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Just Good Enough

10 May

When we want something badly, we may do whatever it takes to get it. We might spend all the money we have, call in every favor and push ourselves to the limit. Strong desires can trigger extreme measures, and if after all we’ve done, we succeed, we may feel it was all worth it. But those situations are few and far between. Most of the time, the things we desire won’t require such herculean efforts. When things are easily accessible, we might put them off. If we’re happy where we are and achieving them will require us to change something or they are inconvenient, we may set them aside. After all, everything is going okay, why test the waters to see what’s possible? We may decide we don’t need excellence and can be happy with just good enough. It’s like getting a C in class. It’s a passing grade that probably won’t take a lot of effort, and if we’re willing to settle, it’ll be fine. Settling for what’s easy will never make our dreams come true. A mediocre life will never take us anywhere we really want to go. We can coast through and just follow along, but if we want the lives we dream of, and reach every destination that captures our interest, we must be willing to do more. We are capable of achieving far more than we think we can, and every single dream is possible. If we step forward and open new doors, we may accomplish things we never thought we could. We’ll never know how far we can go if we stay in the same place. The world is huge, and there are unlimited options waiting for us. We can do anything and go anywhere. We just have to decide what we want, and then do what is needed to make it ours. Life is filled with opportunities. Our lives can be filled with every desired goal and as we achieve them, we’ll find complete and fulfilling happiness.

Routines are comfortable. As we repeat the same behaviors, we pretty much know what to expect and how things will go. It’s like walking on a treadmill. Our lives are advancing but the scenery never changes. Being busy doesn’t mean we’re moving forward. Our lives are ours to design and if we want to stay in the same place we can, but it’s impossible to learn anything new by doing the same things over and over again. We can trust ourselves to step onto a new path and begin a new journey. As we move ahead, we’ll find great reward and refreshment by opening new doors.

Every experience we have changes us in some way. We learn as we go, and each time we overcome an obstacle we get stronger and wiser. New destinations can be intimidating, and we may be hesitant to step in a new direction. But we are strong and capable, and there isn’t anything we can’t manage. There is no tangle we can’t unravel, and with determination and clarity, we can go anywhere and do anything. When we’re ready, we can create the lives we dream about.

Today, if you’ve been staying in the same lane doing the same things, but are ready to try something new, make a plan and take the first step forward. The world is filled with opportunities and destinations just waiting for you. Be confident and trust yourself. Every dream is possible, and you will make them yours.

Manufacturing

12 Apr

Life is filled with opportunities and possibilities. There are unlimited options constantly available, and we can do anything we want to do. We can reach any destination and achieve any goal but the lives we want the most won’t just happen because we’re good people and desire them. In business when something is produced, it begins in manufacturing where it’s created. When completed, it’s shipped to those who’ve ordered the product. Companies mark things in “Receiving” when they arrive, and the process continues. Some people think of their lives like they are waiting in Receiving to greet their dreams and desires when they arrive. They may think about them, talk about them, plan for when they get them, and simply wait. Odds of getting the life we want by simply waiting – zero. It doesn’t matter how much we want something, how much planning and positive thinking we do, if we do nothing to achieve the goal, we likely won’t get it. We must think of ourselves not as being in Receiving, but Manufacturing. We are responsible for creating whatever it is we’re hoping to gain. We can do anything, but if we want to be successful, we must concentrate on the doing part. Everything is possible, but it won’t all be easy. Some goals may take a lot of work and effort and require a long time of continued focus. If the goal is complicated and requires a lot of planning and continued focus, it may take longer than we imagine to reach it. But nothing is impossible if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we don’t have to do everything all at once. We can move forward one step at a time and open each door as it arrives. Every dream is there for us and we can design our lives any way we like. By focusing on the goal, and continuing forward, we will succeed.

Traditions are powerful and some people feel they must honor them and keep things the same as they’ve been in the past. If we decide we want to do something different, we may face opposition from those close to us. They are certainly entitled to their own opinions and ideas, but we are the only ones who know exactly what we want to accomplish and where we want to go. Our lives are ours to design and we don’t need agreement or permission to do things our own way. Every destination is possible, and with determination we can reach them all.

It’s easy to coast through life. We can go along with what others are doing and play follow the leader for as long as we like, but until we take control, we won’t reach the destinations we most desire. It’s impossible to reach our own goals when we’re following someone else’s plans. We know what we want and have everything necessary to make it ours. By living on purpose and directing our journey toward the destinations we most desire, we’ll gain great happiness and satisfaction.

Today if you’ve been waiting for your life to change, decide what you want the most and take the first steps forward. Everything you desire is possible, but only you can make it yours. You are stronger and wiser than you imagine, and everything is there for you. There is great success ahead, and you can make it yours.

Creating Our Lives

5 Apr

Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we like, but the needs of the world and those around us may impact how we spend our time. We may be regularly asked to do more work or give more time to something that helps those around us. We can certainly give as much time as we like for any endeavor, but there will always be more to do than we will ever be able to accomplish. It’s good to be helpful, but we always have our own chores and tasks to do, and continually adding extra burdens may not be productive. If we constantly agree to do more work and help everyone every time we’re asked, we might find we are so busy we can’t get to our own goals. If we get overwhelmed and can’t keep up, we may blame it on our situation, the requirements of our jobs, our never-ending responsibilities, or endless other issues for where we are. We can say anything, but the truth is, we are creating our own personal lives by the decisions we make. No matter what is going on around us, we are always in control of our lives. Our lives are a reflection of the choices we’re making and overloading them with things to do and pushing ourselves to exhaustion is not noble. It doesn’t mean we care more than others, or that we’re more committed than most. It just means we’re taking on more than we can comfortably handle, and that may keep us from moving forward. Our dreams and personal goals are important, and if we ignore them and do nothing to accomplish them, it will be difficult to find complete happiness. We are unique and our desires are specific to the kind of lives we want to lead. We can look at all the options before us and make choices that will allow us to serve and still create the life we want the most. Every goal is possible and with clarity and focus, we can achieve them all and make our dreams come true.

Commitment and persistence enable us to accomplish what we want most in life. It’s impossible to be committed to our own personal goals if we spend all our time doing things that keep us from moving toward them. Being busy doesn’t mean we’re succeeding. Flitting from one thing to another with no forward motion will only hold us in place. Time may pass and when we finally look up, we may discover we are far from the destinations we really want to achieve. By taking control of our time and making decisions that move us closer to where we want to be, we will open the doors ahead and ensure success.

We are the most important people in our lives, and it isn’t selfish to take care of ourselves before we serve others. By paying attention to our personal needs and ensuring we have everything necessary to work successfully, we will be stronger and more able to assist others when the need arises. Life is full of opportunity and by keeping our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will reach every desired destination.

Today if your life is busy and there isn’t time for your personal goals, rethink the way forward. You are amazing and valuable, and your dreams are important. Decide how you want to proceed, and step forward with clarity and confidence. Nothing is out of reach, and you can create the life you desire most.

Scrubbing the Roster

23 Feb

When there are big changes in organizations, and new leadership comes on board, instead of training all the previous personnel, they may start over with their own team. It may be easier to scrub the roster of the old participants and begin with an entirely new group. We may reach a point in our lives when we decide to make significant changes in what we’re doing and where we’re going. Our focus has shifted, and we now want to move onto something new. Those who have been with us in the previous situation may not agree with our decision to alter our plans. They may continually tell us it’s not a good decision and question every step we take. If we reach a point where we want less dissention, we may choose to step away from them. Deciding to scrub our own personal roster may enable us to move forward more easily, but it may cause us some discomfort as we step away. Routines and everyday connections are comfortable, but it’s impossible to stay in one place and move onto another at the same time. If we’re ready for a change, and want to proceed in a new direction, we may need to re-evaluate who we’re interacting with and choose another way forward. Our relationships are important, and we don’t have to sever our connections to those around us. We may find a new way to connect with them that allows us to continue building our relationship and doesn’t prevent us from moving toward our new goals. Our lives are ours to design and we are in control of our own destiny. By choosing what is best for us and stepping forward toward success we will find great happiness and satisfaction. Everything is possible, and we will prevail.

There are crossroads and turning points in all our lives. We change as we move forward and what we wanted yesterday may now seem undesirable. The destination we were headed toward is no longer what we want. There are always countless roads available, and when we’re ready for a change, we can step away from where we are and start a new journey. Nothing is out of reach, and every goal will always be possible. We can have the lives we dream about and nothing can keep us from success.

Custom and tradition are powerful forces. It’s comfortable to continue doing things the way they’ve always been done, and it takes courage to step away from the norm and chart our own course. We are intelligent and know exactly what we want and where we want to go. It’s possible to honor tradition and still do things our own way. Our lives are important, and our dreams are ours to create. With determination and focus, we can accomplish everything we desire, and find true happiness.

Today if you’ve decided to make a turn and go in a new direction, take the first step forward. You are wise and powerful, and will find the way to success. Every dream is possible, and nothing can keep you from making them yours. Be confident and move ahead. The destinations you seek are within reach, and you will achieve them.

Revising

11 Feb

Life is all about change. Nothing stays the same forever and the only constant we can count on is that whatever we’re going through, and whatever is happening now is going to change. How those changes come about is anyone’s guess. We may be able to continue on the road we’ve been on, or it may disappear. The view ahead may stay the same or be completely altered. There is no way to read the future or see what’s coming. We may make excellent plans and do everything possible to ensure we can stick to them, and then unexpectedly something happens that throws it all out the window. What we do after that is up to us. We can try to hold onto the original approach and hope somehow, everything will return back to where it was. That might work but often once things change, they proceed forward in a new direction. We can wait and hope for as long as we like, but if the new situation persists, and we still want to proceed, we’ll have to find a new way ahead. Kaleidoscopes make beautiful patterns, but each turn creates a new design. The same is true in our lives. When things change and our journey is modified, the goal will still be possible, but we may have to find a completely new road to get to it. If we spent a lot of time designing our original plan, and are sure it’s the best answer, we may struggle if something changes that prevents us from implementing it exactly as we wanted. It’s hard to let go of something we’re committed to, but if we remain flexible and open to new ideas, the answers will be easier to find than if we dig in our heels and refuse to budge. Everything may change and we may lose our footing for a time, but we are intelligent and capable, and no matter what happens, can find our way forward. The kaleidoscope may shift, the road may turn, and the scenery may change, but the goal is still there, and we can reach it. By trusting ourselves and moving forward with confidence and clarity, we will prevail.

If we like our lives the way they are, and are happy with what we’re doing, we may hope things will stay the same forever, but that is a fool’s game. There are people making decisions all around us we have no control over, something may change due to forces we can’t see, and suddenly everything may shift. When change comes, we can step back and look at everything objectively, revise our journey forward, and start again. Nothing is out of reach, and with courage and wisdom, we will find our way.

Change can be hard, but it isn’t always negative. Although we may be resistant to something new that has impacted us, we may find it’s not as bad as we initially thought. If we look closely, we will likely discover something positive in the new road ahead. Life is full of changes and they challenge us and give us new information. If we are open and willing to step forward despite the turn, we will find the way to success.

Today if the road has turned unexpectedly and you can no longer continue with your original plan, be flexible and open, and look at all the possibilities before you. You already have all the wisdom and insight you need to find your way forward. Trust yourself and start again. Nothing can keep you from success, and you will win.