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Planning to Fail

3 Aug

There are a lot of things we want to do and we may think about how our lives would look if all our dreams came true. We can achieve anything we desire but first we must define what is needed to gain success and then we must be willing to do everything required. Even if we want something badly, there may be times we make decisions that keep us from succeeding. For example, if we want to lose weight but continue to overeat, or we want to be successful in our careers but do only enough to get by, or we want to be physically strong but refuse to exercise. If we don’t do the things needed to succeed we are in essence planning to fail. Success is always available but it won’t come to us simply because we want it badly. We must determine what it takes to achieve it and then we must do it. We can bemoan our lot in life, complain about missed opportunities and feel we’ve been cheated because the life we want the most hasn’t been achieved. We may feel better having a personal pity session but it won’t move us closer to where we want to go. No matter what has passed already there are countless opportunities now we can embrace and pursue to get where we want to go. We never have to stay where we are. We can plan to succeed and move forward with confidence by deciding exactly what we want and then doing what is needed to get it. We are in control of our lives and can do anything we choose. We can be as successful as we desire. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. We can plan to succeed and we can win.

It’s easy to envy others’ successes. When we see those who have achieved goals we desire we may think it was easier for them than it is for us or they somehow found a secret we haven’t yet discovered. We can’t see the years of struggle they may have had to endure or the many failures they had to crawl out from under to keep going. We don’t know what kinds of disappointments they faced or how many times they had to start again. We only see their success. Few successes come without work. We can achieve anything we desire but we must be willing to work for it.

It’s a true axiom that we always do what we want to do most. We may argue that sometimes we don’t have a choice but in reality, we always choose what we will do. Even if there are pressures from those around us to comply with their decisions, we can always go our own way. We don’t have to have to go along to keep the peace, we don’t have to do what is expected, and we don’t have to fit in. We can live our lives any way we choose. Our successes are choices we make and we can achieve anything we desire.

Today if you’ve been wanting to succeed at something but have made choices that have prevented you from moving forward, set your sites on the goal and plan to achieve it. Do what is needed to create the life you want the most. This is your time and you deserve every success. Plan to succeed and then do what is needed to make it happen. Nothing can stop you and you will win.

 

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Setting it Back

10 Jul

As we direct our lives forward sometimes we suffer setbacks that move us backward or hold us in place.  They may involve others who have a different idea of what we should be doing or unforeseen circumstances or developments that stop us in our tracks.  Setbacks are never in our plans and when they happen all we may see is the time we’re losing as we try to correct our course.  It’s irritating when something stands in our way going forward but setbacks are not just complications.  They are also opportunities to stop and review the plans we’ve made and look at options going forward.  Every problem brings with it an opportunity to learn.  If we maximize those opportunities and learn as much as possible we will find the way forward and carry with us all the information we gain.  No matter how much we know about anything we can’t know everything.  A setback is merely a pause in our progress that gives us time to look again.  While we’re standing still we can review our plans and explore new options.  We may find a different perspective that opens new arenas we had not previously considered.  There isn’t anything that can stop us from reaching our goals.  No matter what detours or diversions arise we can find the way to success.

Big plans often have many moving parts.  We may need to fully accomplish one step before we can move to the next.  If it takes a long time or the journey is complicated and difficult we may tire of the struggle and get burned out.  If we need a break we can take one.  Sometimes stepping back for a short time and gaining a fresh view allows us to find ways to move forward more quickly and efficiently.  If we get mired down in our efforts we may develop tunnel vision only being able to see one road ahead.  But there are many roads that lead to every destination.  If we step back and set the goal aside for a moment we may more easily see other options available to us and find a clearer path going forward.

There is no required timeline for most of the goals we want to achieve.  We can set our own schedule and work around the other parameters of our lives.  If we must step away from a goal for a time in order to focus on more pressing situations we can set it back and then pick it up again when the time is right.  There is no need to pressure ourselves to accomplish anything too quickly.  We can make plans that fit into our lives without compromising the other responsibilities we must care for.  There really isn’t anything we can’t accomplish.  We are capable and wise and can move forward in exactly the best way.

Today if you’ve been pushing hard to reach a goal and have suffered a setback and are stuck, use the time to see the whole picture.  Let all the options present themselves and you’ll find the next step.  You are smarter than you think and there isn’t anything you can’t do.  Look around.  The road is there for you and you will find it.  Success is just ahead.

One Tiny Seed

29 Jun

Seeds are amazing things. They carry within them great possibilities for growth and impact on their surroundings. Even very tiny seeds can produce large plants capable of creating fruits or vegetables, or hundreds and hundreds of blooms. It’s incredible to see them in their perfect small form and imagine what they will become. Of course, seeds don’t produce anything unless they are planted, watered and protected. They will sit dormant and all their potential will wait until they find a place to sprout and grow. All our ideas, dreams and plans for the future are like tiny seeds. We think about them and hold them close but until we begin to put them into action and do what is needed to make them a reality they will sit dormant. It’s fun to imagine what our lives may become and to think about our dreams coming true. We can hold onto our seeds for as long as we like. We can tuck them away safely and keep them to ourselves. If we want them to become real we must bring them forward and take the first steps toward making them grow. We have all the tools we need to accomplish anything we desire. There isn’t a dream we can’t work toward or a goal we can’t achieve but first we have to plant the seeds to allow them to grow. We can be confident in our ability to succeed at any task and overcome any hurdle that stands in our way. There really isn’t anything too daunting or difficult for us to manage. We have all the courage we need to proceed. All we have to do is begin and all our dreams can become reality.

We can spend years imagining what could be and where we could go. Dreaming is wonderful and it helps us define what we really want, but dreaming is like blowing feathers in the wind. They are delightful to see as they float upward but eventually they settle and fade. Until we begin to make our dreams come true they will always be out of reach, something nice to think about but nothing we can hold onto. We can change our imaginings into reality and accomplish anything we truly desire. When we stop dreaming about what could be and begin doing what is needed to make our dreams come true everything will come to us.

Some people spend their entire lives hoping for things to happen. If they are unhappy they hope something will change their situation. If they are bored they hope someone will come along to bring them excitement. Hope springs eternal and we may be filled with it but if we really want to change it’s up to us to make it happen. Hope is not action and action is the only thing that moves us forward. We can do what is needed to change our lives, we can plant our seeds and make all our hopes and dreams come true.

Today if you’ve been holding tight to a dream you really want to come true, begin doing what is needed to make it real. You can do anything you want and achieve anything you desire. Take action and begin moving forward. There isn’t anything too far away for you to reach. All your dreams can come true. Today take the first step and you’ll achieve everything you desire.

Invincible

23 Jun

“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.”  Babe Ruth

There are many challenges in life and sometimes when we’ve been striving for a while we may feel overwhelmed and ready to quit.  If we stop pressing forward we can’t move ahead but sometimes the stress of the battle wears on us and we may entertain the idea of giving up.  Nothing ensures failure more effectively than giving up.  We can do anything we want and if we choose to let go of a goal because it’s too hard or takes too long we may stop and move on to other things.  However, if we really want to succeed we can look at the options in front of us and find a way forward that will allow us to move ahead.  If we don’t quit we succeed.  We can’t lose if we never give up.  Nothing is more powerful than consistent determination.  Some things are difficult to achieve and some dreams will take a lot of effort and time but continuing forward is the only way to win.  We can be invincible in our resolve and decide that no matter what comes we will not give up.  Everything is within our grasp but we may need to reach far and stretch wide to gain it.  We have all the power we need and we can accomplish anything we decide to do.  All our dreams can come true if we’re willing to do what it takes to reach them.

When we’re struggling toward a goal and things are going wrong there may be some who will encourage us to stop and let it go.  They may not understand why we’re striving so hard, they may be concerned that it’s too much work, or they may want us to stay as we are today.  Everyone has their own opinions but we may choose what we want in our lives.  It doesn’t matter is others don’t agree, it doesn’t matter if it’s hard to reach the goal and it doesn’t matter if nobody goes along with us.  We can do what’s best for us and reach any goal we desire.  We don’t need permission or agreement.  We own our lives and may design them any way we choose.

Some dreams take a lot of work to achieve and the road may be long and difficult.  For a caterpillar to become a butterfly it must first completely digest itself.  Everything is reduced to the cellular level and then it reorganizes into the completely different organism we know as a butterfly.  When we want to make a big change in our lives we may need to modify many things in order to achieve it.  We may need to change the way we see things and how we look at our lives, re-evaluate our personal decisions or our relationships.  We are capable of doing whatever is needed and if we don’t give up nothing will stop us.  The world belongs to us.  We can do anything we want and have all the power we need to get the lives we choose.

Today if you’ve been working hard toward a goal and are tired of the struggle, before you give up think about what you really want.  You have all the power you need to succeed.  Keep moving forward and you will be successful.  There isn’t anything you can’t do.  Everything is there for you.  Reach again and you will win.

Not Stopping

20 Jun

There are a lot of things going on in our lives all the time. We have responsibilities we must attend to, things we have to get done, commitments we need to keep and endless details to address. In the midst of all this we also have our personal goals and dreams we want to pursue. It can be hard to keep our focus on everything and still find time to do the things we really want to accomplish. It’s frustrating to want something badly and feel like we’re stuck because of other things in the way. The journey can get muddled and we may lose our confidence that we’ll ever get to the destination. We may have to move slowly and we may face detours and roadblocks but if we keep taking another step forward we will get closer to the goal. The only time we are destined to fail is if we stop. Stopping the journey will guarantee we won’t arrive at the destination. We can take a break if we need to but that doesn’t mean we stop altogether. If we’re on a road trip and stop for gas we don’t stay and move into the gas station forever. We take care of what is needed and continue on. The same is true in our personal lives. We may have to stop momentarily but as soon as we’re ready we may continue forward again. Not stopping is the only way to reach any goal. Persistence is the most powerful attribute we possess and will help us achieve anything. We can face what comes and overcome any obstacle if we are motivated enough. There isn’t anything we can’t achieve.

There are a lot of interesting and intriguing things in the world. We may come upon a detour that captures our attention. If it draws us aside and captivates us we may take a step off the road forward. There is nothing wrong with taking a break from the journey but we may find that time passes and we’ve spent it doing things that have kept us in place. If we’ve decided we no longer want to pursue the goal we may change our focus but if we still want to continue forward we can redirect our attention and begin again.

We can do anything we want with our lives. They belong to us and we may design them and take them anywhere we want to go. We all have dreams and goals we want to accomplish but they will never come to us without effort. If we sit back and simply enjoy things as they are they will remain the same. We may be content to do nothing but if we want to achieve something new we must go forward to get there. We have everything we need to do anything we want. We can progress with confidence and stay on the course until we reach the destination.

Today if you’ve been distracted by all the things going on in your life and haven’t moved closer your goal, make a plan to move forward and re-direct your path. You can achieve anything you desire. You are smarter and stronger than you imagine. Be determined and move forward with confidence. There isn’t anything you can’t achieve. All your dreams are waiting for you and you will make them come true.

Wrong Door

1 Jun

When we’re striving to achieve something, there are often many roads that will get us there. Sometimes it seems obvious which way we should go and we set out with confidence. Everything may go well until we hit a roadblock that stops us. Perhaps there is a door we must open and pass through to continue but no matter what we do we can’t get through. We may try to force ourselves forward but if the door blocks us nothing we do will work. Even if we’re headed in the right direction there may be times when we run into an impasse. Something or someone may stand in our way and we may be unable to continue forward. If we are knocking on the wrong door we will get stuck. No matter how good it looks, the wrong door will never take us to our desired destination but there is always another door to find. When we get stopped we can take a moment to look around and see the options before us. No matter what is in our way, if we are determined to reach the goal we can find the road forward. There are few journeys that don’t have complications. Since we can’t see what lies down the road we must take each obstacle as it comes and navigate through. We have all the wisdom and courage we need to accomplish anything we desire. Obstacles may stand in our way but we can continue forward and gain success.

People are complicated and sometimes we may have a relationship with someone that turns out to have a negative impact on our lives and prevents us from moving forward. As we interact with them we may discover things are far different than we thought. We can’t know what we don’t know but truth will rise and when we see things clearly if we don’t want to continue as before we may change direction. We can let go of what doesn’t work and choose a more effective road going forward. We deserve every success and can make whatever changes we desire to ensure we reach it.

As we focus on a goal, if we only see the destination we desire and nothing else, we may ignore what’s going on around us as we push forward. We may miss signs that we are heading in the wrong direction, or be unable to hear quiet promptings that caution us. It’s important to take the time to ensure we know where we’re going before we storm ahead. There is nothing we can’t achieve if we are willing to do what is needed to gain it. We can plan carefully, modify when necessary and find success. We have everything we need already and no matter how many complications we face we will find the way through.

Today if you’ve been striving forward toward a goal and have reached a door that will not open, turn your course and continue on. There are limitless doors, and detours are just cues to change direction. You know how to modify your course and you will find your way. Keep moving forward. The whole world is there for you and you will have it.

Setbacks

16 May

It would be great if everything we chose went well and the desired outcomes always came to us. But life is filled with unknowns and surprises. Others may make unexpected decisions that impact us or there may be unseen forces affecting our plans and suddenly the road ahead is blocked and we have to turn around. Setbacks come and when they do we have to start again and find another way. We aren’t defined by them and we don’t need to be stopped by them. They don’t prevent us from accomplishing our end goal but they may prevent us from continuing forward on the road we’re on. We only fail if we stop moving forward and we never need to stop if we want to achieve the goal. If we suffer a setback, we can start again. If we have another one, we can start again once more. Some goals take time and we may need to work around several obstacles to get there but we can take our time and continually readjust until we find the way. There is rarely a straight line to success. Often, we move forward by turning left here, right there, backing up a bit and starting again. We know what we want to do and we have all the wisdom and patience we need to accomplish anything we choose. If we get stalled, we can start again and succeed. There is nothing too complex or difficult for us to achieve.

When salmon are spawning, they must swim upriver against the flow of water. It’s hard work, there are other fish in the way and if the river is powerful it takes enormous strength to swim against it. But the goal is life and the motivation is powerful enough to push them forward despite how difficult it becomes. We aren’t salmon but there may be times when what we want to do goes against the easy flow forward. We may have to press against the tide and we may suffer setbacks. If we quit the first time things go wrong we have no hope of success. We can keep our eyes focused on the goal and when things get in the way we can find a way around them and keep moving forward.

If others don’t agree with the road we’ve chosen they may try to convince us to revise our plans. They may believe they know what we need better than we do and pressure us to give up the journey. Nobody will ever know us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want to accomplish and we know what we need. Even if everything stands in front of us our motivation is sufficient to take us through. Our lives are ours to define and we deserve every success. If we are focused and determined, setbacks will not stop us, opinions will not deter us and we will win.

Today if you’re moving toward a dream you want to accomplish and there is something in your way, step around it and re-chart the way forward. You can go anywhere you want to go and do anything you want to do. There is no setback strong enough to stop you. Keep your eyes on the goal and take another step. Success is right there for you. One more step and you’ll reach it.