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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."

Thursday, January 16, 2014

AYD - Jan 16, 2014 - Impress Your Personal Impressions

"Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed."
- Coleman Cox

This is not about impressing others.  This is not about modifying your look to create an image.
This is about how you feel internally from a simple act, that will benefit the day moving forward.

I feel tired.  Maybe not enough sleep. Maybe run down.  Too many thoughts on the brain. Kids have school, spouse has appointments, we have meetings or car issues and so on and so on and so on.

So jump in the shower.  Take a moment before you put the days frames on fast forward and skip through the moments that could line you up for success.  Just soak your head.  Take a deep breath.

Get out and put on a clean shirt.  Something from a hanger.  No wrinkles.  Clean.  Take a look in the  mirror.  Check the angles.  Turn.  Turn.  Now use your brush for a microphone... just kidding.  But really, take a moment to like the way you look ... and a moment to enjoy how that FEELS. 

How you feel in your clothes as you head out to tackle the world and all of it's judgements... how you feel is the first thing people see.  I may see a wrinkle in your tie, or the creases from yesterday in your shirt,  but only after I see your smile with your confident walk and energy to what ever you do and whereever you are going.  That is the impression that I will remember.

Keep yourself in mind.  Impress your personal impressions.

Good morning, greater day.
Greater you .... well, just see how that affects others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author to my day.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

AYD - Jan 14, 2014 - You and You Alone Can Stop Your Forest Fires

"While we cannot always choose what happens to us, we can choose our responses."
- Stephen Covey

This comes to us in a number of quotes, in a number of different twists and expressions.  The concept is the same.  Not always easy to remember this right at the moment we need it, so it has to be come part of our auto response beliefs.

Simply think of something in your life that did not go your way.  Some kind of set back.  Where are you now compared to then.  Would you have handled it differently?  If we have a self made example of a moment in our life that stands out, we can see our growth, or we can see where we can now grow based on our reflection.

When we gather our internal resources and awareness and take stock of abilities and accomplishments from those times when the going got tough, we can see more within our selves and gain the confidence to tackle new difficult situations as they come with more efficient responses and self control.

There is truth in the cliche, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade."

Think about it.

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

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my own Lemonade Recipe.

Monday, January 13, 2014

AYD - Jan 14, 2014 - You are Important

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes."
- Harold B. Lee

The beginning of a week always brings about the extra distractions.  Looking at the week as a whole, all the activities mount up, take their positions, start making noise.  Each catagory takes shape and each task falls in line beneath the heading, and then the sub headings start to light up, another bullet point and some bullet points to bullet points.

These lists have work, and they have home... the car, the kids, and the dog.  The list on the fridge is new, yet the same, and the meeting at work is regular and on time, but it comes with it's own list of needs as well.

We have alot to do.

So stop. 

Take a moment to hug one another a little more close as we say - "Have a good day."
When discussing the plans for helping with homework after work and school, pause, and consider how important that will be and how that moment is just as important as your 10 a.m. - for you and for them.

Consider your title at home - and whom that is really important to.  Consider the "little" things you do that we always do ... but consider how valuable they really are.  This work is not trivial, it is vital.

Plans for the evening, that's easy - My wife is in training - so her meal will be prepped.  Distractions, I got those.  My son has soccer so a quick but good supper is in order.  After soccer I get to hear how good her work out was, while my son and I do "just one more section, please dad" on building the Lego city.  His snack for school will already be done, her lunch dishes washed so she can rest.  And when I sit down to do my tasks, I can do so with Peace of Mind.  My important work is done.  The day before us is ready and I have removed some of the "branches" from the path they need to follow.
Now I can apply myself much better.

I think I have a meeting today.  Good thing I have no distractions.  Glad I did not forget anything important.

Good Morning, Great Day.
Greater You, is a free gift to the environment of others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author to Day.... Thankful for my important work.