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The Domino Effect On Your Life Decisions
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Dig Yourself Out Of A Rut (No Shovel Required)
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How To Be Perfectly “Flawsome”
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Proof That You Are Unique
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What Did You Worry About A Year Ago Today?
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How To Achieve Improvement Over Perfection
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Chicken Or Fish?
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Make Your Own Freaking Lemonade
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Lose Your Quit
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The Power of Now

The Domino Effect On Your Life Decisions

The Domino Effect. Inspirational quote.

A domino effect or chain reaction is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events

How something so small creates great results

It starts as something really small. Barely a whisper. The energy so insignificant that the event passes by the most astute observer.

But it’s that one little thing, one decision, that triggers the next thing and the next, until your life resembles a set of toppled dominoes.

This is good, or bad news, depending on the intent of the what has set the first domino in motion.

In the “good” case, a slight tap creates a whirlwind of positive energy. A first date leads to marriage. A pop-up kiosk becomes a chain of profitable retail stores.

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Dig Yourself Out Of A Rut (No Shovel Required)

 7 practical things to do RIGHT NOW to get out of a rut.

7 practical things you can do RIGHT NOW to dig yourself out of a rut.

We’re optimistic humans as long as things are going our way.

In the morning, after a sound sleep, we high-five the fellow caffeine depleted in line. “Have a great day!” we say and skip off to work.

The plumber who scheduled to snake the toilet at 8 a.m. arrived at 7:50 IN THE MORNING.

Shoot, you can’t believe how great things are going.

Then something changes.

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How To Be Perfectly “Flawsome”

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Is this preaching to the choir or am I the only perfectly flawed individual on the planet?

Most of the people in my circle are like me, just trying to make it from Point A to Point B without losing their minds completely. Some days it’s a breeze and other days it’s a royal cluster fuck.

And why?

Because we’re so hard on ourselves.

We play this record over and over in our heads. That everything we say and do must be perfect and shiny and worthy. When we can’t live up to that (which is NEVER) we throw up our hands (or just throw up!) and decide there’s something seriously wrong with us.

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Proof That You Are Unique

Need an outwardly sign that you’re special? No, we’re not going to ask your mama. After all she’s biased.

Growing up, my grandmother’s Christmas tree was decorated with ornaments my father had made as a kid. See? Maternal pride. It’s sweet but you need to do this on your own.

Fingerprints tell the world that nobody else on the planet is exactly like you. Think about how crazy that is.

Go forward. Boldly. Live that truth.

Show us your uniqueness.

Don’t be selfish and hide it. Share your talents and gifts.

And okay, go ahead and show us the stuff you made as a kid. Because that’s still fun.

BE F*CKING AWESOME TODAY! (and every day)

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What Did You Worry About A Year Ago Today?

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What are you worried about today? Is it something a year from now you’ll remember?

Why can’t we just be confident that whatever we’re doing RIGHT NOW is perfect for us. That would make the day go smoothly, wouldn’t it? But, alas, as someone told me, “worry gives me something to do when I don’t know what to do.”

The source of your worry

Maybe you feel as if you’re a natural born worrier.  Always seen the doom and gloom in every little thing, even before it happened. Put worry above action.

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How To Achieve Improvement Over Perfection

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Perfectionism is the rarest of all Earthly minerals — let’s call it “Unobtainium.” Because it doesn’t exist.
Every once in a while we get this hair brain idea that our life needs to be picture perfect. Our body. Our mind. Our kids. Our job. Our house.

Then when we can’t measure up to all the pretty people and pictures we see around us, we feel like a failure. Again.

Don’t be paralyzed by the perception of perfection.

I’ll bet Martha Stewart and Tim Gunn wake up with bed hair too.

The more “obtainable” and less weary version of perfectionism is, drum roll… improvement. That’s all. Just try to do better than you did the day before. Don’t you feel the relief to be all and do all wash away?

Before you go all OCD on me and organize the spice rack in alphabetical order, answer this question: What, or who, is driving you to be perfect?

Look in the mirror, my friend, and stop being so hard on yourself.

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Chicken Or Fish?

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All you care to eat buffets are popular for a reason. There’s so much to choose from.  Your only limit is the amount of food you can pile on the plate. Even that’s not a problem: there are stacks of extra clean plates waiting for you.

Buffets strip away the need for menu considerations and restrictions, like one starch and one vegetable. Your fork stroke will not be interrupted by hovering waitstaff. You’re completely in charge of your destiny. Er, meal.

Want a slice of this? A spoonful of that? No problem. Unzip your pants and have both. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Life is an abundant buffet too. With less calories. But just as much indigestion when you pile on too much.

From the minute you can think for yourself, temptation to decide this over that is on. When you can’t decide, you can choose to say yes, and add it to your plate.

It’s easy to do.

And it works for a long time.

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Make Your Own Freaking Lemonade

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Life isn’t always lined up in neat straight rows.

This is from a Virgo whose inner being is methodical, logical and orderly.

But when you’ve been around the planet a while the law of averages will turn against you. This is grown-up land. Where the big kids play. You’d be wise to wear a helmet, and shoulder pads.

You cannot be immune to life’s challenges, nor can you defend against them, my friend. Even if you’ve created a detailed counter plan (in the desk drawer, under the will.)

It doesn’t matter that you got all A’s in school (okay, mostly B’s.) Or you dated the high school football captain (he was a linebacker — is that a thing?) And forget that your June wedding was attended by hundreds (eloped to Maine in February — genius.)

You don’t get a free pass from the hard stuff by doing all the “right” things.

This is why when things go sour we cry “life’s not fair.”

If it were, everyone wins the lottery. Nobody ever gets sick. There’s no global warming. No child goes hungry. And the FDA puts French fries at the top of the food pyramid.

The reality is that spouses leave. Parents die. Children trip up. Businesses fail. Houses burn down. Cancer strikes.

Life serves up bushels of horribly sour lemons.

Even when you do everything right. And play by the rules.

You honor your word.

Bake cakes and mend fences.

You dot your I’s and cross your T’s.

Instead of snapping like a brittle branch you lean over backwards like a stately willow.

And still shit will happen.

Will you run and hide? Or wait to be rescued? Hell no.

You will take those freaking lemons and squeeze the living crap out of them, and make your own sweet lemonade. Because that’s what you do.

Yeah, that’s what you do.

BE F*CKING AWESOME TODAY! (and every day)

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Lose Your Quit

When to quit something or someone and when to stay.

Should you quit or should you stay?

It’s 20 to zip in the sandlot game and there’s another inning to go. You don’t see much hope, so you throw down your glove and walk off the field. “I quit.” Did you say ever this a kid?

Big people do this too.

You start another exercise program (hot yoga anyone?) and after the first (trial) session, you vow not to go back.

We quit jobs, relationships, even diets that no longer work for us. It seems more humble and graceful to check out than flat-out lose.

Although sometimes quitting is a lazy cop out — too much work, drama, it’s just too HARD. Other times quitting can be the very act that saves your soul.

I “should” means I’m not going to do it

Deep inside you know the things you should quit. Those nasty habits or situations that if continued, will ruin some piece of your life. You’ve been over these, dozens, maybe hundreds, of times.

The big person logical you knows the truth. The weak, lazy, excuse-making you continues.

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The Power of Now

Look at your life today and compare it to where you thought it might be had you done what you set out to start. Motivation. Inspiration.

Look at your life today and compare it to where you thought it might be had you done what you set out to start. So, how are you doing?

Here’s a reality check:

Where you are today is the culmination of all the choices and decisions you’ve made all those yesterdays ago.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”  ~Chinese proverb

There’s no convenient time to do anything. The power is in doing it now.

Brides plan June weddings months or years in advance because it’s one of the best weather months. And still it rains. Because weather is unpredictable. But the wedding goes on, with umbrellas and rain boots.

Even death is inconvenient.

I attended a graveside service in the middle of frigid January in New England. Someone next to me leaned in and whispered: “What a terrible time of the year to die.”

A funeral is a reminder that we’re all a breath away from moving on to our next assignment. Whatever you want to do in this life, go do it.

Don’t worry that you didn’t plant your tree twenty years ago. You have today. The power is in doing it now.

BE F*CKING AWESOME TODAY! (and every day)

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