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Small Changes

26 Sep

“If you make a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas, the cumulative benefits would be extraordinary.” Sir Dave Brailsford

Everyone has something they want to change about their lives. We want to be the best we can be, and that often means there are things we need to work on. Maybe we want to lose weight, maybe we want more education, or maybe we just want to be more patient and forgiving. Change and improvement are always possible, but they usually won’t happen overnight. We can take all the time we like to think about what we want do but until we actually begin to do what’s needed, nothing will change. We don’t have to do everything all at once, or completely change our lives to start the journey. By starting small and focusing on just one facet of the goal, we can begin the process of reaching it. We could give up desert just two nights a week, take just one night class, or stand still for moment before we speak. Small changes don’t seem like much, but once we master them we can add another small layer, and day by day, inch by inch we will reach the goal. There is no rush to succeed. The road ahead will wait as long as it takes, and will be there for us. By taking things one step at a time, we really can have the lives we want the most, and reach any destination.

Some people like to talk about all the things they’re going to do and all the places they’re going to go, but day by day, they remain in the same place doing the same things. The old saying that “Talk is cheap,” is true. We can talk all we want, and make all kinds of plans but until we actually do something to achieve the goal, nothing will change. We are highly capable and can do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and taking the first step forward, we can be confident that we will succeed.

If the goal is hard to reach and will require a lot of work and time, we may hesitate before we begin. Our routines are comfortable and easy, and we pretty much know what to expect. We never have to change anything if we don’t want to, but our lives are ours to design, and if there’s something we really want, we can go after it. By changing one thing we can move closer to where we want to be. We know who we are and what we want, and with focus and determination, nothing is out of reach.

Today if there’s something you want to achieve, think about how you want to begin and take the first step. You are amazing and powerful, and can do anything you desire. Trust yourself and be confident. Nothing is too complex or difficult for you to manage.  Decide what you want, and begin. Every single dream is possible, and you will prevail.

Flight Plan

20 Sep

When flying a plane, the pilot doesn’t simply enter the course information into the flight computer and then lie back and relax. There are many factors that affect the plane’s trajectory and altitude, and the pilot must constantly watch what’s happening and continually make small changes to correct course. Auto pilot can assist but will not perceptively re-adjust for storms, winds or other complications, so the pilot must always be awake and aware. In our lives, we make plans for the things we want to do. We know where we want to go and what we want to accomplish and can review every option until we come up with the best plan for achieving the goal. We may make a list of things to accomplish in a specific order, or create a map of exactly how we’re going to proceed. It all looks good on paper and if we get lucky, and everything works in our favor, all may go exactly as planned. But life is complex and there are usually unforeseen complications, unplanned detours and unexpected problems. Our original plan may have been good, it may have been perfect on paper, but once we start to implement it, we may find that what works on paper may not translate into real life exactly as planned. Nobody can read the future or see what’s coming. There is no way to predict how things will go or what will arise. If we want to succeed, just like the pilot, we must find a way to constantly adjust our course. Everything is possible, but the road ahead may not be straight and paved. We are intelligent and if the goal is important enough, we will find our way no matter what happens. By thinking clearly and trusting ourselves, we can do anything we desire and find great success.

Everyone is different and our ideas are unique and specific to our own lives. If everyone was just like us, we could predict what they would do and how they would act, but that isn’t the case. We may think others will respond a certain way based on what we would do, only to be surprised that we were way off base. It doesn’t mean anyone’s response is wrong, but points to the differences between us. Our intentions may be misunderstood because our paradigms are different than those we are interacting with. The best we can do is get as much information as possible before we proceed, and then move forward. Then if things don’t go the way we planned, we can adjust and continue on.

Some people are so sure of themselves that even when it’s obvious their plan isn’t working, will hold fast to it hoping if they just keep doing the same things eventually it’ll all work out. If we’re going in the wrong direction, continuing to press forward will never take us to the goal. By keeping our eyes open, and being willing to change course if needed, we can move ahead and be confident of success. Life is all about change and no matter where we are or what’s happening, if we want to achieve the goal, we can do what is needed to make it ours.

Today if you’ve been pushing toward a destination you desire but are no closer, stop and look at everything objectively. Choose the best way forward and adjust your plan. Keep your eyes open and as things change, modify your direction so you can stay on course. You are very smart and highly capable, and nothing is out of reach. Be confident but remain open to change. You know what you want and every destination is there for you. Success is waiting, and you will reach it.

Breaking Apart

20 Jul

Life is a continual process of letting go. We learn and grow as we move forward, and our lives are continually modified as things develop. Change is constant and we may face a time when due to circumstances beyond our control we must let go of something we cherish deeply.  Health concerns, financial changes and a thousand other developments may prevent us from continuing an activity that has brought us great satisfaction. Our lives may be suddenly be altered in ways that are difficult to accept and hard to understand.  If we must walk away from something we love deeply, we may feel we’re breaking apart. The pain and sorrow may be intense and we may believe we’ll never find happiness again. When we’re suffering and trying to make sense of a new situation, it may seem impossible to navigate and find peace and comfort. Sudden, difficult changes are not easy to get through but we are intelligent and stronger than we imagine. No matter what has happened or what we must leave behind, we can find the road ahead and figure out how to proceed. There is no rush to find all the answers. We can take our time and think about all the options and possibilities available. When we’re ready we can take the first step and begin a new journey. Change isn’t easy but difference doesn’t always mean less. Happiness and success are still there for us, and we can be confident we will achieve them both.

What we do defines who we are, and our lives are embellished by the activities we participate in.  If something changes and we can no longer do the things we love so much, we may suffer serious grief and despair trying to figure out what to do next.  How do we replace something that has defined us for so long?  What could possibly take its place?  At first we may believe it’s hopeless and nothing will ever bring us the same satisfaction we’ve had so far. Life is complicated and things go wrong, but a turn in our direction does not end the journey. There will always be something new to try and in time we will find another way ahead. Life is long and nothing can prevent things from changing. By being open to new options and trusting ourselves, we will find all the answers we need.

Truth is truth and trying to force something that doesn’t work is a waste of time and energy. We can only work with what we have at any given moment, and sometimes the options possible do not match what we want. We can try to ignore the facts and drag everything along with us, determined to make it work which will only exhaust us in the end. By looking at everything objectively and openly, and accepting our situation where it is, we can make a plan to change what we can, and move forward toward success. Seeing things as they really are and not how we wish they were will help us open the doors ahead and reach the destinations we desire.

Today if your situation has changed and you must let go of something you love and desire, think about all the possibilities ahead. Change isn’t the end of the journey. You are wise and intelligent and every answer you seek is there for you. Be comforted and confident. All the destinations you desire are still there for you.  Modify your plans and step forward with clarity and confidence.  Nothing can keep you from your goals and you will succeed.

Instant Success

9 Jun

Everyone has dreams and goals they want to pursue and achieve. There are endless things to do and places to go, and we all have our own ideas about how we want to proceed. When we want something badly, we want it right away. We don’t want to wait, we don’t want to work hard for it, and we don’t want anyone to stand in our way. We might wish we had a magic wand that could make it happen, or our own genie ready to grant us the wish of our hearts so we could just get it and be happy. There are some things we can do quickly, but success doesn’t happen instantly. It’s not like a packet of soup that just requires water to become a meal. Most things worth having take work and time to achieve. Wishing and hoping and dreaming about how it will be once we get there won’t make anything change. The road to success will always be open but if we want to reach it we have to take the journey all the way to the end. There will likely be unforeseen complications, someone might block us, and problems may creep up, but it we’re determined and continue pushing forward we will win. Nothing is impossible if we’re willing to do what is needed to make it ours. Success is always there for us, and if we persist and don’t quit nothing can keep us from it. We are stronger and more capable than we think we are, and there isn’t anything we can’t do.

Playing the “if only” game will never help us move forward. “If only” I had a better job I would have more money and security. “If only” I was married I wouldn’t be so lonely. “If only” it wasn’t so hard I could be more successful. Life is full of possibilities, but nobody is going to pave the road ahead for us or hand us a perfect life. If we’re not happy where we are, instead of complaining and wishing something would change, we can take control and move in a new direction. We are never frozen in place unless we freeze ourselves there. Life is filled with opportunities and every option is possible.

There is no way to move forward by standing still. Watching and waiting for change to come is a fool’s game. We’re in control of our lives and can do anything at any time. We are filled with potential but potential is unrealized expectations. Instead of standing around and waiting for things to change, we can purposely and with clarity move toward the goals we want the most and reach any success we desire. It’s all there for us. We need only decide what we want, and then do what is necessary to make it ours. There is greatness inside us all, and with patience and determination, we can do anything.

Today if there’s a goal you want to achieve, think about how you want to proceed, and take the first step forward. You know what you want and have everything you need to do anything you desire. Trust yourself and push ahead. Every dream is possible and every success awaits. Be confident and you will make them yours.

End is Near

6 May

Everyone wants an easy life. We all want our days filled with fun, plenty of cash, and lots of opportunities. Sometimes things will go that way and everything will be a snap. But life is fickle and nothing lasts indefinitely. No matter what’s happening right now or what we’re going through, it’s going to change. Although we may accept that change is constant, when we’re going through something very difficult and extremely trying, it may feel like it will last forever. It may seem that no matter what we do the hits just keep coming, and we may feel hopeless and we’ll never survive. Hard times aren’t easy and we may be pushed against the wall, but we will never face a situation too complex or mangled to manage. It may take some time and our patience may be sorely tested, but we are intelligent and strong, and will find our way through. A terrific thunderstorm with intense lightning, crushing wind, hail and flooding rain can be terrifying and unsettling. But no storm can last forever and the sun will return. No matter how bad things look right now, the end will come and may be nearer than we can see. By trusting ourselves and taking things one step at a time, we’ll find every answer we need. There isn’t anything too complicated or difficult for us to overcome. We are stronger and more powerful than we imagine, and will prevail. Trouble comes to all of us, but by standing firm and keeping our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will succeed.

Nobody knows everything and we may be in a situation where we don’t have all the information or skills needed to solve an issue. We don’t have stand still, stuck indefinitely, but can instead reach out to those around us and get the help we need. Everyone’s life experience is different and someone near us may know how to navigate exactly what we’re going through and be able to assist. By allowing them to share information with us and show us the way, we will more effectively be able to resolve the issue and move forward.

It can sometimes feel like the world is ganging up on us. Everything is going wrong, problems keep arising, others are angry and disappointed and we’re caught up in the middle of it. If there’s a lot going on we may get overwhelmed by all the details we must face and be unable to move. By remembering all the many problems we’ve already solved and trusting our intelligence and wisdom, we can step back, see everything objectively, and find the way forward. The answers will always be there for us and with patience and clarity, nothing can keep us from success.

Today if it seems there are so many things going wrong there is no way to succeed, be confident. You are amazing and wise, and have already accomplished so much. All the answers you need are there for you. Look at everything openly and objectively, and choose the best way forward. Nothing cannot stop you from reaching success. Every dream is still possible and you will reach them all.