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Your success or failure begins and ends with YOU.  Wow!  Think about that for a minute. What you think and what you believe determines your sucess or failure. That’s why it is so important to create and maintain a proper mindset.  It’s a daily action that can develop into a habit that sustains a positive mindset throughout your life.

If you struggle at times with looking at the glass half “empty” that’s ok.  

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This post is a little personal. But I wanted to share it with you because it has made such a profound impact on me and how I look at overwhelming circumstances now. I don’t usually struggle with overwhelm too much because I have systems set up to get myself back on top of whatever it is that’s overwhelming me. But just recently I had events that instantly threw my life into chaos and overwhelm that I found myself struggling with.

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I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated where they interviewed Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots, a week after his Super Bowl win. They asked him about some of the negative things that some people were saying about him. I was so impressed with his answer. He had every reason to be bitter and plant seeds of vengeance on the NFL and Goodell for what they had put him through, but he never did.

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Have you ever had an area of your life you wanted to change, and you were committed to making that change, but you still didn’t do it?  And you ask yourself, “Why does this happen?  Why don’t I follow through?”  Is it because you don’t know how?  Or maybe you just don’t have time.  Even if you do make the change how do you make it sustainable and lasting?  How do you make it “stick”?

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Your mind is like a powerful search engine. It will find what you are focused on and look for. And those things it finds will become your reality if you will allow it to.  In Star Wars episode 1 George Lucas wrote “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”

What were your thoughts focused on in 2016? Were they mainly focused on the things you WANTED…or was much of your focus on things you DIDN’T WANT to happen?

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That’s right, I have to apologize because I just found out that you may not have received the last two newsletters! I just got back from some travels and discovered there were some technical glitches that were there but not seen by me or my tech gal.   #shouldabeenwatchin!  Man when something doesn’t go right it is really hard for me to accept, stop beating myself up, and move on.  Do you ever feel like that?

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20161008_131309_resizedI tried something new this past weekend…dirt biking.  I’ve been an avid 4-wheeler for years and I’ve ridden on my dad’s motorcycle a few times, so I had confidence this would be a piece of cake…NOT! 

My hubby and I went with some friends who are experienced dirt bikers. I told them I had some experience so I didn’t foresee any problems. We started up the first trail (which was actually a pretty tough trail…not for beginners like me) and I was having a hard time just keeping my bike headed straight on the trail.

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A confidence crash is when something happens that makes it so our confidence plummets to an all-time low.  Many of our confidence crashes come when we are looking into the future at the unknown, “surfing the future”, or looking back into the past at a failure. It creates fear and doubt which knocks us down in our confidence for a while.  But if you can stay in the present, and take action from the present,

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The worst beliefs you can have are ‘self-limiting” beliefs. These exist whenever you believe yourself to be limited in any way. We are where we are today because of all the beliefs we have had up until today.  I’m not talking about the fleeting thoughts that come into our mind and then are gone the next day.  I’m talking about the beliefs we dwell on, and compare ourselves to others with.

For example,

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Last webyu-wp-3-1920ek I dropped off two of my children to their new home away from home… college.

My son was returning for his 3rd year in college, my daughter, and my baby girl, her first…

As I walked around campus, went shopping for essentials, and helped them settle in, it hit me… what a big change in life this was for all three of us!

  • My daughter is starting a new chapter in her life away from her home and her family,

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