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The Very Last Mile

2 Sep

Life is full of challenges that teach us and sometimes push us to our limits. They may come from decisions we make, and may happen without any influence from us. If we decide to train and run a marathon, on the day of the race, we may feel jubilant and eager for the test. As we begin, the first few miles may fly by. We feel strong and powerful, and look ahead, anticipating success. But as the miles pass, and we continue to push, we may tire and our muscles may begin to ache. We may feel exhausted, and find it hard to keep our focus on the road ahead. As we approach the last phase of the race, we may begin to wonder if we can make it to the finish line. We don’t learn how strong and capable we are during the first mile of any race. Our resilience and determination are defined by how we manage and complete the very last mile. When all our reserves are spent, when our vision is dimmed by sweat and fatigue, and lifting our foot one more time takes everything we have, we discover how committed we are. If we really want to reach the goal, nothing can keep us from it, but that doesn’t mean attaining success will be easy. We may have to pull from deep within and reach for every gift we possess to get there. When the road is long, and the journey has been hard, we may think about quitting. Of course, we are always in control of our lives and can change course at any time. However, if the goal is important to us, we can do whatever is necessary to make it ours. We already possess everything we need to do anything we desire. We can jump any hurdle, solve any problem, and continue forward until we gain the prize. Every single dream is possible, and with patience, endurance, and determination, we can make them ours.

When we must conquer something difficult that draws a lot out of us, we may get overwhelmed. Nobody has unlimited personal resources, and we’re all going to run out of steam at some point. When we’re exhausted and worn out, it’s hard to see all the options before us. We can be dedicated, but we need not push ourselves beyond what we can handle. By managing our time effectively, and planning carefully, we can continue forward, taking the time we need to recharge and find our way to the goal.

Some goals are very hard to achieve. They may be complex and take a long time. The excitement at the beginning helps us get a good start, but when problems arise again and again, and the road gets dark and seems endless, we may lose our passion for the prize. We never have to continue on any road we don’t want. If the goal is too much for us right now, we can set it aside and wait until our situation changes and try again. There will be endless chances to reach success. We can do anything we desire, and reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been pushing toward a goal for a long time, and are weary from the struggle, take a step back and look at all the possibilities available. Take the break you need to refresh yourself, and return toward success. You are stronger and more capable than you realize, and nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident, and move forward. Every destination is there for you, and you will prevail.

Doing and Saying

27 Aug

There are all kinds of people around us every day. We see them at work, at the store, on the road and just about everywhere we go. We’re all busy living our lives and accomplishing whatever we want or need to get done. What we do defines us, and lets people know who we are, and where we’re headed. As we interact with others, we can say anything. We can tell the truth about ourselves, or make up any story we like. If we wish our life was different, or that we were further down the road than we are, we may embellish and fabricate our situation to present the image we want to portray. Talk is cheap and easy to manipulate. But what we say doesn’t identify us. We are defined by what we do. Our actions tell the world who we are and what we stand for. If they don’t match what we’re selling, it will be hard for others to trust us. They might fall for lies at the beginning, but the truth will always rise, and when it does, we might lose more than we can imagine. Nobody wants to be fooled, and if we discover we’ve been manipulated, we might walk away from the relationship, and never return. Good, strong relationships are a great blessing in our lives. They enrich our experiences and bring us comfort and satisfaction. If we’re deceptive and purposely misleading about who we are or what we’re doing, we may end up burning every bridge behind us. Nobody has a perfect life, and we’re on the road to somewhere. Choosing wisely and being honest about ourselves will open doors, and move us closer to our goals.

Sometimes what people say doesn’t exactly match what they do. Someone may say they love us but can never find time to spend with us. Or they might say they’re honest, but their ethics at work are slippery at best. We can say anything at any time, but what we say will never determine who we really are. That can only be defined by what we actually do. We are capable of making excellent decisions, even when they’re inconvenient or difficult. We can choose the road ahead with clarity and integrity, and reach success.

There may be times when due to external pressures or expectations, we say we’ll do something we aren’t sure we can achieve. Once we agree to whatever we’ve been asked to do, we are committed and must follow through. If there is no way to do what we’ve agreed to, we can go back and discuss other possible options. We are wise and intelligent, and can be clear about our capabilities and desires. By being honest in our agreements, and openly communicating our plans, we will move ahead with great confidence and success.

Today if you’re tempted to pretend to be something you’re not, or embellish what you’ve done to impress someone, remember what you do defines who you are. Be clear and honest in everything you do, and those around you will honor and trust you. There is greatness inside you. Trust yourself, and step forward with confidence. Every goal is possible, and you will achieve great success.

Dropping It

27 Jul

There are endless things we can accomplish in our lives, and success is always a possibility. Some things are easy, take little time to achieve, and we sail right through to the end with little inconvenience. Other things, not so much. We may have a big challenge that requires lots of planning, extensive time, and endless work to get to success. It may take a long time, and there may be many complications, snags, unexpected developments and endless issues as we move ahead. Each step we take, and each problem we solve moves us closer to the goal, but when that movement is minuscule, and hardly noticeable, and we’ve been trying for a long time, we might decide we’ve had enough. We might choose to drop the ball, and walk away. We can do anything we like, but dropping the ball will only help us lose the game. It will never take us to the prize. Everyone has their own limits, and if we’re tired of the struggle, and frustrated with how difficult it’s been to move the needle even a little, we might give up. It’s hard to keep pushing forward if we feel we’ll never prevail. We’re in control of our lives and can decide at any time how we want to proceed. We can continue forward, or let the goal go and move onto something else. But we cannot achieve any goal by dropping the ball and walking away. If it’s important to us, we have everything we need to find our way to success. It may take more time than we want, and might be harder than we thought at the beginning, but we are strong and capable, and if we want to win, we will. Our lives are ours to design. We can do anything and go anywhere, and nothing is out of reach.

Time is always an issue when we’re trying to accomplish something. Nobody has unlimited time, and there are responsibilities to take care of, jobs to accomplish, tasks that need our attention, and endless interruptions. When we’re trying to reach our personal goals in the midst of all the other things we have to do, it can be hard to get to them. If the goal is important to us, we can prioritize our lives in ways that give us the opportunity to push forward. We’re in control of everything we do, can focus on what’s most important, and move forward toward success.

It’s impossible to be successful if we’re half in on the deal. If we only kinda want to accomplish the goal, we’ll only be kinda successful. If we really want to move forward, we must be committed. That means we must make a plan and then stick to it. Complications will undoubtedly arise, things may get in the way, and we might get off track a time or two. But if we’re intent on reaching the goal, nothing can keep us from it. Everything we want to do is possible. Every destination is within reach. We need only decide what we want, then step forward and claim it.

Today if you’ve been on the same road toward a destination for a long time, and are tired of the struggle, decide what you want the most. If the goal is still important, stay the course and reach it. If you no longer want to continue, choose how you want to proceed. You can have the life you dream of if you’re willing to do the work. Pick the ball back up and step forward. Every success is there for you, and you will reach it.

Round and Round

2 Jul

We are always in control of our lives and can make any decisions we like. We choose where we want to go, the people we want to see, what we want to do, and endless other decisions. If we’re careful and think before we move toward something, we have a better chance of getting where we want to go and having a positive experience. But life is complicated and there are many distractions. We might, out of pressure or confusion, make a choice that takes us somewhere we never wanted to go and blows up in our faces. We are all capable of making excellent decisions, but they require thought before we jump. If we just follow our noses around without looking where we’re going, it’s likely we won’t end up exactly where we want to be. If others want us to do something, and press us to follow their direction, if we feel pressured, we may participate even if we don’t want to. We may end up going round and round in a situation we never wanted to join. Everyone has their own ideas about what we should do, but we don’t have to go along with anything we don’t want. Even if everyone else is going north, we can choose to go south. By taking control of our lives, we determine our own destiny and can achieve anything we desire. Everything is possible and all roads are there for us. Once we decide what we want, we can make a plan that will take us there, and step forward with assurance that we will succeed. Nothing is too far to reach, and every destination is waiting. We can be confident we will prevail, and make all our dreams reality.

Patterns and routines can lead us along and after a while, we may find ourselves making the same decisions over and over again without thinking. We see the same people, go to the same places, and participate in the same activities. There is nothing wrong with routines if they take us where we want to go. But if they hold us in place, and prevent us from moving toward the goals we really want, we can step away and move in another direction. We are the only ones who can keep us from success. If we’re ready for something different, we can chart a new course, and begin again.

There may be times when we get stuck making decisions that don’t work for us. It might be because of a personal relationship that is difficult, or because we are afraid of choosing for ourselves and are following someone else. Repeating the same bad choice over and over again will never bring satisfaction. Our happiness is important, and if we’re in a situation that keeps us from it, we can choose something else. We are wiser and stronger than we may think we are. Nothing can keep us down when we’re ready to move. We can step forward with clarity toward the goals we want the most, and reach success.

Today if you aren’t moving forward toward what you desire, think about how you want to proceed. You are in control of your life and can design it any way you like. Nothing is too hard for you to manage, and every goal is possible. Decide what you want the most, and begin toward it. You will find great satisfaction and happiness as you move forward, and you will succeed.

In the Moment

27 May

We’re often busy with things we need to accomplish, and as we go from one task to another, time flies by. Before we know it, the day is over, and although we may have accomplished a lot, if we didn’t pay attention to our own goals, we might feel unsettled. Each moment we’re here is priceless, and once it’s gone will never be ours again. What we do with our time matters. Nobody knows how long they’ll be alive on earth. Putting off what we most want to accomplish, and procrastinating our own success may work against us. There will always be stuff we need to do. We have lots of responsibilities, tasks that need completion, and endless details that crop up. If we don’t pay attention, days, weeks, months or even years may rush past before we stop to look at where we are. Every day is a blessing. We get one shot at it, and then it’s gone. Work will always expand to fill the time we give it. If we want to achieve our personal goals, we need to focus on them. We always do what we want to do most. Sometimes our commitments take over and leave little time for personal reflection, but we are in control of everything we do, and if we want personal success, we have to make our lives a priority. No matter what’s going on around us or how much we have to address, there will always be time to take care of ourselves. Our lives belong to us alone, and we can accomplish anything we desire. Each moment counts. We can have the lives we dream of if we take charge of our decisions and continue forward. Life is full of distractions and we may get turned around a time or two, but we know what we want, and can move toward any goal we desire and make it ours.

It isn’t selfish to focus on our own lives, and work on our own personal goals. We deserve complete happiness but nobody can give it to us. It’s our responsibility to do what is necessary to achieve it. Deciding what we want and then doing what is needed to make it ours will bring us great satisfaction. There isn’t anything too far away for us to reach, and no road too difficult to travel. We can take the time we need to move forward toward the lives we want, and achieve greatness. Everything is there for us. We need only decide what we want, and then step forward to claim it.

We decide how we’ll spend our time. There will always be more to do than we can accomplish, and we’ll never run out of tasks that need our attention. Our lives are our responsibility, and we decide how we’ll manage them. Even if we’re busy, we can make time to work on our own personal goals. It’s impossible to be completely happy if we aren’t where we want to be, or haven’t reached our desired destinations. We already know what we want, and have everything we need to get it. We can manage our time in ways that allow us to move toward every goal, and reach every success.

Today if you’ve been caught up in completing tasks and checking off boxes, remember your time is precious. Decide what you most want, and then plan your time in ways that help you achieve it. Every dream is possible, and you already possess everything you need to succeed. Step forward with confidence. Nothing is out of reach, and you will win.