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Create Your Own Music

Saturday, August 08, 2009

"Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music."
~Mac Anderson

It is not always easy to find your true calling. Sometimes we find it
through trial and error. But always remember, it's NEVER too late.
Ray Kroc, for example, founded McDonalds at age 52. Many people have
decided to go back to school in their 60s and 70s. It's never too late
to find your purpose and your passion in life. We are all unique
beings, with different interests and different talents. Discover your
gifts, discover what moves you. Find what makes your heart sing!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/11/2009 8:18AM

    Great blog! It made me feel better this morning. Life has its ups and downs and we all need to pick ourselves up sometimes and start over anew. Talk soon, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROWDYWITH4 8/11/2009 12:29AM

    Come visit my blog...say a little prayer for me...and find out what makes my heart sing...

Love this blog!

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ANDREA0301 8/9/2009 8:10PM

    Love it, love it!

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GLOBALDAD 8/8/2009 10:34PM

    Always inspirational and timely.

Thank you for taking the time to lead and inspire!

Is this your true calling and passion??????

I think we know the answer.

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SAASHA17 8/8/2009 10:08PM

    hey Eric,

tats a nice one!! I actually put it up on Gtalk status msg!!:)

thanks and have a nice weekend
MAnasa

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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/8/2009 9:01PM

    Eric, I so look forward to your daily blogs. Thanks so much for being diligent in posting them.

Have a good weekend.

Pam

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GLAZED-DONUT 8/8/2009 6:20PM

    Well said & very inspiring (-: short to the point unlike my blogs haha! xxoo


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Attitude Check!

Friday, August 07, 2009

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
~Thomas Jefferson~

How is your attitude this morning? Are you ready to have a great day?

As we work to make our days consistently brighter, we learn the "tools" it takes for us to have a great day. Each of us has triggers that help us to make the most of our day. Our triggers might include getting up on time, having a healthy breakfast, having time to write an affirmation or read a positive book. Think through the tasks you normally do that help get your day off to a good start.

Think about your "good days," "medium days," and "average days." Which days are most enjoyable and productive for you? Odds are it is the "good days" that help you make progress toward creating the life you desire. The first key ingredient to a "good day" is the right mental attitude. Likewise, the major component in reaching a goal (as today's quote states) is the right mental attitude. Realize that taking the time to "program yourself" for a great day with a great attitude is important. It is never something to be neglected.

While reading this, thoughts that come to my mind. This also affects how our daily workout is going to be. On your good days when you wake up in the morning, everything is going great, and you are full of energy; you will have the perfect workout. Don't you think to yourself why can't I feel this way everyday. All you can think about is working out. You are not focusing on the rest of your day.
Think about what makes those days for you. We all know it is difficult to feel this way every day. But we can try too. If you don't clear your mind and focus on task at hand, you will not give it everything you have. Which in turn will show in results down the road. Pause a second before starting your workout. Focus & tell yourself your going to "BRING IT".

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MISSYBLONDEONE 8/10/2009 5:34PM

    Thanks for the words of wisdom, Eric.

Truly something to think about...you can't choose all the things that happen to you on a daily basis but you can choose the attitude you face the day with and that can make all the difference. emoticon

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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/7/2009 4:42PM

    Eric, what can I say? Another spot on blog. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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GONE2014 8/7/2009 11:17AM

    Great thoughts!! Thanks for posting!!

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ROWDYWITH4 8/7/2009 11:13AM

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I needed this attitude check this morning. It so easy to just want to have a attitude and wollow in our sorrows after having such a horrible, now going on two weeks. Last week the Fridge quit on me...this week my breaks on the car went out, the loss of a love one, what else could possibly go wrong? But, I need to stop and notice all the things that are going right. God is so good all the time...maybe the fridge went out to stop an electrical fire or maybe the breaks being fixed keep me from driving and being in an accident. You never know what these trials prevent, but they definitley draw me near to Him with THANKSGIVING! Have a blessed day, Eric!

Sarah

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ANDREA0301 8/7/2009 10:40AM

    I really needed these words of encouragement this (not-so-great) morning. Thanks for sharing.

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GLOBALDAD 8/7/2009 10:33AM

    Wow!

What a great way to start the day! The Thomas Jefferson quote is a wonderful reminder.

You are a great inspiration and timely.

Keep up the great work and continue to lead with your words that continue to inspire!!!!

Globaldad

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JUST DO IT!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

"It is a gift to be able to paint a particular picture or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day - that is the highest of the arts."
Henry David Thoreau - 1817-1862, Essayist and Poet

"To affect the quality of the day -- that is the highest of the arts." Think about that for a moment. Right now, this hour, this moment, you have the ability to affect the quality of a day. Each day then becomes part of our history - both for ourselves personally and for our world.

Why not put away the "tomorrow" attitude for good and instead grab hold of today? You have the ability to affect the world today... you are going to one way or another whether you like it or not. You are either going to do nothing or make a positive impact or make a negative impact. The choice is yours.

What are you waiting for? Today is here full of opportunities to find magic and create happiness! What can you stop and do RIGHT NOW to affect the quality of today in a positive way? Choose something. Then do it.

"Each day I affect the quality of the day in positive way."

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P90X "BRING IT" TEAM, TIME is NOW, TIME to "PUSH PLAY!"
DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST!

  
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DANEDA 8/7/2009 9:57AM

    Oh, I needed to read this today! thank you.

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PURPLEALLY 8/6/2009 5:49PM

    All we have is today, yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is a dream.

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ANDREA0301 8/6/2009 2:19PM

    Absolutely, the choice is OURS.



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RAINRUN 8/6/2009 11:24AM

    emoticon BLOG
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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/6/2009 9:28AM

    Wow, Eric. I hope you are keeping up with all these words of wisdom because I think you could make a devotional type book out of them. You have a very special gift for the written word.

Have a blessed day.

Pam

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Motivation

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
~Jim Rohn~

How important it is to recognize that both motivation and habit are needed as we seek to change and improve our lives. Motivation is the spark that often gets us moving. But within that initial motivation, we must work hard to develop positive and effective habits to keep us moving. Success is made from both motivation and habits, not one or the other.
In order to sustain a high-level of motivation while giving us time to create new habits, we must stay positive and solution oriented. It is also helpful to communicate with others who are making changes in their lives and use their excitement as a springboard for our own.

Does your plan for change contain equal parts motivation and excitement? If not, brainstorm ways to create more of whichever quality is needed.


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TEEJ175 8/5/2009 9:12PM

    This is a emoticon blog!!!

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_BECA_ 8/5/2009 7:05PM

    WOWSERS!!!! so true "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going" LOVE IT!!! thank you so much for your out look....POSITIVE! POSITIVE!

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Hugs
Beca

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ANDREA0301 8/5/2009 6:49PM

    Great, great blog!

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TOTS_ROCKS 8/5/2009 5:02PM

    Way to go, Eric! Great blog ... can always could on excitement and motivational "UMPH" from you .... emoticon
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LSDALOIA 8/5/2009 4:45PM

    So true, Eric!!! Once you get in that exercise/nutrition habit, it is a hard one to break.

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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/5/2009 4:31PM

    Eric, this is one of the best blogs I have read lately. Would you mind if I used it in our Motivation Station tomorrow? I think it will make an impact on anyone who reads it. It sure made one on me.

Pam

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PMMCIVER 8/5/2009 4:29PM

  This is one of my favorite quotes. Great Blog Post.

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Life is short. Stay awake for it.

Monday, August 03, 2009

As we go about our day-to-day business of living, we can take "staying awake" one step further. During our waking hours, we must be "awake and present" to all that life is offering. Every moment has something to offer but the moment can greet us if we are preoccupied, distracted or thinking of something else. In order to find the magic in a moment, we have to stay in the moment.

Lose yourself in the moment at hand instead of contemplating the moment to come. When you play a game with a child, don't think about what you need to do after the game. Instead, jump into the game, absorb it, laugh, be fully present. When having a conversation with someone, listen with your heart and mind versus thinking about what is around the corner or what will be said next. Becoming more attentive, moment to moment, is one of the quickest ways to a more joyful heart and rich life.


While reading this, it reminded me of what was mentioned in the previous blog. Before pressing "play", focus on your workout. Forget about everything else that is going on in your life. Don't think about what you have to do after the workout. Give it your full dedication. After you finish, go on with your day.

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TXMOMOFTWO 8/4/2009 4:44PM

    Great blog! We should always give our full attention to what we are doing, but it is so hard, isn't it! Most important to do this with our children and spouses and the ones we love, so they know we care. But also important in our workouts!

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ROWDYWITH4 8/4/2009 4:34PM

    Love it! :o)

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VICKI1215 8/3/2009 4:56PM

    Great advise and good reminder! Thanks!
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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/3/2009 9:52AM

    Good post, Eric. Have a great week.

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TOTS_ROCKS 8/3/2009 9:39AM

    Great blog Eric,... Life flies by fast enough without us pushing fast forward too!!

I agree with what you posted, yet it can be very difficult to just focus on the task at hand, no matter what it is, because this is such a mutli-taked driven society now. I guess we just need to step back the re-learn that we don't have to always be in a hurry or a rush, enjoy the time... Life is too short as it is!!!

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GOLIONS 8/3/2009 9:22AM

    Great advise. One should always be in tune to what their bodies are capable of, what they do for us on a daily basis. During your workout don't think about what comes next, concentrate on what you are doing, how your muscles and joints are working, how strong they are!

Thanks for the reminder!

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