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“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward
together in the same direction.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Good morning! I was working on finding a quote for this morning and I have to
tell you it was really a toss-up between this one and “I married the first man I
ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up,” said by
former First Lady Barbara Bush. (Thought you might like the chuckle this

Actually, I was quite blessed when I was working on my Good Mornings for
February, as a note came in just as I began to contemplate Valentine’s Day. It
was a note from Good Morning reader Beverly, and she wrote:

I often tell the significant others in my life—family and friends, that I
love them more today than yesterday and less than I shall tomorrow. I do not
remember where I found that quote, but for me it is an affirmation that my love
will continue to grow, develop and expand each day.

I thought that was so beautifully articulated. And what is Valentine’s Day? It
is a time when we articulate our feelings toward our loved ones. Often it is
done through browsing for the perfect card, but why not take a moment today and
write a special handwritten note? Then take it a step further and make an effort
to verbally express and affirm your love as Beverly does.

My daughter and I have a fun routine that started when she was around four years
old. Somehow in one of our phone calls (I was traveling) we ended up (in our
ever-competitive way) bantering back and forth with “I love you” statements. I
had said I love you, she had responded with the same, and I had said “I love
you, plus one.” This has led to many variations over the years: “I love you more
than mountains are high;” “I love you more than every number plus itself
squared.” My daughter finally took the cake with, “I love you more than more.”
Ever since we have bantered and shared our affection through creative “I love
you” statements, and I anticipate many more wonderful years (in between her not
talking to me in her teen phase) of “I love you” statements.

Your Turn:
How often do you say “I love you,” to those you love? Do the words roll off your
tongue in routine, or are they said with heartfelt meaning? Think of ways you
can articulate and share your feelings for those you love. Take a moment today
to write a handwritten note and express your love to someone.

Today’s Affirmation:
I express my love for others easily and often.

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Creating A Goal Map

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Identifying goals
and priorities is vital to a successfully balanced life. Once when presenting a
keynote in Washington at the state mental health conference, I asked a room of
professionals the following question and gave them 30 seconds to respond.


What are the three
driving motivators (priorities) for this season of your life? Amazingly, only
several of the 300 hundred attendees were able to complete the task.


Most people have been
asked to set goals at one point or another. In a newly
released survey of 1012 Americans, only 45% of Americans now say they write up
New Year’s Resolutions down from 88% of Americans who did so in the past. Fear
of setting goals too high, fear of commitment, and not knowing what
course to chart are just a few reasons people shudder at the concept of goals.


"If you do not change
directions, you may end up where you are heading," write Lao-Tsu.


To change directions
deliberately, we need goals. I define goals as: The process of deliberately
setting our sight, attention and intention on a destination, and staying true to
the process until we arrive.


Imagine leaving Los
Angeles with instructions to go to New York. Obviously, it would be easier to
accomplish this with a map. Without a map, the trip would be nearly impossible,
or require much more time and effort than the simple process of purchasing a
map. Goals work the same way. Clearly defined goals identify a starting point
and the most efficient path to a desired point.


When goals are
recorded and then set aside, this is as useful as putting a map in your glove
box, yet expecting to know which road to take without ever looking at it. Goals
need to be consulted regularly, just like a map, and if you get off course, you
need to re-evaluate and make a new plan. To design a goal map, first identify an
area of your life where you seek advancement. Use that area to work through the
goal process that follows. For this example, I’ll use the goal of starting a
part-time business for extra income.


Here are the basic
steps to create a goal map:


Identify the exact goal
In one sentence, clarify the goal you are aiming to accomplish as specifically
as possible. Example: To open a part-time tax business that brings in $300 a
month in extra income (gross).

Identify a completion date
My business will be established in eighteen months.

Identify the evolution of the goal.
major points and steps happen during this time period?

A. The
basics of establishing a business, permits, licensing, updating certification,

B. The
marketing and announcement of the business.

C. The
grand opening of the business. Using this evolution assign each major step a

Fill in the blanks.

Now take an in-depth look at what is needed to get to point A, from point A to
point B, etc. Write these steps down in specific detail and assign each a date.

The basic
template construction of your goal is complete. Type this up, print it out, and
keep a copy in your planner. Check your progress against this goal regularly. If
you get off track, don’t give up, just sit down and retrace your steps,
adjusting the plan as necessary. Remember, if you were driving and got lost, you
wouldn’t likely just abandon your car and walk home. Instead you would get out a
map, or ask for help, to find out how to get back toward the destination you are
pursuing. Do the same thing with your goals and you will take steps toward
making them a reality in the year to come.

Goals should be
exciting enough to compel us forward to take action. When seeking a balance and
fulfilled year, one strategy is to identify the areas in your life that are most
important right now. For example, career, finance, family, friends,
spirituality, health, philanthropy… what areas are most important to you
at this
season of your life?
Remember, we cannot fix everything all at once
so it is important to prioritize and choose just a few areas to work with –
three at most. That doesn’t mean you will ignore or neglect the other areas, but
it does mean that you will focus

on the selected areas by following a specific plan of action.


Your Weekly
What areas of
life are calling you to create goals? Create a goal plan using these steps. Keep
your goals in a place where you will see them often. Each day, take a step
forward toward at least one of your goals. Careful planning matched by action
equals goals transformed to reality.


When Times Get Tough

Count your

When an obstacle or situation brings us down it can be easy to count the many
things wrong with our situation. Switch perspective. Find something positive to
focus on. Can’t find something? Create it. Like attracts like. Count how many
things are wrong with your life and surely the list will multiply. Count the
positives and they will multiply instead.


Take a break:
When we are
tired (either emotionally or physically) discipline is an uphill battle likely
to leave us frustrated. Instead of feeling guilty for going off track (which
ultimately leads to staying off track)  Give yourself a one-day "Goal Break."
Forget the guilt and enjoy the time off. Then come back fresh the next day. What
is better–putting goals off for another year or a day?


Get a cheerleader:
community of like-minded positive women can be the tipping point toward success
during challenging times! Check out our new

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an ongoing, positive, action and accountability community.


What’s On Your List?

Resolutions, Goals
and Plans for 2009

Set a Little

What is one "little
goal" you could set that would make a big difference? Here are a few on my list

1. Give careful thought to the name I give a computer file before saving it to
make it easier to find later

2. Never click "submit" for any new service without first writing down all my
details, including user name and password in the internet section of my notebook
… Often a small change requiring very little time can yield a big difference!

Your Challenge:

Set one Little Resolution for the year ahead.

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Free Workshop and Workbook

A New Year, A New You!

When: Monday, January 26 through February 1, 2009
Where: 7 Day Challenge Group on Facebook
For full details visit:
Who: Anyone! Tell your friends!
What: A completely free week-long interactive workshop with bestselling author Brook Noel

Join bestselling author Brook Noel for a free week-long interactive workshop to help you manage time, hone in on your goals, live by your priorities, reclaim energy, and create contentment.

rook Noel shares how simple change can be with six proven and practical strategies to help women manage time effectively, get organized, decrease stress, live by their priorities, and get 2009 off to a balanced and exciting start.

Attendees will receive a free downloadable workbook that Brook will guide participants through during the week long workshop. Each day, Monday through Saturday, participants can login and view the day’s video or audio challenge. These targeted segments average five minutes in length and end with an Action Step to apply. An optional support forum is available for participants to post progress. Participants can also post questions to Brook which she will answer on Sunday, the final day of the workshop, via teleconference.

Brook shares how her personal journey for a better life became a journey shared by over 100,000 women in two years and how the Change Your Life Challenge can help you.

Brook shares how the simple practice of a Three-Step Action List can revolutionize your life and help you accomplish over 1,000 actions to enrich your life this year.

One of the biggest myths of managing time, tasks, thoughts, reminders, and daily life is the belief that because our lives are complicated our systems must be complicated. In this segment Brook will teach you how to create and use a Catch-All Notebook to streamline time and life management.

Studies have shown that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It affects our energy level, metabolism, focus ability, and health. Undoubtedly the first fuel of the day for the body is very important. Equally important is the first emotional fuel for the mind. Brook shares how to get your day off to a great start with a Good Morning routine.

Prevent the pile-up of to-dos and overcome procrastination with a planned Power Hour. In this segment Brook will help you complete the Power Hour Worksheet to process items on your todo list effectively and efficiently.

Learn how to use Brook’s Snapshot Tool to continue making positive changes, while also evaluating and planning the priorities that will guide you in 2009.

At any time during the week submit your question about the daily challenges, or questions on money management, time management, organization, household management, and menu planning. Then listen in to hear Brook answer the questions of the week.

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