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The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. - Swedish proverb

Monday, October 17, 2011



The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

- Swedish proverb

Taking Responsibility for Your Success

We all need support from other people. Love, encouragement, words of advice and friendship will help you get through the important stages in your life. When people are in your corner, you feel like taking on any challenge. As important as help from others may be, though, it all has to start with you. If you're waiting for someone to solve your problems, or wondering when someone is "going to do something about that," you may be waiting a long time--unless you look to yourself first. Take responsibility for your own situation and think of what concrete steps you'll take today to help it. If you're going to need help, it's only fair that the person with the most at stake (you) is willing to make the most effort. When someone is pulling you out of a hole and has grasped your hand, you still must take the first step to climb out, or you're just going to be hanging there.

  
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LIS193 10/17/2011 11:42AM

    Great blog! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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LAURIED1176 10/17/2011 11:09AM

    So true, I NEVER put myself first and maybe that is my problem. I have everything I need to do this and it isn't getting done. Thanks for the motivation!

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Giving It Your All

Sunday, October 16, 2011



Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could...

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer

Giving It Your All

If you can do your best and forget your worst, you've already got a head start on tomorrow. As long as you lay it out there every day, you can relax when yesterday is behind you. Of course, the only way this will happen is if you give yourself permission to forget. You can use this approach in anything: Pick up a problem, do what you can with it, and then put it down. Work your tail off at the office, then leave it there (the work, not your tail). Deal with a personal crisis by finishing off one day at a time. There's a great deal of satisfaction in leaving things be for a moment. There's a great deal of freedom in knowing that you could do no more. And there's a great deal of success awaiting the person who gives it her all, no matter what.

  
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JESSNSTONE 10/16/2011 7:49PM

    Great words!

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APED7969 10/16/2011 5:31PM

    Love this!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/16/2011 12:50PM

    Try;)

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NINNY165 10/16/2011 12:06PM

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Surrounding Yourself with the Right People

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spark Peoples Healthy Reflection for today

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.

- Mark Twain, writer and satirist

Surrounding Yourself with the Right People

It's easy to recognize a perfect candidate for your support team. Just look for someone who has a way of making everyone else around them better: someone who succeeds by developing other people and letting them in on the fun; someone who is genuinely happy when other people succeed. That's the person you want on your side. The pages of history are heavy with tales of the misguided who were proven wrong while insisting something couldn't be done. Why put up with that? Believe in your goals enough to know that you shouldn't stomach people who don't. It's okay if you're the only one who believes in your dream. But someone who truly believes in YOU should help you believe that if anyone can do it, you can.

  
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ADDYSGETTINFIT 10/15/2011 9:33PM

    Wonderful reminder! Thank you!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 10/15/2011 7:35PM

    Thanks for reminding me.

This is the same message I wisely receive whenever I go to motivational events. It's very tricky when the nay-sayers are your immediate family. Love 'em or leave 'em? Difficult to decide.

Scootergirl in Oz
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ELLIE-1220 10/15/2011 12:38PM

    Great!

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NINNY165 10/15/2011 12:29PM

    I refused to deal with people who try to cloud my day.....i do not care who you are. I am fortunate to have a great family.....that focus on the positive......I am a firm believer that if you look for the negative you will certainly find it....Your blogs are great food for thought!!!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/15/2011 9:00AM

    Nice blog! I was struck by that reflection too.

Thanks also for your comment on my "model" blog: that was a great compliment you received! Love your new profile pic, very glamorous!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 10/15/2011 8:50AM

    I'm fortunate that I have been able to distance myself from any nay-sayers in my life. What a mood elevator!

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GOOSIEMOON 10/15/2011 8:47AM

    Sooooo true!

If I'm being honest with myself about this journey, part of my success has been to "weed out" the folks who:
~ are predominantly negative
~ are unable to be happy for someone else's success
~ need to blame other people for their own choices

I've found that I don't have much patience for those who only complain, and never do anything to make their own situation better; who want me to tell them that their decisions are good, even when they're not. If this makes me a bad friend, so be it. I've only got so much time on this earth, and I mean to make the most of it, in as pleasant a fashion as possible.

Have a great day!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2011 7:52AM

    Yes! Thatbis how I started this journey! And after my move here picky about my friends which means stress free life!

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How Do You React to Setbacks?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Spark Peoples healthy reflection for today

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

- Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights icon

How Do You React to Setbacks?

When problems come up, how do you react? Do you look for blame, or do shoulder what you can and try to repair it? Do you throw up your hands and look for an easier way, or do you learn, adapt and keep pushing? There's a lot of talk nowadays about 'personal responsibility'. That's great. But it's usually brought up only in finding fault. It's true that to show 'responsibility' is to own up to your role in the problem's cause. We don't often hear about the other side of responsibility--an obligation to be part of the solution. Even when a hardship is not your fault at all, you can--and should--do what you can to fix it. Your skills and abilities create an obligation that only your character can fulfill.

  
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APIRLRAIN888 10/14/2011 10:45PM

    Interesting...owning up! And our obligation'

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LHLADY517 10/14/2011 10:44PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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NGILLARD 10/14/2011 9:05PM

  Thanks for your blog. Inspirational and challenging. When I have a set back I just remember that I can go forward just as easily. Don't look back, face forward and get after it. Blessings

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Are You Giving Your Goals Your Best Effort?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011



There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between.

- Pat Riley, basketball coach

Are You Giving Your Goals Your Best Effort?

Your dreams deserve better than a half-hearted effort. Meet your goals with a weak handshake and they'll soon be waving you goodbye. Since you probably don't want to look back on a life full of "almost made it" memories, it's time for total commitment. Leave it all on the field, don't hold anything back. Is there anything more satisfying than pouring out your entire being, straddling the cliff, reaching your total limit, then looking up and realizing that oh-my-gosh-I-can't-believe-I-really-did-it
? And is there anything more tragic than failing and realizing you could have done more? If you feel "tuned out" of your current life, that's okay. Make your first goal to build a life that you can get "in"-to. Then don't look back. Make every day count and live purposefully, live energetically, live completely.

  
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SUNNY1432 10/12/2011 10:48PM

    So true and that's just what I need to do!! emoticon

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ELLIE-1220 10/12/2011 4:58PM

    I LOVE reading your blogs!!!! Keep 'em coming!!!
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APPLETARTZZ 10/12/2011 4:32PM

    This is is great! something to read over and over

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APIRLRAIN888 10/12/2011 4:00PM

    Love it

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VANYELMOON 10/12/2011 3:41PM

    Right on target. Thanks for the kick in the butt :)

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