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Change of Heart

11 May

We’re all in control of our lives and decide at every moment what we’ll do next. We know ourselves better than anyone else, and we know what we want the most. However, life has its own momentum and if we don’t decide how we’ll spend our time, the situations we’re in may decide for us. It’s easy to become complacent when we get used to what’s going on. Change takes attention and effort, and when we’re busy taking care of business, we may simply keep going and ignore our personal discomfort. Even if we’re not happy we may decide it’s good enough and just deal with it. We may continue to stay in a job we don’t like because it’s easier than looking for what we really want. We might stay in a relationship that isn’t working because we don’t want to be alone and just cope with the disappointment. Perhaps we keep repeating a behavior we know is hurting us but haven’t yet been able to muster the courage and attention we need to stop. Or any of a thousand different scenarios. Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we like, but our happiness is important. Our dreams are important and we can change anything at any time that will move us closer to them. We can decide what we really want in our lives, and then take the first step toward making it ours. All we need to begin is a change of heart. By determining that our personal happiness is critical to our well-being, we can identify what is keeping us from it. We can make the changes necessary to move us toward the destinations we most desire, and reach complete happiness. Everything is possible and there isn’t anything we can’t do. Our lives belong to us, and with focus and determination, we can have the lives we desire the most.

The world is filled with opportunities and we can do anything we want. We can change anything that’s holding us in place – our location, our jobs, those we associate with, what we’re doing, or what needs to be done. We control our own destinies and can never be held is place when we’re ready to move. There is no need for us to get permission, and we don’t need approval for any decision we choose. All we need is to decide what we want, and then step forward to accomplish it.

Life isn’t always easy and the life we want won’t simply arrive because we desire it. If we don’t make a plan and decide where we want to go, someone else will make it for us. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves, and no one else can possibly know what we want the most. We can take charge of our decisions, and decide our next steps. Every dream is possible if we’re willing to do what is needed to make it ours. If we’re determined and focused, we can step forward and make them all come true.

Today if you’ve been dreaming about how you want your life to go but are still in the same place, decide what you want the most and take the first step forward. You are more powerful and capable than you realize, and can accomplish anything you desire. Be confident and sure. Every dream is possible, and you will make them yours.

Tool Belt

2 Apr

We do many different things every day, and respond to endless activities, events, and eventualities as they come along. Everything we experience teaches us something new and we carry all the information and skills we gain forward with us. Like wearing a big tool belt, we add to the things we know and the attributes that make us who we are. A regular tool belt might have wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers and saws, or many other tools. Our personal one holds the many different traits and talents we possess, specific to particular tasks. If we only have a hammer, we are limited to pounding on things, or prying things up. If we need to cut something, screw something in, or turn something tight we’ll be out of luck. Just like the tools on a regular belt, it’s important for us to develop and magnify all our talents and abilities so they’ll be ready for us when we need them. If we keep all our qualities and virtues available, we’ll be confident and capable as we move forward. However, if we limit our exposure to new situations, and keep our lives close, we may set unused abilities aside. It’s fine to close the drawer on skills and behaviors we aren’t using for a while, but if we ignore them indefinitely, we may struggle when the need for them arises. Sometimes, the information and abilities we need will be critical. If we’re suddenly facing a serious challenge, we may find the very skills we need to succeed are the ones we let go dormant. We all have gifts and talents that help us navigate through our lives and manage situations that arise. We are incredibly capable and nothing is beyond our abilities. We can keep our personal tools ready and available to help us at any time, and move forward with clarity and confidence.

Everyone has responsibilities and tasks to accomplish every day. When we’re busy, it’s easy to forget about time for ourselves. We lose the time we need to exercise and stay fit, give up time to rest and relax, and forget about the personal projects we desire. We can be proactive and remember to value ourselves as much as everything else we’re doing. Nothing is more important than our health and well-being, and with careful consideration, we can make a plan that allows us to complete what’s important and still find time for ourselves.

We’re all individuals and have things we want to learn and master. Learning new skills will embellish us and the confidence that comes from mastering something new refreshes us and deepens personal satisfaction. Every skill and ability we add will enrich us and bring us greater understanding and confidence as we move forward. There are unlimited things to do and accomplish, and nothing is out of reach.

Today if you’ve been busy attending to responsibilities and tasks, and neglected your own personal goals, remember how important you are. There isn’t anyone in all of creation exactly like you. You are an incredible gift to us all. Decide what you want to do, and then begin developing all the tools you need to get there. Every destination is possible, and nothing is too far for you to reach. Step forward with confidence. You are talented and capable, and can make all your dreams come true.

Everyone Else

27 Feb

We live in a time bombarded with information. With a single touch we can open ports to endless facts, opinions, and unlimited ideas about every possible subject. It’s good to be able to find data and clues when we need them, but it’s possible to get overloaded and distracted when there is so much available. We can read unending comments and opinions from people we don’t know and probably will never meet, and if we want to, could spend all our time learning about everyone else’s ideas and thoughts. If we constantly tune into what others are saying, and spend our time reading about what they think and what they’re doing, it may leave little time for us to actually live our own lives. We can’t be in two places at the same time. If we spend hours reading about others and their lives, we lose the opportunity to get up and live our own. We can’t focus on our own personal desires and goals while we’re reading about someone else’s. Our lives are important and priceless, and deserve our attention. There are endless goals we can achieve, and incredible destinations waiting for us. We can take control, monitor our time with everyone else, and ensure we do what’s most important to us. We can have the lives we dream about if we plan for them and then do what is needed to achieve them. Instead of focusing on all the interesting things others are doing, we can turn our sights forward toward the goals we most want to achieve. There is great happiness ahead and nothing can hold us in place. All our dreams are possible and we can do anything.

Notoriety can give a false sense of importance. Just because someone is well-known or famous doesn’t necessarily mean their opinions and ideas are germane to our lives. Everyone has their own version of how they think life should go, and there is not one perfect way to live. A big microphone allows people to share their voice with many others, but it doesn’t mean they have all the answers. We can listen to any advice given, and then choose our own way forward. We know what we want and where we want to go. We can trust ourselves to find the best road ahead toward the destinations we desire most.

Our personal perceptions of life reflect the experiences we’ve had and the understanding we’ve gained about the world around us. Therefore, one person’s interpretation about how things are will be different from someone else’s. Differences don’t mean one is right and one is wrong. There are endless ways to view the same ideas and situations. All have value, and express our individualism. We can choose the kind of lives we want, and then make decisions that bring them to us. Every opportunity is there for us, and everything is possible. We can go anywhere and do anything, and with determination will reach success.

Today if you’ve been listening to everyone else’s ideas about what you should do and how you should live, trust yourself. You already know what you want, and have everything you need to achieve it. Every road is there for you and you can do anything. Decide what you want, and then go get it. Success is waiting, and you will reach it.

Around the Corner

5 Feb

When we’re on the road toward a goal, what’s right in front of us is visible. We can see where our very next steps will take us and with inspiration and focus, can move forward. If we’re careful and thoughtful, often times our plans work out and we reach the destination we’re seeking. Although we can see what’s coming up next, there is no way to see what lies around the corner further on. We can try to guess based on what’s happened in the past, but nobody can read the future and it’s impossible to know for certain what will happen next. If we’re determined to reach a goal no matter what, we may blunder ahead without looking and simply hope that by being forceful and confident we’ll be able to push through whatever is in the way. That might work sometimes, but if serious problems arise, trying to muscle through without acknowledging them will likely cause more complications. Blind ambition may ultimately keep us from achieving the goal. There is no way to be prepared for unexpected and unknown eventualities. But we can be open and look at everything clearly, and acknowledge when the road turns and we need to modify our plans. We never know what will happen next, and if what we’re doing now no longer works, we can adjust our plans and try something new. Our original plan may have been good, but it’s not the only way forward. There are always many roads to every destination. If the one we started on has stopped, we can look at all the other possibilities out there, and find one that works. Every goal is reachable and we are smart enough to figure out how to reach them. Success will always be possible, and we will prevail.

Some people have very defined ideas about how life should go. They may believe there is only one right way to do things, and make their plans accordingly. Life is filled with surprises and unexpected developments. Nothing is permanent and what worked in the past may no longer be viable. There is never only one way to accomplish anything. Failure is never the goal, but if we hold onto our original idea and it doesn’t work, that’s what will likely happen. We are smart, and can be open to every option. Looking at all the possibilities will help us choose the way forward, and ensure our success.

We make our decisions based on the information available to us at the time. Nobody tries to make bad decisions or mistakes on purpose. Sometimes things change or we get more facts we didn’t have when we started out. Being flexible and allowing our plans to change will help us adjust to any turns in the road, or detours ahead. We are intelligent and wise, and have everything we need to prevail. We can trust ourselves to find the way forward, and with determination and focus, reach any goal.

Today if your plans aren’t working out the way you expected them to, step back and look at everything openly. You are wise and intelligent, and nothing can hold you in place. You can change direction and choose the best way forward. Be confident. Every answer you need is already there for you. Nothing can keep you from reaching your goal and achieving great success.

The Last One

18 Dec

We live in a very competitive world. There are constant suggestions that we should do more, reach further, make more money, accomplish more success and other opinions. There will always be many ideas about how we should live our lives and spend our time. We can listen to them and spend all our time trying to be what others think we should be. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves, or has any idea what we want to accomplish. However, the promptings to do what the world values are endless, and if we don’t accomplish whatever level of success we’re told we should reach, we may begin to feel we don’t measure up. Like being the last one chosen for a game in school, our self-esteem may get dinged, and we might begin to doubt we’ll ever succeed at anything. We know it’s impossible to be everything to everyone, but if we’re being told we should be more, do more, and have more, we might feel compelled to try. There are billions of people in the world and they all have their own ideas about success. If we try to accommodate every suggestion, we’ll only end up exhausted and frustrated. We know who we are and what we want. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t match someone else’s view of what we should do, or if we’re the only ones going in our direction. We define what our personal success looks like, and can live our lives any way we choose. Even if everyone around us is blue, we can be green. We can express our own personal choices any way we decide, and move forward in any direction. Our lives are a reflection of every decision we make, and if we’re true to the desires we hold close, we’ll find happiness and satisfaction. The symphony of our individuality lies within us. The rest is just background music.

Life is not a race, and there is never only one winner. There are endless roads leading to endless destinations, and we can design our own journey moving forward. Our families and traditions may influence us, and the expectations of others may come into play, but in the end, we decide what we’ll do. We are always in control of our next steps. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish and every destination is possible. We can trust ourselves to choose the best direction ahead, and reach every goal we desire.

There is comfort and ease in conformity. If everyone is doing the same things, and traveling the same road, there is a lot of support and convenience. But our lives are important and following someone else’s path will only take us where they are going. We are powerful and wise, and can decide how we’ll live our lives and what we want to accomplish. By choosing for ourselves, and confidently striking out on our own, we’ll have the lives we want the most, and make our dreams come true.

Today if you’ve been going along with what others think you should be doing, remember your life is a gift, and how you live it is up to you. You can do anything you desire. Decide what you want the most, and then step forward with confidence. Every dream is possible and you can make them yours. Success is there for you, and you will reach it.

Starting Again

16 Dec

There are a lot of things we want to accomplish and goals we want to reach. Some of them are personal and require us to change habits or patterns that may be difficult to let go of. We might start out strong, completely committed to the goal, and then our lives get busy and we get distracted. Eventually we may begin to slide back a little and lose our focus, and then before we know it, we’re completely off track and going in the wrong direction. Maybe not for the first time. Our set routines are strong and powerful, and change doesn’t come easily. We are capable of changing anything we want, but it takes real determination to hold fast to our focus, and decide not to waver. We can have the lives we want the most, but they won’t just happen because we’ve decided we’re ready for them. Nothing can change if we keep doing the same things we’ve been doing. Once we decide, really decide, we’re ready to redirect our course and do things differently, the change will come. We are more powerful and stronger than we think we are. Nothing is too difficult or complex for us to manage, and we can go anywhere and do anything we desire. We just have to decide what we want, and then do what is needed to get it. Nothing is out of reach, nothing is too big to tackle, and nothing will take too long. Every goal is within our grasp and we will reach success.

If we’ve tried to make a change before and gotten waylaid and off track, only to return back to where we started, we might begin to believe the goal is beyond what we can achieve. There are some things that may not be possible at this time in our lives, but most things we desire are within our capabilities. They may not be easy to get, they may take a lot of time and effort, and the road to get them might be hard to travel. There may be all kinds of reasons not to push forward, but the most important reason to continue is because we want the goal. Our lives are a reflection of every decision we make. If we don’t like where we are, we can move. If we don’t like the situation we’re in, we can step away. We’re in complete control and can do anything we choose.

It doesn’t matter how many times we return to the beginning and start again. It doesn’t matter how long it takes us to do what is needed to reach any goal. What matters is that we live our lives according to our own personal desires, and push toward the destinations we want the most. Everyone has their own opinions and we don’t need anyone else’s approval or permission to do anything we desire. We can design our lives any way we want them, and find great joy and satisfaction in doing what’s most important.

Today if a goal has eluded you, and you’re starting again, remember how strong and capable you are. Every goal is possible and with determination and focus, you can go anywhere and do anything. You really can have the life you dream of. Decide what you want, and then take the first step forward. You can achieve greatness and find complete happiness. Every success if possible, and you will prevail.

Completely Committed

9 Dec

There are lots of things we can accomplish as we go through our lives. We’re serious about some of them, and others we only think about as possibilities, but don’t pursue. Achieving anything requires commitment and focus, and if we’re only half way in, the chances for success are slim to none. Before we begin anything, it’s important to identify how much we really want it. If we think we want to do it, and decide we’re willing to work toward it if we get time, or the weather’s nice, or we’re not stressed, or a million other parameters, we probably won’t ever get to it. Whether we actually succeed or not depends on how much we want the goal, and how committed we are to it. If we really want to go somewhere and achieve something, nothing can keep us from it. However, if we’re only somewhat interested in it, and think we might like to have it if things work out our way, odds are we’ll never get there. There are few paved roads in life and it takes determination and focus to move toward anything we truly desire. Most goals will bring complications, road blocks, detours, and problems. When something gets in the way, if we aren’t really convinced we want to continue, we’ll end up stopping and letting go of the goal. It’s a waste of time to pursue anything we aren’t completely sure we want. We can be successful at anything we truly desire, and all our dreams can become reality if we’re willing to do whatever it takes to reach them. If we want success, we will reach it. We can decide what’s most important to us, and design our lives in ways that help us reach our goals, and achieve anything we choose.

Relationships are important and make our lives richer and more meaningful. We make personal connections with those we value and when we develop close bonds with them, they are a blessing in our lives. But successful relationships require personal investment. They don’t just happen on their own. If we want strong connections, we must be willing to do what is necessary to build them. How vibrant and enduring they are is a reflection of how much we commit to them. If we don’t spend time building them, they will not last. However, if we do what is needed to make them strong and deep, they will bring us great happiness and satisfaction.

Success in any endeavor requires focus and attention. If we kind of want to do something, we’ll be kind of successful. Every goal we desire is possible but life will never magically bring us the situations and success we want. We have to define what we want to achieve, and then do what is needed to make it ours. We are powerful and capable of doing anything we desire. By being committed to our success, we can reach any destination, and achieve any goal.

Today, decide what you want and then commit yourself to achieving it. You can achieve great success, and have all the wisdom and power you need to go anywhere and do anything. Decide what you want in your life, and then do what is needed to make it yours. Every blessing is possible. Take control and you will prevail. Nothing is out of reach.