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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."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Awaken Your Day - Jan 5, 2018 - Let good words sink in.

"In the end, only three things will matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
- Jack Kornfield

While your mind and intentions are still set on the New Year, and new starts - it is a good time to spend time with examples of how you love, some gentleness in your living, and what kind of burdens and conflicts you can release.

Identify and become aware. Then you have the sight to make the decisions very clear.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - just putting in some self time.
 AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.
"Are you waiting, or are you Creating?"

Awaken Your Day - Jan 4, 2018 - Wonderfully Said

“The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them,”
- Jim Rohn

Easily one of the most complete and favourite comments I have ever read. This is so much part of the philosophy behind AYD, and what I have been learning within.

Enjoy the Journey to all the things you want in your life.

 It takes practice to do this - don't get me wrong. But it starts with growing our awareness so it becomes more automatic to you, more second nature to be in this mindset - and in there we start to see things differently.

Maybe this is where my belief started to take shape. Start by Awakening Your Day by your rules and your pattern for Success, and the rest of the day will fit that mold, as You Shape it.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - all along the way.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Jan 3 - Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed - due to computer glich and my fading memory this morning, please enjoy this rerun from last year while I try to retrieve the million dollar wisdom statement I had planned for today. Good morning.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 2, 2017 - Yes You Are

"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
- A.A. Milne, Author

Reflection. Sometimes we need to look back in a moment of quiet and actually look at how far we have come, what we have lived through, what we have endured and in all that, how we have grown.
When we do this we find confidence in our abilities as we see from a different angle, those life experiences we have journeyed through.
Life has given you challenges - and you are now more brave to stand up to new ones that present themselves because of rising above before. You are stronger emotionally, and with your self worth because of those challenges - all of them. And we often do not see how life smart we have become, until we look back and recall our decisions along the way ... to get us through, to get us over, to get us excited and motivated.
As you begin a new chapter now, do not just make promises of good intent to relieve some self created pressure. Look at what you truly have within you to make these "promises" achievable ... introduce yourself to the HOW and WHY you will succeed and then watch your plan become much more believable to You.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - yes, yes you are.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 2, 2018 - Practice and Repeat

As you start a new year, week, task, search or goal or day ... one of the most amazing and ROI giving skills you can practice is listening.

One of the greatest things I have ever heard is the often quoted expression, that most people do not listen to understand, they listen to respond. So often our brains are already mounting a comment, argument, rebuttal and debate before we have absorbed and processed the incoming communication.

This is in our work, and our homes. In our conversations and when listening to the radio and reading headlines in the paper.
With our work relationships, and with our loved ones.

It takes but a moment more to get all the details - to hear the tone, to take it all in. And then, have your turn.

The value to be gained can be immense.
Listen first to understand, and not to respond.
If you are not convinced, watch how you feel when you get short changed before you made your point.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... hearing it through.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Jan 1, 2018 - And It Begins

"I am committing to my days, all that I can give - and the clarity that I attain from that will help me embrace all that my day commits to me. We hope to share here with you some little gesture to start you off in the right direction each day. A quote, a thought, an observation… it is our desire to give you a variety of influence to ignite all of your senses as you greet the mornings and embrace everything that is before you each ...and every day."
- Pierre R. Couturier

A New Year begins on Opportunity Monday. Kind of a win win we can say.
To begin the year I had to go back to where AYD started. To gather the ideas unfinished … the plans not completed … the visions not colored in. To realign, and remember the purpose – and once again to touch the passion that initiated it for me. For the time to make things grow is now.

Opportunity Monday.

 Gather close your successes. Lay out your goals and desires.
Get cozy with the idea that you have learned, and earned, and have the ability to reach.

 Awaken Your Day – every day – and see what doors you open for yourself.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You … because you can.
AYD – Pierre Couturier – Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 29, 2017 - Sometimes, just go with it ...

"I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn't mine."
- Rita Rudner

And you are wondering ... "What??"
I got nothing.
I'm not feeling well. It's cold as H up here and just as cold at home. It's dark. It's a promise of a long, cold, winter day.
I don't see alot of Oh Happy Day just springing up to be plucked and sniffed and spread through the air. It does not look promising.

So I guess, I'm just going to have to change that.
Make a change, before you pull a groin muscle.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - recognizing where you are, and feeling empowered still to want to do something about it.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 28, 2017 - What matters is ...

"Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter."
- Harold Kushner

Too early for that kind of deep thought? Ya, maybe. However, instead of fully wading into that pool until we are neck deep, just tip your toe in the water.

And when it touches, and creates the ripple ... think of three things that give you meaning. Three things in your life where you feel connected, and purposeful with. Three things that generate that emotion in you - the one where you know you matter.

See, it doesn't have to be a deep pool of thought to get us going - just follow the ripples.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - just dangling your feet in the water.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - sick day rerun. And good morning

Awaken Your Day - Dec 27, 2016 - A lot of Motivating Ideas

"Many a false step was made by standing still."
- Fortune Cookie

There are a lot of motivating comments, suggestions, and inspirations moving around right now. A lot of value to be absorbed.

 It can be overwhelming - as we sift through it all to find that piece that is just right for our needs.
Stay calm. Do not stack it all up and try to carry it with you.

Might I suggest you do not add to your stress by trying to introduce too many inspirational tools to work into your plans for a better you.

Start small and be consistent. Don't wait but don't overpromise. This business of "New Year's Resolution" can be quite pressure filled. Start small - start with recognizing that any step forward is... forward. This is not a free pass to accept less than you can offer yourself, rather it is an idea that is often overlooked as we strive for unreachable goals that we set too high.

Take a step of action - no matter how big - recognize that you did make motion forward - BUT then take another step.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Never put off until tomorrow, that which you can do today.
You see, many of the inspired moments you will hear right now, compliment each other. Not separate messages, but rather partners in successful growth.

Take a step, see what you can see, feel good for the step is now accomplished. Look at the map of the goal checkpoints, and take another step. Recognize how it worked. Get your feet steady and stay balanced, get comfortable in the surroundings. Ready, set ... and another.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... just as you carefully planned.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy And Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 22,2017 - Live, Take Note, and be able to Laugh At Yourself

Laughter is great medicine - and more so when you can do it at yourself and put your ego away. People will see a real side of you and hopefully show them how genuine you are.
We live in a time where we assume quickly that things are more complicated than they are.

Automatic soap dispenser in the washroom not working.
1. Test the batteries. One slightly weak. Pull it. Replace it. Still not working.
2. Pull the batteries to avoid surprises and clean the ports. Toothpicks and tissues and hot water tap. Still not working.
3. Maybe I put the batteries in wrong so we pull them again- look for the plus and minus indicators and question self. Still not working.
4. Assume the whole item is fiddlefacked (copywrited) and with some agitation swing open the cupboard to toss it.
5. For some reason still hold the unit carefully in case sensor kicks in and surprises us with soap like a teenager on a date.
6. Pause in mid throw as we see the on/off switch on the back of the unit.
7. turn the unit on- wash hands like you meant to the whole time.
And with that -

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with a smile and a giggle and a self made ha ha moment.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - Dec 19, 2017 - Review and Revisit that Worth Repeating

Tuesday picking up speed - feels like trying to merge onto a six lane freeway needing to get to 100mph in the next ten feet. Don’t worry about the impending crunch of schedule on nerves- we got this under control good morning.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 19, 2016 - You Can Make Things Happen

"Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen."
- Zig Ziglar

This takes practice. There! I said it.

 It takes creating a zone for yourself and your frame of mind and then building it. Like a house. Build it each day and it will take shape within your thinking, and your beliefs.

It can become part of you - as it should. It will show in your actions and in your conversations. Your body language and your energy. People around you will absorb it and with any luck - begin to follow your lead.

Something wonderful is about to happen. You will help design it. You can make it happen.

Good morning, greater day. Greater You - is happening right now.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 18, 2017 - A proper greeting.

Good morning Monday.

 I am ready.

 Shall we lead the way - enhance the day - and make the most of it all?

 Then lets begin.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with the proper Greeting to start you off.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 17, 2017 - Celebrate Those Other People

"Celebrate what others have, and know that celebrating others attracts more abundance to your own life."
- Gabrielle Bernstein

It's Keep It Simple Sunday.

 Scroll through your contact list on your phone. If you only have 5 minutes to spare, pick 3 and pause for reflection - think of where they are, their journey and their successes - by your definition.
If you are on the couch enjoying a lazy start to your day ... do more. Spend some time with these all stars that you know. Spend some time acknowledging their successes.

It will feel good. I promise you.

 Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... surrounding yourself with thoughts of Greatness in Others.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD - Saturday Replay

Awaken Your Day - Dec 16,2016 - Be More

"Normal is a setting on a dryer."
- from Movie, The Suicide Squad

Pick a moment today to not be normal, or better yet, let a moment pick you.

 Become Extraordinary

Good morning, Greater day.
Greater You - finding more you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - found exactly what I needed this morning. Searching for a “Picture” of the day I wanted to generate - I remembered I have something better. Now I just reach for the paint brush .... and the day comes alive.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 8, 2014 - Fresh Construction Site

Often in the search of that inspirational push to light the path of the day, we often overlook the clean canvas in front of us, while we rummage through the crumpled up pages of yesterday.

Good morning, Greater day.
Greater You, becomes a designer of greater good.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 14, 2017 - Questions that need asking.

I am my own worst critic. I really like that expression. I like it more when we ask ourselves the tough, but progressive questions during those moments of critique.

"Am I learning from my mistakes? Most patterns of success include plenty of failure. That's completely normal - even healthy. But the important thing is that you're learning and rarely making the same mistake twice."
- Abby Perkins, Article in Success Magazine

There are question and answer periods that I feel we need to put ourselves through and we have to be courageous enough to be honest with ourselves. This is not meant to lead us to any self defeating judgement and we must work hard to abandon that trapping outcome. We have to adopt and believe in these questions as only a growth movement.

Let's ask ourselves the tough questions and do a hostile takeover of our fears. All good mistakes can lead us to opportunistic roads. Like a children's book where we choose our own adventure outcome ... let's learn to pick the path that excites us to move forward and not scares us to end a chapter based on a couple mistakes.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - being that tough interview.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

AYD - travel day rerun and because airport connection is rough and because I’m working on new material but first have to work on making “My Time Like Minded”.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 12, 2016. - Wealthy Friends

"Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people. "
- Warren Buffet

How many people do you know that can afford it?
Can you?

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - spreading your "wealth" .
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 12,2017 - Positive List

As I start the day I tripped over a reminder on my way to feeling hectic. Through the day and at the end of the day, the first list you need to review is the list of accomplishments you created.

It is so easy to focus on the remaining to be done tasks that we fail to celebrate what was gained. Focus first on the “Outstanding Accomplishments!” list and your perspective on the outstanding to do list will surprise you in how much less stressful you thought it to be.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - listing off your greater done.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband , Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Dec 11, 2017 - A Daily Ingredient for any Success

A shared memory from a post early on in my love for inspiration training. Original share was Aug 2007.

“Enthusiasm is by far the highest paid quality on earth, probably because it is one of the rarest; yet, it is one of the most contagious.”
- Frank Bettger

You may not recognize the name, but Frank Bettger wrote a little book back in 1947 titled, “How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling.” Is it a good book? Well, it has been recommended to me from all angles. From Multi Level Marketing companies, to friends who sell cars. And so with all that enthusiasm these people had in the content of those pages, I thought it would be a good idea to find it. For the last 6 months, there hasn’t been a copy on a shelf that I could find. Seems the word got around. Seems it was a very good book.

I finally ordered the book, and now have a hard time putting it down. I find that many of Frank’s techniques and comments about selling can be paralleled with other daily life situations. And it is with that in mind, that I focus on Enthusiasm.

This one element of action, Enthusiasm, is what changed Frank’s life and turned him onto the path of becoming one of the greatest names in sales. And this one element can change your Lifepath and bring to you the success you desire in all your goals much faster, and with more enjoyment.
To become enthusiastic – act enthusiastic.

This is one thing you can do. And it will begin to show results, as you will undoubtedly see.
Some of the secrets to success I have found, are quite simple, as is this one. Simple action that begins to turn the reactions of many into rewards for you.

Before you is Monday, and a week of plans. Begin now to Awaken Your Day, with more Enthusiasm, and enjoy the results.

Good Morning , Greater Day. Greater You - adding Enthusiasm to the mix.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 8, 2017 - One for them... and the new for me

"The present is theirs, the future, for which I really worked is mine."
- Nikola Tesla

We are not all where we want to be. We have a plan, but as we evolve that plan the reality is that we are here and now, and sometimes that now is not all about our plan exclusively. There are an assortment of commitments and everyone's story is in many ways different.

As we enter a weekend, or a shift start, or another day in the middle of continuous action - where ever your schedule has you ... try hard to sign off on some time that is exclusive to you and to getting you closer to your planned goal.
What we do in our "extra" time - no matter where that is in our individual set of time and circumstance - whatever we do with that time is the investment strategy we need to be more aware of and more dedicated to. That activity will ultimately allow you to find more "extra" in the future.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - working on your future and it not feeling like work.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

AYD- Dec 7- Needed a revisit today. Something simple and effective. Rename it as just Opportunity

Awaken Your Day - Dec 5, 2016 - Our mission

"One positive thought in the morning can change your entire day."
- Zig Ziglar
- AYD Mission

I believe you can alter the course of the day for the better, if we just begin on the right note.

 Opportunity Monday - What gets you going ? Find it.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - because you want to decide.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Tues, Dec 5, 2017 - I do not say "Blah Blah Blah"

"People do it everyday. They talk to themselves...They see themselves as they'd like to be. They don't have the courage you have, to just run with it."
- Tyler Durden, Fight Club
 - Used by Engineering the Alpha

I do it.
I am courageous, and funny, and sarcastic and full of action and I make sense and I win every imaginary stand off in your face WTH are you talking about argument.
And I feel better when it is all out of my system.

 Same as I do when I am seeing myself on a stage, in front of hundreds of people sharing my platform that I share here with you. I see my dream and in that mind rehearsal, I am connecting the dots on all my thoughts and positions and feelings and experiences. I imagine I am there ... sharing and making a difference.
And in that comfort zone, I can word smith my explanation. I can say it so you understand it. I can cross out or capitalize and revise how I express myself. And I can work on my strengths ... like my expression.

So there is value in talking to yourself. Be it a full mental rehearsal or a pep talk or a review of the days accomplishments and lessons learned. There is tremendous value. And once we recognize it, once we learn how to use it ... Yes, there is no denying, we must use that new confidence and knowledge, to grab our courage and run forward to the next step. Action.

It shouldn't be hard right? I mean, we already talked ourselves into it.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... listening to the voice in your head.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 4, 2017 - When you lose your plan, there is always good reference material.

Had a plan this morning. Had a big message. Lost it. Wasted time worrying about it. And in the end, remembered, we have a lot of consistent messages we can share. So... when in doubt, pause and state what we already know to be efficient.

"You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously."...
- Sophia Bush

Yes you are. But this is not permission to sit on your ass all day everyday. It's Monday. Make it a great start to a butt kicking week. Yours or your Do list - doesn't matter. It's butt kicking week time.

Good morning, Greater Day. Greater You - making it a Greater You.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - Dec 3, 2017- I’ll decide.

Repeat after me...

I will decide how to play this day.

 (Emphasis on the “ I “)

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - with one solid decision a day.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day – Dec 1, 2017 – It’s about investments

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”
- Phyllis Theroux

Making contact.

Personal touch.

A few words outside of the standard .

How much do we invest in a conversation? A thank you? A holiday wish?
Are we in the moment? Does it show?

It’s about investments.

 Ones so often missed or lost, in our must have portfolio.

Inspiration can find you anywhere - often in the eyes of those we meet, when they feel our investment in the moment.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You – grabbing opportunities to enrich day to day moments.
AYD – Pierre Couturier – Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day