The Fourth of July is a great day for America to stop and remember what our country has done for us. Amidst the corruption, affairs, and scandals that cover the headlines everyday we still have the best quality of life and opportunities of any country in the world.
The Fourth of July also has a special place in our family because it is our son’s birthday. He just turned 14 this year and is entering into his early years of transitioning from a boy to a young man. Do you remember what was special about your Birthdays? What made them so magical when you were young?
In today’s modern times the old school courtesies and manners have fallen by the wayside. My father taught to walk on the street side of the sidewalk with a lady. I asked him why and he stated, “because in the old days when there were horses instead of cars, so the guy walked on the street side so that if someone was going to get splashed by the stuff from in the road it was the guy who would get dirty and not the lady.” Another courtesy he taught was the practice for a boy to ask a girl out for a date at least a week in advance? And, if that didn’t happen then the neither had a date that weekend. What was the purpose of asking a young lady out so far in advance?
When you read the title of the “Thought of the Week” did you say to yourself, “Today is the Day…for what I wonder?” Was your curiosity peaked to know what “Today is the Day” for?
Anticipation is very different from Acceptance. As creatures of habit, we often accept our current circumstances and forget to create something compelling in our futures that engages Anticipation. Anticipation leads to Excitement which leads to higher energy levels which leads to greater emotional states. We need that emotional energy to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of achieving goals.
Anticipation of something new and exciting versus acceptance of what life currently is: which is winning in your life today?
“Today is the Day” to set something in your future that will create the Anticipation of something exciting and new. Never accept things are only as good as they can get because no matter what you have been, done, and had you can always Be, Do and Have more. The future can not rely on the past.
Women loved being asked out a week in advance so they could talk to their girlfriends about it all week, agonize over what to wear, dream of the moment when the guy would knock on the door to pick them up. That was probably the highlight of the date many times! That magical moment that was dreamed about, generated excitement, and had that magical spark of being alive! Same for the guy as he walked up to the door and he experienced the eternity between ringing the doorbell and the father welcoming him in to pick up his daughter for the date! It helped to create that magical moment as he saw her come down the stairs dressed up and ready to go out for their date.
It was the Excitement and Anticipation of the Birthday cake, love of friends and family, presents, everyone celebrating the uniqueness of who you are one time a year that made early birthdays so special. And since they only come once per year that certainly created excitement and anticipation for the young child.
And, in today’s economic times we have to look at ourselves to be the change we want to see in America. To keep it great we can not wait for others and ride on their coat tails. If America was made on that psychology we would still be under British Rule. However, the settlers created Anticipation over a concept that went something like this:
Indivisible with Liberty &
Justice for All.
That was an incredible ideology to Anticipate becoming real and it certainly created excitement. They did not accept that “now” was good enough. They did not complain and whine at England to change something to make their life better or to have England give them more. At an individual then group level they Anticipated a better way, excitement and commitment to an ideal, and took action to make it happen. Look what it created; we now celebrate the Birth of our Nation every Fourth of July.
I challenge you to step up in any area of your life this week and set a date with yourself way in advance. Stop accepting that your life is all that it can be. Commit to an action that will give your life the Excitement and Anticipation that makes you feel alive! Get excited with the Anticipation of the fireworks at the end! At Walt Disney World, they celebrate with fireworks everyday…you can too!
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“I have to say that my clothes are already starting to feel much looser. I wore a jacket to church on Sunday and I could already tell that the jacket was much looser. I am also starting to wear several shirts that had just gotten too tight for me but are now starting to fit much better.
Regardless of the weigh-in tomorrow I would say that this program has been a huge success. I was 201.4 at the beginning of the month and I have lost nearly 9 pounds so far. Given the fact that I was completely out of the loop for two weeks with regards to physical activity – one week because of a sinus infection and one week because of surgery, this was mostly achieved through practicing good self-control on the eating front. I am still trying to hit 190 by the end of this week. Also, the only time I have lost weight in the past is when I was on a diet (I have tried several over the years) or on a physical fitness plan…….so, to me, to accomplish this without a “diet” mentality is actually a bigger win than just about anything else. I also noticed this AM that I have much more energy that I did at the beginning of the month.
I have now set a new goal to hit 183 by July 31st…. I am actually confident that I can achieve this goal using this method that we have used here.”
At weigh-in the next morning at the completion of the 30-days with the Fast Track to Success Plan…
“I was at 191.8 this morning…..So, I have lost a total of over 9 1/2 pounds in the last 30 days! I am feeling great! My goals are set for today!”
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The bottom line is that most people are excited to start a goal for 24-48 hours before the emotional high wears off but it takes 17-21 days to develop a new habit.
I invite you to experience more success in a single month than you have had in the first two quarters of this year. Success can be yours for only $5 per day, M-F. The only reason you won’t call to achieve the life of your dreams is because of time and money. How many calls and emails do you make in a day? Make one that will change your life! Where else are you guaranteed to experience results and create what you most want in life? Put your investment to good use–on yourself!
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