#264 – Yes, not right now, and I have something better for you. Kerry Washington

When Kerry Washington, well known actress, prays for something, she says she always receives one of three answers.

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#263 – Forgiveness is the key to happiness. From: The Course of Miracles

Forgiving someone who has harmed you is not for their sake, but for your own peace of mind. When you refuse to forgive someone who has hurt you, you literally keep the hurt alive. Try coming up with a positive line or two to repeat to yourself when this happens.

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#262 – Take a few moments to become silent and listen for directions from your higher self. From: Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to be Free by Wayne Dyer

Sometimes it’s a good idea to simply stop, become quiet and listen to what’s going on inside of you. Are you happy? Are you sad? Are you irritated? What’s cluttering up your mind right now and what might you think about that would be better and healthier for you?

Check out my e-book, Charlotte Parker – Forty-Niner, the story of a woman who dares to follow her own dreams. http://tinyurl.com/8rjdma2

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#261 -Practice the discipline of gratitude: Henri Nouwen

Hillary Clinton said this is her favorite quote of all time. “Regardless of how hard the day is, how difficult the decisions are, be grateful,” she said. “Be grateful that you have to reach out, be grateful for your critics, be grateful for being part of the universe.”

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#260 -Let the power come. From: In Love With the Mystery by Ann Mortifee.

“Let ecstasy erupt. Allow your heart to expand and overflow with adoration for this magnificent creation and for the love, wisdom, and power that birthed it all. Rapture is needed now – rapture, reverence and grace.”

In the book, What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey, she writes that she finds solace and comfort in the above words. “Too often we block the power that is ever present,” she says, “because we’re so wrapped up in doing that we lose sight of being.”

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#260 – Stop Letting People Who Do So Little For You Control Your Mind. Will Smith

It helps me to say the serenity prayer when this happens to me. It goes like this. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (other people), the courage to change the things I can (myself) and the wisdom to know the difference.
Good luck to you today.

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#259 – Treat yourself like you would want others to treat you.

It’s so easy to be self critical.  How about some positive thinking on your own behalf? What is it you like about yourself, how you look, what  makes you proud to be you and why would somebody be happy to know you?

Check out my e-book, Evaleen from Rags to Riches. http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx  It’s about someone who changes the way she looks, the way she thinks and the way she acts to become the person she wants to become.

 

 

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#258 – If you don’t value yourself, people will take advantage of you – From t.v. show “Mom.”

When I heard this, I finally understood what happens when we don’t treat ourselves well.   We must learn to care for ourselves as well as we care for others as in love your neighbor as yourself.

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#257 – Something to do, Someone to Love and Something to Look Forward To.

A prescription for a happy life.   Simple and true.

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#256 – Be present and be grateful – Gwen Stefani

This helps me to remember to be present and to be grateful for what is rather than to spend precious time worrying about circumstances and people I can do nothing about.

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#255 – “What other people think of me is none of my business.” ~Wayne Dyer

When someone says something hurtful to you and you obsess about it, the sooner you  stop giving that person free rent in your head, the happier you will be.  Come up with something positive to say to yourself when you catch yourself obsessing about someone or something you can do nothing about.

 

 

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#254 – This too shall pass.

Everything is changing all the time.  Nothing stays the same and is always changing for the good and for the bad. How you deal with the constant change is the difference between success and failure.

Check out my book about a young girl who learns that everything in life is a learning experience and that the more you learn, the more successful you can become in love and in business.  A lot of this book comes from my own personal experience.

Evaleen From Rags to Riches  http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx

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#253 – The ability to grow is directly related to the amount of insecurity you can take in your life. Caitlyn Jenner

It’s okay to be scared and insecure and afraid that you will be laughed at or nobody will take you seriously, just don’t let that stop you.

Check out my book, Evaleen – From Rags to Riches and read about someone who changed her life completely, scared, broke, feeling inferior, but plunging ahead anyway.  The book is available at  http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx for $3.99.

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#252 – “If you express yourself too much, you’re considered weak.” ― Sylvester Stallone

Something to consider when you have the urge to blurt out your truth to just anybody.

Check out my e-book, Evaleen from Rags To Riches about someone who learns to control her emotions and her words on her path to success.

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#251 – I realized that if I wanted to keep my sanity and not let others define me, there was only one thing I could do and that was to have faith in God’s plan for me.” Michelle Obama

After enduring constant criticism and finding it difficult to tune it all out, Michelle Obama realized she had to ignore the noise and be true to herself.

Two of my e-books are about women who struggle mightily to be true to themselves. .

Evaleen From Rags to Richeshttp://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx and Charlotte Parker  – Forty Niner  http://tinyurl.com/8rjdma2

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#250 – “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle

Abundance can be in relationships, financial, productivity, spiritual, on and on.  We all have so much more than we know.

 

 

 

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#249 – To have loved and to be loved and to be a sentient being is most important in life. Oliver Sacks.

He also stated that his three greatest challenges in his life were bonding, belonging and believing. He is currently fighting a battle with liver cancer and according to an essay he wrote in the New York Times, has only months to live. Dr. Sacks, is a professor of Neurology and author of several books about the connection between the brain, the mind, and the imagination. On the Move, A Life is his latest book.

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#248 – Whatever is going on in your life, don’t give up because the finish line is a great place to be.” Rebekah Gregory

Rebekah Gregory, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, spent 56 days in the hospital and underwent 13 surgeries to save her lower left leg, although she ended up losing it and now wears a prothesis, Nevertheless, she ran again this year and manaaged to cross the finish line.

Speaking of never ever giving up, check out my e-book, Evaleen from Rags to Riches. It’s a work of fiction and contains much of what I’ve learned about succeeding in work and in life in spite of great obstacles.  It’s available at:  http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx..

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#247 – Leave God a little room to come through.” Quincy Jones

When Quincy Jones is putting together a song, he leaves 20 to 30 pecent for inspiration.   This basically means, think hard, do everything you can think of to do, then basically relax and think about something else. That’s often when the real creativity happens.

Check out my short story:  Dreams Come Due. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/oec46us

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#246 – On the worst days of our lives, there is also something to enjoy.

Proust writes in Swann’s Way about the day Swann’s beloved wife died and how shocked he is to discover himself enjoying the beautiful spring day.   Such is life.

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#245 – Mental strength and a positive attitude are vital to success. Stephen Madden

Mental strength is as important as a positive attitude. It takes mental strength to keep from cracking under pressure. This comes from a course taught by former Navy seal, Commander Mark Divine.  He also includes self awareness and compassion for your teammates as other important attributes of mental toughness.

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#244 – “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

Try something new today to shake you out of your rut. Doesn’t have to be big, just something different from your usual routine, something that takes a little courage.

Check out my brand new short story, Dreams Come Due on Amazon.

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#243 – “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” Voltaire

Increasing your effort to be perfect often results in diminishing returns.  So take it easy on yourself. Do your best and then let it go.

Running Away to Santa Fe: – http://tinyurl.com/856ksgv – the story of an angry housewife who decides she’s had enough..

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#242 – “You become the average of the five people you spend your time with.” Jim Rohn

Enough said.

Check out my book, Charlotte Parker  – Forty Niner  http://tinyurl.com/8rjdma2

On the cover is my hard working grandmother who ran a boarding house.

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#241 – Accepting, allowing, and interacting with your life as though it is exactly as it should be, without making yourself wrong (or right) for what you discover is the way to Self-Realization.” ~Ariel Kane

When you’re confused about what to do next, fully surrendering to the possibilities will help you see a clear path ahead.   Probably best said that if you don’t know what to do, do nothing, but if you do know what to do next, do it now and usually the next step will be shown to you.

A good example of someone who does this is in my book, Charlotte Parker – Forty Niner.   http://tinyurl.com/8rjdma2

 

 

 

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#240 – Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Ann Landers

“Raise the rent and kick them out,” she also said.  Toxic people can do a lot of damage to your self esteem if you let them.

 

Check out my e-book about a woman who struggles with her self esteem to become someone she can be proud of.  Evaleen From Rags to Riches:  http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx

 

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#239 – Believing that you are enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. Brene Brown

Belonging starts with self acceptance.  The more you are comfortable with who you are, the less likely you will feel the need to impress others.

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#238 – “Resentment marks the place where I see myself as a victim.” Courage to Change

Let your resentments go because they cost you too much in self esteem.  Instead of obsessing about or trying to change someone, concentrate on yourself and what you need to change.  Pray also that the person in question be given the love, serenity and joy you want for yourself.  I personally find this particular tip to be life changing.

 

 

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#237 – Questions to ask yourself for a personal mission statement: New York Times, Science Section 1/6/2015

How do you want to be remembered? How do you want people to describe you? Who do you want to be? Who or what matters most to you? What are your deepest values? How would you define success in your life? What makes your life really worth living?

These questions are the kinds of questions that can change your life.

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#236 – Don’t let your emotions rule you.

Never let them see you sweat. It seems to me that the people who succeed in a big way, are able to remain calm, cool and utterly themselves, at least outwardly.  I was reminded of this when watching Carrie Underwood at her audition for America’s Got Talent in 2005.  See it at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOlrEFQ24SM.

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#235 – It’s not enough to imagine success; you must also see the barriers. Gabrielle Oettingen

In her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking, she suggests something she calls mental contrast whereby you imagine success but also imagine several of your own behaviours that could keep you from succeeding.  What she discovered was that the students who did the mental contrast out performed those who did positive thinking alone. Obviously being mindful not just of your dreams but also of the real barriers that you or the world places in your way, is a far more effective way of achieving your goals.

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#234 – Stop hoping that other people will change. Courage to Change

Resentments of others makes you feel like a victim and costs you self esteem.  Instead of focusing on others whom you can do nothing about, change your own thinking.  It helps to have a few positive thinking mantras such as, “I am a worthy person and I deserve to be treated well,”  that you can repeat to yourself when you find yourself obsessing about someone or something you cannot change.

 

 

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#233 – “Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.” Conon O’Brien.

Simply put, do your best and don’t worry about the outcome.

Read my latest e-book:  Charlotte Parker – 49er.  I think you’ll enjoy it.  http://tinyurl.com/8rjdma2

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#229 – “Gratitude listing “rewires your brain, allowing it to actually work more optimistically and more successfully” Shawn Achor

Gratitude listing is a simple five-minute habit anyone can adopt that can make you a happier person. and happier people attract the best of everything life has to offer.   Listing five things you are grateful for every morning before that first cup of coffee is a great way to start your day.

Check out my e-book, Charlotte Parker – 49er at: http://www.amazon.com/Charlotte-Parker-Forty-Sandra-Rector-ebook/dp/B009GIYNVE

 

 

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#232 – Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill

Add to that another old saying, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

What’s so interesting to me, is often winners I have known are not aware when they have succeeded because they are so busy plugging along, simply doing what they need to do next.

 

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#231 – If you want to keep a relationship going, you have to put the energy in.

This is from my husband who has a lot of friends and this why.  He puts in the energy.  His grandfather was the same way and also had a lot of friends.   It’s easy not to and most people won’t, but if you want to have friends, it is up to you, not them to keep the friendship going.

Conversely, waking up each day and devoting yourself to being kind, even and especially to people who are not kind to you, is actually incredibly difficult. It is arduous and deliberate work, and the doing of it will at times make you feel small and foolish. What’s more, in the end, it will on its own merits almost never yield a person awards or honors or riches.   But it is important work and needs to be done for its own sake.

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#230 – “Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings”. Carl Sandburg

Treat money with respect.  Fight the urge to spend your money on things you don’t need or will lose interest in quickly.  There’s no misery like being broke.  Knowing you can pay the rent and buy groceries for months to come is worth more than buying something you want but don’t  need right now.

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#229 – Don’t Go Anywhere With Money in Your Pocket Looking for Something to Buy” T. Boone Pickens

Sometimes the urge to buy something expensive we don’t need overwhelms us, especially if we are carrying cash.  By keeping the cash you carry down to enough for a cup of coffee or some lunch and your credit cards at home, you won’t have to fight the urge while buying time to decide if you really want that thing or not.

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#227 – “Don’t Take Anything Personally” Don Miguel Ruiz

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.  If you can become immune to the opinions of others, you will save yourself from needless suffering.

Check out my book about a young woman who struggles against great odds to follow her own dreams.

Evaleen from Rags to Riches: http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx

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#226 – “When the solution is simple, God is answering.” Albert Einstein

It doesn’t mean the simple answer is the easy or painless one, but it is the one that resonates with the deepest part of who we are. As human beings, we intuitively know if something works for us or not, or if we like something or someone or not.

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#225 – We have the power to direct our minds to replace the feelings of being upset, depressed, and fearful with the feeling of inner peace. –Gerald G. Jampolsky

Change the way you think  by learning to identify negative thoughts and changing them to a positive affirmation. This  can actually change the way you feel about yourself and your situation and add joy to your life.

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#224 – Happy accidents have a way of changing your life for the good.

The older I get, the more I realize that people who have a lot of success also have a happy accident or two in the beginning of their career that changes their life. Only requirement is that you have to be out there working for it to happen.

Read my e-book Evaleen from Rags to Riches.  She also had a few happy accidents.  Available at:   http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx

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#223 – “Those who listen well may reap both informational and relational benefits that make them more influential.” Journal of Research in Personality – Columbia University

When subjects were asked to rate former work colleagues, scientists found those with the most influence were the best listeners not talkers.  The reason? Hearing what colleagues have to say fosters two key elements for gaining influence: forming trust and learning new information.

Read the adventures of a woman who made it the hard way at:

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#222 – The Secret to Getting Rich is Great Savings Habits. Jonathan Clements

Most wealthy Americans get there by saving diligently month by month.   Something to remember when you’re tempted to spend your money on something you don’t need and that will give you little pleasure in the long run.

 

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#221 – Dare to be different, to be wrong, to look wrong.” Howard Marks, Billionaire Investor

If you want great results, you have to take a chance  on all of the above.

Evaleen – From Rags to Riches, a work of fiction who does all of the above and more in her effort to succeed.

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#220 – The way we think determines who we are and what happens to us. From: The Reflecting Pond

Being angry or negative hurts you more than it hurts anyone else. If you can possibly do so,  replace your destructive thoughts with hope-filled, positive ones.  What I know for sure is that the more I let go of being upset about people or things I can do nothing about,  the happier and more peaceful I am.

Check out my e-book, Evaleen – From Rags to Riches.  It’s about a young woman who struggles to succeed in spite of really difficult circumstances.  It’s available on Amazon at:  http://tinyurl.com/a5zvzpx

 

 

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#219 – Those who go out of their way to listen to what others are saying, experience greater success. Dr. Adam Grant

If you want to make a good impression,  practice making a conscious effort to hear and understand what someone is saying to you.   This alone will make you stand out.

 

 

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#216 – You only lose what you cling to: Buddha

According to the Buddha, all suffering comes from clinging too tightly to people or things.   By letting go you can stop obsessing about things you have no control over and be at peace.

Peace to you today.

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#215 – Failure is not the opposite of success but a stepping stone to success. Arianna Huffington

“It’s okay to try things and fail,” she said, stating on “Katie” that some of her biggest successes appeared to be huge failures at first.

Check out my book, Evaleen – From Rags to Riches, for the story of someone who personifies this tip.

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#214 – “Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness” – A Course In Miracles

The more you let go of your old grievances, the happier and more at peace you will be.   Life is too short to worry about things you can do nothing about. Better to forgive and forget for your own peace of mind.

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213 – Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu

There will always be naysayers, people who have their own reasons why you shouldn’t do something or be someone.  Avoid them if you possibly can.

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#212 – Trust Your Stuff – common baseball saying

When coaches tell pitchers to trust your stuff, they mean don’t try to be perfect. Do your best and trust that it will work out. If there is a setback, continue to trust that you are already good enough to be where you are.

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