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Looking In

18 Jan

“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

As we go through our lives, every decision we make takes us somewhere and tells the world and those around us who we really are. We can say anything to anyone to convince them we are one way or another, but what we do tells the real story. Our actions will always shine the truth on every situation. If we’re good at pretending and hold fast to what we’re trying to portray, we may even convince ourselves we are different than we really are. But nothing can hold the truth back forever. It will always rise and show itself openly and clearly to us and those around us. We can do anything we like with our lives and gain any attributes we value, but it takes determination and focus to do our best and be honest and authentic in every decision. The world is filled with all kinds of temptations and possibilities. Sometimes it may be easier to get what we want by deception and trickery instead of working toward the goal with integrity and diligence. If we are desperate to win the prize, we may choose a path of deception that takes us far from the person we most want to be. We might fool those around us but when we look in the mirror, the person staring back will always know the truth. There is never a need to compromise our personal values or integrity. There isn’t anything we can’t do honestly and valiantly. It may take longer than cheating the system, but choosing well enhances our self-esteem and builds our confidence. We deserve the best lives possible, and choosing to be honest in all our dealings will help us achieve every goal.

There are all kinds of ideas in the world and a constant tug of war between what is right and wrong. The values of one group may contradict the values of another, and there will always differences of opinion. Despite differences in interpretation, we can choose the best road forward that reflects our personal honesty and ethical standards. There will always be the opportunity to make excellent decisions and choices that are above reproach and enhance us going forward.

Nobody is perfect and imperfections are a natural part of life. We all have things about ourselves we’d like to change and when we’re ready can do what is needed to alter them to better reflect who we are. Despite any perceived shortcomings, there is never a need to hide are true selves. We are valuable as we are and have much to offer. There is nobody else in the world who can give the gifts we have to share. We can be sure of our abilities and go forward with clarity and confidence.

Today, if the goal you’re trying to reach has been difficult and you’re considering cheating to get there, remember your choices tell everyone who you really are. Choose the path that will reflect your personal honesty and integrity. You are a great blessing and your influence can lift us all. Make the best decisions possible and set the example for good. Step forward with confidence, and you will find great success.

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Reflection

10 Jan

Each day we make many decisions, and every decision we make takes us somewhere and tells the world who we are. We can say anything we like and act out in different ways, but our lives are the true reflection of the decisions we make. We can choose anything we like at every opportunity. If we’re rushed or desperate, we might make a bad choice simply to get out of a difficult situation. Bad decisions may bring immediate gratification and quick relief but they cannot provide lasting happiness. If we choose badly, chances are we’ll pay a big price for it. Sometimes, we may go the wrong way because we only consider ourselves and our own personal interests, and may not think of the impact the decision may create on those around us or what will happen next. We are responsible for the lives we have. If we find we’re continually tangled up in complications and distrust, odds are the decisions we’re making are putting us there. We are capable of living strong, noble, happy lives but we must create them. Nobody gets a paved road with all the answers provided in advance. We must weigh each situation carefully, look at all the options before us, consider where our choices will take us, and then decide. Our best decisions won’t always be the easiest to make but we are capable of choosing wisely and doing what is needed to live happily and peacefully. By making good, sound decisions that take us where we most want to go, we can have the lives we desire.

People lie for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s because the truth is hard to face, or because the lie will get them something they desire. Lies can camouflage facts for a time and may make the road ahead a little easier – at first anyway. The first time we tell a lie we may feel great remorse and disappointment but if we lie again, it’s easier to look the other way. Repetition relieves guilt and if we make lying a pattern, eventually we may do it without even thinking. But truth is powerful and no matter how we bend it or manipulate it, will always rise and become obvious. There is nothing worth sacrificing our integrity. There is no goal worth selling our honesty to achieve. If we are truthful in all things, we’ll have the lives we want the most and the trust and respect of those around us.

There is an old saying that “the ends justify the means.” If what we’re seeking is very important to us, we may be tempted to do anything or make any decision, even a bad one, to get it. The “ends” may seem critical but nothing is worth giving up our personal integrity to get it. We can achieve anything we desire by making excellent choices. Each decision we make defines who we are, and with patience and wisdom we can become the people we most want to be.

Today if you’re considering a bad decision to get out of a difficult situation, think carefully before you act. Every decision you make reflects on who you are. Make choices that show the world your personal integrity and honest principles. Embellish and augment every situation by choosing wisely. You are a blessing to us all. Share your best with us, move forward with confidence, and every success will follow.

What We Think

8 Jan

“A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses.” James Allen

Life is filled with all kinds of experiences and opportunities. We never know from one
minute to the next who will enter our lives or what will happen. Each day brings
the chance to try something new, go somewhere different or open new doors. We
are capable of doing anything we set our minds to but before we begin, we must believe we can accomplish the goal. If we doubt we will succeed, chances increase that we’ll fail. Often, we can do more and achieve more difficult objectives than we think we can. New situations are unknown and we may be intimidated and unsure about starting because we have no idea what we’ll face or how hard the task will be. There is no way to see the ending from the beginning and if we need to feel completely comfortable before starting something new, we may end up living a dull and unfulfilling existence. We can design our lives any way we like and can have predictable, easy days that don’t challenge us or teach us anything new if that is all we desire. But the world is filled with endless prospects to explore and learn in ways that enhance and embellish our experience. We are far more capable and competent than we may imagine and nothing is beyond our reach. We can have faith we will succeed at every endeavor and trust in our ability to overcome any obstacle. The whole world is there for us. What we do with it is our decision.

They say history is the greatest predictor of the future. That may be true but we are always in control of our decisions and can change anything at any time. Even if we’ve been reserved and timid in the past, if we want to step out more completely, we can do what is needed to become bolder. We control our behaviors. We can always do more, be more, and accomplish more than we think we can. There is sufficient courage and determination within us to go anywhere and do anything we desire.

Routine is comfortable and may make our lives easier and less chaotic than a life that is unplanned and uncontrolled. However, doing the same things will never allow us to grow or learn about new possibilities. Each day is a gift and we can either let it lie stagnant and undeveloped or push ourselves a little further and reach for something more. New experiences enrich us and we can achieve goals we may not dream are possible. We are powerful and wise, and if we want them, can have deep, fulfilling lives filled with adventure and promise.

Today if you’re thinking about trying something new but aren’t sure you can achieve it, believe in yourself. Your thoughts are powerful and can help you create the life you dream about. You are amazing and courageous, and deserve every happiness. Step onto the road that will make your dreams come true and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

Restart

2 Jan

Our lives are constantly changing and filled with new beginnings in one way or another. New circumstances may bring us the opportunity to completely change where we are or where we’re headed. We may rethink what we’re doing and decide to start something new or begin toward a different goal. Sometimes changes such as the beginning of a new year, a change in our relationship status, a new location or a modification in our professional lives create a natural opening to re-evaluate our direction. Life is malleable and always evolving as we move forward. Few things are constant and we have the power to alter our trajectory or destination at any time. We are never truly stuck and no matter where we are or how long we’ve been standing still, we always have the power to move. Our lives belong to us and we may restart and begin again anytime we’re ready. What we do and where we go is up to us. Nothing can stop us from achieving anything we desire if we’re willing to do what we must to succeed. There are unlimited possibilities and if we don’t like where we are now, we can change. Beginning something new is exciting but will always bring some challenge and risk. Things rarely go exactly as planned, but we’re strong and capable and able to adjust as needed to overcome any obstacle. Life is an incredible blessing and with determination and patience we can go anywhere and do anything we desire. Nothing is out of reach and when we’re ready we can set our sights on any goal. All options are possible and we can have the lives we dream about.

Sometimes we may start toward a goal but soon find we’ve gotten off track. There are many things that come into play when we’re trying to change. The timing may be off, or there may be others doing things that get in the way, or our commitment may not be where we need it. If the goal is important to us, no matter how many false starts we’ve had, we can begin again. When we’re truly ready for the change we desire we will do what is needed to make it happen.

There are all kinds of reasons not to do the things we want to accomplish. We can certainly stay where we are as long as we choose, settle for complacency and do nothing to move forward. It’s easy to coast along and takes little effort to simply go through the motions. But if we want the life we dream about and are willing to step out of our comfort zone, the road to success will open for us and we can reach any destination we truly desire. Our lives are ours to design. Nothing is out of reach and with focus and determination we can accomplish any goal we desire.

Today if you’re not happy with where you are and want more out of life, decide exactly what you want and take the first step toward achieving it. You are amazing and capable, and nothing is too difficult for you to accomplish. You can have the life you dream about. Be fearless and move forward. All options are possible and when you’re ready, every door will open. You deserve complete happiness and with determination you will reach it. All your dreams are waiting for you. Step forward and claim them.

Where We Are

20 Dec

As we go through our lives, we make countless decisions. Each choice takes us somewhere and affects us in some way. Although we try to make the best choices at each opportunity, things don’t always go the way we think they will or take us where we thought we were headed. One thing leads to another and if we aren’t mindful, before we know it, we may end up doing things we never planned on in places we never intended to go. We may find ourselves living lives that don’t agree with what we want the most, wondering how we ended up where we are and how we can change direction and get back on track. Our lives belong to us but if we don’t pay attention to where we’re headed and simply let things roll out on their own, they may reflect someone else’s ideas and goals instead of our own. If we aren’t living the way we want to or are on roads that won’t take us to the destinations we desire, we can step away and start again. No matter where we are or how far we’ve gone, we can change direction. We can make our personal goals a priority and re-chart the way forward to achieve them. Every option is always possible and we can begin toward our dreams no matter how long we’ve been away. Life is a great blessing but how we live it is up to us. We can coast through and be happy enough, or we can purposely move toward our dreams and find complete satisfaction. We deserve every happiness and by making mindful choices can do what is needed to get it.

Mediocrity is easy to achieve. We need only do the minimum required to get through and go along with everyone else’s choices. We don’t have to come up with new ideas or plans, and can sit in the back seat indefinitely, allowing others to drive us where they will. It takes no effort to live a common and expected life. However, if we want to make the most of our days and see how far we can go, and if we want a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, we must do more. We have incredible potential but must act to unlock it. We will never know what we can do unless we push ourselves beyond where we are and test our limits. The whole world is there for us and every dream is possible if we’re willing to do what it takes to make it ours.

Nothing is permanent in life and change is constant. Even if we’ve been in the same position for a long time, we can move. There is no glue holding us in place and every option to explore is possible. We are the only ones who can make our dreams come true. There is no magic wand or genie in a bottle to grant our fondest wishes. We have all the power we need to do anything, and by taking control of our decisions and stepping forward toward the goals we most desire we can create the lives we want. Every happiness is possible and we have everything we need to get there.

Today if you’re unhappy with where you are or what you’re doing, decide what you want the most and take the first step toward achieving it. All your dreams are possible. You are powerful and strong, and nothing is out of reach. Begin forward and design the life you want. Every blessing is waiting for you. You have everything you need to reach any goal you desire and succeed.

What We Get

14 Dec

Our lives belong to us and we’re responsible for every decision we make.  We can make excellent choices as we try hard to do our best moving forward, but there may be times when we’re unhappy with where we are or what we’re doing.  Where we are is often the result of decisions we’ve made and if we’re not comfortable we have the power to change things.  We can always stay in place for as long as we like, and it’s easy to keep doing the same things even if we’re unhappy.  We are the ones making the choices that affect our lives, and in the end, we all end up with the lives we wanted the most.  If we hate our job but are unwilling to find another, our choice is to stay and endure.  If we’re in a difficult relationship but prefer it to being single and we stay, we decide our happiness must take a back seat.  We can complain about our lot in life but complaints will never change anything.  If we want real happiness and the chance to create the lives we want the most, we must be willing to do what is needed to make it happen.  What we get in the end is reflected by the decisions we make.  We never need to stay in a situation that isn’t working and even if it’s hard to break away, we have everything we need to do just that.  Our lives are ours to design.  Whether we have happiness and satisfaction, or frustration and disappointment, is up to us.  There are often many factors involved when we want to change, and it’s not always easy to step away from where we are to get to where we want to be.  But we are strong and capable, and have everything we need to succeed at anything we desire.  We can have happy, fulfilling lives if we make the choices necessary to create them.

Change is constant and nothing ever stays the same indefinitely.  Learning to roll along with the punches as they come helps us manage any situation we’re in.  But if the road we’ve been traveling turns into something we didn’t expect or ends up taking us somewhere we never wanted to go, we can step off it and turn in a new direction.  It takes courage to change lanes and start again but we are brave enough to face whatever is needed to create the lives we want.  We never have to stand still if we want to move.  We’re in control of our lives and can do what is needed to make them happy.

One thing always leads to another and every decision takes us somewhere.  It’s up to us to make sure the choices we’re making are creating the life we want.  If we don’t control our lives, someone else will.  Nobody knows what we want or need better than we do.  We must be the ones driving the train if we want to get to the destinations we desire.  We can go anywhere and do anything, and every option is possible.

Today if you’ve been coasting through a situation you don’t want, remember your life is yours to design.  You can do anything and go anywhere.  Take control of your decisions and make choices that will take you exactly where you want to go.  You are incredible and deserve complete happiness.  Choose the roads that will take you to it and step forward.  Every success is waiting for you.

Value

12 Dec

We can accomplish many things as we move through our lives.  What we get done depends on our objectives and how we spend our time.  Life is busy and there are endless distractions, and some distractions are very entertaining and powerful.  If we aren’t mindful they may take more time from us than is helpful.  We can get caught up in the latest computer game, spend extra time shopping with no objective in mind, or simply sit daydreaming about how life could be for hours on end.  There is nothing wrong with doing things we enjoy but if we let mindless activities consume our time they may cripple our ability to move toward the things we really want.  We’re always in control of our decisions and can do whatever we want.  We can stay in the same place for years on end – our whole lives if we want to – or we can move forward toward the dreams and goals we desire.  The value we place on how we spend our time will have great impact on how successful we are.  Life is filled with endless opportunities and all kinds of distractions to keep us from them.  Learning to control what we do and plan our days to include the things we enjoy, as well as time to move toward our goals, will bring us real happiness and true success.  Every dream is possible if we’re willing to do what is needed to accomplish it.  We can have the lives we want the most but they won’t just fall in our laps.  We have to plan our days and manage our time in ways that move us closer to the goals we desire.  We can do anything and nothing is beyond our reach.  Every dream can come true and we can reach any destination we desire by planning our steps forward and managing our time to get there.

In this age of constantly changing technology it’s impossible to keep up with all the new developments and advances that arrive each day.  There is always a new program, a new phone, a new game, or a new app we can investigate and make our own.  It’s exciting to see and learn new things but continually looking at what’s next won’t move us forward.  By focusing on where we want to go and purposefully taking steps that move us closer to our goal we’ll reach every destination we desire.

The world is huge and filled with billions of people.  It may seem we’re insignificant and our influence makes no difference but each decision we make and each time we interact with someone else, we change the world.  We’re more important than we imagine and everything is different because we’re here.  Nothing can replace us and everything we do tells the world who we are.  By choosing well and taking steps that bring us personal success we give great light to those around us and change the world for the better.

Today if you’ve been spending time doing things that aren’t moving you forward, remember how important your goals are.  Success is always there for you but you must plan for it and walk toward it.  Your choices can open all the doors to the destinations you desire.  You are amazing and worth more than anything else in the world.  Everything you do takes you somewhere.  Choose the path that takes you closer to where you want to be.