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In the Mirror

15 Jan

We make millions of decisions as we go through our lives. We know every decision we make will take us somewhere and have a consequence, and we may try hard to choose wisely so we end up where we want to go. There are a lot of factors involved when we make our choices – how much time we have, if we’re pressured to go a certain way, how much information is available, what we want the most, and dozens of other parameters. Sometimes what we choose depends on if we’re making the decision privately and nobody else will know, or if it’s wide open and everyone can see what we’re doing. There is an old saying that we find out who we are by what we choose when nobody is looking. That’s probably correct. When we don’t have to face the opinions of others, we will likely choose what we really want, bad or good. If there’s a way to keep our decisions private, we may choose to do something that’s dishonest or unseemly in some way. We can do anything we want, anytime we want, and any way we want to do it. We’re always in control of our lives and can design them any way we like. But each choice, even the ones nobody else knows about, will impact our lives in some way. If we want to be happy, we must make decisions that allow us to do what is necessary to achieve it. There is no way to find complete happiness if we make decisions that cause distress, complicate our lives, or hurt others. We are intelligent and wise, and know what we want. Everything is possible and by taking our time, and carefully choosing each step ahead, we can have the lives we want the most and make our dreams come true.

When we look in a mirror our reflection is exactly how we appear. There is no way to modify the person looking back at us. We’ll see every mark, every scar, every line, everything. Similarly, our lives will reflect every decision we make. If we’re careful and wise, and choose roads that open doors ahead, building strong and positive relationships, we will likely find success. However, if we’re lazy, or mean and make choices that hurt others and damage relationships, our lives will reflect something entirely different. We can choose options that bring us comfort and satisfaction, and reach the goals we desire.

Who we are is expressed in everything we do. We can pretend to be someone different and may fool others for a time, but truth always rises and nobody can keep up pretense indefinitely. We are capable of greatness and incredible success. By choosing to be the best we can be at every turn, we will reach the goals and destinations we desire most. Every dream is possible and with determination, wisdom and perseverance, we can succeed at anything we desire. We are amazing and powerful, and nothing is beyond our reach.

Today if you have an important decision to make, consider every possible outcome and choose the road that will lead you to success. You are smart and capable, and nothing is too complex or difficult for you to comprehend. Trust yourself, and move forward with confidence. Every success is possible and you will win.

What We Say and What We Do

7 Jan

We will make millions of decisions as we go through our lives. Many are inconsequential and it doesn’t really matter which way we go, but some are important and may have the power to completely alter our direction. There may be times when something seems trivial but turns out to have a huge impact on us. Who we are and what we do will always affect what comes next. If we go around telling people we are something we aren’t, our credibility will be damaged and from then forward, those around us will learn they cannot trust us. Trust is the most important asset we can obtain, and if we have the trust of those around us, many doors will open on the road ahead. Deception never brings anything valuable or worthwhile into our lives, and in the end, will always bring trouble and complications. Everyone wants an easy life filled with opportunity and prosperity, and the way to those things requires complete honesty. Nobody is perfect and it can be hard to admit our mistakes. It takes determination and courage to tell the truth when we’ve dropped the ball or are responsible for some misstep. However, when we’re open and honest in all our dealings, even the uncomfortable ones, we will be trusted and revered by others. They’ll build strong relationships with us that will pave the way forward and help us achieve our most desired goals. We are smart and capable and can do anything we choose. By being honest and doing the very best we can, we will reach every goal and destination we desire, and have the lives we want the most.

Photoshop is an amazing tool we can use to alter an image and make it appear different than it really is. We can make ourselves look younger, thinner, and more beautiful with just a few keystrokes and a little imagination. While it may be fun to change the appearance of things and make them look more appealing, nothing can change reality. Nothing. Saying we’re something we’re not, or otherwise trying to appear different than we really are is like trying to Photoshop our lives. It never works, and always brings complications. We can be truthful about who we are and if we want to change, can do whatever is needed to bring that about.

If we’re creative and determined, it’s possible to fool those around us into believing something that isn’t true. We may be able to deceive others for a time, but truth is powerful and will always rise. In time, however long it takes, the truth will come out. Nothing we are now will ever be as bad as how we’ll look caught in a lie. It’s not a question of if it will be uncovered, but how bad it will be when it happens. We can be honest and confident of who we are now, and move forward toward who we want to be.

Today if you’ve been convincing others you possess attributes you do not have in an effort to look better or get ahead, remember your choices define who you are. Be honest in your dealings and every door ahead will open for you. You possess greatness that can embellish and enrich the world. Show us your best, and every success will be yours.

Revising the Plan

20 Nov

Life is filled with opportunities and endless chances to learn and grow. We can attempt any challenge and pretty much do anything we want to do. But nobody is perfect and we all have limitations of some sort. We’re capable of doing many different things and accomplishing many goals, but there may be times when what we want to do isn’t workable. It’s true that every destination is possible, but we must determine if we can, and are we’re willing, to do what is needed to reach them. Nobody can be everything to everyone. If the goal requires too much time out of our schedules, more money than we’re comfortable spending, or there are physical demands we can’t meet, we can change our objectives and go another way. If no matter what we do or how we strategize we can’t make things work, we can revise our plans and start again. Nothing is permanent or written in stone. There are endless opportunities available to us and countless goals to reach. We can review our situation clearly, consider every possibility and then decide what we want to do. With careful planning and determination, we can have the lives we dream about. If something is out of reach, we can move toward another goal that will bring us satisfaction and happiness. The chances for success are always there for us. We can choose where we want to go and what we want to do, and then move forward with confidence. Our lives belong to us and we can design them any way we like. Every opportunity is there and once we decide what we want, we can look at all the parameters required to get there, and choose our next steps. We are strong and capable, and can see things clearly. We can choose wisely, and find great success.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if we want to be a super model, we have to be tall. If we’re too short we won’t get the chances we desire. Some goals have specific requirements attached to them, and if we don’t possess those attributes, we will not get the chance to succeed. If we can’t do something we desire, we can find a way to manifest that desire in another arena. There are more opportunities possible than we imagine. We can find success and satisfaction, pushing forward toward every possibility.

Understanding our personal characteristics and accepting our limitations will help us refine the road ahead. We can tailor our goals and advances toward our talents and individual idiosyncrasies. When we work with our unique traits instead of trying to re-invent the wheel, the road will be more accessible and success will come more easily. We can push further and reach farther, and still honor our personal nature. We can accomplish our goals and find great happiness moving forward.

Today if a goal you want to achieve isn’t accessible, think about what you want to accomplish. You are gifted and talented in many ways. Consider all the possible options ahead and decide what you want. The whole world is there for you and you will do incredible things. Be confident and step forward. You are amazing, and you will reach success.

Control

7 Nov

There are all kinds of people in the world. Most of us are nice, try to follow the rules and be considerate of others. We’re all entitled to make our own decisions and can design our lives any way we want. Although we can make our own choices, there are some people who like control. They tell others what to do, how to do it, when to do it and where. While controlling others may make them feel more confident and secure, it’s very uncomfortable for those with whom they interact. Nobody wants to be told how to live their lives. It’s annoying and awkward to get directions from an outsider regarding our personal choices. We already know what we want and don’t need someone else revising our plans. If we must interact with someone who wants to be in control of everything we do, it may be difficult to move ahead. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We can make our own plans and determine every step we take. If others try to move in and take command over our lives, we don’t have to comply. We can step back and turn in another direction. We never have to do anything that makes us uncomfortable or takes us away from the things we most want to achieve. Nobody can live our lives but us, and we are responsible for every choice we make. We can go anywhere we choose, but if we sit back and let others direct us, we will end up where they want to go. What is perfect for them may not be what we want at all. We never need follow along no matter who is involved. It doesn’t matter how powerful someone else is, or how much influence they have, we can take charge and make our lives our own. We know how we want our lives to be, and with confidence and determination, we can achieve everything we desire. Nothing is too difficult for us to overcome and we can reach every goal we choose. Our personal success is important, and with focus and persistence, we will reach it.

It’s inappropriate to try to control other people’s choices. If we’re sure we’re right, we may try to influence them, cajole them, entreat them and plead with them to do things our way. However, directing others to follow us will not bring us real satisfaction or  lasting happiness. We have our own lives to manage and we’ll never move forward if we insist on directing traffic. We can trust others to make their own decisions and travel their own journeys.

Nobody is perfect or has all the right answers. Even if we have a genius IQ, we can’t know everything, but we can share what we know to embellish every situation. We can contribute without trying to control. Everyone has something wonderful to give and by honoring each individual and respecting their choices, we will find the best answers moving forward.

Today if you’re sure you have the right answers and want others to do things your way, remember everyone has something to share. We are all valuable and important. Be confident in your abilities, and allow those around you to contribute to your success. You are wise and thoughtful, and we all want to work with you. Every goal is possible, and together we can make our dreams come true.

Now What

9 Oct

We go through a lot of adjustments and developments in our lives. Nothing lasts forever and change is constant. If we’ve been working toward a big goal for a long time – a college degree, a promotion at work, a project that has required lots of time and energy – we get used to the demands it places on us and work our lives around what needs to be done. But eventually everything reaches a conclusion, and when we’ve accomplished what we set forth to do and everything has settled, there may be a lull while we try to figure out what’s next. When we’ve been so focused on one thing for a long time and we finally finish it, there will be a great sense of accomplishment but then the next day arrives and everything is different. Life is filled with opportunities and chances to do anything we like, but before we can start, we have to decide how we want to proceed. It sounds easy, and sometimes it is and we move on to what we want next. However, other times we may have no idea what our next steps should be. When we’ve been focused on one thing for a long time and that’s over, we may feel like there’s a hole in our lives. We want to fill it, but may have no idea how or with what. Now what? We know there are lots of options we can choose. We can take our time and think about what we want to do. Life is a journey made of endless destinations. By choosing where we want to go next, we can start forward and open new doors and find new experiences that will enrich us and move us ahead. Learning never ends and we can go anywhere and do anything we desire. We can push toward what we dream about and make it ours. Nothing is out of reach and we can have the lives we want.

Variety brings great interest into our lives. Having lots of different choices before us enables us to design our days any way we like. There will always be endless opportunities, but unlimited possibilities can make it hard to choose. We could do this, or do that, go this way, or turn around and go the other. Before we choose anything, we must first decide what we want and where we want to end up. Once that’s settled, we will more easily be able to plan the way forward, and find success.

Sometimes after achieving a great accomplishment we’ve worked hard for, there may be a lull in our thinking. We may want to stand still for a time before we begin something new. Big changes take time to adjust to. There is no rush to push forward. We can take the time we need to understand where we are, and then choose how we want to proceed. Our lives belong to us and we can design them any way we like. We don’t have to hurry to decide what we want next. Every goal is possible, and when we’re ready, we will achieve them.

Today if you’ve finally completed a big project or accomplished something you’ve pushed hard for, be happy in your success. Take the time you need to think about what you want to do. You don’t have to rush into the next project. Every option is there for you and will wait until you’re ready to begin. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is out of reach. Enjoy this moment. Every success is waiting and when you’re ready, you will reach it.

Swimming Upstream

20 Sep

Everyone has their own opinions about how things should go and what life should be like. There is no one, perfect way to live and our interpretations are just as valid as anyone else’s. Some people like to put judgments on things and label other people by what they see and think they understand. If they don’t agree with choices we’re making or how we’re living our lives, they may mock or disparage us. We’re entitled to do anything we like and can express ourselves in ways that reflect who we are and what we want. We’re unique, and don’t have to follow anyone else’s ideas about how we should look or what we should do. But differences are hard for some to accept and they may criticize us when we don’t fit their model or ridicule the decisions we’re making. We can believe what they tell us and try to change to fit in, but our choices are important. We can always continue on the path we desire. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves, and every choice we make tells the world who we are and where we’re headed. Our lives are ours to design and we never have to modify them to go along with someone else. We deserve to make every decision confidently and with purpose. Swimming along with everyone else brings conformity but does not ensure happiness. If we want something different, we can turn around and swim upstream. Even if we’re the only ones going our way, we can continue on with confidence and determination. We are responsible for our own happiness. We can pursue any goal we desire, and have the lives we dream about. We don’t need permission or agreement to move forward, and every possibility is there for us. Nothing is too difficult or complicated for us to overcome, and every success is waiting. All options are possible and we will prevail.

Lots of people will give us their opinions and advice, whether we ask for them or not. We can listen to every perspective but the roads we take are ours to choose. We already know what we want, and have everything we need to achieve every single dream. Each decision we make will take us somewhere. If we choose the paths that lead to the destinations we most desire, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness.

It’s easy to follow someone else’s lead. If we let others make decisions about our lives and they don’t work out, we’re not to blame. However, letting others design our lives will never take us where we want to go or bring lasting fulfillment. We have everything we need to create the lives we want, and have all the courage and wisdom necessary to go anywhere we desire. We can be confident and step forward with clarity and determination. Every blessing is possible and we can make them ours.

Today if you’ve been going along with everyone else because it’s easier and you don’t want to rock the boat, remember your dreams and desires are important. You deserve complete happiness. Decide what you want most and then step forward toward the goal. You are amazing and strong, and nothing can hold you in place. All your dreams are possible and you can have the life you desire. Be confident. Nothing is out of reach, and you will succeed.

Long Lasting

21 Aug

We don’t live in a vacuum and there is no way to isolate any choice we make or action we take, and keep it from moving toward something else. One thing always leads to another and everything we do takes us somewhere. Sometimes we can see where we’ll end up, and other times it’s a mystery. One thing is certain, no matter what we do, the influences of life around us and the decisions being made by others will affect what happens next. If we take time to see the possible results of our decisions before we make them instead of blindly blundering through, we’ll have a better chance of ending up somewhere we want to go. Some decisions are insignificant and have little bearing on us or what we want to accomplish, but others carry a lot of weight and if we choose poorly, after we make them, may have long lasting affects on our lives. They may completely alter the road ahead and cause us all kinds of problems and complications as we struggle to move forward. When we’re in the middle of a turbulent situation and there is a lot of confusion, we may choose something quickly to alleviate our discomfort. We may get temporary relief from the frustration, but then find we’re on the wrong road going the wrong way. Once we’ve altered our course it may be difficult to correct our direction and get back to where we want to be. The affects of our decisions can have long lasting impact on our lives. We are intelligent and wise, and can make excellent decisions, even in times of stress. We can step back and look at everything objectively, consider every possibility, and choose the best options going forward. Every answer we need is there for us and if we take our time, we will reach every destination we desire. We already know what we want. With patience and consideration, we can make successful choices that will bring it to us.

Life is an adventure and there are endless experiences possible. We can do anything but if we let our lives just roll on with no thought or consideration for where they will take us, we may end up somewhere we don’t want to go. If we don’t control our lives, and simply do what others suggest, we’ll end up with a life designed by someone else. Happiness comes from doing what is most important to us and making choices that take us where we want to go. We deserve complete happiness, and by taking control of our decisions, and moving toward the goals we desire, we will have it.

There is no way to move backward or go back in time to change something that isn’t working. We are exactly where our choices have taken us. If we aren’t happy, we can change direction and if the road we’re on isn’t working or the decisions we made aren’t taking us where we want to go, we can stop and redirect the way forward. We can have the lives we dream about by carefully choosing the steps that will take us to it. Every goal is in reach and we can do anything, and go anywhere we desire.

Today if you’ve made a decision that isn’t taking you toward the destinations you want, change direction and start again. Choose the roads that will take you forward. Nothing can keep you from success. Every dream is possible and you will prevail. Step forward and be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and you will win.