Hello Journal & Friends,
I am such a squirrel!!
I tend to keep things, squirreling them away, and am always coming across scraps of paper with notes on them that I wrote eons ago.
I recently found one dated Sept 6, 1985! Here is the part that caught my eye: "From now on my constructive outlet for stress will be: water & exercise."
I crack myself up sometimes!! Oh, how I wish I had added consistent ACTION to that declaration. I am not down on myself at all. I am more than a little amused... but in a good way.
Ya know what? That Loretta back then had already "failed" so many times (with more to come, little did she know) and yet there she was, gearing up for another attempt. Gathering her strength, for yet another battle. I have to give her credit for trying! She would try, get knocked down, and get up again. Try again... get knocked down, get up again, and eventually try again. SHE NEVER GAVE UP. She kept coming back.
And eventually SHE turned into ME. And I finally found what worked for me. Because I didn't quit... I kept trying to learn... I kept going. No matter what.
I've been talking quite a bit lately about Dr Phil. Hope I don't sound like a groupie! I just appreciate the material, though I admit I rarely watch the tv shows much any more, unless they are weight related.
But the written material: excellent. Simple, down-to-earth, not a lot of psycho-babble. Just do-able stuff that you can apply to your life, right here and now. For those of you who love the fancy labels, he actually uses a lot of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. But for the rest of us peons, it's good old-fashioned horse sense.
He's written a series called The Ten Life Laws. I had planned to write about them sometime, but this one sort of fits my train of thought today:
Life Law #5:
Life rewards action.
Strategy: Make careful decisions and then pull the trigger. Learn that the world couldn't care less about thoughts without actions.
Talk is cheap. It's what you do that determines the script of your life. Translate your insight, understandings and awareness into purposeful, meaningful, constructive actions. They are of no value until then. Measure yourself and others based on results--not intentions or words.
Use any pain you have to propel you out of the situation you are in and to get you where you want to be. The same pain that burdens you now could be turned to your advantage. It may be the very motivation you need to change your life.
Decide that you are worth the risk of taking action, and that your dreams are not to be sold out. Know that putting yourself at risk may be scary, but it will be worth it. You must call upon yourself to leave behind the comfortable and familiar if you are to move onward and
Any time I get stuck, I can count on The Ten Life Laws for a reality check, and a swift kick in the pants that gets me going again. (Here) is a link to all ten of them... enjoy your reality check! mwa ha ha ha ha
From Dr Phil's book: "Are your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes moving you closer to what you want?"