Daily Attitude Email 07 29 21

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi

A major cause of anxiety is in not living up to our ideals and potential.

We are happiest when our thoughts, actions and words line up with the best in us.

An interesting side effect of living in a time and place where we can have everything we want is the anxiety produced when we don’t follow through and get it.

A potential solution is in simplicity.

When we simplify what we want and are motivated by it, we follow through.

We are able to line up our thoughts, actions and words better when there aren’t so many distractions to try to line up with.

So, for this week, what is your happiness thought?

What can you do to simplify and line up your life for happiness?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 27 21

Give yourself time to be sad, frustrated and angry. Give yourself time to heal, accept and to grow. Time doesn’t erase anything, but it can provide you with enough space to be able to breathe again. And then one day you wake up and your heart has a little bit of sunshine in it. – Jessica Jensen

Jim Rohn talks about how life needs all the musical notes.

The high notes and the low notes.

Only high notes sounds a little funny.

Only low sounds funny too.

Mix them together and you get something magical.

Finding our way through all of the highs and lows while keeping our head up is an art unto itself.

Keep your head up today.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 27 21

I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that. – Gillian Anderson

What a great reminder.

Every minute that passes is an opportunity to improve your day.

We choose.

We get to pick.

For me, it’s hard to get this one right 100% of the time. I have come to accept that my goal is just to work to increase the percentages.

To make small improvements each day to the ratio of positive to negative.

To remember to look at each moment as that opportunity to do better.

You may be on the other side of this one, with it all figured out. If so, maybe take the opportunity to help someone around you to improve their day.

You could probably help someone out even if you didn’t have it all figured out. Probably worth a shot.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 26 21

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw

The Olympics have been a great reminder that it is fun to play.

We were designed to enjoy play and to have fun.

What could you do today to have fun?

What is something you could introduce into your life to get more playtime in?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 22 21

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. – Norman Vincent Peale

Maturity Moment for Jake – this one hit a little too close to home.

Praise is a good thing and we could all use more of it.

Criticism is a good thing and we could all use more of it.

Not sure about you, but I know which one I prefer.

This quote was a good reminder though….I could be praising myself right over a cliff.

Wisdom must be applied when dealing with power and both criticism and praise are powerful motivators.

Are you seeking out feedback? Not just the feedback you want to hear? Not only from the people that will say good things?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 21 21

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

So much of our experience is born out of our perspective and attitudes.

Two people can look at the same sunset but have a different experience.

Resetting our perspectives to create more joy and happiness is a lifelong pursuit.

Where might a resetting of perspective serve you well?

Do you struggle with contentment and need to change that perspective?

Do you struggle with selfishness and need to change that perspective?

Do you struggle with….?

We can change our perspective by experiencing new things and being thoughtful about the world around us.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Something to get you started….switch from thinking of things happening to you and start thinking of things happening for you.

Daily Attitude Email 07 20 21

Maggie turns 15 today!

She really is an exceptional young lady.

As a parent I want to slow time down and speed it up at the same time.

I want to keep her here at home and with us forever and can’t wait to see her go out on her own and become the best version of Maggie she can be.

What to do?

How to balance it all?

How to not screw it all up?

Expecting an answer….I wish I had one.

The plan right now is to do our best. To love her (and others). To put God first. To live in the moment.

As you can see, I haven’t really thought this through. I’ll use this email to ask for help.

Does anybody have any good tips for raising teenagers?

Any ideas on how to make her feel loved?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 19 21

Maggie’s birthday is tomorrow…as a warm up I thought I would send this email I sent out 2 years ago when she turned 13.

We officially have a teenager in the house – Maggie turned 13 on Saturday.

We had a lot to celebrate, Maggie is a great kid.

It was another reminder of how precious our time together really is.

It feels like we’re at the top of a roller coaster about to head down the speedy, winding path of what is hopefully as awesome ride that (hopefully) “ends” with Maggie out on her own in the world being the best version of herself possible.

Even though it will go quickly, I was reminded to enjoy the moments.

Even the hard ones.

We are all given precious few years on Earth to do and become our best.

It’s easy to get worried about the future or brood over the past, but we must do our best to be in and find joy in the moments have now, right now.

Enjoy today. Enjoy these precious moments. They won’t last forever.

Make it a great day.

Jake