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Give Yourself A Pep Talk July 26, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Magick & Mystery.

After silencing our inner critics, we switch from negative self talk to positive self talk.

But, sometimes, we stall in our tracks.

When that happens, we need to remind ourselves to  keep moving forward in the direction of our dreams.

For example, I gave myself a pep talk to drown out fear, doubt and anxiety . . .

* when the initial house sale fell through
* when I resigned as Program Director “too soon”
* when fear whispered that the house would never sell

On one of the “scary” days, as we walked around St. Armand’s Circle consumed with fear, the Universe led us into a small shop, and directly over to a book, Be Happy.  Remember to Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn


Intrigued by the cover, I picked it up, opened it to a random page, and saw a quote that calmed the butterflies fluttering in my stomach:

I would rather have 30 minutes of “wonderful” than a lifetime of nothing special. ~ Julia Roberts

Followed by:  Feel the fear and do it anyway. ~ Susan Jeffers

Followed by:  Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death. ~ Betty Bender

Followed by:  Great things are only possible with outrageous requests. ~ Thea Alexander

As calm returned to my being, I showed BFF the page, and watched his face relax from tenseness (born of anxiety, worry, and fear) to a confident smile  radiating peace and joy.

Convinced, I bought the book ~ a synchronistic gift from the Universe designed to remind us to “sail on” despite our fears. 

If it’s time for a change, and you need encouragement to defeat doubt, worry, and fear, give yourself a pep talk.

Quotes to Ponder: 

* Tomorrow’s life is too late.  Live today.  ~ Marcus Valerius Martialis

* Do not delay; the golden moments fly! ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

* Today, I don’t want to live for, I want to live.  ~ Hugh Prather

* Say yes to life, even though you know it may devour you. ~ Stephen Larsen

* Nothing ventured, something lost. ~ Neale Clapp

Being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.  ~ Jawaharial Nehru

* There’s no such thing as “zero risk.” ~ William Driver

* The greatest mistake we can make is to be continually fearing that we will make one.  ~ Elbert Hubbard

You, of course, are the only expert on your life . . . no one else knows what you need to do.

Look deep, the answers lie within.

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  A Beacon in the DarkLive Your Life * Water Over The DamWinks, Whispers, and Nudges


1. Cindy - July 26, 2011

Remember, you deserve a reward at the end of each day. *cheers*

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Last night, I rewarded myself by watching Kung Fu Panda ~ “there are no accidents.” 😀

2. Carl D'Agostino - July 26, 2011

“Reach for the stars but keep your feet on the ground” Theodore Roosevelt

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Another of Teddy’s that I like:

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”

3. jelillie - July 26, 2011

“Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today.” ~ Marcus Valerius Martialis

That’s one I’m taking to the bank today!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

One of my favorites, Jelillie!

None of us know how long we have. It pays to make the most of THIS moment.

4. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - July 26, 2011

“A dreamer lives for eternity.” — Anonymous

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Reminds me of a song I wrote:

Let your heart be your guide
It’s the door to wisdom inside
All of the answers lie within
Spirit knows where it’s been

So float your dreams on the air
Don’t keep your feet on the ground
Remember, when nothing is certain . . . possibilities abound

Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - July 26, 2011

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - July 26, 2011

It’s a rough housing market right now and a rough economy. I can see those things being scary. But you’re so great about keeping a positive attitude.

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Thanks, Rufus. When “negativity” creeps (or barges) in, I take affirmative action to counter-balance the dip in my altitude.

Aah . . . that’s better. 😀

6. creatingreciprocity - July 26, 2011

Sometimes we have to be not only the change we want to see but also the coach who helps us achieve the change!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Love that! Go team! 😀

7. Vix @ LittleMissEverything - July 26, 2011

We all need some inspiration like that, I love these quotes now we have to live them!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Here’s to taking all the right risks! 😀

8. SuziCate - July 26, 2011

Love the Julia Roberts quote!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

I saw that and KNEW that we had made the right decision to move to Florida without waiting for the house in MD to sell.

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. 😀

9. Rosa - July 26, 2011

* Say yes to life, even though you know it may devour you. ~ Stephen Larsen Love that!!
Thanks for the pep talk, Nancy!!!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

When we are unwilling to risk anything, we risk every thing. 😀

thanks, Rosa.

10. therealsharon - July 26, 2011

Great quotes that I definitely can use right now, Thanks for sharing! 🙂

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Excellent! Have FUN being brave enough to face whatever changes need to be made. 😀

11. kateshrewsday - July 26, 2011

Love this: I’m always amazed how twenty silent minutes can banish fear and bring equilibrium and the ability to be positive.

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

I agree. We just need to “get out of our own way” for a bit . . . and our better self surfaces. 😀

12. hugmamma - July 26, 2011

It seems, for me at least, what lays beneath my fears and negativity is anticipation. And it’s usually anticipating the worse, especially if a situation is new to me. Not always, but sometimes. If some of the variables are sources of comfort, like certain friends, then I relax and go with the flow. But if I know someone or something is in the mix, that I’m not exactly keen about…then I am wary. But then I remind myself that I’m fine, I like myself, and the negativity belongs to someone or something else over which I’ve no control.

works most of the time…i’m still human. 😉

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

We’re all works in progress. 😎

When I start picturing “worst case scenarios” . . . I take action to “change the channel” and use my imagination to picture “best case scenarios” instead.

Instead of envisioning and anticipating the worst, I remind myself to ask, “What’s the BEST that could happen?” 😀

It takes lots of practice to undo our “negative” habits. But it’s worth it . . . our freedom is at stake.

13. Tilly Bud - July 26, 2011

The title of that book should be everybody’s mantra.

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

True dat, TillyB!

This is the book of quotes I told you about the other day in a comment. I keep it on my desk. It’s full of wisdom! 😀

Tilly Bud - July 27, 2011

I must look it up.

14. Piglet in Portugal - July 26, 2011

Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. ~ Marcus Valerius Martialis
I like this quote

Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday…

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Love that. Thanks, PiP!

15. Christine Grote - July 26, 2011

This is exactly what I needed to read today as I second-guess the wisdom of continuing forward with my memoir. In particular I like, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Sometimes when we “second guess” ourselves, it’s because we aren’t heading in the right direction ~ we aren’t being true to our values. Other times, we’re just afraid of falling or failing.

When we know WHO we are, we know HOW to live. 😀

Good luck!

16. Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 26, 2011

Here is my Personal Pep Talk:

“Slog ‘n’ Blog on! Keep writing! Keep telling people you are funny! Keep groveling for a wider readership! Throw caution to the wind and write a post that offends! If you beg enough people to read your work, eentually someone will, even if it’s only your dog. At least then you will know you have a discerning dog!

Go Paula! Go Tohline!! Go CALHOUN!!!

Slog ‘n’ Blog! Emoticonate, or better yet, inform all, TIOOMFP, (but only when it is) and the best of all, Keep Blogging, Paula, You go me!

Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 26, 2011

😳 I forgot to add to the above:

TIOOMFR/C! Now you won’t be confused!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Go team PTC!

17. Tahlia Newland - July 26, 2011

A good reminder for me right now. My agent sent submissions to the last of the big publishers yesterday. If they don’t bite, she’s done with it. I spent rather a lot of last night clearing my head of ‘it can’t happen to me’ thoughts. My mother ingrained in me that I’m just not good enough and it’s hard work to stop that stupid idea from sabotaging my efforts – I feel a blog post coming on!

nrhatch - July 26, 2011

Good luck, Tahlia. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, write on!

18. libraryscene - July 26, 2011

“I think I can…I think I can…” Sorry, I’m tapped of inspiration tonight! Funny, I just started a class via UCLA online, and I still need to listen to a few audio from profs about this very subject. Our inner-critic can destroy the creative fires for certain. Nice reminder, Nancy ~

nrhatch - July 27, 2011

Thanks, LS. Our thoughts make us . . . or break us. 😀

Good luck with your class!

19. Penny - July 27, 2011

I found your quotes very inspiring, as right now I am battleing my thoughts and struggling to get through the day. I lost my brother last week, he was my only brother and I am the only sister, and we lost both our parents a few years ago. Getting back into blogging has been tough, but I will get there. Thanks to each of my blogging buddies, their support and their inspiring blogs to help me get through this tough time in my life.

nrhatch - July 27, 2011

Aww, Penny. That’s sad. 😦

May you find peace from your memories and comfort in the good wishes of those who love and care for you. With deepest sympathy.

20. totsymae1011 - July 27, 2011

So glad I came across this post. I could use the quotes to talk myself out of self-doubt and move on to the next best thing. This is so key and more now than ever, people could really benefit from this kind of motivation.

nrhatch - July 27, 2011

Internal motivation helps us to keep moving forward as the path unfolds before us. Hope you find the motivation you need! 😀

21. eof737 - July 29, 2011

Excellent tips and quotes and the best part is that … they work! Catching up on comments again… how do we do it? Phew! 🙂

nrhatch - July 29, 2011

I’ve been thinking about taking a digital sabbatical ~ a week long retreat with no blogging. The idea of playing “catch up” afterwards is unappealing.

There are so many blogs in the blogosphere . . . we’ll never have time to read them all. 😉

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