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Bumper Cars

15 May

It’s fun to ride the bumper cars at carnivals and fairs. We have the opportunity to drive around in small, little cars and run into those around us, jamming them and preventing them from moving forward. It’s funny to see what happens as we bounce around and try to drive when others are pushing us. Bumper cars are fun but when we’re trying to get through a task or reach a goal, it’s nice to be able to move forward without any complications. However, sometimes it can feel like our lives are like being in bumper cars at the fair. Everywhere we turn something is in the way and if we try to move forward, something comes along and pushes us off track. We only have control over our own decisions, and other people may do things that keep us from moving forward or hold us in place. It’s impossible to get closer to our goal if we can’t advance and just continue to drive around in circles, knocked one way and another. Life can be filled with all kinds of complications and we don’t always know what others are doing or how their decisions will impact our plans. But we’re in control of our own choices and when we see the road ahead is blocked, we can find another way. There are many roads to every destination. We can leave the bumper car behind and choose a path that’s clear and available that will take us to our goal. We may have to backtrack or go in the opposite direction for a time, but eventually we’ll be able to maneuver onto an open road and continue forward. Every destination is possible but they aren’t all easy to get to. We may have to redesign our plans again and again until we find what works. It doesn’t matter how many revisions it takes. We can continue moving forward and reach any goal.

There will be few times in our lives when there is only one option for success. Generally, there will be several possible scenarios that will take us where we want to go. Any road we choose can be modified to take us to any destination. Things may not be ideal and we may have to wait until our circumstances change before we begin. It doesn’t matter when we start. Every step will take us closer to the goal and if we’re determined and focused, nothing can keep us from success.

There may be times when no matter what we do, we can’t move forward. We may be stuck because of circumstances beyond our control, or decisions being made by others. If we can’t advance now, we can let go of the goal until things change and we can start again. Nothing stays the same forever, and if we’re patient and watch carefully, we will find the chance to begin. Every goal is possible and we can make all our dreams come true. We can be wise and patient, and then with determination and focus, reach any destination we desire.

Today if you’ve been pushed off track and feel like you can’t move ahead, step back and look at the situation clearly and objectively. There is a way forward and you will find it. Be confident. Choose the road ahead and begin again. You can go anywhere and do anything. Nothing will keep you from success. You are powerful and wise, and will find the way forward.

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Small Victories

13 May

There are endless experiences we’ll have as we navigate through our lives. We’ll face countless issues and complications, things will go right and things will go wrong, we’ll prevail or have to start over, and we never know what will happen next. Sometimes just as it seems we’re near the end of a struggle, something changes and we’re right back in the fray. When we’re trying hard to untangle a mess, or are stuck and unable to move, we may feel we’ll never get to the other side and find relief. It’s hard to stay positive and keep trying to look up when we’re being pulled down again and again. Life constantly teaches us endless lessons. No matter how convoluted or involved a problem may be, there will always be something going our way we can be thankful for. If we focus on the one, small thing going right, we’ll have greater strength to continue moving forward. Every small victory counts. If we’ve survived a difficult day, or found one answer to a complicated problem, we are winning. Sometimes the way ahead only opens an inch at a time. If we’re persistent and patient, and continue pushing forward, even if we can’t go far, we will prevail. Our lives might get tangled up and we might feel mired and constrained, but nothing is permanent and eventually everything will shake loose and we’ll be able to advance. In the meantime, we can focus on the small things that work, and the modest advances we’re making. Life is fluid and ever changing. We’ll find every answer we need and gain success. Nothing is beyond our grasp and with focus and determination, we can reach any goal.

When we’re facing a big problem with lots of complications or that involves many people, it may seem insurmountable. We may feel it’s too difficult to find our way through. At first glance things can seem worse than they are but if we step back for a moment and look at the situation objectively, we will find an opening where we can begin. There is an answer to every problem and nothing is beyond solving. We can trust ourselves to patiently and carefully find our way until we reach the answers we need.

If we’ve been on a long, difficult journey and the end is still nowhere in sight, we may begin to consider giving up. We can change direction at any time and if we want to surrender, it’s always an option. But we’re intelligent and capable, and sometimes instead of quitting altogether, all we need is a break from the struggle. We can step away for a moment, find refreshment in something else, and then when we’re ready, return and begin again. We are stronger and more powerful than we realize and nothing is too difficult for us. We know what we want and with determination and patience, will get it.

Today if you’ve been pushing and trying for a while, and feel no closer to the goal, step back for a moment. Turn around and look at how far you’ve come already. You can do anything and have all the courage and wisdom you need to prevail. Trust yourself and start again. You have already won. Success is just ahead and you have everything you need to reach it.

I’m Not Doing That

7 May

Life is filled with unlimited opportunities for growth and learning. It’s great when we’re doing something we want to do and learning new skills we desire. But sometimes we may be faced with something that’s difficult or unpleasant, and the very thought of doing it is repugnant and off-putting. We may think, “I’m not doing that,” but because of the situation don’t really have a choice. There will be times when all of us, despite our displeasure or discomfort, may have to do something we really don’t want to do. Nobody wants to do things that make them uncomfortable but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Instead of pushing our hands out and refusing to look at it, or just walking away in disgust, we can take a breath, stand still, and look at everything objectively. Every problem – no matter how annoying or complicated – has a solution. We know how to find answers and open doors to new solutions even when the situation is extreme or dire. What seems complex and unworkable can be untangled by patiently taking the time we need to see all the parameters of the situation clearly, and finding the way through. Sometimes life goes haywire and everything gets jumbled up and confused. But we’re intelligent and capable, and there isn’t anything too complex or difficult for us to manage. Nobody wants to dive into a hornet’s nest full of problems but if we must, we can do it with confidence and grace. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We can find all the answers we need and solve every problem before us.

Sometimes it seems we’re the only ones with problems, and everyone around us appears to be doing fine. Of course, nobody gets a perfect life where everything goes well every day. Some of us are demonstrative and share every detail with those around us, and others are quieter and more reserved. We don’t know what others are facing or what they have to deal with. We all struggle with difficulties and problems, and deal with issues that complicate everything. Choosing to be confident and taking things one step at a time will help us find our way through and overcome anything before us.

There may be times when we’re bombarded with one problem after another and feel like we can’t escape. Sometimes when it rains, it really does pour, and at times like that we may feel we can’t manage and should just give up. We can surrender to any problem we like but the answers we need are always there for us. With perseverance and determination, we will find them and solve any issue we must. We are more powerful and capable than we think we are. Nothing is too hard for us to manage. We can trust ourselves to find the way through and be confident we will prevail.

Today if you’re facing something difficult you don’t want to do, and feel you can’t manage it, remember how strong and intelligent you are. You are wise and capable, and nothing is too complex or hard for you to manage. Stand strong and be confident. You already possess everything you need to prevail. Success is just ahead and you will reach it.

Half the Equation

26 Apr

We live in the world with billions of other people. Of course, we won’t ever meet them all but we’ll generally have many people coming and going out of our lives all the time. As we work with them or affiliate with them in any way, they may ask us to do things for them. Most people want to be helpful and will often do as they are asked. It’s fine if we get all the information we need and can accomplish what they’ve requested but sometimes we may be in position where we don’t have everything necessary to effectively do what we’ve agreed to. Maybe we didn’t receive all the facts to answer any questions that come up, or the situation changes while we’re in the middle of it and nobody informs us. We don’t know what we don’t know and if we aren’t told about key changes, we can’t possibly choose the best way forward. It’s very uncomfortable to try to manage something over which we have no control and it only gets worse if we can’t reach those who can shed light on the issue. If we can’t let go of the responsibility or return it to those in charge, we may be stuck holding the bag. If we can’t get out from under it, we’ll have to manage things the best we can. We can stand firm, and explain the situation to those who are negatively affected by it until we can address the issue and correct it. We are capable and can be confident that no matter what happens we will choose the best options possible. Problems arise, and complications are a continual issue. We can manage everything with confidence and grace, and find our way through.

Some people rush through their lives, always in a hurry, and moving on to the next thing. It’s hard to get all the information and facts correct if we rush over them and don’t take the time needed to make sure we understand all the facts. If we have to guess, we might get it right sometimes, but often we may miss out on important facets that will help us through. We are always in control of our lives and if a situation isn’t clear, we can ask for more information until we understand exactly what is needed.

Some issues are complicated and complex. In order to resolve them, we must get as many facts as possible so we have a clear picture of what’s going on. Getting half the information we need will never help us succeed. If we can’t get the answers necessary, we may feel frustrated and miserable trying to plow through. It’s a waste of time to try to solve anything without all the facts. We can set the problem aside and wait until we have more information and then start again and resolve it. We are intelligent and capable, and we know what we need to succeed.

Today if you been tasked with resolving an issue but you don’t have all the information you need or the tools necessary to complete it, step back and look at all the possibilities before you. If you cannot solve the problem at this time, set it aside until you get what you need to be successful. Waiting for clarity doesn’t mean giving up. When you get everything necessary to resolve the issue you can move forward. You know how to be successful and nothing is too confusing or difficult for you to manage. Every success is possible and you will prevail.

Under Water

19 Apr

Every day we experience something new. We can manage our own lives but most of what comes to us is beyond our control. Other people constantly make decisions we know nothing about, circumstances change, and sometimes the road that was clear and open yesterday is completely blocked and cloudy today. Lots of things can change all at once and we may find ourselves suddenly and completely overwhelmed. Like being under water we can see what’s around us and manage things for a time, but if we want to survive, we must find a way to surface. It’s unlikely any problem we face will have the threat of actual death, but it may seem we’re being destroyed if all our plans have suddenly collapsed and we’re left standing in the wreckage. We may feel like we’re drowning and can’t breathe. Terrible things may happen, disasters may come, and in the beginning, we may have no idea how to get through, but we are stronger than we think we are and already possess everything we need to succeed. We can trust that no matter what comes we’ll find our way. We can take time to regroup, see the options before us and then step forward toward the future. Life is filled with uncertainty and we can’t predict what will come, but everything we need will always be there for us and we will find the road ahead. There will always be another day and the sun will rise again. Nothing is powerful enough to hold us down forever, and we will prevail.

People are creative and when they’re determined to do something, will figure out how to get to it. They may not care if what they want pushes us out of the way or blocks us from the road we want to take. They may take something we wanted for ourselves and barely look back as they rush forward. We can learn to modify our plans when needed, adjust to unexpected changes, and continue forward despite any unplanned developments. We know what we want and are smart enough to find our way to the destinations we desire, no matter what comes.

Some people are loud and need to broadcast every success they achieve. “Look at me, look at me,” they seem to say. It’s nice to get recognition when we’ve accomplished something difficult, but the real prize is what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown along the way. Everything we do teaches us something new and as we struggle through difficulties and complications, we gain skills we can take with us in the future. Nothing can compare to the great satisfaction that comes from overcoming a very hard challenge. We are intelligent and wise, and can solve any problem that comes, no matter how complicated or tangled. Success is always there for us and we will achieve it.

Today if the road ahead is suddenly no longer available and everywhere you look there are problems and complications, step back and look at all the options before you. Decide how you want to proceed and look forward. You have everything you need to reach the goal. Nothing can overcome you and you will find success. Be confident. You are amazing and capable, and will find the way.

Tidal Wave

12 Apr

Our lives are a reflection of all the decisions we make. Each choice changes our direction just a little, and as we turn here and there, our trajectory is altered. If we’re honest and try to make the best choices possible, we have a better chance of moving forward toward the goals we want with little interruption. But sometimes we may be impacted by what’s going on around us, or pressured to take a road that isn’t in our best interest. If we go along, we might find we’re headed in a direction that is nowhere near where we want to go. Like a tidal wave that starts with a small disturbance and picks up power as it progresses, one bad decision may seem insignificant at the beginning but then roll onto another, and then another, and before we know it everything is different and we’re far from the path we want to be on. Nobody wants a life filled with trouble and disharmony, and we don’t usually do things intentionally to create problems going forward.  But we may get caught up and choose something without thinking that brings complications and trouble. If we see we’re headed in the wrong direction we can always stop, and redirect the way forward. We’re always in control of our decisions and no matter what’s going on or who else is involved, can choose the paths that take us to the destinations we desire. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. If we’ve chosen something we don’t want, we can turn around and start again. Every destination is possible and we can be confident in taking control of our actions to ensure we’re going where we want to go.

Powerful people can be very persuasive. If they have influence over us or we admire them, we might agree to do what they want even it we aren’t sure it’s in our best interest. Our decisions belong to us and if things don’t work out, we are the ones accountable for them. We cannot blame others when we make choices that don’t work out, even it they convinced us to follow their lead. We’re always in control of what we do and if we end up where we don’t want to be, can turn around and begin again.

We never know what lies ahead. Sometimes a seemingly insignificant decision can turn into a big problem if others get involved and things develop in ways we couldn’t foresee. One thing always leads to another and we never really know what will happen next. If the road we’re on turns and we end up going the wrong way, we can stop, look at our options, and change direction. Nothing is permanent and we can always change course. We know what we want and are perfectly capable of achieving it. We can do anything and go anywhere. The whole world is there for us and we will succeed.

Today if you’ve made a choice that hasn’t worked in your favor and you’re headed toward something you don’t want, stop and change direction. You’re in control of everything you do. Every destination you desire is possible and you can reach it. Decide where you want to go and start moving forward. You are strong and capable, and nothing is out of reach. Success is still possible and you will prevail.

Detour Ahead

28 Mar

Everyone has an idea of how their lives should go and what they should do. If our experiences move us in the direction we want to go, we may be confident and happy we’re on the right track. But life is filled with lots of uncertainties and there may be times when something takes us away from the direction we want to travel. We can’t control what other people do and sometimes their choices knock us off track. There are always circumstances beyond our reach that may affect us, and we may end up going in the opposite direction until we can address the situation we’re in and start again. We can get to any destination we desire but it likely won’t come in a straight, uninterrupted path. Problems may develop, there may be something in the way, or we may be pulled from our focus to attend to a critical situation. There are endless complications that may prevent us from advancing but nothing lasts forever, and eventually we’ll be able to redirect our attention back to the goals we want to achieve. Nothing is permanent and there will always be another chance to start again. With renewed focus and determination, we can succeed in reaching anything we desire. Life is busy and can get in the way, but we’re in control of what we do and can plan our time effectively to ensure we accomplish what is most important. Nothing can keep us from having the lives we desire. All our dreams can come true if we’re persistent and continue forward. We can have the lives we want and nothing can stop our success.

If a lot of distractions and problems have taken us away from the road we want to be on, and a lot of time has elapsed, we may think it’s too late to get to the goal. Our situation may change, we may be in a new location or surrounded by different people, or circumstances may have evolved that make the road ahead harder to find. We can always let go of any goal we like, but if it’s still important it doesn’t matter what’s happened or what’s in the way. We can still reach success if we decide it’s what we want. We have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to figure out any complication and find the way forward. Nothing can keep us from our dreams.

It would be great if we could reach a goal every time we’re ready, but few things go perfectly the first time we try. We only know where we are and can’t see what lies ahead. There may be unexpected turns, or doors that are locked away, and we may have to revise our plans more than once. Every goal is possible but they won’t all come easily. Things may go wrong and there may be a detour or a roadblock, but we can trust that there will always be a way through. We have all the courage and self-confidence we need to push beyond any complication and find the way forward. Nothing is too far to reach and we will succeed.

Today if you’re been pulled from the road that leads to your goal, be patient and keep your eyes focused ahead. No complication lasts forever and you can start again. Every dream is possible and nothing can keep you from success. You are strong and wise, and can do anything. Nothing is too difficult for you to manage. All your dreams can come true and you can have the life you desire.