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How Strong is Your Foundation?

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character,
integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar

When you build a house, or when you’re buying a house, the foundation is something that you really pay attention to.  You want to make sure it’s strong and firm, and sound, with no weak spots, bulges or cracks.  It makes sense, because the foundation is what your house is built upon.  A weak foundation can cause severe damage to your house.  The foundation of your life is equally as important.  Instead of walls made of cement and reinforced with steel, your personal foundation is made from your character.  It’s your inner strength that holds you up, and keeps you standing strong.  Every day you need to take stock of your foundation and do what you have to do to keep it strong.  Develop the characteristics that help you be the best person you can be.

Character and Reputation

Yes, I know it’s been a while, but I was taking two classes this summer. I’m working toward my secondary English certification, and wow, I forgot just how hard college classes can be! But go me, I got an A and an A-! Anyhow, classes are over and I’m into a sort of routine for back to school, so hopeufully that means I can start blogging again.

Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

My students are having a hard time with character and reputation.  All they really care about is their “rep.”  What matters to them is how they are perceived by their peers.  They really don’t get the fact that character counts, and who you are as a person and how you act really does matter.  Reputation is formed based upon your character, and it’s up to us to make the choices that develop a good character and allow us to have a good reputation.  I asked them the other day “In a hundred years, how do you want to be remembered?  Do you want to be remembered as a person who hung out and didn’t go to classes, or do you want to be remembered as a good person who does good things?”  Most of them wanted to be remembered as good people, but they struggle with making the connection between how they act and how they are perceived.  It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it, and hopefully they’ll figure it out!

Get in Alignment

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do – Freya Madeline Stark

Long story short – if you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk.  If you’re saying one thing, and doing the other, you’re not going to be happy, you won’t be in balance.  You throw yourself out of alignment.  Focus on who you are, what you believe in, and in what makes you truly happy, and then, live that life.  Do the things that support your belief.  You’ll be happier for it.

Be a Builder, not a Destroyer

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up – Booker T. Washington

Sorry there were no blog posts last week  – it was a crazy week.  I’m taking two classes this summer and they started Monday (and they’re very challenging, but I’ve got this) and I also started a new online business.  Money made will go toward paying for the Daily Positive Thought mailing list so that we can send out positive thoughts EVERY DAY instead of combining them.  I’ll tell you more about it at the end of this post.

We all have this amazing power inside of us – it’s a power we can apply to ourselves, and to others.  That power is support. Think about a parent with a child, or a teacher with a student, or yourself with your friends.  You are kind, and supportive.  You cheer on their ideas, help, nurture and care.  In short, you are there for them.  Very seldom, if ever I hope, will you hear a teacher say “Johnny, I can’t believe you got it wrong, you are so dumb.”  Nor would you say to your best friend, “Oh, she’ll never like you, you’re nothing but a big fat lump.”

Now think about yourself, how often do you support yourself like that?  Probably never.  That pesky inner voice of ours tends to tear us down, and belittle us.  We use our power for evil on ourselves!  Why?  Why don’t we support ourselves and cheer ourselves on the way we do other people.  Use that strength, that inner power for good and support yourself.  Cheer yourself on!

Ok now on to my new business.  I’m quite excited to become an It Works! independent distributor. The It Works! line consists of beauty/cosmetic products as well as supplements.  It’s all natural, and collageI’m going to be honest, they work GREAT.  One of the best selling products is called the Ultimate Body Applicator, also known as “That Crazy Wrap Thing.”  They are amazing, they diminish the appearance of fat and cellulite.  The Ultimate Body Applicator coupled with the Advanced Formula Fat Fighter and the Ultimate Thermofit have helped many people on their journey to have a more healthy physical body.  I chose to join this company because the products are all natural and they work on the outer body, while my Daily Positive Thought tends to work on the inner :)  If you are interested in learning more about this great company or purchasing any of the products, you can message me at or visit my website  Please don’t worry, this website will not be turning into a commercial for my new business.  This is and always will be about positive thinking.  I just wanted to share my new venture with you all.

Tomorrow Will be Better

I’ve learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow. – Maya Angelou

Stuff happens.  Good stuff happens and that’s great.  Unfortunately, bad stuff happens, more often than we’d like, and that’s NOT so great.  But we’re pretty strong people, and we can get through anything because the bad stuff does not last.  It’s not permanent and it’s not forever.  Just power through the bad stuff as best you can and stand strong in the knowledge that when you come out on the other side, it will be to bigger and better things.

Setting an Example

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means. – Albert Einstein

Did anybody ever tell you do a I say, not as I do?  It was something my dad used to say all the time when I was a kid.  Well much as it pains me to say that he was wrong, he was.  The best thing anybody can do is lead by example.  If you believe in something, live it.  I truly believe that positive thinking and having a positive attitude is one of the best things a person can do for themselves.  But I don’t just say it, I really try to live it.  I talk about it, I blog about  it.  I try to exhibit a positive attitude all of the time.  Don’t just pay lip service to something – live it.

True Strength

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Ghandi

Think about it for a second.  What does it mean to be strong?  When we think about strong people, do we automatically think about those who are physically strong, or do we think about those who are emotionally strong?  Generally when we think about strong people we think about those who have struggled through adversity and survived.  That is who we should emulate, those who have that inner capacity for strength.


Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. – Wayne Dyer

Life is all about choices.  We have them.  We may not have good ones, but we always have them.  There are choices all around us and in every thing that we do.  What to wear, what to eat, which way to drive to work, what we’ll do at work.  This list goes on and on.  Sometimes, the choices we have get to be a bit overwhelming, and we end up making non-choices by doing nothing.  One choice we must always make, though, is the choice to be happy.  Think about it, the other option is making a choice to be miserable, and why would we want to do that?

Live in the Now!

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. – Denis Waitley

You can’t live in the past, you can only learn for it. You also can’t live in the future, you can only plan for it. If you’re smart, you’ll take what you’ve learned from the past and apply it to your future. But don’t get too hung up on what was, and what will be. Live in the now. It’s where you are.

Step Up and Step Past

I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.  –  Beverly Sills

Expectations – everybody has them, about themselves and others.  We don’t have to live up to the expectations of anybody else,  Nobody else should ever set goals for us. But they do, they have this idea of where we should be and what we should do.  What I think is we should ignore their goals and set our own, higher.  That way when we achieve our own personal goals, we will by default have surpassed the ones they’ve set for us in their mind.

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