Mental Matters

“Live Your Dreams…”

“Live Your Dreams…”

 I’m a strong believer in Creative Visualization.  I have a list of goals in a little journal that I read before I begin my work each day.  I call it “Visualization and Positive Goals in the Present” because they’re written as though I’ve already accomplished them.  

For example: 
     “I am independently wealthy!”
     “I’m living in my dream home!”
     “My tennis website is a huge success!  I’m well respected for the work I’m doing.”

   This a powerful tool for making your dreams come true.  It works on your subconscious mind to create the things you want and programs your mind to make it happen.

I discovered a poem that I like to read each day.  It’s called “Live Your Dreams Each Day”.  There’s no author and I don’t remember where I found it.  I keep it in the front of my website binder and read it often.  I’d like to share it with you and hope that it inspires you the way it does me.  



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Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

I found this somewhere and saved it as the first thing I read when I open my journal.  There is no author attached to it so I can’t give credit to anyone.  If you happen to know its origin, please let me know and I will give proper credit to the writer.

Be not afraid of growing slowly,  Chinese proverb   Be afraid only of standing still.        (Chinese proverb)


baby steps        I call it “Baby Steps”

“One step a day towards a goal, no matter how distant, is progress.  It’s not much…but it’s progress.

Want to write a book?   Okay…one word a day.  A sentence if you wish…all right then, a paragraph…if you must…but not more than a chapter.

Want to draw?  A blank piece of paper is a start of sorts…holding the pencil is the next obvious step.  Putting pencil to paper is the breakthrough.  Now stop!  I dare you.  You can’t.  The pencil moves and the muse awakens.

Starting is the hard part, not the moving onwards…moving is easy…moving fast…without error, with confidence…that’ll come later…maybe.

But in the meantime, it’s one foot in front of the other, and the horizon rolls towards you,,,another word and another one, until out of the sentence a character forms and begins speaking…another line on top of a curve to form a suggestion of a shape…until the mountain rises from the paper.”


I use this process for building new habits, writing articles for this website, or learning a new piece of music on my keyboard.  It helps me focus on the present task and feel accomplishment in each small success.

When I studied piano years ago, my teacher had me play each note at a snail’s pace, gradually picking up speed as I was mentally ready.  Playing slowly built body memory and accuracy…only then could I move a little faster, and a little faster than that.

It taught me to grow at my own pace, and feel a sense of accomplishment in each tiny successful step. Sometimes it was playing one bar at a time correctly without looking at my hands or the keys.  Playing 2 bars and then a whole line with both hands was a cause for celebration!

Try applying this process to something you are trying to learn…it could be self talk that you are trying to change for the better…an attitude…better listening skills…breaking that sugar habit…

Baby Steps!




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An Affirmation for You

An Affirmation for You

Affirmation   I use affirmations and creative visualization every day as part of my daily work routine.  I’ll have more to say about that in another article.

Affirmations guide our subconscious mind toward beliefs we want to adopt, and dreams we want to come true.  

I’m reading “Ageless Body Timeless Mind” by Deepak Chopra.  On page 183 he shares an affirmation:

“I am perfect as I am.  Everything in my life is working toward my ultimate good.  I am loved and I am love.”

I posted on his Facebook page that this is unrealistic.  Nobody is perfect and trying to program ourselves to believe it is not helpful.  I offered an alternative:

“I love myself unconditionally and feel safe exploring ways to improve and grow.”  It’s simple and powerful…

I’ve added it to my book of affirmations and creative visualizations that I read every day at the beginning of my work routine.






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Change can be a Good Thing!

Change can be a Good Thing!

When the Coronavirus scare    hit my town a month or so ago grocery stores increased their sanitation practices to protect the health of its customers.  I understand and appreciate their concern and efforts in this regard.  However, Trader Joe’s took it to a unique panic level and made its customers stand in line outside the store several feet apart while an employee in the front controlled the number of customers who could enter at one time.  We were told it was an effort to keep distance between customers shopping inside.  I went along with this procedure a few times till I realized that once inside my items were not available…so I’d stood in line for 15 min or more to find that I’d wasted my time and went away frustrated.  Well,  one day I was there early and only needed milk so I stood in line for a little while hoping for the best…My common sense and reason took over when I viewed Fry’s across the street and left.  I haven’t been back and don’t know if I ever will return. 

I got my milk without fuss at Fry’s that day and although I had a few disappointments there with products not being available I’ve continued to shop there hoping that things would get better.  They did!  I discovered that they’d put a 2-item limit on everything in the store, and by persevering I discovered great products to replace what I’d been buying before, and new foods that have added nutrition and enjoyment to my diet.  Take a look:

  • Oat bran in bulk on sale for $.95/lb…I add it to my pancake batter.
  • Kroger (Fry’s brand) Mexican Shredded Cheese…delicious!
  • Pepperidge Farm 15 Grain Bread that tastes great and is loaded with nutrition (I’d given up on commercial bread but since I couldn’t get my flat bread from TJ I decided to try it and was I delighted!)
  • Better tasting Extra Virgin Olive Oil that isn’t bitter like the TJ brand I’d been using.
  • Box of Penne pasta with Semolina Wheat, Durim Wheat, lentil flour, pea protein, and the flours of barley, chickpea and spelt. The TJ package only had wheat flour.
  • Cheaper Sardines (saving about .50 a can)
  • Milk is cheaper now too. I buy the whole milk and I love it.
  • Eggs are cheaper by about .30 a dozen.


These are just what I’ve discovered so far.  Browsing the store in aisles where most people don’t shop like the International section I found lots of healthy items I want to try.

   All of these new experiences were the result of trying something new.  I have become more flexible and able to adapt more easily to situations I can’t control.

Like animals and plant life in the wild that have adapted to their changing environment we can adapt and thrive if we are willing to embrace change.



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“Mind over Matter”

“Mind over Matter”

This is where I’ll share what I’ve learned about motivation, building healthier habits, developing that “positive” mental attitude. Think of it as “exercise for our minds”.

There are some books that have been especially helpful to me that I will be sharing in what I hope will be an entertaining way – presenting them in a “series” format so we can really get the most out of each one.

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