Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Work-In: Daily Motivation 7-12-2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Today's Gift

Limited expectations yield only limited results. - Susan Laurson Willig 

Our thoughts determine our actions, and when our thoughts are negative, our successes are few. What we hold in our mind is certain to be reflected in the day's activities. And we are capable of fueling our thoughts positively, if we choose to.

Positive self-assessment and uplifting pep talks can become habitual if our desire to live up to our potential is great enough. The expectations we privately harbor, be they small or far-reaching, will set the pace for the progress we make today, and every day.

We can greet a challenge with eager anticipation when we've grown accustomed to believing in our capability for success. First, we must expect to handle, with poise, whatever confronts us.

No one but me determines my course today. My success begins in my mind.

From The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. ©
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From: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Thought for the Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Keep It Simple

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet. —Isaac Bashevis Singer

Many of us have the habit of taking a negative outlook on whatever comes along. We don't believe things will work out for us; we don't think we will have a good day; we can't accept our friends' warm feelings. To follow this gloomy path is a strange distortion of faith - it is faith in the negative. Any forecast, whether hopeful or pessimistic, is a step into the unknown. So why do we choose the dark one?

We get a payoff for our pessimism, which keeps us hooked. It creates misery, but serves our demand for control. There is more risk in being open to something positive because we cannot force positive things to occur. We can only be open to them and believe in the possibility. But when we predict the negative and expect only bad things, we squelch many good things or overlook them. Then we say, "I knew it would be this way," and in our misery we satisfy our self-centered craving to be in charge. When we surrender our need to be in control, we are more open and welcoming of the good things that come our way.

Today's Action: Today. I will be open to the good that is around me.

One Day At A Time

We Review
Returning home we find a place where we can be quiet for an hour, carefully reviewing what we have done.
We thank our Higher Power from the bottom of our heart that we know Them better. Taking this book down from our shelf we turn to the page which contains the twelve steps. Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free person at last.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 75

Thought to Ponder
The Three "P's" -- Pause, Pray, Proceed.

AA-related 'Alconym'
G I F T S = G
etting It From The Steps

From: AA Thought for the Day (courtesy

Daily Motivation

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator

Dig it out
by Ralph Marston

Lean in to the challenge. Step right up to the obstacle.

Choose to thrive not in spite of what happens, but because of what happens. Use each difficulty as a starting point for success.

Transform the obstacle into purpose. Transform the challenge into energy.

Outside forces can push against your actions. Yet no outside force can diminish your intentions.

You can adapt, adjust, persist and in so doing, flourish. You can turn the problem on its head, transform it into a win.

Buried within every challenge is achievement. Get to work and dig it out.

From The Daily Motivator website at

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