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Shoot for the Moon

12 Mar

There are all kinds of goals we want to accomplish in our lives. We know what we want and where we want to go, and can plan to achieve anything we desire. When we push forward and do what’s needed to complete something we want, there is great satisfaction when we get there. Every goal is possible but if we’re highly motivated and desperate to succeed, we may make plans that are beyond our reach. If we set our sites on completing something in ways that are impossible to achieve, we sabotage ourselves. For instance, if we want to lose twenty pounds we can, but setting a time frame of two weeks to get it done is likely going to fail. We can push for more success at work but deciding we’re going to be the CEO or president of the company within the first year of being hired – also probably not going to work. We can shoot for the moon, but we must remember the moon is very far away. We can get there, but we must plan in ways that allow us to reach it. We can be excited and motivated, and still make reasonable and workable plans that enable us to succeed. Of course, anything could happen and we might get lucky. The planets may align for us, everything may go our way, and somehow, we may manage to accomplish the impossible. But holding out for that is a fool’s errand. We can do anything we want if we plan our way forward effectively, and in ways that enable us to accomplish the goal we desire. We can leave the pipe dreams in the pipe, and choose a clear, and sustainable way forward. We have all the intelligence and wisdom we need to achieve anything we desire. Every goal is possible, and we will succeed.

It’s fun to dream about incredible and amazing things that could happen to us and change our lives in ways we desire. Fantasy can be anything we want it to be, but we don’t live in fantasy land, we live in the real world. Our dreams won’t suddenly come true because we’re wishing for them, and our lives won’t change in positive ways on their own. We can have the lives we dream about, but we must plan for them, and then work to make them ours. Every goal is possible, and with determination, and thoughtfulness, we can achieve them.

When we don’t reach a goal, we may blame ourselves. We may feel we didn’t work hard enough or fast enough to make it ours. That could be true, but sometimes we’re not the problem, the goal is. If we’ve set the parameters too high to achieve, or too fast to accomplish, we will fail. Failure doesn’t mean we aren’t good enough to reach the goal, but that the way we tried didn’t work. We can reset our focus, redesign our plan, and try again. There isn’t anything too far or too difficult for us to achieve. We have everything we need to succeed, and we will win.

Today if you’re trying to push beyond what’s possible in an effort to accomplish a goal, think about the best way forward. You are intelligent and wise, and can devise a plan that will take you to success. Every goal is possible, and you have everything you need to prevail. Choose the road that will take you to the destination, and step forward. You are amazing and capable, and nothing can keep you from success.

Success

10 Mar

We all want strong, fulfilling lives that move us toward what we want the most and bring us happiness. While that is always possible, we must first decide what we want. Many people say they want success, but just saying we want to be successful means nothing. It’s an obscure thought without definition or plan. What does success mean? Is it all about monetary benefits where we have all the money we want and need? Or is it something defined by accomplishing a certain level of excellence in some area, or reaching some defined goal? Whatever it is for each of us, if we want to achieve it, we must make a plan for getting there. How can we reach the goal? What must we do and where must we go? What needs to be done to pave the way forward? What changes, if any, must we make to reach it? An undefined and unspecified goal is impossible to reach. We must clearly decide what we want, and determine how we’ll get it. Once we define those things, we can begin to move ahead toward the goal. We can be as successful as we desire if we’re willing to do what is necessary to reach the goal we want. If we stay focused and continue to push forward, we will prevail. We can have the lives we dream about but they won’t just happen. Success won’t simply fall into our laps because we’re nice, or because we really want it. We must plan and then work to get what we want. Everything is possible and nothing is too difficult to accomplish. We already possess all the strength and courage we need to do anything we desire. Our lives are ours to design. With determination and focus, we can go anywhere and reach any goal.

The world is filled with endless opportunities and possibilities. There are limitless things to do and countless places to go. We’re in control of our lives but if we don’t know what we want, we may spend a lot of time standing still. The options are endless but if we stand still, we cannot experience anything new. New experiences enrich us and give us greater depth and understanding of the world around us. We can trust ourselves to step forward and open a new door. We can have the lives we dream about by taking a step forward and making it ours.

Many people equate success with money. While money can do a lot, it doesn’t create true happiness. It’s just a tool that unlocks a lot of doors. Personal happiness comes when we’re successful in the things we value. When we have strong, healthy relationships with those around us and do what fulfills us, happiness will follow. We can have deep, rich lives, and reach every goal we desire if we focus on what we want the most, and then do what is needed to get there. We deserve complete happiness, and with determination we will reach it.

Today if you’ve decided what you want the most, make a plan to achieve it and step forward. Nothing is out of reach and you can have the life you dream about. You are powerful and strong, and nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident. You will succeed and nothing can hold you down. Every dream is possible and you will win.

By the Book

19 Feb

There are lots of reference materials available for just about everything we want to accomplish. If we get stuck trying to do something, we can find information to guide us through and give us the directions we need. It might be an owner’s manual, a specialized book, or information we can look for on the internet. We can usually get the help we need for any problem we might encounter. It’s great to find the assistance when we need it, and be able to figure out what’s going on and how to proceed. It would be wonderful if there was a book like that about our personal lives. A reference we could go to when things go wrong and we have no idea what to do, or how to fix it. Imagine, every problem we face already recorded with a list of answers for how to proceed. Now that would be amazing, but unfortunately, that is not reality. There are no individual life manuals available, and we must find our own way through our problems and issues on our own. Fortunately, we’ll get a lot of experience managing difficulties as we go through each day. We may not appreciate the situations while we’re in them, but they give us information about how to solve problems and bring the confidence we need to move forward. Our life manual is simply our experiences. They teach us as we progress and we gain insight and understanding about ourselves, those around us, and the world in general. Everything we do teaches us something. We learn as we go, and with each experience become wiser and more enlightened.

Just like there are many roads to every destination, there will always be more than one answer to every problem. There may be times when it seems there is only one way forward, but we can modify and individualize any plans possible. Unlike working with something mechanical where the parts must be organized exactly as directed in order for things to work, we have the opportunity to differentiate each solution so it works best for us. We always know what we want most, and can do what is needed to ensure we succeed.

We may create defined guidelines for completing certain tasks and goals, and may reach them exactly as we’ve planned. But life is full of surprises and nothing is certain. Things happen, decisions out of our control are made, and we may find that our well thought out plans for moving ahead are no longer viable. We don’t have to give up the goal simply because the road has turned. We can look at all the possible options available and decide how we want to proceed. Every destination is there for us, and by being flexible and confident, we will find the way forward.

Today if you’re trying to hold onto your plans but things are getting in the way, remember there is always another way forward. You can modify your direction and find the road that takes you to your destination. Nothing can hold you in place. Every destination is there for you. Modify your ideas and move forward with confidence. You are amazing and every success is possible. Keep moving forward. You will prevail.

Whatever Can Go Wrong

30 Jan

When we’re pushing toward something complicated we want to accomplish, there may be unforeseen developments and we never know what will happen next. If we’ve been on the road for a while, and many things have gone wrong, it can be hard to keep our motivation level up. Sometimes it may seem that whatever could possibly go wrong, does go wrong. When there’s one blockade after another, and every step forward seems to push us two steps back, it’s hard to continue to believe we can succeed. Some goals are very difficult to achieve. That’s why the hardest and yet most desired goals are often left behind. It’s hard to keep trying when it seems everything we do goes south. But with determination and focus, we can reach any goal, no matter how hard. There is an old saying that, “Nothing worth having comes easily.” That’s often true. We can stand back and be happy with what’s readily available, learning to accept mediocrity. Or we can resolve that no matter how hard the road is ahead, we will continue forward until we reach the destination. Greatness is possible, but it will take constant work and careful attention. We can have the lives we want if we’re willing to do what it takes to get them. Every destination is possible but they won’t all come with ease. Our dreams won’t simply come true because we desire them, or we’re good people, or we think we deserve them. We must do what is required to make them ours. We are strong and powerful and have all the wisdom we need to accomplish anything we desire. Trusting ourselves and being confident will move us forward, and we will prevail.

Before beginning toward any goal, it’s helpful to look at everything we can see that might be involved, and think about possible complications that may arise. Planning is beneficial, but we can’t read the future, and even when we try hard to prepare for what may come, we may be surprised by developments along the way. We don’t know what we don’t know. There will always be something happening we couldn’t foresee, and the road ahead may get convoluted and twisted up. Problems may arise, but we are intelligent and with patience, and careful consideration, will find our way through.

There may be times when there are so many obstacles and detours, we cannot move ahead. Change is constant, and timing is everything. What isn’t possible today may be easily accessible tomorrow. If we can’t get through and push closer to the goal right now, we can set it aside until our situation changes and then, start again. We are capable of discerning the best way forward, and can make the best decisions regarding our next steps. We can reach any destination we choose, and have the lives we desire most.

Today if you’re stuck and can’t move forward toward a goal you’re seeking, look at all the options possible. If the goal isn’t available now, set it aside and plan for it in the future. You are wise and amazing, and nothing is beyond your reach. Decide what you want to do and step forward with confidence. Success is there for you, and you will reach it.

Reaching

2 Dec

Life is filled with opportunities for growth and understanding. We can do anything we really want to do and go as far as we desire. We can reach further and stretch to move closer to any destination we choose. But progress doesn’t always come easily, and understanding can elude us even when we’re trying hard to get a grasp on something. There is always a lot going on all around us. People come in and out of our lives continually, we face innumerable challenges and complications, and sometimes just when we’re sure we’re headed in the right direction, the road turns and we end up going the long way around or even the wrong way. We can always right our course, and find the way forward, but that may take more time than we want, and might involve a lot of unexpected adjustments. Change doesn’t just happen because we want it. We have to do what is necessary to make it ours. If we really want the lives we dream about, if we really want to experience true success, we’re going to have to step away from what we already know. The world is a huge place and the chances for change are unlimited. Staying in the same place and refusing to move will only bring us the same things over and over again. We have incredible potential and nothing is too complex or difficult for us to manage or unravel. We can step forward with confidence that although we don’t know exactly what lies ahead, we will handle whatever comes and be able to push forward toward any goal we desire. There are endless possibilities, and countless opportunities for success. There is sufficient wisdom and courage within us to guide us forward, and help us open every door we reach. Every dream is possible, and we can go anywhere and do anything.

Our lives are ours to design and we can create them any way we like. If we want a small life filled with routine and repetition, it’s easy to achieve. We can keep our influence close, and do the same things we know well. It takes courage to step away from what is commonplace, but if we’re ready to move onto something new, there are no walls that can hold us in. We can step off the well-traveled path, and forge our own road ahead. There is great satisfaction in doing new things and stretching beyond where we are.

We never need permission to pursue our own personal goals or reach for our dreams. Nobody knows what we want better than we do. Those around us may not agree, and may try to dissuade us from stepping forward, but we’re in control of our lives. We can do anything we desire, and no matter how far away or how difficult a goal is to achieve, we already possess everything we need to succeed. We are powerful and strong, and nothing can hold us back from what we want the most.

Today if you’re thinking of trying something new but aren’t sure you will prevail, trust yourself. You are smarter and stronger than you think you are, and nothing can hold you in place. Set your sites on the goals you’re dreaming about, and step forward. You have everything you need to succeed and you will win.

The Big Turn

5 Nov

Each day we live brings something new and every step we take moves us toward some destination. As we navigate ahead, sometimes we move on auto pilot, just going through predictable motions and doing what must be done. There are always things to attend to and responsibilities to meet. Our routines may become commonplace and sometimes we may feel we already know what will happen next. But life is fickle and just when we feel comfortable, something changes and our direction is altered. If we’ve just been coasting through, we may barely notice the adjustment, but if we’ve been pushing forward purposely in a specific direction and suddenly the road turns, the change may completely unravel us. We may feel confused and unsure about how to continue. Change is constant and when it comes unexpectedly and turns us upside down, finding the way forward may be difficult. Every destination is reachable but they won’t all come by traveling clear, paved, straight roads. There will be complications, things will go wrong, people will get in the way, and situations will get rearranged. What we do when the road ahead is blocked will decide if we reach our goal or not. If the change is too confusing and we’re tired of the journey, we may simply let it go and forget about the goal. We’re in control of our lives and can change direction any time we like. But if the goal is important, and we want to achieve it, there isn’t any complication or blockade that can keep us from it. If we want our dreams to become reality, we must be willing to adjust and bend when things change. It takes work to get the lives we want the most, but we are strong and capable, and nothing is out of reach. There isn’t a road we can’t navigate and nothing we can’t accomplish. We can keep our eyes focused forward and find success.

Life is messy, and there is always something that can go wrong. We may plan well, and execute our plan with precision, and still something may happen that throws a wrench right into the middle of it. We can’t control what other people will do, or developments beyond our reach, and there is no way to know what will happen next. It doesn’t matter if things go wrong or the road turns. There will always be another way forward and we are smart enough, and strong enough to find it.

How much we want to achieve a goal will determine how focused we are. If we’re attempting to move ahead on a road someone else thinks we should travel, we may start out strong but because it’s not our personal choice, our efforts may dwindle. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. Nobody can know what we need or want more clearly than we do. We can trust our own judgement and move toward any goal we desire. Everything is possible, and with determination and focus, we can make our dreams come true.

Today if the road ahead is suddenly blocked, look around. There is always another way forward. Complications cannot hold you in place, and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident and trust yourself. You know what you want, and you know how to get it. Step forward. Every blessing is waiting for you, and you will succeed.

Ice

10 Oct

We all try to avoid complications when working on a project or moving toward a goal. If we see something coming that might delay us and we have other options, we may steer away from it and continue forward. But we can’t see everything and there’s no way to know what lies ahead. A curve in the road may block a big detour or someone may make a decision that stops us in our tracks. Although we’re always in charge of our lives and have control over every decision we make, sometimes things get out of control because of circumstances beyond our reach. It’s like driving in the wintertime and coming upon a patch of black ice. Once we’re on it, even though we’re still holding the steering wheel, the car may veer out of control. If we remain calm and keep our wits about us, we can maneuver ahead without crashing into something. The same sort of scenario may happen in our lives. We may be moving along and then suddenly, without warning, an unexpected complication derails us and we have to quickly decide what to do next. Anything can happen, and we must be prepared to manage any surprises that come. We have all the wisdom we need to manage any problem or obstacle in our path, and with patience and clarity, can determine what we should do. We can navigate around any issue and there will always be another way forward. There are unlimited roads to every destination we desire. If the one we’ve been traveling is suddenly impassible, we can view all the other options possible, change our focus, and start again. Every goal is attainable and we have everything we need to succeed.

Sudden changes can create great stress and discomfort. If we let frustration or anger take over, it will be nearly impossible to figure out our next steps. We can’t think about options for the way forward if we’re consumed with disappointment for what hasn’t worked. It’s normal to feel discouraged when our plans fall apart, but we don’t have to let that control us. We can step back, refocus on what we need to do next, and then step forward with confidence that we will prevail.

If we’ve determined there is only one way to move forward and that has been blocked, we may decide the goal isn’t worth the trouble and let it go. We can always change our minds about anything in our lives. When problems arise, we can turn away and start on something new. But stopping every time something goes wrong will only ensure we’ll stay exactly where we are. There will always be unexpected developments and rarely will things go exactly the way we planned. We have all the intelligence and determination we need to find a new way forward, and continue toward the goals we seek. Nothing can keep us from reaching anything we desire.

Today if all the plans you’ve made have suddenly gone up in smoke and you can’t see the way forward, take a moment to objectively look at all the possible options before you. There will always be another road and nothing is out of reach. Decide what you want and then take the first step toward it. Every destination is there for you, and nothing can keep you from success.