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Speak Kindly of Yourself

Never say anything about yourself that you don’t want to come true. ~ Brian Tracy

 

You are never harder on anybody than you are on yourself, and when you think about it, that’s foolish.  Instead of being your own worst enemy, you should be your biggest cheerleader.  The thing is, when you say something, you’re giving power to it, and if you’re saying negative things about yourself, you’re giving power to those negative things.  Why not make powerful positive statements about yourself and give them power?

Focus on your good qualities and traits, and celebrate your successes.  Shout them from the highest rooftoops.  Blow your own horn….celebrate you, and give your self power with your words.

Negative or Positive?

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy. – Ernest Holmes

 

Let’s face it, there are negatives in life.  To use the vernacular, sh*t happens.  It’s what happens AFTER the sh*t that really matters.  Do you choose to dwell in the negative stuff – wallow in it, or do you make a conscious decision to focus on good stuff?

Think about something – think about those negatives really being a big pile of – well you know, now imagine actually  sitting in it, wallowing in it, just having it all over your body?  WHO would do that?  I sure wouldn’t.  In fact, I’d go out of my way to avoid it.  So why let all that negativity that happens stay in your life?  Replace it with more upbeat, happier thoughts.  You’re still going to see the negatives, just like you see the other stuff when you’re walking down the street.  But you go out of your way to walk around that other stuff, go out of your way to walk around the negatives and replace it with positives.

High Expectations

High expectations are the key to everything. ~ Sam Walton

 

Occasionaly, I goof, and use the same quote twice.  Today was one of those days.  However, my mix up kind of works with everything that’s going on in my life right now.  I did use this quote once before, but I never wrote a blog post about it.  When I was picking my quotes last night, I had a sneaking suspicion that I’d used it before, but I didn’t check because a lot of other things that were going on yesterday.  All of that kind of ties in to high expectations.

High expectations are a good thing.  You want to set the bar high, no matter what you are doing.  For my quotes, I have a spreadsheet I use to keep track of my quotes along with the date that I used them.  Obviously, repeat quotes happen, and that’s what I want to talk about today.  I have high expectations for my quotes, to NOT use the same quote over again.  I did, and now, I have a choice, I can beat myself up over it for messing up, or, I can accept the fact that it happened, and move on.

High expectations are good, but kicking yourself because you didn’t meet or exceed your expectations is not.  So yeah, set that bar as high as you possibly can, and aim to clear it, but if you don’t, pick yourself up and move forward from there, and of course, keep trying.

It’s All About the Choices

Since you are the one that has to live with your choices, be sure they are your own. – Alan Cohen

 

We are faced with decisions and choices just about every second of every day, and after we make those choices, we have to live with them, and their results.  Sometimes we make decent choices, and sometimes not so much.  That’s okay, life is a learning process.  The thing is, if you have to live with the end result of your decisions, both good and bad, so doesn’t it make sense to make your own choices and not follow the crowd?  There is nothing worse than dealing with the consequences of a poor decision that wasn’t even your decision to begin with.

When the time comes to follow the crowd blindly, take a step back and look at what’s going on.  You may end up making the same decision as the crowd, but make sure it’s your choice and not the choice of others.

Free Will

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru

There are certain things in life that you have no control over.  You have no control over the way people  act, what they say, or what they do.  What you do have control over is how you react to what they say and do. It’s such a huge lesson to learn.  I have people telling me all the time that something happened because so and so said this or did that, and my answer is always the same, “Bull!”  That’s what THEY did, focus on what YOU did and how YOU reacted.  You are in control of you.  You have free will, and you get to make the choices that shape your life.

 

 

From Failure to Success

It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success. – David Feherty

Life is not easy, and you’re going to try things and you’re going to fail.  It’s the way it is.  But those failures can be used as stepping stones to success.  It would be ideal if every time you tried something, you were successful.  Life would be just grand in fact – well life is NOT grand, at least not for me.  I seldom succeed at something the first time around, but it’s okay.  I use those failures to help me build a strong foundation and go from there.  I could give up, pitch a fit, whine and cry, but I can’t see how that kind of behavior would get me anywhere.  Instead, I try (I don’t always succeed with this either, lol) to learn from what I tried, tweak it, and try again.  That’s where success comes from.

Always Try

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills

We can’t always succeed at everything we attempt, and when we do fail, the feeling can indeed be crushing.  Not trying, however, is so much worse.  If you don’t try, you’ll never know if you could succeed or not, and you’ll be stuck always wondering if you ignored the opportunity for success.

So take a deep breath and take a chance.  Try.  You may not succeed, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you tried your hardest.

 

 

Which Road Will You Take?

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.  Colin R. Davis

So I wasn’t really sure about this quote, then I started thinking about Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, and I started thinking and envisioning a journey.  You start out and everything seems fine.  Then you hit your first pothole or speed bump.  The road still looks the same, but you choose to react to that pothole or speed bump is what changes that road from one of success to one of failure.  Don’t be dragged down by those pot holes and speed bumps in your live’s journey.  Don’t let them turn your road of success to a road of failure.  Look at what happened – maybe patch up that pot hole and move on.  Make good choices and good decisions and don’t let a setback become a roadblock.

So when you’re looking at the road to your future and you see bumps and holes along the way, don’t give up and don’t turn back.  It could very well be your road to success.

 

So You Had a Bad Day

There’s nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day.  There’s everything wrong with making others have it with you. – Neil Cavuto

 

So how much do I love today’s quote?  I especially loved writing it on my board today at school.  I cannot WAIT to see the responses my students have.  They really struggle with the real world application of this.  If they’re in a bad mood, the rest of the world is going to have one right along with them or they’re going to die trying.

Bad moods happen.  Without them, we can’t appreciate the good moods.  But when you are having a bad day, don’t share it with the world and try and drag those nearest and dearest to you into said mood.  Know that the day will end and the mood will pass.  And instead of trying to drag others into your bad day, do what you can to drag yourself out.

I found it very synchronistic when this article from Marc and Angel Hack Life showed up in my inbox – it’s all about reminders for when you are having a bad day.  I loved it so much, I hung excerpts from it up in my classroom :) right along with print out of today’s quote and my seven ways to have a good day.  I don’t know where I originally found it, but if anybody knows, please tell me and I will happily give credit where credit is due :)

Seven Ways to Have a Good Day

 

Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
Look at the sunny side of everything.

Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.

Be as enthusiastic about success of others as you are about your own.

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Give everyone a smile.

Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.

What to Count

Count your blessings – not your troubles. – Dale Carnegie

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