It was Too Good to be True

Have you ever felt that way? You see a miracle product, someone gives you a simple solution or something goes just a little too easy and….. you wait for the fall.

It just CANT be that easy!

Well, I know what you mean.

Several years ago, I had a personal trainer. She was killing me. The diet was boring and I was starving. The workout was brutal. The thing I remember most was the 45 minutes a day on the elliptical at a heart rate of 145 beats per minute. Worse still was the fact that I was not losing any weight.

With all the effort I was putting in, I could not accept that there could be an easier way because all of my supreme effort could not budge the scale.

One day I saw an infomercial (ugh) for the 6 Week Body Makeover. It promised that, without ever getting my heart rate above 109, I could lose the weight in 6 Weeks. It also said I could eat, basically, all the time and would never go hungry. Best yet, since I knew there was no way it could work, it had a 60 day money back guarantee.
I bought it only to prove it was a scam.

Knowing that it is unfair to prove something to be unworkable unless you follow the program to the letter, I did everything it said. At the pace I normally walk, my heart rate pushed 115, so I even had to ‘meander’ or ‘dilly dally’ on my 45 – 60 minute required walk each day, all this after torturing on that dang elliptical. I religiously forced myself to eat every 3 hours. (That was really hard to do.) After the first couple of days, I found myself thinking, “Not again. Already????” But I followed instructions and ate.

In the first 2 weeks, eleven pounds had melted off me without ever breaking a sweat.

Some things that seem ‘too good to be true’ are the most ‘true’ things in the whole universe.

_____________________________________________________Dina Dove

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

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People in Brown Paper Packages

Interesting people can be found everywhere at every moment.

Most often we fail to notice them.

They are so subtle, so ‘unimportant looking’… like packages wrapped in plain brown paper.

Some of the most important things and some of the most important people fail to impress us at first blush.

We tend to judge a book by its cover. We make an early snap judgment based on appearances.

If someone is bigger than life, famous, and throws around the names of their ‘important cronies’ or their ‘grand accomplishments,’ we tend to look on them in awe and rush to be near them and their perceived power.

We look right past what we consider to be the small, inconsequential people standing right in front of us.

Sam Walton drove the same old pickup for years. You could likely to run across him in a bibbed overalls looking like an old farmer.

Imagine him driving on a new car lot in that truck.

Can’t you just see the salesmen looking at each other, hoping someone else will go out and waste their time on the old man?

Jesus was born in a lowly manger.
No innkeeper would even make room for him.

An amazing thing was about to happen.
Some lucky innkeeper could have played a big part in the story, but it all looked very ordinary and unimportant to him.

He dismissed them without regard.

Each person born to earth is amazing in their own special way, not to be looked past, or around, not to be ignored.

Brown paper packages… amazing people inside.

__________________________________Dina Dove

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

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One Word Changes Everything

I seem to be doing a great deal of coaching with people who ‘give too much’.

These are an outstanding group of people who do amazing things. They are gifted, giving, humble, gentle and unfailingly kind.

They are the quiet, unassuming types who go about their days spreading happiness straight from the heart.

They give to everyone, even to the point of depriving themselves.

While intending to follow the most beautiful commandment, “Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself”, they are accidentally missing the boat. And it’s all because of one little word. The word is “as”.

Love God with all your heart and your neighbor AS yourself.

That one little word, when emphasized, changes everything.

It’s wonderful to shower love on others, but if you leave yourself out of the equation you’ve completely lost its intended meaning.

Remember to treat yourself as much consideration as you do others. Not only will it improve your life… you are encouraged (even commanded) to do it.

And really, it’s all about God in the end. For how can we best show our love for Him on earth?

By loving his children. And… you are one of his children, too!

You deserve a measure of kindness equal to that you give others.
_______________________________________Dina Dove

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

For further information, please contact me at support@DinaDove.com

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Lessons from the Tortoise and the Hare

The Hare started off fast thinking his skills were so superior to the competition that he got all cocky and tried to intimidate the turtle with his bravado.

It certainly did not make him the man of the hour.

There are so many examples of this teaching for adults as well.

In the same vein as the attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client, the person who thinks he knows it all, still has a lot to learn.

It is actually a very short ride from success to failure.
And thinking you can’t fail or that it could never happen to you was pretty short sighted in that story.

The Hare actually had a great deal going for him.
He was quite a runner and he had the passion to get off to a quick start.

Instead of respecting his competition, the rabbit taunted the turtle. (Not something he learned in kindergarten.)

Everyone figured the hare would win. He was so flamboyant, so sure of himself.

Isn’t it true that those who walk around all puffed up, and telling us they are great, are the ones we usually get behind?

All that star power is hard to resist.

And yet, most often, over the long haul it is the quiet, unassuming, consistently moving forward types that go unnoticed.

And, while no one is thinking they have much going on, they are the ones who really excel.

They excel at being a good neighbor, a good father to their children, and living a happy, financially secure life as they get older.

Wouldn’t you rather take your cues from a turtle? 

What lasting wisdom have you received from fairy tales?
___________________________________________________Dina Dove

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

For further information, please contact me at support@DinaDove.com

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