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Put A Little Pep In Your Step

Today let's talk about PEP. You may be wondering what in the world is PEP? It is not what you may be thinking in terms of a pep band or pep talk to get you ready for a big event, but it is my version of PEP.

The first P will be Perseverance. Perseverance is to persist or do anything you want while maintaining a purpose in spite of difficulties. Has anyone ever told you that "you can't do that"? Despite what others may say you went ahead and did it anyway just to prove to them whatever it was they said you couldn't do but did it. I believe that perseverance begins with the individual and having confidence in yourself will help get over any obstacles. Have you ever heard of a man named Roger Bannister? If not that is fine but he was the first man to break the 4 minute mile barrier that no one thought could be done. He broke the record on May 6th, 1954 with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. His record only lasted 46 days. But he persevered and did what others thought was impossible. Do you have a story of someone doubting what you could or couldn't do? If so, what did you do about it to either prove them right or wrong?

The E stands for Ethical. Are you honest? How about virtuous? Maybe you're honorable? These are synonyms for the term ethical. The reason I have chosen this word in this section of the series is because these are traits that people will notice and judge you as they get to know you. It takes days, weeks, months, and years to develop one's trust but only one second to destroy it. To be honest, virtuous, and honorable will get you a long way in anything you do if you can master those traits. Are you any or all of those traits? If you are, what can you do to help someone else get some or all of them?

The last P is to be Prudent. Whenever I think of the words wise or careful my mind drifts toward an investor. That person has to make calculated decisions about what to invest in and does it have the staying power to last a long time. He or she takes care in looking for long term growth as opposed to short term gains or losses. Prudence is looking into the future and making sure that today you have done the right thing to allow for a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to be mindful of today's decisions to ensure a better tomorrow?

If you believe you have PEP then this may be the day you invest in yourself. Why wait until some other day or week to get started with changing your life?


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