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Daily Attitude Email 01 13 21

It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception. – Robert Motherwell

We all have our blind spots.

As I get older (and hopefully wiser) I realize more and more how true the word “blind” is in the description.

We all have areas where we literally “can’t see”.

This quote to me means that art is a medium through which our blind spots can be revealed.

I believe that deep, meaningful relationships are great for this as well.

On one side of the coin our loved ones look past our blind spots and faults. They love us in spite of our blindness.

And they can show us our blind spots. They can gently (or not so gently if that is what is needed) point out something we didn’t even see.

Look for the blind spots in your life. Be aware of your own self-deceptions. Don’t convince yourself that you have it all figured out. You don’t. You need help. We all do.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 12 21

"Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him." – CS Lewis “Mere Christianity”

Love is a verb.

It builds upon activity.

It requires action.

Consistent, positive action that puts another before ourselves.

Find a way to show love today.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 11 20

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23

All have “failed”.

We spend much of our lives avoiding failure. Obsessing over what people might think if we were to come up short.

This verse is a reminder that ALL of us are going to fail.

We are all going to come up short.

If we’re lucky it will be something small. If we’re a little less lucky it will be something big.

Either way, it’s coming.

Isn’t this supposed to be a positive email?

It is.

We have the power to respond to the failure. The bigger the failure the more power in the response.

AND the God of the universe loves us so much He sent His son to die so that we can be forgiven all of failures, large and small.

Don’t be afraid of the failures. Embrace it when you have a chance to respond to a failure in your life.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – I know this is easier said than done and that I don’t know your situation. God does and He still loves you so that is good enough for me.

PSS – I don’t think this means we should seek out failure or give a lack of effort or care in our lives. We must do our best.

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/U9t-slLl30E

This one has got lot of giggles at our house.

I have been introducing the girls to some Star Wars. Movies and stories can be a great way to understand life’s important lessons.

Friendships matter and are worth prioritizing.

Evil must be defeated by someone willing to risk it all for the greater good.

We must stand up for what is right even when it is hard.

Temptations to do what we know is wrong are strong but must be faced in order to become who we are meant to be.

Love can and will conquer hate.

Purpose and meaning require making difficult choices.

Pull out your favorite novel/movie series and look for the important lessons. Write them down. Think about how they apply to your life. Write a daily attitude email about them and send it to me and I’ll send it out to everyone.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 07 21

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. – Henry Ward Beecher

The balancing act of setting new goals is that we must also be happy with the common things around us.

We can become obsessed with how our current situation isn’t what we want and focus too much on what we would like to be different.

Find something common to be happy about today.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 06 20

"Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’ve signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through." — Jim Rohn

The first of the year is a time to sign up for new things. To begin a new season.

Jim’s reminder is that when you sign up for something, at least see it through one season.

At least see it through the first month of that new diet program.

At least see it through the first quarter with your new budget.

At least see it through January 31st with your new exercise plan.

Already fallen off the wagon? Quick! Get back on. See it through.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 1 5 20

It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. – Leonardo da Vinci

Don’t forget about this as you get started on your new goals for the year.

It will get easier as it becomes a habit.

Resistance to a new habit or new direction is easiest at the beginning, before momentum takes over.

Push through. Get the snowball heading down the hill.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 04 20

Dear Lord, I’m so grateful I’m still loved. – Vivien Leigh

I thought this would be a great way to start the year off.

Reminder – you are loved. Still. It hasn’t stopped.

For most of us, we’re loved more than we remember and act like.

We get frustrated easily. We lose our tempers over small, inconsequential happenings in our lives. We give up quickly. We don’t take chances and play it safe as if money, status, and stuff really matter most.

You are loved.

Act like it.

Smile, a lot. Laugh and dance. Forget about all the stuff, money and status and focus on the important stuff.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 12 31 20

When the New Year comes around, you hear a lot about New Year’s resolutions.

Most of what is written is about how to set the goals better, how to increase your chances, etc.

They all start out with some statistic about how some really high percentage of resolutions are dropped by the end of January (86% of statistics are made up on the spot).

It almost seems like their goal is to either have you do it their way or just skip it.

Not me. Not this year.

Set some New Year’s resolutions.

Set a lot of them if you feel like it.

Don’t focus on the statistics that say 90% won’t make it, focus on the 10% that will.

Think positive.

You got this.

No reason you can’t be in the 10%.

And if you don’t make it, I’m sure you will be better off anyway.

And after you’ve set a few, read these 31 Tips to Awesome New Year’s Resolutions that I whipped up.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 12 30 20

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

As you look at your biggest challenge right now, how might this quote apply?

Are you having a hard time with one or two goals in particular because you are using the same kind of thinking?

I once read that simply changing something as simple as your route to work in the morning can change the way you think enough to work through a problem you are facing.

Just making some new pathways in your brain cause it to look at your old problem from a new angle.

What change could you make to shake things up?

Getting up early?

Staying up late?

No caffeine?

An extra latte in the afternoon?

A different route to work?

A new workout routine?

I am sure you can come up with some better ideas on your own, the key is to just do something different. Begin the process of thinking differently.

Make it a great day.

Jake