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Never Forget Your Value

Monday Morning Wake Up Call
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

A speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $100 bill in front of 200 attendees. He asked, “Who would like this $100 bill?”   Two hundred hands went up. He smiled and said, “I am going to give this $100 to one of you, but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?”  All 200 hands were still raised. “Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.  He picked it up and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.  “Now who still wants it?”   All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $100. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, never forget your value. You are special. Don’t ever forget it!

Something to Think About  
Ever notice how when we aren’t quite feeling ourselves and the world seems to have beaten us up a bit that reminding someone ELSE how valued they are is often the perfect way to remind ourselves of our worth as well. That’s a win-win!

Weekly Activity
Call at least five people this week and let them know how important they are in your life. Those connections are PRICELESS.

Word of Wisdom
If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. – Dale Carnegie

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. – E. Joseph Cossman

So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. – The Eagles

Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be. – Harvey Macka

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. – Sara June Parker


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Knowledge + Action=Power

Monday Morning Wake Up Call
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

Successful people constantly learn and grow. They understand that Knowledge + Action = Power. The more you know and apply in your chosen field, the more money you’ll earn.  In today’s world, there are so many tools at your disposal, allowing you to learn something every day: blogs, books, courses, a vast internet, and insightful conversation with people who know more than you.

But learning is not enough. To succeed at another level, you must make sure that you apply these findings, experiment with them, and tweak as you go. That’s where the real power lies.

Something to Think About
Creating great wealth is within your reach. It’s been done by many, many people before, and you can do it too. But it requires a committed mindset, commitment, focus, and a wiliness to learn.

Weekly Activity
What’s the one thing that you would like to get better at? Something that will improve your relationships or your career. This week seek out a book, mentor advice, or podcast to enrich that part of your life.

Words of Wisdom
Ask yourself this question: “Will this matter a year from now?” – Richard Carlson

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. – Leo F. Buscaglia

The key to a good life is this: If you’re not going to talk about something during the last hour of your life, then don’t make it a top priority during your lifetime. – Richard Carlson

Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff. – Robert Eliot

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. – Mark Twain


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You’ve Got This!

When you believe in yourself, you can move boldly forward with confidence. Trusting yourself allows you to have faith in your ideas, talents and abilities, even when others doubt you.  We all have potential and greatness in us, but we need to reach inside and pull it out! Confidence is that inner faith that says, “You’ve got this!”  You also need external support and motivation. Look at those who have succeeded before you and borrow confidence from them. Learn from their actions as well as their mistakes. Use them as role models and mirror their activities, mindsets, and strategies so that you can also mirror their accomplishments!

Something to Think About
Each of us is surrounded by those who constantly tell us what we can’t do, or why it won’t work. Being the person who is confident in their own abilities, and willing to move forward is not always easy but it is rewarding and fun!

Weekly Activity
Surround yourself with those who support your dreams and encourage you!

Words of Wisdom
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him. – Sidney Greenberg

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened; vision cleared; ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. –John Maxwell


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This Is Success

Ralph Waldo Emerson had the right idea when he said: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Something to Think About
These are the things in life that matter most.

Weekly Activity
How can you be of service this week and know, that because of you, someone can breathe a little easier?

Words of Wisdom

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne

Success is a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Arbitelle

Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be. – Harvey Mackay

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. – Sara June Parker

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. – Dennis S. Brown


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Live the Miracle!

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead.  

Live the Miracle!
Good morning and how was your week? Did you witness a miracle in your life or the life of someone you love?  This week, I would like to share a poem by Ralph Marston. Enjoy!

Live the miracle

Life is what you make it. Make it beautiful.

Your very best days are the days when you live with true purpose and joy. Make today one of those days.
Fill this moment with meaning. Fill this life with the pure and limitless love that flows from deep within you.
There are unique opportunities in every situation. Focus on bringing to life those possibilities that create the most value.
Allow the best that is within you to freely flow far, far beyond you. Fall in love with life all over again and again.
Feel the awesome power of purpose. And truly live the miracle that is you. — Ralph Marston

Something to Think About
It’s so simple but so profound. It’s what we want for those we care about. My wish you for this week is to live the miracle!

Weekly Activity
Pick any single line from the poem about and apply it this week.

Words of Wisdom
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.  ? Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be. – Harvey Mackay

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. – Sara June Parker

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.  – Dennis S. Brown


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What Are Your Focused On?

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead.

What Are Your Focused On?
At a time when there is so much negative info in the world, it’s time to pay attention to what you are absorbing daily. Be more conscious of the information that you are exposed to. What blogs do you read? What shows do you watch? What books do you read? What stories do you read in the newspaper? Whose opinion do you seek? What do you focus on throughout your day? This isn’t about being in denial or out of touch with what’s going on in the world. It’s about understanding how the content that we let into our minds and spirits affect our ability focus, move forward with momentum, bring our best selves to our work and our families, and about creating an extraordinary life. Are you more focused on the negative situation or are you gathering info that you will allow to you contribute to a positive change? When you constantly take in negative influences, they will start to show up in other areas of your life.  Keep your frequency high and do your work and live from a place of power and joy.

Something to Think About
The news stations are famous for keeping a tragedy alive for hours, days, and even weeks.  When you are working, with the news on in the background, reliving that situation over and over, you are pouring negativity into your subconscious on a continuous loop. Remember, as Napoleon Hill shared, “Thoughts are things.” And thoughts are the roots of what manifests in your life. Be mindful of your influences. Guard yourself against toxic thoughts just as you would guard any other toxin you might put into your body.

Weekly Activity
This week try this: Listen to the news to see what is happening and then turn it off until the next day. If you want something in the background, listen to music, motivational speakers, comedy, anything except hours of sadness and tragedy. And when it’s time for bed, definitely do NOT put on the news and set a timer to fall asleep to the news! Dr. Wayne Dyer spoke eloquently about the things we think about before we fall asleep are like planting seeds for what we’d like to manifest in our lives. Think about the seeds your planting before you lay your head to rest at night!

Words of Wisdom
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. -Henri Nouwen

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively use words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. -Yehuda Berg

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. -Joyce Meyer

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. -Joel Osteen

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. -Peace Pilgrim


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Exhaustion.

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead.

Exhaustion.
It’s been a great, but very busy year so far and everyone is talking about how they are feeling.  Are you exhausted? The belief that taking time off will cause everything to fall apart is not only unhealthy, it’s not true. Life goes on when you slow down and take time for you. If you don’t take time off, your body eventually will put its foot down and make you slow down. Bodies do it all the time. Stress is a leading cause of cancer, heart attacks, liver failure, grouchiness and a sudden lack of breath. Aside from the health issues, taking time to do the things that inspire you, should be a priority because that’s why we work so hard. So that we can enjoy life and those in our life. This is not a luxury reserved for the people who are smarter, richer, or less bogged down than you are. It’s a luxury reserved for people who take the time to figure it out and choose to design a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Something to Think About
What’s the point of making lots of money and saving it until we are 70+ and finally have “time”? No one knows how much time they will have, or what the quality of life will be when we finally determine that we “have the time” to slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Think how silly that sounds. If you are too old to work, how much pleasure will you have playing and traveling? What is more important than you and those you care about?

Words of Wisdom
Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. – Walt Whitman

We are always getting ready to live but never living. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. – Thich Nhat Hanh


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What is Your True Calling?

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

What is Your True Calling?
While there are many people who have always known what they were going to do and what they were destined to do, the majority of people spend most of their life looking for that one thing that they are supposed to do. Do yourself a favor and let yourself off the hook if you haven’t figured out that one “big thing”. Instead, start feeling good about the fact that you’ll probably fulfill several callings throughout your life.  If you think about it, it makes more sense that we evolve with age, right?  When I think about who I was in my twenties, compared to who I am today, I can’t imagine my life without all those stages of growth and development. I evolved into who I am and that is who I am supposed to be. I responded to what resonated with me at each bend in the road and hit a few roadblocks, but they always provided a few and rewarding path. Follow what feels good in the moment. Follow your intuition and it will lead you through a most excellent life!

Something to Think About:
Perhaps it’s not about discovering that “one thing” for everyone but knowing when to move on to another thing when you are no longer feeling challenged, interested or engaged.  I think we all know when we are on the right path, but what happens when that path suddenly turns into a fork in the road?

Weekly Challenge:
If you know someone who is feeling bored with their life, help them to find a new path. Perhaps take a new agent under your wing and share some valuable insights. When we help others, we create a lift in our own lives and often spark a connection to our calling.

Words of Wisdom
The best way to ensure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally. – Deborah Day

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Bryne

The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better. – Robert F. Kennedy

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. – Steve Maraboli

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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Forgive Yourself!

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

Forgive Yourself!
Today’s message is a very important one, and it’s one that we all need to embrace. Everyone messes up at some point, some more than others. If you have messed up in the past, there’s a good chance you will mess up again because humans are born with the ability to make spectacular mistakes! Dragging around guilt and self-criticism is not healthy and utterly pointless. You won’t be a better person who never messes up again for feeling guilty or bad about yourself, but you will rob yourself of your ability to bounce back.

Guilt, shame, and self-criticism are some of the most destructive forces in your life, which is why forgiving yourself is one of the most powerful things you can do.

An easy way to let go of something that you feel badly about is to try this simple exercise. Repeat the following: “Holding onto my bad feelings about this does nothing but harm me, and others I care about. It’s preventing me from enjoying my life fully. I am an awesome person. I choose to enjoy my life and I choose to let this go.” Start each day by repeating this phrase until you feel free of the guilt or bad feeling.

It might take a week, or a month or a year, but at some point, you will let go of things that still haunt you from your past.

Something to Think About
We all make mistakes. It’s how you handle it that makes all the difference.

Weekly Challenge
Think of something that you are carrying around and let it go!

Words of Wisdom
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

“The truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” – Rita Mae Brown

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” – Oprah Winfrey


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Trust your Intuition

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

Trust your Intuition
Did you ever stop to think about how birds use their intuition to navigate their way to breeding grounds halfway across the world? Deer, rabbits, and other prey use their intuition to avoid running into predators. The average human, on the other hand, will take the advice of a total stranger, or the person who sits at the desk next to them instead of doing what they know, deep down inside, is the right or best thing. How many times have you thought, in hindsight, I knew I should have listened to my gut?

Every one of us has an incredible inner guidance that we can use whenever we need it.  When there is an important decision to make, don’t run around asking everyone what you should do. Instead, find a quiet place and give yourself time to feel, think, and contemplate. You have all the answers inside of you. Practice sharpening your intuition, take the time to strengthen your connection to your own inner voice, and trust that you know what’s best for you. The more centered and tuned-in you are, the mightier you will be!

Something to Think About
A thinking mind is an awesome tool that’s meant to be used, but it pales in comparison to that inner voice that you have.  Animals have always relied solely in their instincts. They don’t need to know why, they just do what they know is right, based on their instincts. They trust they will get to where they are going, and they do. Why do humans have such a difficult time listening to their gut or their instinct?

Weekly Challenge
This week, find a quiet time to sit down and review your goals for this week, this month, and this year—then follow your gut, or your instincts, no matter what! See what happens.

Words of Wisdom
Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – Dean Koontz

“You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” – C. Joy Bell C.

“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”  – Kahlil Gibran

 


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