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Should Have…

I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance. – Unknown

The absolute worst phrase in the English language is I should have…..  I should have done this, I should have tried that.  That’s what regret is all about….thinking about the should haves.  Don’t live a life full of regrets.  When you are given an opportunity to try something new and different, go for it.  But, and this is the important part, don’t waste time having regret over choices that you’ve made.  You’ve made a choice or a decision, honor it! Don’t get caught up in the looking back trap and saying I should have done that instead, that will get you nowhere fast, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to try something new and different and then have regrets because you didn’t try.

It’s Your Life – It’s Your Responsibility

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

I’m gearing up for another new school year, and another new batch of excuses.  “It’s not my fault, Miss.  I was with so and so, and they told me to do it.   I didn’t have time to get it done.”  The excuses are plentiful and they all have one common theme.  It’s always the fault of somebody else.

It’s a bunch of bull, and I can never get my students to realize that.  You may have a crappy home life, or may not have a lot of money, but when it comes right down to it, you are responsible for your own life and for the choices that you make.  So start accepting responsibility for the choices that you make and start thinking before you make those choices and maybe make some better ones.

It’s Not Hard

When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying its hard. Think positive! – Unknown

Sometimes, when you’re faced with a task, the first thing you do is say, “It’s hard.”   It probably is hard, but every single time you utter that phrase, you are focusing on how hard it is instead of what you can do and what you can accomplish.  So yeah, it may be hard, and it’s okay to acknowledge that, but it’s not okay to dwell on it.  Look at what’s going on, or what you have to get done.  Figure out how to break it down into smaller manageable tasks, and go for it.  One thing at a time, bit by bit, and before you know it, not only will it no longer be hard, it will be finished!

Challenges Bring Growth

The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth. – Unknown

 

Let’s face it, life isn’t perfect, and it isn’t always easy.  No matter how hard we try, things go wrong, or we end up getting hurt, physically, emotionally and mentally.  The true measure of us, as human beings is by how we react to those things, and how we use them.  We can use them by allowing them to beat us down and make us miserable, or we can use it.  We can learn from those experiences and allow them to make us smarter and stronger.  Every one of those opportunities – and that’s what they are – opportunities, are a chance for us to learn and grow and become better stronger human beings.

Don’t get me wrong when things aren’t going your way, it kind of sucks, but it’s up to you to take something away from the suckage.  Learn from it and use it to make you stronger.  You’ll be happier in the end

Good Things

Good things come to those who wait. Greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen. – Unknown

We’ve all heard the phrase “Good things come to those who wait,” and it’s true sometimes it really does pay to be patient and wait things out.  The thing is you can’t always wait for those good things to happen.  You also need to work for them.  If you have an idea that you want to see come to fruition, you need to make it happen.  It may take time, but if you don’t put in the effort, it isn’t ever going to happen.

So while it pays to cultivate patience, never forget that what you get is equal to the amount of effort you put in to something.

It’s Your Life

It’s your place in the world. It’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison

Every single time I read this quote, I hear Bon Jovi singing “It’s my life, it’s now or never…”and actually that song ties in pretty well with today’s quote.  This is it, this is your life.  You don’t get another one, so you really need to make this one count.  You may get do overs in what you’re doing, but the life part, this is it.  So why would you spend the time you have doing things that you don’t like, or being with people you don’t like or who make you unhappy?

Don’t!  This is YOUR life, it’s your time to shine.  Figure out what you want and go for it.  Find out what makes you happy and surround yourself with it.  Don’t waste time with negative people or negative situations.  If you can’t turn them around, walk away and find the people and the things that contribute to your happiness rather than take it away.

Let Confidence Win

Confidence is contagious. So is a lack of confidence. – Vince Lombardi

Right now, where I live in New England, there is a huge drama going on.  We have a supermarket chain called Market Basket.  It’s a family owned chain with 71 stores.  Prices are low, and the quality is good, and the associates that work there love it, and that shows.  Well in most families, there is drama, and the drama resulted in one side of the family ousting the beloved CEO from the other side of the family.  Now remember, this is a family owned company, and the workers are non-union workers.  What happened next was amazing.  The warehouse workers and truckers walked off the job, demanding that the CEO be reinstated.  Several (8 to be exact) upper level managers did the same.  And then an even more amazing thing happened.  Store associates began boycotting the store on their free time.  Their symbol, a giraffe, started popping up EVERYWHERE, and then, the customers got in on the action.  They, for the most part, stopped shopping.  In some inner city areas, some people have no choice as they have no access to any other stores, and some of the elderly shoppers are there for the same reason, and the associates are nothing but kind, polite and courteous to those people.

I know, you’re wondering what the heck does this have to do with that quote.  Well it has a LOT to do with it in two different ways.  First, think about those warehouse workers and truckers.  They have no union backing….they just felt that they had to do something and they did it.  They were, and are, the picture of confidence.  They KNOW this is going to end they way they want it to end.  Second, a bunch of support groups have popped up on facebook, and they are great – people are cheering each other on, and being supportive to one another.  Every once in a while, a naysayer pops up and starts oozing negativity, and you can almost see it take hold and start working it’s evil brand of magic.  But then, someone is right there with a cheerful comment or a post, or a rally cry, and the tide turns and the confidence wins out.

Life is like this, not just in big groups, but in each one of our individual lives.  Don’t let negativity creep in, because it spreads and grows.  Stamp it out!  Allow your confidence to reign supreme in your life, and watch it spread to those around you.

We are Shaped by our Thoughts

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. -The Buddha

What we think, what we believe, shapes who we are.  I know it sounds simple, and you’re probably saying, “Well no d’uh,” but I want you tho think about something.  If you know that, and you believe that, why do you continually think about yourself in a negative way?

Think about yourself, and your life in a joyful manner.  There are so many good, great and amazing things about you, and they deserve to be celebrated.  Fill your mind and your heart with happiness and joy and chase away the negativity that is always trying to creep inside of you.

Remember, your thoughts shape who you are, so focus on the good and positive.

 

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Stay the Same, or Change

If you don’t change your beliefs, yout life will be like this forever. Is this good news?. – Douglas Noel Adams

Maybe you have the pefect life, and are super happy with the status quo.  If that’s the case, I am so very happy for you. Don’t change things, and keep living that amazing life.   However, most of us are NOT happy with how things are going in our lives.  Sometimes there are things that aren’t workingo ut right that are out of our control, but just as often there are things going on that are IN our control.  It’s up to ou to take steps to make changes.  The first big change you can change is your beliefs, and how you view things, and that’s the most important think.

Think about it – the first thing you have to do is believe you deserve to have good things happening, or to believe you deserve to be happy.  You also need to believe you do not deserve to be unhappy or that you do not deserve to have bad things happening.  So many of us hold ourselves hostage with our negative beliefs.

Work to change those beliefs.  One at a time, one by one.  In many cases, it won’t be easy, but believe me when I say, you deserve it.

The Banquet of Life

The challenge before us is to savor the unknown and delight in the taste of possibility. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Think about life as a big giant all you can eat buffet spread out before you.  There are all kinds of foods on there.  Some are familiar to you, but some are strange.  Do you load up your plate with the spaghetti and meatballs, or the mashed potatoes and roast beef, or do you take a chance and try something new?

It’s hard to reach out and try something new.  What if you don’t like it, or if we continue our buffet metaphor, what if it doesn’t taste good?  Well guess what, if you try something and you don’t like it, you don’t have to finish it.  You can move on to the next thing and try that.  Don’t hold back, being afraid of what’s unknown.  Reach out and take a bite.  You may not like what you tried, but eventually, you’ll find something that you absolutely LOVE!!!

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