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Winning the Lottery

11 May

We’ve all heard stories of people who have won the lottery and seen them smiling for cameras holding the big check.  It’s exciting to think about winning and getting all the cash we think will improve our lives, and we may dream about it and persistently buy tickets in the hope that the dream will come true.  Someone will win the lottery and it might be us but the odds are currently 1 in 292 million that it’ll happen.  Those are long, long odds.  To put it in perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning in our lifetime are about 1 in 5,000.  We can buy all the lottery tickets we want but instead of wishing and hoping for something so remote and out of our control to change our lives, we can actively pursue a path that will take us where we want to go.  We have a far greater chance of success when we’re in control of where we’re going than waiting for something to simply fall in our laps.  We’re in charge of our personal destiny and we can determine where we go and what we accomplish.  Success is always possible and once we define it we can chart our course forward to achieve it.  Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we truly want to do.  If we want great financial success and are willing to do what it takes to accomplish it, we will succeed.  Nothing is out of reach but we must achieve success ourselves.  Nobody is going to give us everything we desire simply because we want it but with determination and persistence we can get it.  Nothing is out of reach once we decide what we want.  We can do anything and reach any success we desire.

It’s important to have dreams and they inspire us to do great things.  We can dream all we want but until we do something to make our dreams come true they are like clouds sailing across the sky with no substance or direction.  All the hoping and wishing in the world will never make them a reality.  We must plan for success and then move forward toward it to make it happen.  All our dreams can come true when we do what is required to achieve them.

We can spend our lives unhappy and bemoaning where we are, complaining we never got the chance to do what we wanted.  We can blame our circumstances, those around us, the pressures of family or tradition, and anything else.  We always have the power to change our lives.  There isn’t anything we can’t do but if we are afraid, or lazy or simply don’t want to try, nothing will happen.  It’s easy to stand still.  It requires little effort and even less thought.  There is greatness is all of us and we are more powerful than we realize.  We can do anything, go anywhere and achieve any dream we desire but it’s up to us.  Nobody is going to hand us the perfect life.  We must create it for ourselves.

Today if you’ve been hoping you’ll win the lottery to finally change your life and give you what you want, remember you’re in control of where you go and what you do.  You can change things and do anything you desire.  Be strong and remember how powerful you are.  Nothing is beyond your reach and all your dreams can come true.  Step forward.  Every possibility is waiting for you. Happiness is just ahead.

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Falling in Place

15 Mar

It’s a great feeling to accomplish a goal we’ve worked hard for. There may be great pride in the work we’ve done to achieve what we set out to do and we may feel relieved and satisfied when we reach the end of a long road. Hard work and determination can bring us great fulfillment and happiness when we’ve endured all the challenges before us and reached success. Few goals will come without effort and if we want to accomplish the things most important to us we must plan our way forward. Simply hoping things will happen or trusting in life to merely roll accomplishments our way is futile. It’s unlikely things will automatically fall in place the way we want them to. We must actively pursue what we really want to accomplish and then chart a course to achieve it. There isn’t anything we can’t do and all our dreams can become reality but it’s up to us to make them happen. We have all the intelligence and wisdom we need to figure out any road ahead of us. We can decide what we want and then begin forward to reach the goal. Life is filled with possibilities and we are the only ones who can keep us from any destination. There is no complication too difficult, no problem too complex, or situation so extreme we can’t find the way around it. If we want something badly enough we can have it. Everything is possible. We need only decide what we want and then do what is needed to get it.

Our behavior and attitudes can hang us up and hold us back from where we want to go. We can’t expect to open doors if we’re rude and hateful to those around us, or continually looking for ways to trip someone else up. If we are selfish and only interested in what makes us look good at the expense of those around us we may burn bridges we’ll need later to get to the goal we’re seeking. Success is more than accomplishment. It’s also reflected in the person we become and how we interact with those around us. Being considerate and polite, and ethical in all our dealings, will help us move forward and enable us to build the connections we need to reach the destinations we choose.

Things will always go wrong no matter what road we’re on. It’s normal for complications to arise and we may have to change direction to move forward. There are few times when our trajectory from one point to another is in a clean, straight line. Most of the time we’ll have detours and things in our way to navigate around. We are strong and capable and certainly wise enough to figure out any problem we may face going forward, and we can find the way to any goal. Every destination is possible and with determination we will find success.

Today if you’ve been standing back and hoping something will happen to bring you success, take control and move toward the goals you desire. You have everything you need to succeed. Take the first step and plan your journey forward. Open every door that will take you where you want to go. Nothing is too far away or too hard for you to reach. Every success is possible. Take control and all your dreams will come true.

In the Weeds

20 Feb

As we live our lives we go through all kinds of struggles and complications, problems and difficulties, and sometimes it seems we will never succeed. We have dreams we want to work on, goals we want to achieve, and when there is a lot to untangle we may feel we’ll never get to them. It’s like trying to find the way through a complex and convoluted maze with blinders on, and can feel like the obstacles before us will never end. If we must push through a lot just to move forward a little we may become overwhelmed and tired, and feel we’ll never prevail. Even if we can see the road ahead, if we’re caught in the mire where we are, moving forward may seem like an impossible dream. As we tire of the struggle we may lose hope and give up. But there is always a clearing ahead. There is always a road in front of us. No matter how tangled we are, and no matter how thick the weeds become, if we continue to take another step forward we will reach it. It may take time to find it, and we may make a few wrong turns, but if we continue the road ahead will open for us. Every problem has a solution. There isn’t anything strong enough or convoluted enough to hold us in place forever. If we keep moving forward, if we keep pushing ahead, we will find all the answers we seek. Life can be hard, but we are strong and capable, and nothing is too difficult for us to manage. We have all the endurance we need to continue. We can be confident even when we fail, and courageous even when we stumble. Everything is there for us, and we have everything we need to succeed.

Sometimes the road ahead seems endlessly perplexing and continuously complicated. If we get overwhelmed, we may decide moving forward is impossible. There are a lot of factors involved in every decision and sometimes the goals we want to reach aren’t available to us when we want them. If we can’t move forward, if the weeds are too thick, we can set the goal aside for a time and return to it later when our circumstances have changed. Often success is about timing. We need never give up on anything we want to achieve, but we can step away until our situation modifies and we can move forward.

Success doesn’t always come with the first try. If we aren’t committed to the objective, the first time things go wrong we may give up and walk away. But if the goal is important we can do whatever it takes to achieve it. There is nothing too far out of reach or too difficult for us to understand. We can do anything we desire. We are wise enough to figure out any complication and strong enough to continue forward.

Today if you’re in the weeds and the road ahead is hard to find, decide how you want to proceed. You can reach any goal you choose if you are willing to do what is needed to get there. Decide on the way forward and proceed with confidence. There isn’t anything you can’t do. You are strong, wise, and powerful. Choose your next step. Success is always there for you. Nothing will stop you from reaching the goal.

 

Thorns

7 Feb

Every beautiful, fragrant rose is a delight to see.  They are lovely but each stem is studded with ferocious thorns that can cut and hurt when we touch them.  Thorns can do a lot of damage and we must be careful when handling even the loveliest of blossoms.  It seems counterproductive to have such a beautiful flower with such a terrifying enhancement, but this is how many of our experiences are in life.  When we want something desirable and wonderful, we often have to go through something difficult to get it.  The old saying there is no such thing as a free lunch is true.  If we want roses, we have to put up with thorns, and if we want to achieve our goals, we have to do what is required to get there.  Sometimes there may be quick answers and shortcuts that will take us further and more quickly, but often we must take the long way around one step at a time, and endure everything in our path to make the dream a reality.  We may get tired, frustrated, overwhelmed, or just fed up with the struggle, and still the road is long before us.  We must have enough temerity and grit to grind through the tough times if we want to make it to the goal.  There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what is required.  Being willing to push a little harder, endure a little longer, and continue forward one more time will take us where we want to go.  We can manage thorns and overcome them.  We can reach any goal and find complete satisfaction and happiness in our lives.

There will always be plenty of people around us who have opinions about our lives.  They may say we can’t win at what we’re attempting.  It’s too hard, it’s too complicated, it’ll take too much time, or we aren’t strong enough to get through it.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of our decisions or the path we’re on.  We are in charge of our lives and can do anything we like.  If others disagree, it’s on them.  We don’t have to change our plans or desires just because they aren’t what someone else would choose. We can do things our way and travel any road we desire.

When the journey has been long and arduous, and we’re weary of complications and problems, we may decide to set the goal aside for a time.  Life is long and there are many things to accomplish.  If we can’t move forward toward one goal and nothing we do improves the situation, we can move on to something else and return to it later.  Sometimes success is all about timing. Our lives are constantly changing and when our situation is different we may find the road ahead is clear and we can reach the goal.  We can get to any destination we desire, and be confident we will find success.

Today if you’ve been pushing through a sea of thorns and complications, and the goal is still out of reach, decide how you want to go forward.  You can continue to push ahead, or set it aside  until your situation changes and then try again.  There isn’t anything you can’t do.  You are strong and wise, and nothing is out of reach.  Plan the way forward and be confident.  You will get to the destination and find success.

Standing Still

2 Feb

Everyone has dreams about how they want their life to go and what they want to happen.  If we want to accomplish something we can move forward toward the goal and with time and effort, achieve it.  It won’t always go the way we planned, and it won’t always be as easy as we hoped but anything we want can be accomplished.  If we’ve tried and failed at several goals we may begin to believe we are destined to stay where we are.  We may lose our confidence and courage to step out of what is familiar and try anything new.  After all, there is no way to know what could go wrong or how hard it might be, and if we don’t feel sure we can find our way we may simply choose instead to stand still.  There is nothing wrong with standing still if we’re taking time to plan our next move or if we need to think about the way forward.  But standing still and giving up on moving again will not make us happy.  We may feel comfortable in the same place knowing the scenery and the players, but it’s impossible to move forward or accomplish anything new by staying where we are.  Life is filled with possibilities and we can reach anything if we are willing to stretch.  Even if everything has gone wrong in the past, and even if nothing we’ve tried so far has worked, we can start again.  We have endless chances to succeed.  There will always be another door to open and another road to travel.  We can be brave enough to move ahead and find the way to any destination we desire, and make all our dreams come true.

There is comfort in familiarity.  We know where we are, we know what to expect, and we know who is involved.  It’s easy to figure out the next step when we’ve been on the same road for a while.  But familiar territory was once foreign to us and only after the passage of time has it become comfortable.  Every foreign situation is only foreign until we make it ours.  We can try new things understanding that in time they will become familiar and comfortable.  Stepping out of our routines and taking a chance on something new will refresh us and bring us experiences that will broaden our understanding and deepen our lives.

We cannot reach our full potential by repeating the same patterns day after day.  If we want to go far and develop our talents, and if we want to reach higher, we must be willing to break away from what we know and try something new.  It takes courage to step into the unknown not knowing what lies ahead, but we have all the courage we need to do anything.  There will never be a perfect moment to begin, and waiting for that to happen is the same as doing nothing.  We can start now, today, right where we are, and push forward onto a new road.  We can believe in our dreams and do what is needed to take control of them and make them ours.

Today if you’ve been standing still waiting for the perfect moment to try something new, let go and start moving forward.  Every dream you imagine can be yours.  Be confident.  You already have everything you need to succeed at anything you desire.  Go forward and reach further.  Open all the doors and you’ll find complete happiness.

Time’s Up

20 Nov

There are times we might face a deadline with something we’re working on.  It doesn’t happen all the time and when it does there may be an added measure of intensity and focus on the project in an effort to comply with the required parameters set forth.  If we have all the information we need and are able to plan effectively, often we will meet the deadline.  But if there are surprise developments that block our way forward, they may uncontrollably delay our progress.  If the goal is very important to our personal or professional growth, any complication may increase our stress level as we try to proceed.  When there is much to do and time is short that stress may become quite intense as we try to push ahead.  If the situation becomes confusing or there are a lot of factors in play, we may feel overwhelmed and unable to focus clearly on what we should do next.  Time constraints add an additional dimension of pressure to any task we want to complete.  When there is a lot going on and much to accomplish we can find our way through more easily by stepping back for a moment and looking at the big picture.  It’s easy to get caught up in one detail and lose track of how far we’ve already come.  When we see everything objectively we can more clearly identify what we must do next and see the way forward.  We are capable of managing many complex things and can do anything we desire.  There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we keep moving forward.  Our abilities are limitless and we have everything necessary to succeed.

Every story has many moving parts and interpretations.  If we are given all the information we need at the beginning of any task we have a better chance of completing it.  But often we only get some of the facts and additional information comes forward as we move along.  Although we may be grateful for the new details as they arise, they may cause us to change our direction completely which will cost additional time.  The best we can do is move forward with the information we have and when new developments arise do our best to modify our course as effectively as possible.

Nothing ever goes the way we think it will.  There will always be surprise developments or complications we didn’t plan for.  There are countless ways things that can go awry and when we encounter them we may struggle to discern what to do next.  There isn’t a destination we can’t reach.  We may need to revise and regroup, sometimes more than once, but with determination we can find the way forward.  There isn’t a goal too difficult to reach.  We can do anything we set out to do, be confident of success, and accomplish what is needed to achieve it.

Today if you’re under time pressure to complete a task and it seems impossible to reach, step back for a moment and look at how far you’ve come already.  The goal is only steps away.  Plan your way forward and keep your eyes on the destination.  You are strong and capable, and nothing is beyond your grasp.  Everything you desire is possible and you will reach it.

Accomplished

6 Nov

We meet all kinds of people as we go through our lives.  Some of them share common traits with us and others are very different.  We all define success in unique ways and accomplish many different things as we navigate forward.  Sometimes if we meet new people who have achieved great and impressive goals we may feel our lives are small in comparison.  We may look at ourselves compared to them and believe we haven’t done enough or our contributions are in some way less valuable.  None of us will have identical experiences and we all move in different ways on the roads we have chosen.  When we see the success others have achieved we may think our successes aren’t as important or are somehow beneath them.  It’s easy to believe we haven’t done enough when we compare ourselves to others we admire but every achievement no matter how small has value.  Every single step we take forward is an important success.  If we’re on the road we want to be on and headed in the direction we want to go we are successful.  The world’s ideas of success mean nothing.  We define our personal success by the standards we set for ourselves.  Maybe we haven’t published a book, run a marathon, or built a corporation.  But if what we’ve done has brought us satisfaction and happiness, we are successful.  Nothing can compare to the joy we find when we accomplish something we truly desire, no matter if others notice or not.  We are defined by our own standards.  Our lives are valuable and important and our contributions count.  Everything we do makes an impact and we are an integral part of the world around us.

Fame and fortune are big and spectacular.  We see it splashed across headlines, the covers of magazines and those who enjoy it get a lot of attention.  If we get caught up in what others think we should achieve and aren’t on those roads, we may believe we are failures.  If we haven’t earned a lot of money, or done anything sensational and noteworthy to those around us, we might think our lives are inconsequential and meaningless.  But every life has value.  Every one of us plays a role in the history of the world.  Every decision we make brings a result that affects the situation around us.  We fill an emptiness the world would experience without us.

We define our lives and design them in ways that bring us happiness and satisfaction.  What we value may not be what others find important.  Our goals are unique to what we want to accomplish.  We need not define our personal success by the parameters the world sets.  Our happiness is achieved when we do what is most important to us and takes us where we want to go.  The world belongs to us and we may define it according to our unique standards and desires.

Today if you’ve been comparing yourself to the successes of those around you and feel you haven’t accomplished enough, remember your life is yours to define.  You decide what your personal success looks like.  You are important and the world needs your influence.  Be yourself and be confident.  You have so much to offer and we’re all lucky you’re here.