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Steadfast

28 Sep

There are opposites in everything – black and white, good and evil, right and wrong. Whatever opinions or beliefs we hold, someone, somewhere will have an opposing view. Endless ideas and interpretations are everywhere and if we haven’t decided which way we’re going, we may be pulled in countless directions. We can listen to all the views around us and when we’re ready, decide what is best and how we want to proceed. Everyone is different and we will undoubtedly face times when our views clash with those around us. If everyone else is singing one song and we’re on another page, we will likely face conflict. We’re all entitled to our own beliefs and decisions, but that doesn’t mean the power of the group won’t come into play. It’s far easier to get to the goals desired if everyone agrees. When there is dissent, it can make the road a lot rockier. In an effort to make things easier for those around us, we may be pressured to go along and asked to conform with something we disagree with. Of course, we can do anything we like and if we want to acquiesce we can, but our ideas are important and we are entitled to express them any way we like. We never have to follow anyone else if we want something different. We can be polite and still be steadfast in our decisions. Our lives are ours to design, and we may live them any way we choose. We don’t need agreement or permission to choose our own way forward. By trusting ourselves, and being confident, we can step ahead on the roads we desire most, and find great success.

Some people are very loud and forceful. They believe their ideas are best and may press us to do things their way. Being loud may open some doors, but certainly doesn’t equate to having power over us. We can do what we like, even if it’s different from everyone else. There are countless roads to every destination, and we can choose the ones we’ll travel. Our dreams are ours alone. We can take control, choose our own direction, and move toward any destination we desire.

Group think squashes creativity and removes individual responsibility. Nobody makes their own decisions, and nobody gets blamed when things go wrong. Nothing could be more damaging to personal growth. It’s good to have friends and build connections, but we can connect with others and keep our own autonomy. We are all unique and have special, individual gifts nobody else can offer. By honoring our personal differences, and stepping forward according to our own specific desires, we will bring great depth and blessing to the world around us.

Today if you’re being pressured to align yourself with others, remember your contribution is important. Trust yourself and follow your own road. You have so much to offer and bring gifts nobody else can give. Be steadfast and confident. You are amazing and powerful. Your light brings great joy and we’re all blessed because you are here.

Perfect Timing

16 Sep

Our lives are complicated and busy, and we often have many things we want to accomplish. Everyone has their own personal goals waiting to be achieved, and although we may think about them often, because of other commitments, they may get pushed aside. We may think we’ll wait until things settle down, and we have more time to address them. After all, we have a lot to do and we’ll get to them eventually. Responsibilities tend to be constant, and there will always be something else to attend to. Waiting for the perfect time, and watching for a window when everything is settled and our time is wide open to do the things we want the most, is a fool’s game. The chances of ever reaching a complete pause are close to zero. Everything is constantly changing and until we pro-actively set time aside to address our own personal goals, we will likely never reach them. There will always be something that needs to be done, but our lives are important and we deserve complete happiness. By valuing the destinations we most want to reach and then setting time aside to move toward them, we will find great satisfaction and happiness. We own our lives but we must take control of them. If we don’t, time will pass and we may find years have gone by and we’re still standing in the same place. We deserve complete happiness, and by carefully planning and making our dreams a priority, we will have it. Nothing is beyond our grasp and with clarity and confidence, we can achieve anything.

It’s good to be helpful and serve others. We can serve in our communities, at work, within our personal circle of friends and family, and countless other ways. Helping others is noble and worthwhile, but we can be helpful and still make time for our own desires. It isn’t selfish to think of ourselves and push toward the destinations we want to achieve. Our desires are important and we can find ways to be helpful and still move toward our own dreams.

When we’re busy and overwhelmed it’s hard to think about our own wants and needs. If we’re stressed and it seems everyone wants a piece of us, it’s difficult to consider our own desires. There are lots of people around us and many may want our time and attention, but we are in control of our lives. We decide how much we can give, and can handle whatever we must and still take time for ourselves. We are important and our dreams are important. We can have the lives we want the most by managing our time in ways that allow us to move closer to our dreams.

Today, remember that you are the most important person in your life. Nobody will make your dreams come true but you. Plan your time in ways that lets you accomplish what you must and still move toward your personal goals. Every single dream is there, waiting. Step forward, and be confident. You are wise and capable. Nothing is out of reach, and you can claim the life you want the most.

Candy Coated

14 Sep

There are billions of people on the planet earth. They come in and out of our lives continually and as we interact with them, our connections may be positive, negative or somewhere in between. Everyone thinks they are good judges of character and some of us can spot phony baloney from 30 paces. But it isn’t always easy to recognize someone who is pretending to be something they aren’t. If someone wants something from us and doesn’t care how they manipulate us to get it, they may be very good actors. They may look the part, say all the right things, and convince us they are on our side when the truth may be very different. If we take a spoonful of mustard and freeze it, then roll it in a ball and dip it in chocolate, we could set it in a box of chocolate bon bons and it would blend right in. Nobody would know it wasn’t a delicious fudge filled truffle until they actually took a bite and got a mouthful of bitter, strong mustard. Candy coating can cover a lot of blemishes and can hide what lies inside. Flattering words, considerate gestures, and smiling agreement can make us believe something that isn’t real. We are intelligent and if we dig just a little deeper and scatch the surface a little more, we will get more information that will help us understand the situation as it really is instead of how it appears to be. People will do what they will do, but we are in control of our lives and can be wise as we move forward. We are extremely capable and smart. Nothing can fool us indefinitely and we will uncover the truth. By taking our time to see everything clearly, we can make excellent decisions, and build strong connections that will lead us to success.

It’s very pleasing to have someone else’s admiration. When they tell us we’re brilliant, or beautiful, or look at us with unwavering devotion we may be swept away. It all looks so wonderful, and it might be. But there are opposites in everything and we may face a time when someone we thought was angelic turns out to be the devil himself. Okay, maybe not THE devil, but someone who is intentionally leading us astray in an effort to get us to do something or take something from us. Nobody can do anything perfectly, and even the most practiced liar will stumble. If we don’t get caught up and pay attention, we will see things as they truly are, and be able to make wise decisions about our next step.

Most people are good and it’s good to trust those around us. We don’t have to be suspicious of everyone’s motivations, but we can keep our eyes open and listen carefully. Nobody is going to look out for us like we look out for ourselves. Truth is powerful. It can be hidden for a time but it cannot be help back forever. We are intelligent and wise, and with patience and focus, we will discover it, and find success.

Today if you have doubts about someone near you, trust your instincts. Look for the truth in every interaction. You are wiser and more powerful than you imagine, and will find the best way forward. Every single blessing is waiting for you, and every destination is possible. Be strong and stand firm. Step forward with clarity, and take charge. All your dreams are there, and you can make them yours.

Real Intent

24 Aug

As we go through our lives we’ll do many different things. Our experiences are unique to each of us, but no matter who we are, we’ll accomplish many different goals and go through countless different scenarios. When we want to do something, success will depend on how sincerely we want to succeed. If we’re thinking about something, and decide it might be nice to have, we may try to achieve it. However, if we aren’t determined to succeed, when the first challenge appears, we may simply let it go and walk away. We can do anything and go anywhere, but we’ll never accomplish anything without real intent. We must want to succeed no matter what comes, what goes wrong, how many challenges we must face, or how hard the road gets. If we only kind of want it, chances are we’ll only kind of succeed. Having real intent is imperative to achieving the things we desire most. If we doubt ourselves, the road will be much harder than if we believe we can prevail and press forward with confidence. Nobody can read the future and there is no way to know what will happen until it does. Life is full of surprises, twists and turns, and sometimes everything goes haywire and upside down. We can’t control what comes but we have complete control over how we manage it. We are intelligent and powerful, and nothing is strong enough to hold us in place. Every single dream is possible and with courage, faith and determination, we can have the lives we dream about.

It would be great if those around us supported all the decisions we made or the things we wanted to accomplish. Although agreement is nice, we don’t need it to do anything we desire. We don’t have to swim downstream with everyone else, or follow along. Our lives are ours to design and we can create them any way we like. We are a blessing to the world and have incredible gifts to offer. How we express them, where we go and what we do, is up to us. Nothing is out of reach, and we can do anything we desire.

We may have a bad experience that makes us lose faith in our ability to accomplish the things we want the most. Maybe we’ve experience failure, or a serious disappointment that has convinced us we’ll never succeed. Failure is hard to endure, but it teaches us what doesn’t work and helps us better understand the world around us. If we learn everything possible from each experience, and are determined to move forward, we’ll be enriched and strengthened as we push ahead. We are stronger and wiser than we imagine, and nothing is beyond our reach.

Today if you’ve been toying with an idea you think you want to pursue, decide what you really want and step forward. Be confident and determined to win. You are amazing and highly capable, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Step forward with determination and real intent. Success is there for you and you will reach it.

The Switch

19 Aug

Everyone is different and we all have our own personal goals and dreams we want to achieve. Every option is possible and if we work hard, and stay focused on moving ahead, chances are we’ll find great success. Our personalities and choices are a result of many factors – how we were raised, where we’ve been, what we’ve experienced so far, and a million other things. Although we can do anything we want, who we are, how we act and how we see the world may complicate something we’re trying to achieve. There may be a time when what we’re doing will not allow us to move toward what we want. If we’re very shy and reserved and the goal requires us to be bold and move forward with power and intense determination, we may struggle to push ahead. If we’re loud and ambitious, and the goal requires a gentle touch and a soft hand, we may have trouble figuring out how to advance. Everyone has their own special and unique talents, but nobody is completely perfect for every desired role. We are in control of our lives and if we want the goal, can make any changes necessary to get there. We may have to switch our thinking around in specific ways, and alter our responses and behaviors in order to do what is needed to prevail. Making personal changes isn’t pretending. If we want the goal, we may actually have to change something. There isn’t anything we can’t do and we are the only ones who can keep us from reaching any goal. We know what we want. The question is – Are we willing to do what is needed to achieve it? Once we decide how we want to proceed, we can pave the road ahead and push forward toward success. We can do anything and every dream is possible. With determination, focus and clarity, nothing can keep us from success.

Some people use the excuse “That’s just how I am,” to explain some behavior or choice they made that didn’t work out. We can always blame our choices on the patterns we’ve adopted and repeated throughout our lives, and blame bad decisions on endless outside issues. We can repeat the same mistake endlessly and deal with the consequences over and over again. But until we face the situation openly, look at how our choices have affected the outcomes, and then switch our behaviors around to something more beneficial, we may never find success. Our happiness is our own responsibility. With careful thought and preparation, we can make excellent choices that will take us where we most want to go, and find great happiness and satisfaction.

Traditions and routines are comfortable. We know them, we’re used to how they feel, and it’s easy to keep repeating them. Because they are familiar, we may stick with them even if they don’t bring us what we most desire. We can stay in the same, thankless job, remain in relationships that aren’t working, and continue down the same road indefinitely. Nothing will change until we do something different. Our lives belong solely to us. If we want something more, we can get it, but if we want to go somewhere else, we must be willing to let go of where we are. There isn’t anything we can’t do once we decide. Every single destination is possible, and we can reach them all.

Today if you’ve been trying to move closer to a goal but are struggling to move forward, look at what is needed to succeed, and make the necessary changes so you can win. You are amazing and powerful. Nothing is too difficult for you to achieve. Be confident and trust yourself. The whole world is there for you and every dream is waiting. Step forward and make them yours.