Debbie Macomber, in her book Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern for Your Life, provides great insight, and with the hallmark of an assured writer, cites other thinkers and authors, including “Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do” by Kate White, Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking” and “Happiness is a Serious Problem” by Dennis Prager.
If you’re a frequent follower, you know I never read a book without writing down passages that I want to revisit. Here are some of hers from this book, which I highly recommend. It’s a good refresher and an easy read.
Grab a pencil and start reading.
In encouraging women to pursue their dreams with gusto, she asked:
“Why settle for Hamburger Helper instead of going for filet Mignon?” “Why take good instead of going for great?” “Why take the minimum instead of asking for the maximum?” “Are you so worried about tomorrow that you can’t enjoy today?”
“Love is a decision, renewable every day!” “If balance keeps us stable, relationships keep us thriving.”
- Choose a personal word for the year. ‘Relevant’, ‘creative’, ‘honest’…you decide.
- Plan your work and work your plan.
- Set goals-one of the most valuable career tools to achieve success-keep ’em SMART-specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and timed.
- Create a routine that works toward achieving these goals. “Unfocused lives are complicated lives.”
- List 30 people you’d like to meet & go about meeting them. [The Hollywood producer, Brian Grazer, writes about doing this in his 2015 book “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life”.]
- Practice the 5 B’s: Be persistent, Be bold, Be Proud, Be Grateful & Be yourself.
- Understand that you may not be able to control the circumstances, but you are able to control your thoughts
- Seek out encouragers and be one yourself.
- Avoid being discouraged. As Lily Tomlin said, “When good things happen to you, the hardest part is finding someone who’s happy for you.”
- Write down 5 things you believe are beyond your wildest expectations.
- Keep a laughter journal.
- Practice the English proverb, “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence; it’s greener where it’s watered.”
Copyright. April 2015. Linda Leier Thomason