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Grateful

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

GRATEFUL-           FEELING OR SHOWING AN APPRECIATION OF KINDNESS; THANKFUL.

Today I encourage you to be more mindful of all the situations you can experience gratitude in thought, word, and action.  You have a choice in every moment to be aware of the good or the bad that you are facing right now. Looking at the challenges as something negative and ignoring the kindness and positivity surrounding you each day is a recipe for misery. Look for the good and you will find it and then express gratitude for it.

Look for situations to use the phrase thank you in your daily life.  Use it as often as possible and be ready with a positive response when someone shows you even the slightest gratitude. Be conscious of the positive things in your life at all moments and it will take a monumental effort to feel negative about things.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  ~Brian Tracy

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Dare

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

DARE- HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO SOMETHING.  DEFY OR CHALLENGE (SOMEONE) TO DO SOMETHING

Only those who dare to try have a chance to achieve.  Be conscious in your thoughts, words, and actions when it comes to daring to be your best self today.  Dare to keep trying when you fail the first time or the first 10 times. Learn lessons and dare to try again.  Dare to be different in thought and action. Don’t go along with the crowd. Dare to be your own crowd.  Dare to create today. Creativity is the action of the soul and will allow you to express uniqueness.

Remember that this is your life, nobody else owns the responsibility for it.  What you dare to do and be will define it.  Dare today in thoughts, words, and actions. 

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“Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.” ~Lester B. Pearson

Improve

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

IMPROVE-MAKE OR BECOME BETTER.

I believe that we are all either getting better or we are getting worse. This applies to all areas of life and which way we are going is determined by the conscious choices we make in thought, word, and action.  You are in control of how much you improve mentally, physically and spiritually.  When you make yourself better, you also make the collective consciousness of the world better.  So if you are not into improvement, at least get out of the way of those who are. If you can just be 0.001% better today than yesterday you have accomplished something.

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Shine

ENCOURAGING WORD

SHINE-1. GIVE OUT A BRIGHT LIGHT. 2. BE VERY TALENTED OR PERFORM VERY WELL.

shine We all have the ability and the opportunity to shine every day. We choose to either shine or dim our own existence, but it is a choice. Our originality and uniqueness is a light to show the world and each day we rise with the chance to shine on the world. We can do this with kindness and caring for others and helping them to shine. Or we can focus on our own abilities and let them shine for the world to see. Or we can do both.

Today in some way I am challenging you to find a way to both shine yourself and to notice someone else’s shining light. It is all around you, notice and appreciate how people shine.  Make it part of your conscious thoughts, words, and actions.can shine.

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Change

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

CHANGE-1. MAKE OR BECOME DIFFERENT. 2. TAKE OR USE ANOTHER INSTEAD OF.

Change is an inevitable force in every life without exception. It is constant and inevitable and how we deal with it determines the quality of your life.  Too often we focus on the things we will have to leave behind, rather than the things that we will gain.

Nothing new was ever done without making a change, and it is up to you to look at your life and see the changes that are occurring and to deal with them in a positive way.  You will get older, your kids will grow and develop, your career will ebb and flow. Your character and experience is determined by your ability to handle and grow with these changes.

Be conscious of the changes that are happening today and allow your thoughts, words, and actions to allow change to flow in your life.

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Present

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

PRESENT-1.(OF A PERSON) IN A PARTICULAR PLACE. 2. EXISTING OR OCCURRING NOW.

PresentOne of the most powerful mindsets you can have is being in the present. Too much time is Wasted thinking about things that happened in the past. This leads to regret. There is nothing you can do about the past, it is gone and it isn’t coming back. Learn the lessons and move on because this moment is what you have. Be present in your day

The other place we waste time is thinking about the future. You should set goals, and have dreams of what tomorrow will bring you. It is when you turn your thoughts into all sorts of fantasies about what might happen tomorrow that anxiety rises and it robs you of the happiness you can have today.  Focus on the moment and taking action on the tasks moving you toward your goals and dreams.  After something is achieved it is often the journey you remember with fondness. Be present in your day.

All you have is the moment that is with you right now. That is all that you are guaranteed, so be present in it. To do anything else is to waste your opportunity for success, joy, and fulfillment.

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Persistence

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

PERSISTENCE- FIRM OR OBSTINATE CONTINUANCE IN A COURSE OF ACTION IN SPITE OF DIFFICULTY OR OPPOSITION.

In our lives, we are often faced with obstacles and challenges which make us want to give up. It is in these moments that we have to find our courage to keep moving forward and to try once again. That is persistence and it has had a long history of making a success out of failure and creating greatness. Learn the lessons of your challenges and turn them into a persistent pursuit of your goals and to be the best person you can be.  Be conscious of your thoughts, words, and actions today and look for places in your life that persistence will be of value.   More Persistence here. 

 

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~ Bill Bradley

Learn

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

LEARN-GAIN OR ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF OR SKILL IN (SOMETHING) BY STUDY, EXPERIENCE, OR BEING TAUGHT.

I think that it is important to attempt to learn something new every day. Reading is one of the best forms of learning but there are many others. Whatever medium is effective for you, consciously seek it out on a daily basis and incorporate the passion to learn into your life in thought, words and actions.

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Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Trust

Encouraging Word of the Day

TRUST~FIRM BELIEF IN THE RELIABILITY, TRUTH, ABILITY, OR STRENGTH OF SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.

Trust is a vital part of a healthy relationship. This includes trusting yourself and your ability to discern truth from fiction, good intentions from bad, opportunity from a waste of time. Each of us have experienced a break of trust in life and it hurts. But it is important to venture out onto that choppy sea again and attempt to navigate it again. trust is one of the gifts we give that has real value.

Trust again. Trust your instincts. Trust.

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Encouraging Word of the Day: Honest

 

Encouraging Word of the Day

Honest-free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere.

honestBeing honest in our thoughts, words and actions is a challenge indeed. We seem to be almost hard-wired to be deceptive in some manner.  Be conscious of your choices and be honest in all that you think, say, and do.

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The main reasons people don’t always tell the truth are:

  • Fear of harm: The easiest reason to understand why we lie is for self-protection, including self-deception, to prevent harm to ourselves. This harm can be either physical or mental.
  • Fear of conflict: To some degree, we all fear having an argument.
  • Fear of punishment: When growing up, how often did we lie about how well we did in school, or who started a fight? How often do we cover up our mistakes and transgressions?
  • Fear of rejection: Sometimes, our insecurities are the foundation of why we lie to each other because we want to remain popular in our relationships. Typically, it is harmless boasting to make ourselves appear more admirable to other people.
  • Fear of loss: This is usually the loss of personal objects, such as money or expensive valuables. Greed is the foundation for this reason and can be found in each of us. We often lie to make ourselves more desirable to other people too. Most common, people lie for fear of alienating their significant other. Other times, when our self-esteem starts to decline, we even lie to ourselves as means to prevent loss of morale.
  • Altruistic Reasons: We often lie to help our friends and loved ones. How often do we flattery someone just to make them feel better?  Or don’t tell the whole truth because we are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings?  This is the only selfless reason why we lie.

Forgive

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

FORGIVE-STOP FEELING ANGRY OR RESENTFUL TOWARD (SOMEONE) FOR AN OFFENSE, FLAW, OR MISTAKE.

Finding the strength to forgive can be one of the biggest battles we fight. The pain suffered caused by the behavior of another, or ourselves can linger on throughout life. This pain tends to limit the experiences in life.

Letting go of the resentment and anger in life is one of the secrets to happiness and fulfillment. Consciously make an effort to allow yourself to forgive in thought, word, and action today and the world will be changed in one small, tiny positive way.

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Encouraging Word of the Day: Choice

 

Choice– an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

All of us have thousands of decisions that we make every day. Many are made with no conscious thought at all. They are just rote memories of the days before, repeated for simplicities sake. Take a day and look at all of the choices you make. Evaluate how each affects your life and the life of others. Does this choice honor you and who you are or not? That is the simple choice of thought, word, and action for today.  Read more of choices Here.

“At some point in our life, every one must decide if they are a creator or a critic, a lover or a hater, a giver or a taker.” ~ Unknown

Confidence is Word of the Day

CONFIDENCE- A FEELING OF SELF-ASSURANCE ARISING FROM ONE’S APPRECIATION OF ONE’S OWN ABILITIES OR QUALITIES.

Confidence is a factor in the quality of your life. If you have it there is nothing you can’t do and without it, there is very little one can accomplish.  It affects all areas of your life, professional, personal and social. Confidence can be developed if you choose to do a little work on the types of thoughts you focus on and the beliefs you carry about yourself and the world. Read more about confidence here. 

Encourage -Word of the Day

THE WORD OF THE DAY IS “ENCOURAGE” – GIVE SUPPORT, CONFIDENCE, OR HOPE TO (SOMEONE).

Look for ways to encourage today. Encourage someone who is down. Encourage someone to take the last steps to achieve a goal or dream. Encourage yourself to be the best version of yourself.  Make the world a better place tonight than it was this morning. Consciously put encouraging others in your thoughts, words, and actions today.

Read more of my thoughts on encouragement here: Encourage

Encouraging Word of the Day

I am a project type of person because they help keep your focus on accomplishing the Kindness100goal you set for your life. I am embarking on a new project for the next 30 days from November 27-December 26 I will be thinking about, writing about and taking actions around the encouraging word of the day.  My hope is that in some small way, it will have a positive effect on at least one other person per word per day. Any more than that is a bonus.

The encouraging word of the day is Kindness.  The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

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