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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.

Now What

9 Oct

We go through a lot of adjustments and developments in our lives. Nothing lasts forever and change is constant. If we’ve been working toward a big goal for a long time – a college degree, a promotion at work, a project that has required lots of time and energy – we get used to the demands it places on us and work our lives around what needs to be done. But eventually everything reaches a conclusion, and when we’ve accomplished what we set forth to do and everything has settled, there may be a lull while we try to figure out what’s next. When we’ve been so focused on one thing for a long time and we finally finish it, there will be a great sense of accomplishment but then the next day arrives and everything is different. Life is filled with opportunities and chances to do anything we like, but before we can start, we have to decide how we want to proceed. It sounds easy, and sometimes it is and we move on to what we want next. However, other times we may have no idea what our next steps should be. When we’ve been focused on one thing for a long time and that’s over, we may feel like there’s a hole in our lives. We want to fill it, but may have no idea how or with what. Now what? We know there are lots of options we can choose. We can take our time and think about what we want to do. Life is a journey made of endless destinations. By choosing where we want to go next, we can start forward and open new doors and find new experiences that will enrich us and move us ahead. Learning never ends and we can go anywhere and do anything we desire. We can push toward what we dream about and make it ours. Nothing is out of reach and we can have the lives we want.

Variety brings great interest into our lives. Having lots of different choices before us enables us to design our days any way we like. There will always be endless opportunities, but unlimited possibilities can make it hard to choose. We could do this, or do that, go this way, or turn around and go the other. Before we choose anything, we must first decide what we want and where we want to end up. Once that’s settled, we will more easily be able to plan the way forward, and find success.

Sometimes after achieving a great accomplishment we’ve worked hard for, there may be a lull in our thinking. We may want to stand still for a time before we begin something new. Big changes take time to adjust to. There is no rush to push forward. We can take the time we need to understand where we are, and then choose how we want to proceed. Our lives belong to us and we can design them any way we like. We don’t have to hurry to decide what we want next. Every goal is possible, and when we’re ready, we will achieve them.

Today if you’ve finally completed a big project or accomplished something you’ve pushed hard for, be happy in your success. Take the time you need to think about what you want to do. You don’t have to rush into the next project. Every option is there for you and will wait until you’re ready to begin. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is out of reach. Enjoy this moment. Every success is waiting and when you’re ready, you will reach it.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

25 Sep

Life is filled with different experiences, locations, and people, and nothing is the same two days in a row. Sometimes things roll out easily and everything goes forward without a hitch. Other times, there are snags, delays, detours or complete stops as we try to push ahead. It’s helpful when things match up or complement each other in ways that bring quick and easy resolution. Some things just go together, like peanut butter and jelly. When that happens the road ahead is easy to travel. But life is fickle, and just when we think everything will run smoothly, something happens that brings a wrinkle to the plan and slows us down. It would be great if we could just make a plan, execute it and get to the goal without complications, but things are ever changing and nothing is predictable. When our progress is stalled and we’re facing an uphill challenge to get moving again, we may feel frustrated and confused. We may even decide the goal isn’t worth the hassle and let it go. Of course, we can do anything, and if we don’t want to push through trouble to continue on, we can turn away and move on to something else. But a life filled with unfulfilled dreams and incomplete journeys will never bring us satisfaction or happiness. It doesn’t matter what goes wrong or how the road turns. If we’re determined to achieve the goal, we can adjust our trajectory and start again. It may take longer than we planned on and may be more complicated than we imagined at the beginning, but we are strong and smart, and can do anything we want to do. All our dreams are possible, and nothing can keep us from success.

We can’t see beyond a turn in the road. We don’t know what lies ahead or who will enter the picture and change the scenery. Everything is up for grabs and there are countless complications and developments that might happen. If we’re determined to keep things the same and refuse to bend when things change, our chances of success will diminish. Roads can turn, our journey may be diverted, and we may find ourselves reversing course through no cause of our own. It’s not possible to move forward if the road we’re on is now headed in the opposite direction. We can’t prevent what may come but we can alter our plans to allow us to continue moving ahead and ensure we reach our goal.

It’s good to be confident in our decisions. We can make excellent plans and move toward any destination we desire. Sometimes everything will go exactly as we expected, but those times are rare. Usually something will go wrong or change, and we’ll have to regroup and make some modifications. We are intelligent and capable, and nothing can keep us from moving forward. Every goal is within reach and with patience and flexibility, we can go anywhere and do anything we choose.

Today if you’ve hit a big roadblock and can’t move ahead, look at all the possibilities before you. You are wise and intelligent, and nothing can hold you in place. Make a new plan and step forward with confidence. Every goal is there for you and nothing can keep you from success. Step forward and claim the destinations you seek. You are amazing and capable, and can achieve anything you desire.