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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."

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Awaken Your Day – Mar 29 - Gifts aplenty.

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
- Marie Curie

It had taken me a long time.
A long time to understand what gifts I possessed.
And then, when I stopped clouding myself with desperation, and took a moment to breathe, it was all so clear.
When you give in to a moment and believe in yourself, and wrap yourself up in that blanket of belief, draw closer to you those who believe in you as well … then you can begin to watch the transformation take shape.

It is then that even the costs we encounter seem so minimal to the abundance that comes our way.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - finding the gifts within.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my day.

AYD - Mar 28 - reviewing, reliving, repeating things we have shared. So many little pieces form the foundation platform I want to live by. So many pieces to Awaken the better in us all.

Awaken Your Day - Monday March 28, 2016 - Seeds You Plant
( Originally posted Aug 5, 2009)

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Recently it came to my attention, how very little effort it took to create the beginning of a positive interaction in our lives. We made friends with our neighbors. It is not that it was hard, it actually stands out because it was rather easy to do. But the planting of that seed makes you see how much easier life is when you take the moment and the sincerity to do so.

And, of course, as these thoughts passed over my overactive mind, I also thought of the other seeds we have planted...and the positive relationships that make our life more enjoyable because of them. And then, thoughts of those friends who took the time to get to know us first.

It is a very good feeling to carry with you ... when you see the seeds you plant, grow into a solid relationship; working or daily acquaintance or personal friend.

There was a time in my life when I had to honestly say there was really not many people I could count on. Today, I would have to say, I have a "garden" that many would envy.
And I am thankful.

Good morning. Get planting.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, and Author to my Day.

AYD - Mar 27 - keeping it simple today and not overthinking.

Awaken Your Day - Monday, March 21, 2016 - Easily Said, Easily Done

"If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn't show... yet."
- John Maxwell

Keep it simple. Keep it Easy to understand. One step forward.
Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that success, be it toward a goal, or just a good day - it need not be over thunk to be reachable.
Yes, I said "thunk". And now you will too. As you start your day with the right thoughts and actions to get you where you need to be.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You because you Can.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, and Author to my Day.

AYD - March 26 - when the ambition part of the brain is sparking but not catching fire - we look back on inspired thoughts of yesterday’s to light the way.

AYD - March 26, 2014 - Friendship and All it Means

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; i...t is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a great discussion. Friendship.
More than that, it is a great feeling.
I cannot say much more than that this morning without muddying the whole thing.
Call a friend. Share some laughs. Spread some forgiveness. Keep what matters close to mind.
There is an element of you that breathes because friends appreciate it and share in it.
Call a friend.

Good Morning, Greater day.
Greater you, is a map for others to see how to be greater too.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy, and Author to my day.

AYD - Mar 25 - Sunday Sunday....

Awaken Your Day - Friday March 25, 2016 - I Should, I Can, I Will

"A good plan executed right now is highly preferable to a great plan executed next week."
- General George Patton

One step. One plus one is two, and the progress begins.

 Procrastination is my arch enemy. I do not procrastinate because I am lazy. Not even sure I would call it procrastinating. I think it is more I "lack-prioritizing". It is a different condition. It has some of the same symptoms, certainly some of the same results, but not as hurtful as "procrastinator".

See, I have too many things on the go. So I scramble from room to room, task to task, doing a little here and a little there. Topping up, touching up, marking up and my wife's favorite - writing up more notes for me to do more stuff related to this stuff again later.

A good plan right now - with a double helping of focus - and wow, how amazing might I appear to be. Got to go now... I feel today is going to bring me a moment where I may be standing on the couch with a fan and a cape. Try it - the planning thing I mean - do something today instead of next week and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - taking action.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to My Day ( This day, not next Wednesday)

Awaken Your Day – Mar 23 - Improvised Improvement

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”
- Black Panther, 2018

Need an example?

How about any time you say or hear, “This is how we’ve always done it.”
Start there.
Or, for more of a personal “enhance your life” example?
Okay … when I was younger, I was told my cheeks made me cute. Well, I could ride that train all day, especially now that I am older and about 150 pounds more than when I was 7. But, if I thought of how to improve my “cute” from my cheeks… well… I could look at those middle aged eye brows that are starting to go in wonky directions. A little clean up there, maybe some tinting and whoa… look at that… you would see I have these blue eyes that jump in and compliment those chubby cheeks. Just like that, Improvised Improvement! (Spoiler alert - Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself either… that is an easy one.)

It can be anything really. Anything about you or anything you are good at – simply ask yourself what else can I do to be better or to enjoy this more than I have been all this time?
Have some fun with it. You have a whole weekend. You have life. You can also look up Anthony Robbins’ wonderful tool he created called the Quality Quantifier. Helps you create the mindset to make something more enjoyable or to make something you want to stop doing more despicable. Either way … makes an improvement on your power and feelings about anything. There is an improvement we all could benefit from.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You – looking to improve your already incredible self.
AYD – Pierre Couturier – Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - Mar 22 - Right there in front of me.

“Good morning! How are you?”
- Security Guard Lady entering the work camp dining room at 4 am

The most overlooked quote ever.
 Inspiration can find you anywhere.
It’s 4am and I enter the cafeteria for breakfast.

I see the smile and the friendly greeting and the long walk down the hall seeing a bunch of tired, uninspired robots is a thing of the past. Five words with genuine tone have helped to alter my state that the 240 step walk had previously altered when I left my room.

We cannot always choose our physical settings but we can be open to adjusting our focus feeling while there.

I sit and eat and watch. Over 200 people come through the door past this lady. Over 200 times I hear her say, “ Good Morning. How are you ?” And she smiles every time.
And... I watch the faces change. I watch them enter, and I see them change with her greeting. You don’t see this every day here. Not at all like this. I was altered, as they are but I also get to see it. At least half of them- the effect is noticeable. It carries forward.

I get up to leave. I put my tray away. I pause for a gap in traffic. And I thank her. I tell her she’s making a difference. That I have just seen a big change. I see that she appreciates hearing it.
The day can be in danger of getting away from us before it starts. Or someone can do something so simple and we can embrace the opportunity to alter our state.

Good morning! How are you? Well right now I am grateful.
Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - thanks to a moment being around a greater someone.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day

Awaken Your Day - March 21 - Creation exceeds Replication

“I don’t want to be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me.”
- Jack Nicholson, The Departed

Be prepared.

This is the kind of statement that has the principles of AYD wrapped all around it.
For now I only ask you to read it again - and consider what it means to you. And how will you shape the environments around you today ?

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - creating and designing the space around you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier -Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - March 19 - Teamwork

Whether you are faced with a hectic day at work, some difficult task, a seemingly insurmountable challenge, an emotional challenge, or choosing to chase your dream ... we all feel better if we know there is support to help us achieve the most success we can.

And there is support, all around you. You are not alone in anything you face today. Look around you. Look inside you, and assemble your team from those that you see are making the same choice... you are, to move forward. People, strengths, past victories - your team is ready for picking.

What is a Team?


Together in our
Endeavors, we

Combining the drive and desire of like minded individuals,
on the path to a common goal,
creates a force with compounding momentum,
destined for success.

Awaken Your Day - Assemble Your Team
Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You - utilizing Teamwork.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Husband, Daddy and Author to my Day.

Awaken Your Day - March 17, 2018 - Do Something ... Better

“Your life only gets better when you get better.”
- Brian Tracy

Nice and quick.

 Pick something you are doing today. Do it better.

 Take extra time, add extra focus, ask a better question on How.
Household chores. Tasks at work. Hobbies, sports, smiling.

Just open up to the idea - Your life only gets better when you get better.

Good Morning, Greater Day. Greater You ... presenting a better you.
AYD - Pierre Couturier - Better Husband, Better Daddy, and then a Better Author to my Day.

AYD - March 16 - Two years later, still applies. Good Friday to you all.

Awaken Your Day - Tues, Mar 15, 2016 - Permanent Press Cycle
( Originally Posted Jan 22, 2014)

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to r...emain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."
- Thomas Jefferson

Oops.... Mulligan !! I would like a Do Over please....or 6.

There are numerous times that jump right out at me that I coulda and shoulda taken a few moments to gather my thoughts and emotions before spilling the Cup of Frustration all over the desk in front of me.

Rethink the plan before you head into "battle". It will serve you well to breathe deeply and see the next step more clearly than to tilt your head high to holler and not see the hole your foot is destined for as your emotions charge before your thoughts.

There are so many lessons to be learned from these mentors of years gone by. I wish we could have invited them to join us around the dinner table when I was young.

Good Morning, Good Energy, Greater Day.
Greater Unruffled you, offers a day to mold and shape.
AYD - Pierre Couturier
Husband learning to iron ruffles better, Daddy checking temper, and Author of my day using a clean new page.