4. Courage

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

I am constantly inspired when I witness acts of courage.  Whether I witness them in myself, in other people, or when my friends tell me about their own conquests of fear.  Courage is an amazing and strong word.  I find most of my insecurities in life are minute in the grand scheme of things.  I don’t think I am alone in having those limiting thoughts or feelings.  Not a day goes by that I talk to someone and they mention an insecurity or area of self doubt that can be quashed with a little bit of courage.

I went hiking this week with a friend; at some point this hike turned into a legitimate climb.  About halfway up I said to my friend “Have I told you that I am afraid of heights? … well, I am.” He chuckled, kept climbing, and I followed.  We reached the first major crest and he pointed to the top, “Just a little further.” I started making excuses why I needed to go back. He coaxed, “We’re almost there,” and started climbing again. I reached up, grabbed another hand-hold, found a footing and reminded myself, “this is why you go to the gym.

Trust your strength.”  I pulled myself up and pushed off with my leg. I felt my muscles engage and my confidence returned. “You can do this,” I coached myself.  My friend’s truth soon became a reality and we were at the top; it seemed like the top of the world in that moment.

We told some jokes and took some photos.  When I looked down the wall we had just climbed that feeling of fear and self- doubt returned.  My little victory seemed to be veiled once again but that soon faded thanks to the faith that I strengthened in myself on the way up, my past accomplishment of completing the climb, and my inspiration from my friend’s courage.  What was left was peace of mind on my decent; thank you life!

Affirmation:  I walk through this day with courage, knowing that my actions can inspire others.

Call to Action:  Find a fear you can face, FACE IT!  Scale your own mountain or mole hill today, do it with courage, lean on your gifts and trust in your abilities, you are an inspiration already. Share it here and with your fellows, allow your courage to inspire others.  Thanks again for changing your life with us.

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3. Celebrate

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey

In the world today it seems that the pace of life has gotten so fast and from time to time people forget to celebrate even their biggest accomplishments let alone their little victories. Over the past week upon greeting several people and asking how they were doing I was offered a few responses with high regularity; “same sh*t different day,” “another day another dollar,” “same old same old.” Is that what this life is? The same old thing, didn’t the sun rise today? haven’t I been able to take this beautiful breath? Didn’t someone in my life make me smile? These little things are all reasons to celebrate NOW! If I wait around for holidays, anniversaries and birthdays to celebrate I am missing out on the joy provided by all of the little wins that I have. As I celebrate those little wins, the joy of celebration becomes a working part of my being. I think today I will create my own special “touchdown” dance and fearlessly perform it with all of my little victories so that when my big wins come through I can look like a real pro. Celebration is what I think life is really about. Thank you life, let’s dance.

Affirmation: I celebrate all of my achievements, large and small. My cheerful spirit propels me towards larger achievements and greater celebrations.

Call to Action: Why not celebrate all the little things all day. At the end of the day the little celebrations will accumulate and expand into a great Friday full of change. What did you celebrate today? Help us to celebrate like you did and share some of those below?

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2. Luck

“In the long run, you make your own luck – good, bad, or indifferent.” – Loretta Lynn

It is the 2nd Friday in January, the 2nd Friday of 2012, Friday the 13th. For some in our world and culture, Friday the 13th is a day that brings bad luck and a fearful mindset. As the quote above says I think we can create our own luck, good bad or indifferent.

I talked with my grandfather yesterday about luck.  He told me, “I have been lucky to be a lucky man.”  I asked him if that has always been the case, he paused for a second and said, “YES.”  He then shared a story with me about how his luck would play out; he always carried a silver dollar in his pocket and when he was faced with a decision that could seemingly take time out of the day he would flip that coin. Never second-guessing the choice that was made for him, he would trust in the idea that he was a lucky man and the right outcome would present itself.

He has always believed that he was a lucky man so he trusted luck would come his way.  That belief became a mindset, which resulted in a way of being.  What his story didn’t tell me was how proactive he was in all of his endeavors; as a result he was constantly making his own luck.

I always have a choice, I can be as prepared as possible and believe I am lucky, accepting all good things that come or I can pout about how unlucky I am and see how that works out.  Today I know that I am a lucky man.

Affirmation: I take responsibility for making my own luck, I am prepared to share the gifts that come my way, I am lucky!

Call To Action: Today recognize an area of your life where good luck is present. Share a story about how lucky you are today and listen to a story where someone else is lucky. Pass on your luck in the comment section.

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1. Fresh Start

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 6, 2012 is the perfect day for a fresh start. Why? The easy answer is, why not?     It is the beginning of a New Year and there is no better time to start something fresh and new.  Whether it be a new journey, project, stage in life, or even just a new attitude, NOW is the time.  Most of us have just recently hung our new calendars, stocked our new planners and started to put the last year of papers away.  Now I am faced with a year of blank days and a choice, I can look at these days with fear of the hows, wheres and whys that an unwritten year may hold or I can see those blank days as openings for the endless possibilities that an inspired life can bring. How we start certainly doesn’t determine where we will finish but I think an open mind and an open heart are two attitudes that I am ready to bring to this New Year.  Why not?

Affirmation: With an open mind and an open heart, I claim now is the time for a fresh start!

Call To Action: Take the first step on a new adventure today and share that with someone. If you are called to please share that action in the comments.

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