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Holding Fast

6 May

As we go through our lives there is no way to know what will come. We don’t have control over anything but the decisions we’re making. There are billions of people in the world and they’re all making decisions as well. Sometimes someone else’s choice may cause a domino effect that rolls our way and pushes us in a new direction. Change is constant and even if we plan well and are intently focused on moving forward, something may happen that stops us cold. We might know why everything has changed, or we may have no idea. Either way, if the way ahead is now blocked and impassable, we will have to decide how to proceed. There are few clear, paved roads to the destinations we desire, but there will always be a way around whatever is blocking our path. It may not be convenient, it might take us the long way around, and it might require more time to get to the destination, but there will be a way forward. If we hold fast to what we want, we will find our way and reach the goal. It sounds easy enough – just change direction and get there. But life is rarely that easy. If others are involved, we may need to get agreement before we can proceed. The road may be covered with huge rocks and hurdles we must overcome to advance even a little bit, and we might have to venture into foreign territory where we don’t know the terrain or the players. A storm may develop, and we may be buffeted by high winds and torrential rain. At some point, we’ll have to decide if the goal is worth what we’re going through. If it is, we have all the courage and wisdom we need to continue forward. We can dig deep, hold fast, and push ahead with focus and determination. Every single dream is possible. Every single one. We just have to decide what we want the most.

Lots of people continually come in and out of our lives, and we may seek their guidance and value their opinion. If we’re seriously focused on achieving a goal, and they disagree with our decision, they may try to dissuade us from continuing. They may encourage us to try for something easier, saying the goal isn’t worth all the effort we’re expending. We can always alter our course, but nobody knows what we want more than we do. It doesn’t matter if others don’t understand or agree, we can design our lives any way we like, and reach every destination we desire.

There are endless things to capture our attention and unlimited ideas to try. We can do anything we like, but first, we must decide what we want. If we don’t decide where we want to go, we may spend all our time distracted by every possible option and achieve nothing. We can have the lives we dream of once we take the time to determine exactly what that means, and then do what is necessary to make it ours. Every destination is possible, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if the road you were on has become difficult and you can’t see the way ahead, decide what you want the most. If the goal is important, trust yourself and continue forward. Each step will lead you to the next, and if you persist, you will reach the destination no matter how hard it is to achieve. Nothing is too far or too complicated for you to manage. Be confident. Success is always there for you, and you prevail.

Not Yet

27 Apr

Life is unpredictable and nobody knows how long they’ll be here before their ticket comes up and they check out. For most of us, life is long, and if we’re focused, there will be enough time to accomplish many of the goals we want. We can choose the destinations we desire, and then proceed toward them. However, if we flounder around, procrastinate, or just sit and let others pull us along, we’ll never achieve the things we desire no matter how much time we have. Years will come and go, and we’ll still be in the same place doing the same things. Nothing is beyond our reach and once we decide what we want, we can make a plan to get it, and then step forward and do what is necessary to succeed. If we’re determined and keep our eyes on the prize, nothing can keep us from success. Some things will come easily, but the big dreams and destinations will take effort and time – sometimes a lot of effort and time. If we’ve been pushing forward for seemingly forever, and our progress is slow, we may begin to feel it’s hopeless – we’ll never get there. Some things may elude us because they are not available right now due to situations out of our control. If we can’t advance, we can set the goal aside, and move on to something else. The destination will remain, and when things change and the road ahead opens, we can start again. Just because we haven’t yet reached the prize doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Timing is important and setting something down for now and moving onto something else isn’t giving up on the dream. We know what we want and can design our lives in ways to reach success. Every single dream is possible, and with wisdom and clarity, we will make them ours.

Failure is a natural part of life. It’s a learning process that shows us what doesn’t work and helps us change direction when we need to. Losing round one doesn’t mean we’ve lost the game. Failure isn’t the end of the journey but is actually success that hasn’t happened yet. We can take everything we’ve learned so far and choose the best way forward. Nothing can hold us in place forever, and we already possess everything necessary to accomplish anything. We can be confident and sure as we move closer to the goal, and trust that we’ll gain the prize.

It’s hard to be patient when we’re eager to reach a goal. We want to get to the end, and we want to get there now. Few roads are paved and clear for the entire trip, and we’ll likely run into issues, complications and snags that tangle us up and keep us from advancing. But every problem has a solution and we are intelligent enough to find all the answers we need. We are more capable and powerful than we imagine, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’ve been on a long, difficult road, and the goal is still far in the distance, decide how you want to proceed. You can stay the course or move onto something else until things change. Be open and look at everything clearly. All the answers are there for you and you will find them. Every success is possible, every dream is waiting, and you will reach them all.

Elephants

20 Apr

We all have dreams we think about and desire in our lives. We know what we want, but some dreams require a lot of thought and preparation before we step forward. We may ponder them for a long time and wonder if we have what it takes to make them ours. Some dreams are within easy reach and we achieve them without too much effort or inconvenience. We simply decide we want them and then proceed forward to claim them. We may have to work a little, and it might take a little time, but we don’t have to make a lot of adjustments to obtain them. Then there are the big “holy cow” dreams, that require a lot to reach. They may be very difficult and require changes and adjustments that are not always easy. Of course, if we’re determined and willing to do what’s necessary, we can reach any destination we desire. It’s like eating an elephant. It seems impossible at first but if we take it one bite at a time, it can be done. We can think about a goal for as long as we like, and when we’re ready, can begin moving toward it. We may pursue something that will completely change our lives. Maybe it’s a big career change, or a move to someplace far away, or a drastic change in our personal lives, or a thousand other things. Whatever the goal is, we have everything we need to make it ours. We already have all the courage and wisdom necessary to move forward toward any goal. We just have to decide what we want and then start. Our lives are in our control and we can design them any way we like. We don’t have to follow any one else’s ideas or choices. By choosing what we desire most, and starting the journey forward, we can find our way to success. The whole world is there for us and every dream is waiting. Nothing can keep us from any destination we desire, and we will succeed.

Life is filled with possibilities, but before we can make them ours, we must be willing to step away from what is comfortable and routine. There may be traditions and patterns we’ve learned that have held us in place, and it may make others around us uncomfortable if we step away from them. But our happiness is important, and we are entitled to it. We don’t need agreement to design the lives we want the most. We can set our sights on any goal we desire and move forward with confidence.

Big hills are hard to climb. Mountains are even harder. Difficult goals aren’t easy to achieve but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible. When we start on a long and arduous road to something we want, others may tell us it’s too hard, and we should be happy with what we’ve got. Their opinions belong to them and we never have to take any advice we don’t want. We can continue to push forward, and if we stay the course, we’ll succeed. Every dream is possible, and we can reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been thinking about a goal you want but have been hesitant to start, trust yourself. You are stronger and more capable than you imagine, and nothing is out of reach. Take the first step forward, and keep your eyes focused on the destination. Success is already there for you. Reach for it, move toward it, and it will be yours.

Dare to Begin

14 Apr

We’re all moving forward, taking chances, choosing roads, and creating our lives with every choice we make.  There are endless opportunities and unlimited paths to follow, and we can design things any way we like.  We all have an idea of what our perfect life looks like, and no matter where we’re going, or what we’re doing, can make decisions that will either push us further away or move us closer to it.  If we aren’t happy where we are now, we can move in a new direction.  Every blessing is possible, but one thing is certain – if we change nothing, nothing will change.  It’s a simple concept, but life is complex and there are a lot of moving parts.  If we have many balls in the air and are inundated, the idea of working on something new may be overwhelming.  Even if we want to change our circumstances, we may put it off thinking we’ll get to it when things settle down.  That might work, but life is unpredictable, and it’s often unclear when our situation will change.  Waiting until the road is open and we have everything in place to start a new journey may seem like a good plan, but when that will occur is anyone’s guess.  Rare are the times when everything sails along without complication.  Most of the time there will be something in the way, and other responsibilities to address.  We can do anything we like, but if we want the lives we dream about, we must dare to begin moving toward them despite what is happening around us now.  Every possibility is already there for us, and we are wise enough and courageous enough to reach success.  The world is filled with opportunities and every goal is within reach.  By deciding what we want the most and then doing what is necessary to make it ours, we can create the lives we dream of.  Nothing is too far or too difficult to reach.  Every single destination is possible, and with determination and focus, we will succeed.

Life can be complicated, and we may be very busy.  We may accomplish many things but if we aren’t moving toward what we really want it’s unlikely we’ll feel completely fulfilled and happy.  We are intelligent and can find ways to monitor and control the time we spend in every pursuit to ensure we have time to work toward the goals we most desire.  Our lives are important and achieving the destinations we want the most will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.

Time flies and once it’s gone can never be recaptured.  We may believe that if we haven’t yet worked toward the goals we desire, it’s too late, and they are now out of reach.  It’s never too late to change course and push toward what we most want to accomplish.  We may need to reorganize our priorities and make some changes, but every dream is still possible.  We can have the lives we want the most and reach every goal.  It’s all there for us.  We need only step forward and claim it.

Today if you’ve been putting off what you most want to accomplish, think about how you want to proceed.  Every dream is possible, but you must begin forward to make them yours.  You are amazing and more powerful than you imagine.  Success is there for you, and you will reach every goal.

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.