counted.

And begin where you can.
Right Now.

You may need to alter the plan to pick up speed or to see momentum build.
But you have lessons learned to build on.
The time between "I should have" and now is not wasted.  You gained insight.  You gained lessons and awareness.  Let it motivate you, not discourage you.

"Had I done that when I was younger, things would be alot different now.  But I didn't.  I did not know better.  But I do now.  So here I am.  Now how do I get there...from here?"

You might just surprise yourself.

Good morning, great day.
Greater you, is a nice influence on so many others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day ( with reference notes from yesterday).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

AYD - July 23, 2013 - And I Thank You...Over and Over Again

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I'd hoped to give you forever”

- Nicholas Sparks
On a day like many others, I am reminded that I am not like many others. And she is the reason.   Once I struggled with my own identity.  Once I struggled to define "me".  Today I do not, and she is the reason.   There once was a time when I can say I was not sure what the path before me would lead me to.  And then there she was, holding the signs.   She put the truth in all my beliefs of Love, and today I am reminded that she accepted me by her side, to share all of her beliefs with mine.   Happy Anniversary My Love.  My Sandra.   And Thank You for this life.   Good Morning Great Day. A gracious you, creates better others around you.   Pierre Couturier Happy Husband, Daddy and Author to my day.  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

AYD - July 4, 2013 - A Little Less Talk...

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”
- The Walt Disney Company

I have a list of things to do today, both work and personal, and I want to have an efficient, and greatly productive day .... so if you would please excuse me, I have to get moving.
(psst... sometimes it is really that obvious what we need to do.)  

Good morning, greater day.
A greater you, is a more influencing environment for others.  

Pierre Couturier
More Silent and Active Husband, Daddy, and Author of my Day's achievement list.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

AYD - July 3, 2013 - One Small Step for Self

"It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few."
- Pythagoras ( 582BC - 507BC)

Who is this Pythagoras fella ? And how does HE know I am so wordy?

In all honesty, it is one thing I want to work on for myself - saying more, with less words.

Is there anything about yourself that you want to improve on?  Notice I choose not to use the word "change" for it can often be perceived as more negative than it need be.

One thing.  YOU would like to improve on about how you do something.  You, not what anyone else may advise you on...just you and your thoughts motivated by you.

Identify it, and you may just put some work towards it.  One step at a time.

Good Morning, Greater day.
Greater you, influences all the other "days" around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my Wordy Day.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AYD - July 2, 2013 - Be You So That Others Benefit From You

"Let your light shine.  Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine."
- Oprah Winfrey

Everyday, all day we are influenced by people and things all around us.  Much of this influence impacts us subliminally.  We do not make a direct connection, but someone or something leaves an impression of some shape.

By consciously deciding each and every morning that you want to be the best you, you in turn expose others to the display and the actions that follow your choice.  They too get benefit from your personal choice to be Uniquely excellent ... at just being you.

So we decide in the morning, that no matter what, we can and will approach from the successful position and that we will be all we can be.

Are we going to always be successful in this statement?  Maybe not.  But we have to begin with the intention, to maintain awareness, and then to increase our follow through.

And while we are making the effort, we influence others to do the same.  It is often that simple.  Such a little effort, to positively affect our own lives, and others.

Good morning, Greater day.
A greater, and shining you, is a learning environment for many others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Friday, June 28, 2013

AYD - June 28, 2013 - Want What You Have

"When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have."
- Kathleen A. Sutton

It is very easy at this time in life to always want more.  Afterall, everything around us becomes revised into a new and improved must-have-convenience within such a short time. Often, I can see where it is difficult for many to appreciate what we already have, and more so the memory of what it took to obtain it.

Statements like today's are often immediately followed by thoughts of physical stuff.  Our car, our televisions, our computers, or a popular one...our clothes.  Depending on our emotional state, we can reflect as well on relationships we are involved in as the other primary example.

The message is still the same.  Should we look with a little more focus on that which is close to us already, we may resurrect the value it truly has to us, and with little effort, it may shine again in our eyes just like something that is newly desired.

I detail my truck on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and when I stand back to look it over, I remember the day we bought it. The sense of achievement when we picked it up.  The simple joy of earning something brand new.  And my desire to take care of it is revived and reminded.

We find ourselves in the morning getting ready for work, and "I have nothing to wear" is generated out of boredom and I dare say the simple clutter staring us in the face.  So, take some time on the weekend, put on some music, get a glass of wine and play dress up.  Yes boys...that means you too.  Go thru the closet.  You will be surprised by "that old thing" and you will also say, " That's where that was!!  I forgot I had that."  Another little trick is to hang up some of your clothes that right now you stuff in a drawer.  "Out of sight, out of mind"  is a true appreciation killer.

Pull out your address book, and your phone.  Make a point of updating your address book... for a couple reasons.  One, because the odds say something will eventually happen to the phone and you need a back up.  Two, because you will touch a mental picture as you scroll thru each name. You will share a moment with each person...and they will never know.  But you will have a reflected moment to make contact...and this will lead to a couple of calls that so often begin with, "Hi, how are you doing?  We haven't talked in awhile..."

Mow your grass.  My back yard is a mere fraction of what the older houses used to have.  But when I mow, and I trim the edges, we weed the slim little flower bed.... we stand back and soak up the color.  It's a small piece ... but it is ours.  And we care about it. 

And my last example of the day... to maybe lead into a more relaxed and enjoyable weekend.... is for you to browse an old photoalbum... or three.  Nothing helps you respect what you have today, more than retracing the steps of your life that led you to the here and now.  Reflection, reintroduces the value of so many elements of our lives.  Respecting that value, helps us to see more clearly and not feel empty Wants.

I wish for you today, many successes.  Many relived moments of satisfaction. 
I wish for you renewed joy in what presently exists in your life, and your Inventory of all types.

I wish for an Awakened Day ... and a moment of reflection is just the stretch I need to see the sun coming up in every little detail.

Good morning, introduces a great day.
A greater you, introduces so many others to a fresher environment there to share.

Pierre Couturier
A very happy and thankful Husband, an ecstatic and proud Daddy, and Enthusiastic Author of my Beliefs and of my Day.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

AYD - June 27, 2013 - Some Do What We Could

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
- George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes... a few words speak very well for themselves.

Please be mindful of whom you interupt today.  Maybe, it might be better to stand back, and just observe a little more than we usually do.

Good Morning, Great day, Greater You.
Greater You, is an inspiring environment for others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

AYD - June 26, 2013 - What will I see today?

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen?"
- John Steinbeck

Inspiration can find you anywhere.  (This little note today came from a post on facebook.) Obviously this statement could initiate a very deep thought session...but we will save that level of depth for another time.

Mr. Steinbeck makes me ask a very valid question of myself, and faces begin to flash before me. 
One thought chains to another and from strangers my thoughts go to friends, past and present.  A person sticks in the thoughts for a moment and thoughts take the less used path at the fork in the road, and I begin to remember times gone by.  Memories, maybe school days or working  ... but only certain events stand out.  My mind starts to ask supporting questions because the memories are general, or faded.  How did we meet?  How did I feel?  What were they like?  Skills? Talents? Did we really ever talk?

Have you ever sat in a crowded area, like a shopping mall, or maybe a wedding ... and glanced around at the people?  Have you ever played that little imagination game of placing a person to a role in life just on what you see of them at that moment?  Maybe followed the lead of some comedic movie scene where you make up what they might be saying as you watch from afar?  ( Try not to do this at a wedding... using the Bride and Groom for your amusement.  You will usually find a family member sitting beside you...just sayin.)  People passing thru a moment ... in a scene but often not seen.

Try a little double sided experiment today.  Think of people that cross your path in any given day.  Maybe think of someone you see regularly in your constant routine.  Your barber, or the lady that does your nails.  The guy at the parking booth, or Mr. Johnson in the corner office.  Maria that cleans your office, or your cousin on your dad's side.  A face may just present itself to you.  Known, and unknown.  Have you ever said more than the obligatory conversation that occurs as your paths cross in some momentary transaction of shared space?  Have you ever had reason to...or thought to? 

The double side is, do you feel anyone in your template has ever looked at you in the same, glazed over, forget you after you clear my vision, kind of way?

What imprint do we want to leave on the people that enter our space ?  The imprint is shaped not only by our image and actions for them to see, but how we see them as an imprint on our shape.

As I learn to open my eyes to new visions, I have to start asking with excitement ... What will I See today?

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, means a better environment to influence those that pass by each day.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Monday, June 24, 2013

AYD - June 24, 2013 - Avoid the Shadows

"Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid. "
- Publilius Syrus, ( - 100 BC)

We talk alot here about overcoming the symbols and stereotypes that follow poor Monday like a bad reputation.  That is all fine for us, but it dawned on me this morning that there are many out there that can be the example we need of what we do not wish to be.

Being aware of someone else's choice to expand the black shadow of Monday gloom (  or any gloom but Monday is a good starting point to paint the picture of our plan ) will help us see the list of what we DO NOT want on our journey to becoming a walking, talking demonstration of how WE DO want to represent ourselves.

As you go thru your day today, purposely pick up on the negative vibes for two reasons. One, so you can recognize any behaviours you feel you may be doing and then see what they look like so you can further act to stop it....  and two, so you might find someone that needs a moment of your awareness and help to get past it.

The grasp you have on planning control over your Good day, may need to be paid forward to someone who needs some understanding, or a kind word, or a simple act of kindness to get them back on track, or to just give them a reason to see past the shadows even for a moment.

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, can bring a much a better environment to those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my day.

Friday, June 21, 2013

AYD - June 21, 2013 - The Fun is in the Climbing

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
- Sir Winston Chuchill

I would like to have the day to just enjoy the climb.

Keeping these words in mind, and just getting done what needs done, and at the same time looking forward to some R & R in whatever form it comes in.

Every day you may make progress...even if it is just enjoying the moment, the task, or some small achievement.  Take time to enjoy the steps we take.  See the value in each one.

Good morning, great day.
A greater you, means a better environment for others to experience whenever you are around.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my climb.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

AYD - June 20, 2013 - A Friend Indeed

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.”
- Shel Silverstein

Week is drawing to a close.
Alot accomplished.
List for the weekend is approaching.
Add to it.
Call a Friend.

Good morning,Great day.
A greater you, creates a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Monday, June 17, 2013

AYD - June 17, 2013 - Start Your Engines...

When every inspirational or motivational word just does not connect with you in a particular moment of need, always, always always...resort to laughter to kickstart your heart.

Good morning...now smile.

“I came from a real tough neighborhood. Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn't a professional, the knife had butter on it.”
- Rodney Dangerfield

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
- Douglas Adams

“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”
- George Carlin

“A hangover is the wrath of grapes.”
- Dorothy Parker

“If I wanted you to understand, I would explain it better.”
- Johan Cruyff

Good morning, greater day.
A greater you, creates a better environment for all those around you, even if they don't know you worked hard for it and it is written on your T-shirt and the tip jar is quite evident right there on your desk.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my Day.

Friday, June 14, 2013

AYD - June 14, 2013 - Thank You

Thank you.
Just sayin.

To some I owe one.
To many, just repeating.
If you need one, please help yourself.
If you see someone in need, offer one up.

"Thank You."

Might just change the course of the day.
Go ahead, pass it on.

Good morning, creates a greater day.  A greater you creates an environment, better for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my day.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

AYD - June 13, 2013 - I see the Road before me ...

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I often revisit Mr. Emerson's words.  Sometimes for the reminder, and sometimes for the simplicity of truth.

I feel good today. 

My legs hurt.  My cardio is lacking badly.  I can feel the few pounds I have put on.  All of this before my inaugural  run this morning.

But I feel good.  Because within me was a want to get my butt in gear on my fitness goal, with consistancy.  So my Sandra helped with writing our schedule and this morning I honored that to her and I both and I got up at 4 to go for my first of many runs that will be part of my plan.

I did not do great, but I did better than I expected.  I did not call a cab to come get me half way thru.  I hurt but I was careful.  I was tired but I asked myself if I really was,  or could I press on to one more light pole before I walked for a bit.  I pressed on.

I feel good because I did it.  I started.  And to compliment the schedule, I planned ahead for my morning. I had my lunch prepared, my clothes laid out, and I did not feel rushed or pressured to haste thru my commitment.  I did not whine nor did I find myself mentally wandering off to an excuse to not do this.  I was actually in the moment.  Staying between the lines.  Thinking about my goals and how I might measure my gains.  I have identified my starting point, and it will be all Go from here.

I started my day off with a few steps toward a goal.  I was prepared and eased right into a comfortable transtion to work.  I put on new clean clothes for my special Father's Day time at my son's Preschool.  I have my tasks for work ready and feel no anxiety.  I have a fitness class tonite, right after Jaxon and Sandra tell me about their day and we play a little lego. I am enjoying the idea of it all.  It works.

I feel good.  With all my " I used to be able to..." , and my " I'm going to be able to..." tiny matters...entwined comfortably with my Here and Now comfort moments . 
What lies within me is calm....and it is speaking very clearly.

Good morning, great day.
A greater you, brings a brighter environment to all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

AYD - June 12, 2013 - You Really Are You Know...

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
- A.A. Milne

Now.... don't just read that and run along.  That is the problem with us all these days.  We do not let the message sink in.

Seriously spend a few moments with yourself.  Let your thoughts wrap around the words and ask yourself some internal questions ... give yourself room to see examples of where you are more than you often consider yourself to be.

You just might need to draw on one of those examples today.

Good morning, becomes a greater day.  And a greater you provides a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of the day.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AYD - June 11, 2013 - What is your Greatness?

"To say something nice about yourself, this is the hardest thing in the world for people to do. They'd rather take their clothes off."
- Nancy Friday

Hard to feel successful and command your daily performance, if at first you cannot acknowledge that you are the lead character in this number one hit show that is your life. - Pierre

I grew up timid.  I was a shy kid.  I was not very good at sports, or music, or much... but I had a big heart. 
As I got a little older, all I wanted was to be liked and understood.  But that simple want, created bigger fears. One of my biggest fears was being misunderstood about how I portrayed myself...and so, I was always afraid to say anything good about myself for fear of being viewed as conceited.  Not sure how it all came about...but it was there.  And it dominated me, and made me even more timid.  That was then, but it was always my Now.

As life gives us experiences that slowly shape us, like a sculpture taking shape out of stone, one chip at a time, we eventually become  a recognizable piece of art.  Gradually as we look upon the invention before us we learn that we have taken on a shape that we understand.  We can follow the lines that form the image.  We can touch them and recollect the journey we have taken.  And in this special little story, we find moments to feel good within ourselves.  Maybe we recount some strength we have learned.  We recall where our smile comes from.  We recall achievements, born from practice and dedication.  I can go on and on...but I think you remember feelings like these.

What many of us often do not do ... is share these feelings, in expressing our feel good about ourselves.

Fear of acceptance maybe, or of being misunderstood.  Why do we find it so hard to say, "Hey, I like me, and here is why."  Not an easy answer, but with awareness, we can try to move that emotion to the side, to make room for some expression that carries far more benefit.

So at first we can acknowledge it ... that it is difficult for us.  We can carry on and then ask ourselves "Why",  or we can jump from the edge of the pool and cannonball in. 

Say something nice about yourself, I dare you.  Tell me something I don't know about you.
Or...stand on the side of the pool, naked... and the rest of us will float around looking at you ... not knowing what greatness hides behind all the shivering goose bumps.

I am Pierre Couturier.  I am a good husband.  I am constantly trying to learn how to be a better dad. And I am becoming a better Author of my days, all the time. Oh...and I have chubbin cheeks that I learned to appreciate.

Have a good morning, so it can be a greater day, because a greater you makes a better environment for all those around you.


Monday, June 10, 2013

AYD - June 10, 2013 - Best Foot Forward

"He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit."
- Sir Walter Scott

And... "He who puts his best foot forward has good leverage to climb over daily obstacles with greater ease." - Pierre

Best foot forward.  Start your week.  One strong step...see where it takes you.

Good Morning, Great day.
Greater you, creates a better environment for others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author or my day.

Friday, June 7, 2013

AYD - June 7, 2013 - Don't Just Think About It...

"When all is said and done, more is said than done."
- Lou Holtz

So today... DO something.

Do something so that when someone asks you how your day was, your reply will be, "Wonderful. Thank you for asking.  I can't wait to tell you about it!"

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, means a better environment for others all around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband...doing stuff, Daddy...doing stuff, and Author of my TO DO for the day.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

AYD - June 6, 2013 - Self Respect Keeps on Giving

"Respect yourself and others will respect you."
- Confucius

Often, the simple wisdoms we received from the past, are the most true and easiest to follow.

Simple message for a good day.

Good morning, great day.
Greater you, means a better environment for those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of the day before me.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AYD - June 5, 2013 - What you don't see can teach you more.

"More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself. "
- Kevin Smith, Actor/Director/Author/Entertainer

There are two messages to "take away" from this today.

First, consider the movie actor you like so much...or the musician and band, and then the sports players that make it look so easy.

Behind every 50 goal scorer, 4 time champion, best defensive player, platinum selling artist, grammy award winning, "Thank you to the Academy" - is years of hard work, self leadership, internal development, team building and desire, determination and so on and so on.

We get the benefit of all that hard work.  People who are in those fields, understand the background...the lead up... the intensity and the sacrifice and from there, it inspires them.  You, can use awareness as your comparison and put yourself into that catagory.

It does not take much to know how they got to be so good as to be recognized as the best in their field.

So...take away the opportunity to be aware of the road to the greatness for your favorites and your mentors.

Now, secondly, recognize some of the battles you have endured within that OTHERS have not seen, and do not know have lead to your own successes of any size or shape.  What did you meet head on in order to achieve some of what others see in you or your achievments ?    And... have you underestimated your Battle Ability and delayed even more success because of it?

Point to ponder on this Wednesday... I know I sold myself short... and today, is not going to be the same.

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you ... well, let's just see how people respond to a greater you...shall we?

Pierre Couturier
Husband...and planning to be a better one, Daddy...and taking action to be a better one, and Author of better day... Here I come.

Monday, June 3, 2013

AYD - June 3, 2013 - I am what I am ...

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."
- Borrowed from a quote - no author.

Ask yourself what you want in life, and it may not be easy to identify it.  But ask yourself what you don't want, and you will have a whole list.  Use the Don't Want to help you shape and define what you do.

Not alot different when it comes to who you think you are or who you could be.  List who you don't think you are...and then look at each one and see how that thought is preventing you from reaching who you want to be.

We really can be our own obstacle.

Becoming aware, allows us the opportunity to overcome.

Good Morning
Great Day.
Greater you, shares a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, And Author of my day.

Friday, May 31, 2013

AYD - May 31, 2013 - I Carry Many Torches ...

"We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark."
- Whoopi Goldberg

I came across this just this morning.  I love how within us, we can be stammering along knowing we have something to say, not knowing what it may be, but knowing it is there...and we move on like the horse and carrot ... and then ... bang! 

I was not looking for the Meaning of Life today, but finding this little quote somehow was exactly what I needed to align a few cluttered building blocks.

If we can help just one person, to see the footprints that we might have made to get through a hard to navigate part of their chosen path... it feels tremendous.  To give the help we wish we would have had, but now so graciously offer because WE KNOW HOW IT FEELS... and we remember that IT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS HARD.

When we talk dreams, and goals and life long desires and PASSIONS... we always acknowledge that so many people give up on any and all of them... because they lost their way in the struggle...the return on investment looked like it was never going to balance on the Happy and Successful side.

What if you and your little torch came along at precisely the defining moment?  What if your torch...words, gesture, encouragement, belief in this person.... BELIEF...in their ability, in their dream...what if your torch was the lite they needed to see exactly the final stretch ?

And all for the cost of remembering how you felt, and offering someone an opportunity to lean on your experience to cross a difficult moment on The Path.

Please ... throw a little torch today to someone that needs it.  Guide one and make them a shining torch for many more.  Pyramid the success.

Good morning, becomes a great day.
And a greater you, shapes the environment around you for others to touch and carry forward... LIKE SPARKLES ON A GREETING CARD !!

Pierre Couturier
A lit up Husband, A shiny Daddy and Author by Torchlite... of my day, and maybe yours.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

AYD - May 30, 2013 - One step forward or ....

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

How does you honey do list get to be huge?  One "I'll do it later"  at a time. How does your passion get behind schedule...one "I'm afraid I might fail"  at a time.   You have heard the expression, two steps forward and one back. What is often more discouraging and hard on the heart, is two mental steps forward...and our feet don't move... no effort... stuck on pause.   Today, while we may be in the overthinking part of our goal mission... stop thinking...stop procrastinating and make one gesture of action.   Maybe a phone call to a contact. Maybe some research on the net. Maybe some quiet time to get the thoughts in order.   One step at a time...starts with a step.   Good morning, great day. Greater you, is a greater environment for all others around you.   Pierre Couturier Husband, Daddy and Author of the step I will take today.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

AYD - May 29, 2013 - Lead a Good Day, In a Decent Way

How is it that some can be so talented, and blatantly arrogant .... while others are gifted and humble?

Be gifted.  And recognize the effort it took to develop and appreciate your talents. 

Be humble in your presentation and rejoice at the opportunities to share your gifts. . Others may find their path to their talent by following your lead, and your genuine nature.

Lead a good day, in a decent way.

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, is an example many others can follow.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AYD - May 28, 2013 - Your Courage, Your Voice

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, 'I'll try again tomorrow.'"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Courage does not mean what we see in the movies that tends to be the template we try to fit ourselves into.  It is not some moment of intense action backing us into a corner, followed by our face getting all twisted as the adreneline takes over and we make some Bellowing yell as we jump up and run into gunfire.

It can be simple.
It can be accepting a moment for what it is, and recognizing that the task is not lost. 
Accepting that we did not fail, but that we have to practice, or try some more to achieve our next forward step.

It is not giving up.  Even, on simple things.  These moments help us create more moments, with each and every achievement.

Skipping a rope.
Catching a ball.
Tying a shoe.
Changing a tire.
Asking her on a date.
Passing that course.
Applying for that job.
Asking her on another date.
Asking her to marry me.
Buying a home.
Cutting the grass.
Building a deck.
Writing a book.
Saying sorry to a friend.
Speaking your mind.
Finding confidence for anything...and everything.
Changing a diaper.
Facing a memory.
Being a dad.
Raising my son.
Being the best husband because that is what she deserves.

There will be moments when you feel like you have mastered them all.  After finding the courage to step forward you will feel more at ease... and then, just like that, one of those may still test your courage.
This is okay.  You will be okay.  Because you have the trust in you,

To try again tomorrow, with Courage.

Good Morning, Great Day.
Greater You, means a better environment for all of those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my Courageous Day.

Monday, May 27, 2013

AYD - May 27, 2013 - Go On...Pull Your Weight.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. "
- Calvin Coolidge

I call upon your Persistence today. 

We call this Opportunity Monday, but we also understand that Monday still brings a host of cloudy distractions all listed neatly in our brains, but in no particular order, under the one main Heading off to the left of center on the calendar. 

Rolling from the left to right we often load up our cart so that as we begin to dig in our feet to launch our shoulders forward we may liken our weekly starting line to strapping ourselves to a locomotive engine and giving it the old heave ho.  We create the dramatic visual, we open the valve to release all positive energy at the mere thought of such a task and low and behold we have let the idea of the start...thoroughly exhaust our Positive feed before we have even begun.

Persistence.  Opportunity Monday.  Persistence in our thinking preceeds our persistence in our actions.

As you think, so it shall be.  OPPORTUNITY.  BEGINNING. PERSISTENCE

I know you can.

Good Morning, Great Day.
Greater You, is a better influence on everyone around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of My Opportunity Monday.

Friday, May 24, 2013

AYD - May 24, 2013 - Have a Little Fun... Seriously.

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. "
- Mark Twain

Okay... and just to stir things up a bit... do some jumping jacks after that bowl of ice cream just to instigate the fight.  

Point is people,  we often spend far too much time worrying about something than the worry is really worth. We cannot be afraid of everything we have deemed "bad", or the fear will start to take over and cloud your judgement; as is the case when we worry too much about a tasty snack, or buying that shirt, or so many other simple little choices we trip over.  

The key is to not OVER indulge.  Set some limits for yourself.  Moderate your vices.  Enjoy little cheats so you don't wallow in self pity for having treated yourself.  

We create the pain in anticipation of the pain we will feel if we enjoy something.  We do not have to overthink it...just fix the think.(  Fix the Think...mine, mine I tell you all mine.).  

You will feel horrible if you eat that whole pizza... but you can enjoy a couple slices.   Have a great weekend...  

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, is a greater day for me.  
Pierre Couturier Husband, Daddy, and Author of my overthinking mind script.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

AYD - May 23, 2013 - You Get to Be Right

"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."
- Henry Ford

Sometimes simplicity gets lost in the clutter, and what we need to believe, is right there for us to see.

Think about it.  Run with it.

Good Morning, Great Day.
Greater You, is a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author...of my day.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AYD - May 22, 2013 - What Boosts Your Enthusiasm?

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. "
- Charles Kingsley, 1819- 1875

Would you not agree, that we are often distracted by the shiny?  Or by the new and improved must have it? Many of us guage our success by what we have got... by our stuff. 

We catagorize our achievement by where we are on the money scale ... what we have accumulated... or what we can "afford".   Not to take away from the enjoyment all of our stuff gives us ... I just like to be reminded of the root feeling that really gets us moving. 

Something in your life that gets your energy levels pumping up, that gets your effort into gear, that gets your heart involved.  

So, your challenge today is to ask yourself the obvious - What makes you enthusiastic?  What gets you to that place where it is hard to contain yourself?   What do you have to be enthusiastic about in your life?   What do you approach in your day with enthusiasm?  One thing...or all things?   

en·thu·si·asm -  [en-thoo-zee-az-uhm] noun
1. absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest: He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies.

2. an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown: Hunting is his latest enthusiasm.

3. any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usually associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.

Good morning, great day. Great You, means a better environment for all those around you.   Pierre Couturier Enthusiastic Husband, Enthusiastic Daddy, and Author of my day... Enthusiastically.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AYD - May 21, 2013 - A Simple Choice

A simple start to our day ... Pause in the hurry that is a morning schedule ... embrace either physically, or just emotionally, all that you have in your life.

Health, Family, Spouse, Children.

Recognize those people and things that bring value to life. 

Let go of stress and moments that dominate us with distraction from what really matters.

Let go of things that are truly petty when compared to the list of what you truly value.

We must pause and reorganize our thoughts, feelings and emotions sometimes.  Like a reset button, we sometimes just have to put things back in perspective.

Good Morning, Great Day.
Great you, is a better is a better influence on those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Grateful Husband, Lucky Daddy, and Author of how to show it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

AYD - May 16, 2013 - What is your chosen Perspective?

"I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas A. Edison

Perspective.  We see many things just how we choose to.  But does that mean we are standing in the best position to get the best view?

Sometimes, or should I say, Most often, we simply need to be asking a Better Quality Question, to find the vision we are truly looking for.

Congratulations to all of our friends whom just in this last year have attained a new level of achievement in their drive for their goals.  May you be an inspiration to many.

And now...a fresh day to examine my own Perspective.

Good morning, Great day.
Greater You, is a more inspiring environment for those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my own lessons learned.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

AYD - May 15, 2013 - Don't be a Slave to Goal Draining Routine

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. "
- Robert Heinlein

Out of sight, out of mind. 

Sometimes we need a kick in the pants to remember the things we know, and to see the obvious pattern we continue to fall into.

Picture the deep impressions in the asphalt from popular truck routes.  Over and over they travel that route.  Same lines.  Now...imagine that is us.  Walking in the same circles...over and over... like the ponies at a county fair.

I am not saying we are not happy.  But I am saying, our heads are down looking at the path more than they are looking up to see what is new in the light of the sun.  What have we been missing while we focus on putting our feet in the existing impressions? 

While we enjoy the comfort of our routine ... I say this morning we need that kick in the butt.  Just to make sure our eyelids open up and we take in a deep breath of fresh air.  Look at our own stone carvings of the things we do in a day and ask ourselves...

"What do I do, because that is all I have ever done?"

And then.... picture if you will, a clean slab of stone, waiting for a chisel to start a new idea.  Or a freshly laid concrete sidewalk... waiting for a new set of foot impressions to mark a new route across it.

If you were not limited by the daily trivia ... what would you do differently?  What would you try?

Consider this a fun game this morning. Go thru your routine, and become aware of what you do each day, because that is how you always do it.  What could you change, if it meant bringing a new perspective?  What could you change if it meant you could add to your routine, some attention or baby step to a goal, that could become achieveable ... one new trivial step at a time.

Good Morning, Great day.
Greater you, means a more influencial environment for others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author ... of my day.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

AYD - May 14, 2013 - Be More Because You Want to Be.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
- Paulo Coelho

Part of our mission statement really.  The better your morning starts, the better day you could have.  The better day, brings a better you and a better you influences the environment and everyone around you.

The same within, when we are passionate about becoming better.  Sports, Love, parenthood, goals, dreams and so on.

When we strive...or even just apply with focus onto something, we find that other pieces of our puzzle fit together with more ease.  Things around us are less abrasive.  We may not see it immediately, but the moment will come and realization will find you that you are, noticably ... more relaxed, happy and comfortable... and eager to act.

Try it.  Enjoy it.

Good morning, great day.  Greater you, is better for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, And Author of the scene around me.

Monday, May 13, 2013

AYD - May 13, 2013 - Maintain Your Momentum

"One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals."
Michael Korda

Often spoken on a Monday - "How was the weekend?" 
To which you often reply with energy and excitement as you share the details of events you experienced.

You had gone into that weekend, with momentum.  You built it up as you planned your time off, and as things fell into place and the Fun came as planned and on command, your momentum carried you thru and often would have been replenished.

So your watercooler conversation comes to a close, and it is time to head off in the direction of Work.
Now right here is where you need to attack this environment with the same energy you attacked your Time Off.  Look at your work obligations with intent and interest for the value you will gain from it ... just like the way we look at our weekend Fun plans... the value we anticipate.

This is not a less than fun place. This is where you reassemble and reapply and run Tests on your Momentum.  You plan the work tasks and execute action.  You chaulk up check marks for preparation steps for successful solutions.  You look forward to the meeting, because you are prepared.  You bring your "A" game and work can be energizing.

And the other benefit is that you now have two solid sources to build your momentum for your personal time.  The plans for what you enjoy and look forward too, as well as the accomplishment for a job well done that feeds our comfort, satisfaction and ability to focus on our personal time because the J.O.B. is nothing to worry about.

Keep the momentum...and let it carry you to more success than you had previously focussed on.

Good morning, Great Day.
Greater you, means a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my Momentum.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

AYD - May 9, 2013 - There's Gold In Dem Dhere Words!


"Thank You"

- Anonymous, but constantly heard ....

As it should be.

Listen for it.  And spread it.  The easiest thing you will ever do, is share it.

Good Morning, Great day.
Great you, makes a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Thankful Husband, Thankful Daddy, and Grateful Author of My Day.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

AYD - May 8, 2013 - Balance the Books.

"Kindness is a currency that can cover a multitude of interpersonal debts."
- George Alexiou

I have debts.  Obviously I am not referring to financial here...rather, interpersonal.

Often times, we focus our energies and emotions on hurt feelings from debts we feel are owed to us.  Someone wronged us.  Someone was selfish, inconsiderate, draining, using, abusing,  Someone did not stop to give two hoots about how we would be affected by something they said or did.

Think of a bully in the school yard.  A cut throat climbing the ladder at work. 

Picked on, pushed down, stepped on and scapegoated by someone. 

But... I am not in the debt collection business.   I will dare say there are people in this life that owe me a ton.  If a picture is worth a thousand words then an explanation is worth a fortune in burdened thoughts.

"Why"  accounts for alot of our emotional baggage budget.

But, I am not in the debt collection business.  Nor should you be.

We cannot always control what return on our past investment we will get back.  We can send out a notice for overdue payment, but many of us feel that only adds compounded interest to the problem, and again, we are not in the debt collection business.

So...it is better then...to look at our books to see where we are in the red.  Look at the list of creditors we owe ... and do something about it.  Take ownership of someone we may have overlooked, or unintentionally pushed to the side and forgotten a gesture or favor, good deed, or their presence in our time of need.

Before we can be at peace and possibly write off bad debts that we feel should come our way, we should first take charge and balance our own books.  Be the vision we look for in others.

Make a donation to kindness .... better still, invest in repayment of kindness ... and begin to Balance Our Books.

Good Morning, Great Day.

Great You, makes a better environment for everyone around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband Accountant, Daddy Accountant, and Author of My Day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

AYD - The More You See, The More There is to Be

"When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be."
- Thomas S. Monson

Let it sink in.

What we see of a person on the surface is only the advertised wrapper.  What we see inside, gives us the joy of what they are to become. - Pierre

And while we focus on the truth of what lies within the potential of those around us, we must not forget to take a closer look within ourselves.  Treat yourself as deserving of the dreams you strive for.  Treat yourself as the talent existing to be all you wish to be.

If you treat yourself as only what you may be this moment, how will you ever know when to reach?  How will you know when your moment is calling?

Believe in being, all you wish to be.  See it.  Treat yourself to it, by treating yourself as that being.

Good Morning, Great day.
Great you, creates a better environment for the betterment of all around you.

Pierre Couturier
Thrilled Husband, Proud Daddy, and Author of my Great Day.

Monday, May 6, 2013

AYD - May 6, 2013 - What is your role?

"No role is a small role."
- Apparently this is said when working in the theater.

Think back in memory to any time you recall when someone around you was regarded as less than some standard because they were doing a job not highly regarded.

Now think back to your teenage years, when you might have held one of those same catagorized jobs.

I have come to a place in my life where I do not immarturely judge a person by the job they do, for I had to do many of them and I value the perspective I was rewarded with.  I do believe however, that I have become more judgmental on HOW a person does their job... how they play their role.

I have split wood, worked in a gas station, was a cashier, swept floors in a fab shop, a telephone operator, and even joined the housekeeping staff at a less than stellar hotel.  That means I cleaned toilets and made beds.  I worked in a video rental store, a grocery store, and a small stint in a restaurant.  By small, I mean I was hired, got home and quit... they were not going to pay my inexperience nearly enough for me to apply myself and learn something totally new with the opportunity.  Silly folks...And then I landed in Industrial Construction and worked my way thru a few roles there.

My point is that I found I achieved greater success when I actually applied myself to any of the jobs I was given.  I won't say I had my full heart in it, but now looking back I can recognize and admit that.  But when I applied myself, the job I did was noticed, and that impression shaped what the decision makers thought of me as a person.  More trust because of my effort, created more opportunity and faith in my ethics.   We look around us at people doing tasks that we would not want to do, and judgement is often cast toward the person for doing the task...and not the fact that they do the task well.   There are alot of people in our days, that should they not be there, our day would be impacted greatly.  There are alot of roles that we do not realize how heavily we rely on in order for our schedule to be free and gain that time to do our own role better.   We do not achieve success all on our own.  We have alot of help.  And often, that help comes in someone else, playing their very important part...doing their "small" role.  We overlook the importance because it may not always be directly connected.   Today, make the connection.  Look around you. Acknowledge the "small" role for what it truly offers us in our own successes today.   Good Morning, Great day. Great you, improves the environment all around for others to have a great day.   Pierre Couturier Husband Role, Daddy Role, and Author to My Day Role.

Friday, May 3, 2013

AYD - May 3, 2013 - You must be present to win the prize.

"Only some people get what they want. Those are the people who show up to get it. "
- Dianne Houston, Author

Straight forward.
So simple we miss it.
Sometimes, you have to take a right on Obvious Boulevard to get to Ah Ha Drive, which should take you directly to Action Freeway.


Good Friday Morning, Great Lead to your weekend.
Great you, means a better environment for everyone around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my road map.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

AYD - May 2, 2013 - The Best of You

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself."
- Harry Firestone

This can be taken deep, or it can simply speak to you.

Lead by example, be the change you wish to see, be contagious, demonstrate the best attitude, let your actions display and demand respect.

The better focus you have on being the best YOU, the more it rubs off on people - in their perception of your, the first impression, your work ethic, trust, respect, belief.

If you put the best "you" on display, there will be many who follow your lead.

Good morning, great day.  Great you, means a better day for everyone else.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of the best that I can be.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

AYD - May 1, 2013 - Dream the Crazy Dream

"Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations."
- Ralph Charell

How many times do we stop our actions because we tell our thoughts that the idea is just too much, or "I could never" ?  Or how many times do we set our sights low, just to be realistic and assume "Well, THAT I can do" ?

When we begin a thing...it is good to set goals, sure.  However, do we allow ourselves to imagine what it would feel like to blast past the goal - to super succeed?  Do we allow ourselves to think like a child and just imagine the Moon?

We need to.  We need to visit the land of "Wouldn't that be Awesome!?" and browse around for awhile.
See something we like.  Take a mental picture.  Maybe alter our idea on just what the dream or meaning of success is.

It is a safe thing to want to just GET to a point where we would be content with our level of success.  It is a way to control our disappointment should we not succeed right away.  It is subliminal protection of our dream intention. 

Sometimes, our heart has to tell us that it is okay to not play it safe.  Sometimes our heart has to tell us that it is okay to get excited ... get a little wild in our thoughts and push what we have set as our boundaries.

I tie myself in quite a bit I think.  What I need to do, is reach down and give the ropes some slack ... I need to reach that curtain between the first act and the next... and I need to change the program on this play of Life.

Wild Expectations.... what do we have in our bag of Belief today ... Release the Imagination Hounds... It's about to get interesting.

Good morning, Great day.
Great you, is a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author .... looking to get a little Wild with all three.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

AYD - April 30, 2013 - Be Prepared

Straight forward and simple.

Be Prepared.

Many of our tasks and our days will feel easier to face, if we are prepared.  Fact.

Make your lunch the nite before.
Review your notes for the coming day.
Pick out your clothes, check the oil on the car, do now so you do not have to do tomorrow...

Try it.  You will like it. 

Victory Loves Preparation.

Good morning, great day.
Great you, is a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author.

Monday, April 29, 2013

AYD - April 29, 2013 - Adventure Mindset

ADVENTURE (ad.ven'.cher) 1. a daring, hazardous undertaking 2. an unusual, exciting, often suspenseful experience.

Monday -  1. Beginning of the work week.  2.  Keeper of unknown drama  3. Often represented by stress, dread, Mental Fatigue, whining, Pre worry without just cause, and alot of repeated blah blah blah.

New Mindset Life Dictionary Definition -  MONDAY  -  1.  Often recognized as Adventure starting line.

If you believe it, so you can live it.

Have a great day.

Good morning, great day.  Great you, is a better day for everyone else.
Pierre Couturier
Happy Husband, Excited Daddy, and Author of my fate.

Friday, April 26, 2013

AYD - April 26, 2013 - Laugh With Me...Please I Insist.

“If we cant laugh at ourselves, do we have the right to laugh at others?”
- C. H. Hamel

My life changed the day I finally accepted myself.  The day I began to like me, instead of trying to be something so that others would.

I would not say I was bullied.  Just an easy target for friends to joke with, and an easy target to be embarrassed.  It took awhile for me to realize that half the reason someone "picks" on you is the reaction you always give...that makes it automatic Ha Ha for them.  Now that I look at it, the reaction is half the funny.  I used to get so bent out of shape, and did not realize... THAT was the real funny.  Not the joke, the reaction.

I cannot pin point the day I crossed over to the Ah Hah side ... but in there, I began to relax, and then in my new found good nature, my humor improved.  I saw my qualities instead of my drawbacks.  I could crack a joke about myself, and that showed I was genuine, and self confident enough that I could enjoy being vulnerable.  More importantly, I could take a joke and laugh with it, instead of being mad at it simply because I was so insecure.

I have friends that are naturally funny.  They are quick witted and can jump on moments that open opportunity and capitalize on them.  I cannot.  I am not in that zone ... and when I try to be..I usually feed their wit.  I am okay with it.  In fact, I love that difference ... for it is true, and there is no pressure for it to be any other way.  We as friends, appreciate exactly who we are.  They appreciate how I open the door constantly for a zinger without even realizing it...and I appreciate that their humor is so good natured and not vindictive.

It begins I guess with liking yourself. Like you, accept your unique qualities, and accept that sometimes, they can be funny.... or you simply do stuff that is funny.

I may not have spewed this quite right, but I hope you get it.  So today, think of one thing about you that is worth a giggle.  What do you do that sends your friends into a laughing fit?  What do you do that drives them nuts so they end up ribbing you about it?

You dress just a little off logical.
You snort when you laugh.
You flex in every mirror.
You take too long to fix your hair...and really...it still needs help.
You are cheap.
You are a guy that likes chick flicks.
You are a lovey dovey 205 pound big shouldered voice of reason poet of a man that cryed alot at your own wedding.... Yup, that one is me.  ( She is beautiful, and she picked me... you would cry tears of joy too.)

Enjoy a moment at laughter at the JOY of who you are ... the Shake Your Head of who you are ... the acceptance of the "Ya, that's our friend" moments of who you are ....

Then and only then, can you laugh at and with others ... People do some odd things in this world, so may I suggest that when we stand back in disbelief asking and laughing at "What were you thinking???" ... mix in a moment of understanding and humility to take the edge off ...

Afterall, someone at some point in time, looked at us the exact same way for what they heard or saw us do.

Laughter is the best medicine ... for insecurities, and judgements.

Good morning, Great day.  Greater you, is a better day for everyone else.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

AYD - April 25, 2013 - Be a Gift, Be a Gentleman

I wanted to find you something today around Respect.
Big word.  Big meaning...and it has many examples and displays to aid in our defining the moment.

We shared in the past that we can change the world, with one random act of kindness, over and over again.

I would like to offer you an assignment.  This is geared toward the men out there.

Today, and from here on if you care to join the effort consistantly, may I request that you do one random act of kindness, as a gentleman toward the ladies of the world.

Open a door, carry a package, a sincere compliment. Stop for conversation because you really are not too busy.
Let her order first, do not dominate a conversation, remember a special date on the calendar.
Send flowers because it is Thursday, call when you say you will, and for the sake of simplicity pick up after yourself.  That includes picking your butt up and offering your seat.
Do a chore without being asked, leave the closer parking stall for her and even examine your day on the hunt for moment you may inadvertantly take her for granted.

Girlfriend, coworker, mom, wife, grandma, boss or the widow on the corner that does her own lawn and flowers so beautifully well and would love to share her secret with you and the neighborhood.

A lady likes to be treated with respect, likes to be a lady once in awhile, even if she is not asking for it.

Boys, it is time to be men.  Have a great day being sincere.

Good Morning, Great Day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AYD - April 24, 2013 - Simple Motivating Thought

You do not have to be the best over night.  You do not have to go from zero to expert in an unrealistic speed or time.

Some would argue that if you get rich quick, you have no understanding of what it took to get there. No appreciation.  Like many lottery winners, they are broke before too long because they do not know how to respect the new found wealth.

Enjoy the journey.  You have heard that before.  Typically from a parent telling you not to grow up too fast, but you get the point.  Learning to understand each step along the way, helps you appreciate the success deeper.

Last nite I attended my fitness class.  This is week three.  Third time on leg day.  I used to dread leg day.  But yesterday showed progress.  I had more energy, better form, and more strength.  Not a ton more..but enough to show me progress.  Enough so I was not distracted by fear of inability or from early muscle fatigue.  I knew when we signed me up that I was not as fit as I used to be.  I knew it would take some work and more so, consistancy, in order to begin moving toward my goal.

Last nite, I gained some ground and some sense of accomplishment.  Enough to urge me onto the next step.  Enough to make me look forward to my next gain.
I accept it will take me these 12 weeks to feel better... knowing it took alot more than that to get me feeling rough.

Enjoy the road to success.  There is alot of sights to see and many attractions along the way.

Good morning, great day.  Great you, is a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author taking the scenic route.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AYD - April 23, 2013 - The Key to Success

"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear."
- Brian Tracy

You will find examples all around you everyday of how we focus on fear and negativity.

Therefore...fear will always have it's opportunity at the podium.

That being said, we would benefit from once in awhile revisiting this reality...and then cancelling a reservation or two that thinking about fear fills our calendars with.

It takes practice to do this ... and by practice I mean, we need to remember little quotes or reminders that will enable us to recognize a moment, and thus be able to take them back.  We train our conscious mind to more familiar with our focus just like anything else...one little step at a time;  and it becomes more natural.

Focus takes practice.  Like we have routines and schedules, morning rituals ... we need to find our personal way to include focus on our goals, desires and positive outcomes.  I am afraid of failing, but I have yet to consider how good winning would even feel.  This is why we hear success philosophies tell us to act now the way we would if we were already successful in our desire.

This is one easy way to focus.  How would you feel if you achieved your goal?  Okay...so feel it now...act like it now.

I remember when I was writing my book, the energy I felt as words fell into place and my own expression of my thoughts and ideas were taking shape.  I was excited and thinking about my wife and then even more I was thinking about how my ideas could help others.  I was energized by the idea of successfully making people feel good, and solving issues and making a difference.  I began to change.  I spoke more confident, I showed more purpose, I heard humor and I thought in waves of positive ideas and expressions. 

I did not have the knowledge that this is what I was doing...but I was doing it.  So you see, focus is not always work;  sometimes it can be easy.  But no matter if I have to earn it, or it comes as a by product of my actions.... focus on desires is always more fulfilling than trading my valuable time for thoughts on fears of things not yet granted permission to happen.

Good morning, Great day.  Greater you, means a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Monday, April 22, 2013

AYD - April 22, 2013 - Practice Makes Perfect

"Act as if it were impossible to fail."
- Dorothea Brande

This takes practice.
This takes constant rehearsing.
This is easier with like minded people that support the same ideal.
This takes support.

This is a mindset.  A trained way of living.  This takes work.
And each time you practice, and rehearse, and seek support, and visit your belief and work at it... it becomes more natural.

Support your belief.  If you have to take a time out to gather up your thoughts, then do it...it is a worthwhile investment.  Approach the moment with confidence, and failure may get whipped away by the increasing wind of your momentum.

Take a deep breath...and say hello to Opportunity Monday.

Good morning, Great day.  Great you, is a better day for everyone else.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my fate.

Friday, April 19, 2013

AYD - April 19, 2013 - I See Your Request and Offer One Step More

"Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be."
- Og Mandino

One step more than what is requested.  One added touch.  Wash the floor, or make it shine?  Washing it, you did your job...making it shine, your job stands out.

In all you do, make your actions show how you shine. - Pierre

Good morning, great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author ... making an effort to polish all three.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

AYD - April 18, 2013 - It's All in the Delivery

"I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."
- Jack Benny, 1894-1974

Moments and messages we remember,
What makes them stick with us?

It might be that joke you heard, or that one liner from a movie.  It could be that message from your dad when he was trying so hard to teach you something.
Life lessons, good humor, nice story or news headline.

It's all in the delivery. 

Sometimes we are driven into action, and sometimes...ah, I will get to it later.
Sometimes our heart races with "Ah Hah!!" and others, "I don't get it."

There are moments that impact us ... and moments that pass us by without a hint of interest.
Messages that motivate us, some that get our interest and some that intimidate us into hibernation.

It's all in the delivery.

Often times I share with you my belief that we can hear the same "moral of the story" many times in our lives, direct and indirectly.  And that we all receive these realizations differently.  I also believe that with the right time right moment clause, there is credit to be given to the Delivery.

You ever have two people tell you the same joke, and one loses your interest right away while the other created the funny, painted the scene and then rolled it out like a magical tale that had you giggling before it was over?

It is the same with life lessons, motivational movements, calls to action, direction and advice for success, how to make money, I love you, I'm here for you, this car is the best on the lot, you can do it, I'm convinced, yes sir the project is on schedule, it's your fault, don't talk to me like that, Mary these crabcakes are divine, you are great, that was a job well done, you inspire me, new and improved your dog will love it, and Elvis sings the dance songs of the 90's !!! And ... I'm Sorry.

Delivery.  Think about it.  Be aware of it.

How we receive our day...also often depends on the delivery.
Point to ponder... how did you place your order?

Good morning, Great day.  Great you, means a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband that delivers, Daddy working on my delivery, Author...really trying to define my delivery... and just all around talkative guy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

AYD - April 17, 2013 - Just a Nice Thought

Have you had a morning, where you wake up, and all is good?  Just nice routine good.  No bad weather coming...no negative anticipation...no big plans, no new adventures.  A morning, like a blank canvas.  Just waiting but not expecting.

The day is yours to create, we say that alot.  And so...this morning as I walk thru thoughts, all I find is a clean, uninfluenced canvas.  No desire for any particular color, or any picture taking shape.

So with that, I would like to start the day with simply a nice thought, that may guide your brush.  Good morning, and may it be, precisely what you need.

"When I was young, my ambtion was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world.  My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here.  It's a wonderful life and I love it."
- Jim Henson, from his book It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things to Consider

Good morning, great day. Great you, and a better day for everyone else.
Pierre Couturier
Happy Husband, Proud Daddy, and Author.... and just letting the day show me it's colors.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

AYD - April 16, 2013 - Self Test Tuesday

"While I believe in the power of positive thought, I do not believe that you or I can simply psyche ourselves into success or peace of mind.”
- Stephen Covey

I believe that with Positive Thought comes great things.  Those great things, come from a chain reaction, started by continuous, consistent, positive energy and outlook.  Find the lesson in everything.  Pay it forward for your benefit and the ripple effect reaches out that benefit to touch others. 

I believe that consistant positive approach, helps you to adopt it ( positivity)  as habit and part of your personality.  As this becomes part of you, the impression on you and within you becomes deeper and more permanent.  The more it is part of you, the more you leave that mark on others like a sunrise. This positive feel, this looked forward to personality, arrives with you, as part of you, and as something people are drawn to.  You are laying the foundation, and it is expanding.

So... all of this I believe starts from consistant positive expression and frame of mind.  Now... it does not just give you success, and it does not just give you peace of mind.  Now you have to act, as you think.

Put your positive energy into action.  Let the energy lead you.  Procrastination leaves the door open behind it when Positive Belief comes by for a visit.  Part of the Chain Reaction....but you must take the next step.

I am much more positive than I used to be.  I will give myself credit for that...as should you.  I am taking action in some ways... but admittedly I can do more.  I recognize this. 

The difference today is that in the past, I would have admitted I was not happy with my lack of success.  I would have admitted I had myself to blame.  And then I would have wasted alot of energy focussed on the blame and the woulda, shoulda, coulda game.

Self Test Tuesday.  Can you ask yourself how Positive you are in your day?  Do you see things on the half full or half empty side of perspective?   Can you see a place to tip the balance for the better?

How do you change the world? With one simple act of Kindness at a time.  How do we change our results...start with one positive thought...and let it tell two friends...and then they touch two friends...and so on and so on....until, frame of mind naturally takes you by the hand and you act positive in alignment with your thoughts. 

Wow...I can positively tell you that this did not come out the way it was supposed to. 
Just go think a good thought and see where it takes you.

Good morning, Great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author and sometimes very wordy.

Monday, April 15, 2013

AYD - April 15, 2013 - Wisdom Surrounds You

"A simple conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study."
- Chinese Proverb

I love simple.
Simple messages that are true and don't need more explaining.
Simple mornings that begin well, and then compound the goodness.
Simple Mondays that are a beginning rather than a dread.
Simple smiles that do not need to be questioned.
Simple moments of genuine laughter with a child, that help me keep in touch with perspective and value.

I have tripped over many websites like ours recently...all promoting success and action.  All true.
Sometimes, however, I get a little overwhelmed with all the true, and valuable information to soak up and try to follow.
Sometimes, I need a simple moment to relax and not pressure myself.
Sometimes, I need to learn again how to relax.

A simple conversation with a wise man... I have been blessed to have many around me.  From all walks of life, from all levels of success.  I have a strong suspicion that you do as well.

Enjoy a moment, thinking of and identifying your "wise" team in your life.  Think of something you want to do, and match it up with one of these wise people who are quite often, searching for an opportunity to help you.  If you do not know anyone for that topic... find someone.  Ask.  Share your desire, and they will share their wisdom.

A wise man appreciates passion in you.  They see it coming a mile away.

Good morning , Great day.  Great you, a better day for others.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy trying to be wise, and Author.... Ready for a conversation.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

AYD - April 11, 2013 - There is only one You.

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
- Judy Garland

As we grow and mature,or in some cases I guess - immature, we show signs of things we have picked up along our journey.  Personality traits, habits, attitudes.  We get these after market add ons from a wide variety of influences.  People in our lives that left and impression.  Lessons learned from hard or very joyful experiences.

Let us be careful, that in trying to find our identity, our shape, or footprint among many, that we do not totally become a walking product of only external influences.  A pop star's choice of clothes, a popular television program showing us what is funny, or the trends telling us what is cool to listen to for music.

Part of what makes all these things fresh, is putting your own mark on it all.  You see something that is popular, like a new sport...and then you see how it evolves so that the sport is still there, but people are thinking outside that box and presenting  a twist...a new idea and always their intention is grow...to expand.

Be the thinker, and apply a little First-Rate You to things you like.  Try not to simply mimic the path you see before you.

Have a great day, being in touch with what makes you different from the Billions of Hamburgers Sold.

Good morning, great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author ... Just trying to leave my mark.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AYD - April 10, 2013 - Lessons Learned

In the workplace, they are often referred to as lessons learned.  They are studied before the next project, while in the planning stages, in order to form a plan of action for those events we have come across so that we act on the knowledge rather than react in consequence.

In our day to day ... we might refer to them as Life Lessons.  Often shared as knowledge after an event, or once we find ourselves in the middle of despair or a complicated situation.  Often called upon as a reaction, to give us a guideline on how to respond and get out of a situation.  At need, versus Pre Need.

How can we show the value of advance awareness to each other as a planning tool so that we are better prepared for encounters we have in life? 

"Victory Loves Preparation"

We can start by reflecting...and reviewing lessons learned.  We can begin with one, and enjoy the path our thoughts take us after that.

Think of a lesson in your life that is worth reviewing...and certainly for sharing.  If you have trouble finding the end to this wonderful ball of yarn that is all the memories of your life, begin by thinking about something you have or would tell a child.What lectures have we joked about receiving from our elders, our mentors or those be appreciate?  Consider the lesson, the benefit, and the consequences of not giving it attention.

Find a life lesson in your life.  Apply the value of it to the here and now.  And then look for an opportunity, to share it.

Enrich a life, by sharing the value of yours.

Good Morning, Great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy with Lessons, and Author still learning....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

AYD - April 9, 2013 - Standing Out

"Be so good they can't ignore you."
- Steve Martin

Are you ready to do all you must?  And are you ready to enjoy doing it?

Find your passion, and then be so good, they can't ignore you.

Good morning, great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author.

Monday, April 8, 2013

AYD - April 8, 2013 - Dear Failure...

"Dear Failure,
What if I told you the sacrifices I make to compete are victory in itself?  What if I did not measure my success by wins and losses, but by my will, my triumph over slumber, my focus to prepare, and my courage to contend?

What if I told you I win every morning my eyes open?

Failure, you will not triumph over me because
I'm Possible."
- Marketing ad by badboy.com, I'MPOSSIBLE

Opportunity Monday.
Inspiration can find you anywhere, as long as you are open to it.
Today, in an MMA magazine.  Yesterday in a vision of a mother and child laughing together.  The week before in a simple newspaper article in a section I normally do not read.

Write a short letter.
Write it to your boss, your friend, yourself or even to a fear and state of mind... like Failure.
Say what you want to say.  Say what you feel when words escape you at times you "shoulda, woulda, coulda".

Get the point across, even if just for you to stop the point from draining your energy.

Get it out - release the weight.  Keep the letter, or destroy it - up to you;  but mark your statement.

Grab your words, post your flag, and Proudly proclaim, " I hereby claim this day!"

Dear Failure... thanks for coming out...sorry you didn't make the team.

Good morning, great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author... and Contender.