Empowering Tip: Be careful of your decisions

Today’s quote is, “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision,” by Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian author.

This is a very intense life lesson. If you’re going to continue doing something and call it a mistake, at some point it becomes a decision. A mistake is something you do once or twice. But if you keep doing the same thing, it’s no longer just a mistake – it’s a decision, whether it’s conscious or unconscious.

You have to be able to take responsibility for your decisions, and also understand that most things in life are decisions, whether you want them to be or not.

So be careful of your mistakes; be careful of your decisions. It’s OK to make a mistake, but don’t make the same one over & over, because then it takes on a whole new definition.

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Empowering Tip: Live in the moment

Today’s quote is all about happiness: “Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.”

I want to say happiness is not about the future and past, but obviously those are factors. But for the most part, happiness is about the right now. You have to make the most of every single moment. That’ll build up those past moments, and those future-future moments, and make the in-the-moment even better.

You don’t need to be focusing on the past, or the future, all the time. Enjoy yourself. Learn how to live a little bit – we all need to learn how to do that. Maybe we’re not quite sure how, but happiness is about learning how to live.

Learn how to be happy right now, and that’s all that really matters. It’s about doing what you love, trying new things, overcoming fears … being yourself. Those are all in the moment, and we all have to learn how to do that.

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Empowering Tip: Add a kick of positivity to your day

Today’s quote is not a quote – it’s an idea, posted by a friend. The idea is that you should set the alarm on your smart phone, and then label it with an affirmation, prayer, or positive word, so you are reminded regularly to focus correctly.

I think this is such a great idea – I’m going to try it! Sometimes we just need that extra positivity, that kick of affirmation, something to keep us going during the day and keep us focused.

I feel like a lot of us lose focus during the day, and we can get down on ourselves really easily. A daily affirmation that pops up to remind you to snap out of it can really make more positivity flow in your life.

Let’s try it – who’s with me?

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Empowering Tip: Being authentic = being zen

This week, we have another quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer, author and self-development/ spiritual growth expert (I really love Dr. Dyer! I shared another one of his quotes a few weeks ago, found here). He says, “Begin practicing the intention to be authentic and peaceful with everyone. When you do so, you connect to peace itself.” Continue reading

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Empowering Tip: Enjoy your journey

Today’s quote is, “I am learning to trust the journey, even when I don’t understand it,” said by Mila Bron.

This is critical for life – you’re not going to understand what’s going on all the time, and life is obviously a journey. But you have to have faith that things will work out for the better, or they were not meant to be.

So have a little trust and faith, and enjoy your journey.

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Emowering Tip: Never give up

Today’s quote is from that world-famous inventor, Thomas Edison, who said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Boy, this is a perfect quote for him – he never gave up, and look what he accomplished!

If you really want something, you need to keep trying. If you give up, obviously you’re not succeeding – you’re saying all right, I’m not going to try again. But if you keep on trying, eventually you’ll succeed.

Moral of the story: don’t give up, because you never know – the next time you try may be the time you succeed.

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Empowering Tip: 6+3=9

This week, I’d actually like to talk about an idea. Think about this … 6+3=9. But so does 5+4 … and so does 1+8 … and so does 2+7.

This is a great example of the many different ways people can do things; the many different perspectives people have. If you feel like something is not going right, like you’re failing, just remember – there is always another way, another how you can do something.

Likewise, someone might have a different idea than you, and you need to respect that. People are going to see things differently – and you’ll see them differently from others, too. It’s all about looking from as many perspectives possible, and accepting and appreciating all of them.

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Empowering Tip: Find the good in yourself

This week’s quote is from Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help author and motivational speaker. He says, “Initiate a habit of choosing thoughts and ideas that support feeling good and powerful, and that elevate you to a higher level of consciousness.” Continue reading

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Empowering Tip: Let go of yesterday’s junk

This week’s quote is from Louise Smith, a NASCAR racer known as “the first lady of racing” – so she sure knows about overcoming obstacles and finding success! She said, “You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.”

Very simple, very straightforward – you can’t move along to the present and the future if you’re stuck in the past. This could mean holding on to people, or things, or memories that keep you attached to what’s behind you … you’ll never be able to continue on with your life, to become who you want to be or do what you want to do, if you’re stuck in the past.

So don’t hold on to yesterday’s junk, reach for something new, and make new junk – that you can let go of tomorrow!

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Empowering Tip: Don’t doubt

This week’s quote is, “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” It was said by Suzy Kassem, a writer, film director, philosopher and poet, and she really said it right: people often don’t have a lot of faith in themselves, so they don’t go after what they want.

I’m a very firm believer that people should go after what they want. Failure doesn’t matter; you can come back from failure. Failure is just a new step, something to learn from.

But doubt? It holds you back entirely. With failure, at least you did it – at least you’re learning. But with doubt, you’re saying I’m not good enough, I don’t believe in myself, I am not confident. And you’re not putting yourself out there – you don’t even know if you can do it!

That’s so frustrating to me, that people will let doubt control them like that. After all, doubt is just a fear – a fear of not being good enough, of not being able to do it, or of failing.

But at least failing doesn’t kill your dreams. It just reinforces that you have a shot, you just need to work a little harder, change something, and you can get there.

If you let your doubts control everything, you’re not going to get anywhere and you won’t achieve those dreams. That’s the most disappointing thing in life. Being a failure shouldn’t be a disappointment – because everyone’s a failure on the road to success.

Stop doubting yourself, plain and simple. Go after your dreams, feed your life!

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