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It Doesn’t Just Happen

11 Apr

Everyone decides what kind of life they want. We make dozens of choices every day that define who we are and help us become the people we desire. By paying attention before we decide, we can choose the direction that moves us closer to our goals and further clarifies our personal expressions. But life is busy and sometimes when there’s a lot of distraction, we might choose something in a hurry that turns out differently than we hoped. We can do anything we like but if we want to be the best we can be, and move forward in gaining the attributes we desire most, we must focus on each decision we make. Mediocrity is easy. It comes without effort or attention, but excellence requires thought and consideration. Choosing excellence won’t just happen on its own. We must decide what we want and then pursue the best course of action at each turn. When we do, we’ll move closer to our goals and become more like the person we want to be. There are unlimited things we can do every single day. We can be lazy and do nothing, take the easy road when the best road is hard, or let things simply roll out on their own. We can let life take us where it will and be persuaded by other people’s ideas and decisions. Our lives will continue whether we take ownership over them or not. But if we want to achieve excellence, if we want to get to the goals we really desire and experience personal satisfaction and greatness, we must take control over our actions. Complete and fulfilling happiness is possible. By determining what we want and then focusing on excellence as we push forward, we will achieve it. We can do anything we desire and with focus, and determination, we can have the lives we dream about.

It’s so easy to be average. We don’t have to do much, we don’t have to get involved, or exert our energies above what’s comfortable. We can coast along and pretty much get through without too much effort or distress. But a mediocre life can never bring us the intense pleasure we feel when we’ve overcome something difficult, or the incredible joy that comes from succeeding against great odds. Every single road is possible and even if the journey is hard, if we want the goal, we can achieve it. Nothing is too far to reach and we can do anything we desire.

Routines are comfortable and staying inside what we know is simple. There is nothing inspiring about monotony and we can’t learn anything new by repeating the same patterns. We have so much potential and if we step away from the familiar, even just a little, we’ll discover talents and strengths we may not know we possess. We are stronger and more capable than we may realize and nothing is beyond our abilities. Striving for excellence instead of sitting still will bring us incredible gratification and satisfaction. Our lives will be enriched and we’ll experience complete joy.

Today if you’ve been sitting back and going along with the world around you, remember how unique and incredible you are. You have gifts to offer nobody else possesses. There is greatness in you. Choose excellence and be confident. All your dreams are possible and with determination and focus you will make them yours.

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Tightrope Walking

3 Apr

Every day we face new situations and make many decisions. We never know what will happen next and even if we try to avoid calamity, nevertheless there will be times when it will find us. We can’t control what anyone else does or circumstances we don’t know about, and all we can do is try to make the best decisions possible that won’t tangle us up and make things difficult. Sometimes that’s easy and we feel confident we’re doing our best but if we’re under the influence of someone else, we might choose a path that doesn’t take us where we want to go. If someone we love or care about pressures us to go along with something we don’t feel comfortable with, or that’s dishonest or underhanded in any way, and we succumb, we may find ourselves walking a tightrope between doom and disaster. Maybe not doom exactly, but certainly not where we want to be. Our personal connections can be very powerful and we might agree to a negative situation in an effort to show support even if it’s not something we want to do. We’re always in control of what we do, and can certainly choose any path we like. If we follow someone else into the fire, we have only ourselves to blame when the flames get hot. It’s not easy to say no when someone we care about is pressuring us, but we’re always responsible for every choice we make, regardless of the circumstances. Despite any relationship situation, we can be polite and understanding, and still choose the best road forward. Making choices that are in keeping with our standards and values isn’t selfish. Our lives and what we do with them are up to us. We can have the lives we want the most by choosing wisely and taking the roads that lead us to success.

Everyone has their own ideas about what’s right and how things should go. We can always change our views on anything, but if there’s something we feel strongly about and someone else is trying to push us in another direction, what we choose is up to us. We never need to go along with anything we don’t agree with or that makes us uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter what others are doing, we can go our own way. We know ourselves better than anyone and can choose what we want and what we need.

People can be very persuasive when they want something badly. We may be asked to compromise our personal values in order to help someone else achieve some goal they desire. Once we step over the line away from our personal integrity, we set a new course in action. After that door is opened, it will be easier to do it again. If we continue to sacrifice our values, we will inevitably become someone else entirely. Every choice we make takes us somewhere. Where we go is up to us. If we are strong in our convictions to stay true to who we are, the paths we choose will that take us where we most want to be.

Today if you’re being pressured to do something you don’t feel comfortable with, choose what defines who you are. You know how to make excellent decisions. Determine the road forward and stay true to yourself. You are an incredible gift to the world. Be strong and stand tall. Choose the best path ahead and you will succeed.

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.

The Other Side

25 Mar

There are all kinds of things that can happen as we go through our days. We may be surprised by a turn of events that stops us in our tracks, or discover upon reaching a goal that things aren’t exactly as we thought. We never know what lies ahead and even when we plan carefully, something may come out of left field that knocks us off our game. Lots of things can change and without warning, the road may turn and take us somewhere we never intended to go. We can chart our course ahead but when we’re on one side of the coin it’s impossible to see the other. Life is filled with possibilities and change is constant. Just when we’re sure we know what to expect everything may shift and we may suddenly find ourselves in foreign territory. It may be unsettling or confusing at first, but we are capable of adjusting and managing any changes that come. There isn’t only one road to any destination and if there’s a detour ahead or the door we need to walk through is blocked, we can find another way forward. Keeping our focus on the ultimate goal will help us handle any complications along the way. The road may get rocky and we may get lost momentarily but we are intelligent and wise and will find success. We can go anywhere and do anything. We have overcome many obstacles already and have the skills and insight we need to move forward. The whole world is there for us and the possibilities are endless. We can be confident in our ability to succeed and find our way.

We’re in control of our lives and can design them any way we like. We can keep them small and stay within close boundaries where we feel comfortable and safe. It’s easy to maintain a routine where we know all the players and what to expect. Repeating the same patterns may give us comfort but can never bring something new that will challenge and engage us. We can trust ourselves to stretch beyond what is easy and try for something more. We have so much to offer and are capable of accomplishing great things. Reaching beyond what we know will bring us great confidence and increase our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

We never know what we’re capable of until our limits are tested. We may think there is something we could never do but then in a great time of need discover we can accomplish it. We are capable of far more than we think we are. We’re strong and have all the courage we need to face anything. Our resilience and intelligence will help us move forward and nothing is beyond our reach. We can accomplish any goal we desire. We can set our sights as high as we like and then find success. Nothing is too difficult or complicated for us to figure out and we can make all our dreams come true.

Today if the road you’ve been on has turned and you aren’t sure you can find your way, trust yourself. The other side is already there waiting for you. You have everything you need to find the way forward. Be determined and have confidence. You know what you want and you will succeed. Keep moving forward. All your dreams are possible and you are strong enough and wise enough to reach them, and make them come true.

Changing Direction

11 Mar

We make millions of decisions as we go through our lives. The choices are unlimited and every day we decide what step we’ll take and choose every turn. Each decision colors our lives and tells the world around us who we are and what we stand for. We can certainly choose anything we like at any time but we’re not free to decide what happens after that. The first step is ours but the results of each decision are beyond our control. Sometimes we may have a good idea of what will happen next and things work out the way we want them to. But other times we may be shooting in the dark as we make choices unsure of what will result. Life is filled with all kinds of variables, and everyone around us is making decisions that may impact our way forward. It’s impossible to know everything and even when we try to choose the right road ahead, there may be times we end up going in the wrong direction and have to start again. The best we can do is take the time necessary to see and evaluate all the options before us, and then decide. If the road turns and we find we’re not headed where we want to go, we can look again, and re-chart our course. Every decision will take us somewhere. If it’s not where we want to go, we can start again. We can change direction at any time and choose how we’ll continue. It doesn’t matter how may restarts or revisions we must make. There are unlimited roads ahead and if one doesn’t work, we can choose another. Success is always possible and with determination and wisdom, we’ll reach it.

There’s always a lot going on around us and when we’re focused on a goal, we may set our sights only on the steps in front of us. We may block out everyone else and close ourselves off in an effort to move forward undeterred. It’s good to be focused, but if we only see the next step forward and don’t pay attention to anything else, we may miss important cues about the road ahead. Those around us may have valuable information that will help us and being open to them can prevent pitfalls we may not see. Every destination is possible and by clearly watching where we’re headed and being aware of everything going on, we’ll get there as quickly and effectively as possible.

Everyone has ideas and opinions about how things should go and we may get all kinds of advice and guidance along the way. We can listen to everything being offered and use whatever will help us move forward. We aren’t compelled to do anything differently or conform to anyone else’s ideas about how we should progress. The journey is ours to design and each decision moves us forward toward the goal. We can do anything and go anywhere. The possibilities are endless and we can choose the future we desire.

Today if you need to adjust your course to get to the goal you’re seeking, choose the best way forward and step ahead. Make a turn, and continue forward. You are amazing and capable. The goal is there for you and you will reach success. Nothing is out of reach and all your dreams can come true.

Obstacle Course

7 Mar

Everything we do has an effect on our lives. The decisions we make have the possibility of moving us forward toward the goals we seek, or holding us in place where we stand. Which way it goes depends on what we choose. We can do anything we like and are in control of where we go. If we’re focused on a goal and determined to succeed, chances are we’ll make decisions that will push us closer to it. But life is filled with all kinds of distractions and impressions, and there may be times when we choose something even if we know it may hold us back. We have many different ideas and emotions that affect us in many ways, and may develop patterns that impact our decisions. If they’re detrimental, we may find we’ve created an obstacle course and will have to dodge something in the way or crawl through a complication we’ve created. Our lives are a reflection of the choices we make. There are endless variations possible and if we choose a temporary fix over a successful solution, we may be able to take one step forward but the road ahead may elude us. Sometimes we know the choice we’re making may bring additional confusion or problems, but because of influences around us or our personal desires, may make it anyway. It’s like someone who wants to lose weight but has the chocolate cake anyway. Every goal we want to accomplish is possible but we must be our best advocates when deciding how to achieve it. We can make decisions that will move us forward and bring success. We possess all the self-control and wisdom we need to get to the goal. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage and we can have the lives we desire.

It’s impossible to find success if we haven’t decided what we really want. Talk is cheap and we can say we want this or that, but until we actually begin moving toward the goal, it’s only fantasy. We can spend our lives dreaming of how we wish things were or we can do what is needed to make them a reality. Our lives belong solely to us and we can design them any way we like. With perseverance and determination, we can make choices that move us closer to where we want to be and achieve any goal.

Nothing can hold us back more effectively than procrastination. It’s a habit that can paralyze our lives and keep us in place. Putting something off until tomorrow will never move us closer to our goals. There will always be another tomorrow and if we persist in putting things off, may find years have gone by and we’re no closer to where we want to be. It’s possible to stay in one place our entire lives if we do nothing to advance. Every dream is possible but we must take control and pursue the road ahead to make them come true. We can do anything. We can decide what we want and then do what is needed to make it ours.

Today if you’ve been making decisions that are creating situations that stand in your way, think about what you want the most. You can do anything but you must focus on the goal to make it yours. Decide to take control and start on the road that will bring you success. You are capable and wise, and nothing is out of reach. Step forward and make your dreams come true. Everything is possible and you will succeed.

Giving It Away

6 Mar

We interact with many kinds of people as we go through our lives. We have friends, associates, co-workers, neighbors, family members and so on. Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go and some of them may have ideas about how we should live our lives. How much influence they have over us depends on many things. Our relationship status differs if they’re a friend, if they have authority over us, or if they’re someone very close to us. They may remain on the outskirts or our lives, or be with us much of the time. Our connection to them varies depending on how they relate to us and how much we want or need them. Those who are important hold a lot of influence and if they want us to do something it may carry a lot of weight. Although we’re certainly entitled to live our lives any way we choose, if those close to us exert pressure to conform to their ideas or ways, we may buckle and go along in an effort to keep the peace and make everyone happy. It’s nice to please others, but if we must give up who we are in order to accomplish it, we may lose a lot. Everyone’s unique and our desires and dreams are important. If others don’t share our vision, and we set our goals aside to accommodate their views, we’ll never realize our greatest potential or achieve our dreams. It’s impossible to live two lives at once. We can’t be everything to everyone and true to ourselves at the same time. Our relationships are important but our personal lives must take precedence when choosing the paths we’ll follow. We deserve every happiness and by being true to who we are and what we want, will achieve it.

Some of the most powerful relationships we have are those within our families. Our parents, siblings, children, spouses – all are very important and their opinions and advice may be very influential and significant. We want them to be happy and show respect for the relationship but if we go against what we feel is best for us, our lives will reflect their values and not our own. We never need to do anything we aren’t comfortable with, no matter who is asking. We can be respectful and kind, and still make decisions that express who we are.

There may be times when we’re confused or unsure, that we depend on others to show us the way forward. Relying on their help and advice when we need it is wise, but we are strong and capable and can do anything we desire. We know how to get information and help when we need it, and then walk forward on our own. Even if the road gets difficult, we can find our way through. We have all the confidence and wisdom we need to go anywhere and do anything.

Today if you’ve been going along with someone else’s decisions and doing things their way, remember you know yourself better than anyone else. You know what you want, and have everything you need to achieve it. Decide where you want to go and take a step forward on the road that will take you there. Trust yourself and be confident. Your life is important and you don’t need approval for anything you desire. Step forward and claim your dreams. Everything is possible and you will succeed.