Shoulda Woulda…

5 May

Everyone’s experiences in life are different. We make our decisions and choices based on what we’ve learned, what we want, and how we feel. Some things go exactly the way we expected, and others, not so much. Most of the time we try hard to choose the best path moving forward. We don’t know what we don’t know and there is no way to have every single fact about every single situation. We must work with what we have and deal with the consequences. If we’ve had a stumble and something we did blew up in our faces, there may be others around us willing to give us their opinions about what happened. They may tell us we should have done this or that differently, or maybe if we’d asked them they would have had all the answers. Uh huh, sure. It’s very easy to armchair quarterback and see everything clearly after the fact. We can look back with all the knowledge we now possess and see where we made the wrong turn, but using insight and knowledge we didn’t have at the beginning to judge our actions is a fool’s game. It’s always easy to see the road after we’ve traveled it, but there is no way to see the end at the start. No matter what’s happened, we don’t need to demean ourselves thinking we should have done things differently. We can learn from what’s happened, and take all that knowledge forward to help us in the future. What’s done is done and there is no way to change the past. We are intelligent and completely capable of making excellent choices. By trusting our own personal wisdom and doing everything we can to move ahead with clarity, we will reach success. Nothing is permanent and we have everything we need to do anything we desire.

Most of us have met someone who thinks they know everything. They tell others what they should do, where they should go, how they should dress, and everything else they have an opinion about. We can certainly take any advice we’re offered, but we know who we are and what we want. We can listen to suggestions and then move forward according to our own desires and decisions. There isn’t anything we can’t manage or figure out, and with patience and focus, we can achieve every goal.

When things go wrong, someone may tell us if we’d only done it their way everything would have worked out. Maybe they think they have more insight into our personal lives than we do, which frankly is impossible. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. If something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the road or the end of our journey. Mistakes are just detours that tell us what doesn’t work, which is valuable information. We can stand strong and step forward with confidence, continuing on to success.

Today if your plans have gone awry and didn’t work out, do not despair. Learn everything you can from the experience, and take all the wisdom and insight you’ve gained forward with you. You are amazing and have greatness inside you. Trust yourself and be confident. Nothing is out of reach and every destination is waiting. Step forward and make them yours.

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