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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.

Seeing the End

31 Oct

Every goal we want to achieve is possible. We can go anywhere, do anything, and accomplish whatever we desire. Every dream is available if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. If we can imagine it, we can achieve it. But in order to get to the end of any road and reach our goals, we must be able to visualize it. It’s impossible to reach anything undefined. If we want to actually achieve a goal, we must understand exactly what it is we’re trying to reach and see the end from the beginning. We might really desire success, but being successful is an undefined destination. Before we can reach it, we must decide exactly what we want to be successful doing, and then step forward and begin to move toward the goal. It’s impossible to reach any destination when we don’t know where we’re going. Once we define our destination, we can make a plan for the road ahead, and step forward with confidence that we will succeed. Dreams are nice and we can dream about how we want our lives to be as long as we like. However, if we want those dreams to become reality, we must clearly determine what it will take to make them happen, and then do what is needed. We are highly capable and everything we desire is possible. We can have the lives we want the most, and go anywhere we want to go. Every destination is there, waiting for us. We can trust ourselves to do what it takes to reach them, and find great satisfaction and joy in our success.

Everyone wants to be happy but our happiness is our responsibility. Other people can’t give it to us and although some situations will bring it, they are fleeting and soon gone. If we want real, sustained happiness we must design our lives in ways that make it possible. Doing things the way others expect and putting off our dreams will not create it. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we like. Choosing paths that take us where we most want to go, and doing what we most want to do will bring us lasting and fulfilling happiness.

We can’t control what happens to us, what others will do, or how most things will roll out. We only have control over our own decisions and the choices we make define who we are and where we go. We can listen to the counsel of others and take whatever advice we like, but our choices belong solely to us. The road ahead is determined by the decisions we make. We can create our own future by making choices that take us where we most want to go. Nothing is too far to reach. Every success is possible and with determination and focus, we can go anywhere and do anything.

Today if you’ve been going along with what others think is best for you, step back and look at every possibility. You can have the life you dream about. Envision the destinations you want to reach, and then take the first step toward them. You are amazing and strong, and can do anything you desire. Be confident and move ahead with clarity and determination. Your life is yours to design, and complete happiness is there for you. Step forward, and claim it.

That Loving Feeling

26 Sep

Human relationships can be very rewarding. Our lives are enhanced and enriched when we have deep, strong connections to others that are positive and uplifting. When we first find someone we’re attracted to and begin to draw close to them, we may be filled with infatuation. It can be a dizzying, delirious feeling that makes us weak in the knees and unable to concentrate. The first rush of love can be quite intense but it cannot last. If we stay close, time and interaction will ripen our feelings to a deeper, more sustaining sense of love. Being in love can be an incredibly positive experience that augments our lives and enhances our senses. But if we want the love to last it must move beyond feelings. We must do things that show how we care, learn how to support one another, and live our lives in ways that include each other. Although we may have very strong and intense feelings about someone else, love itself is a verb that requires action if we want it to last. We can’t focus only on ourselves, and our personal wants and desires, and expect to have a healthy, strong relationship. That means we must be willing to give our time, our energy, and our attention, and meet our partner’s needs with grace and patience. The best relationships in our lives will come when we do everything we can to build them up and make them last. Human bonds that complete our lives and bring us great happiness are precious and rare. It’s extraordinary to find someone we love with whom we want to build a future. It’s more precious than anything else we may experience. By valuing our relationships and treating them with care, doing everything possible to make them strong and vibrant, we will find great happiness.

The things we want in life are ever changing. One year we’re sure we want one thing and the next we’re on to something new. But our needs are a different story. We can change what we want at any time, but our needs are hard-wired into who we are. If we’re in a relationship and we’re sure we’re in love but the other person doesn’t fulfill our basic needs for attention or communication, it’s unlikely it will survive. We’ll have to choose to either continue an unworkable situation or move on. We deserve every happiness and the best relationships possible.

The world is filled with all kinds of people. It’s possible to fall for someone who is narcissistic and selfish. We may overlook the things that are difficult in the beginning, but eventually it will be impossible to ignore bad behavior. We are worth the best relationships possible. We need never surrender to a situation that doesn’t make us happy or bring us a deep fulfilling connection. We can decide what we want, and then do what is needed to make sure we get it.

Today if you’re in a relationship that isn’t making you feel worthwhile and cared for, you can change direction. Every happiness you desire is possible. You are amazing and all your dreams can come true. Care deeply for yourself and choose wisely. There is tremendous happiness waiting, and you will reach it.

Finding the Why

30 Aug

Our decisions and choices are motivated by many factors. There are things we want for ourselves, things other people want us to do, and stuff we have to do just because we are where we are. Every day brings new responsibilities and assignments, some we’re happy to manage, and others bring frustration and annoyance. We never have to do anything we don’t want to do, and if we’re adamantly opposed to whatever is before us, we can step away. But we aren’t alone here, and our relationships with those around us sometimes involve doing things we’re not thrilled about, or don’t want. Every decision we make belongs to us and there will always be a reason for each choice. If we’re not happy and are doing things that continually perpetuate feelings of discontent, it’s important to understand why we keep doing them. If there are family pressures, we don’t feel we can ignore, or professional responsibilities we can’t leave, we may be stuck for now. But if we’re doing things that aren’t making us happy or moving us forward, and there is no real reason to continue, we can step back and decide what we really want, and change direction. Once we understand why we’re doing something, we can determine what we want to do next. Our lives are always in our control and we can do anything we like. There is no situation or individual with the power to hold us in place. We can turn away from anything that isn’t bringing us happiness or fulfillment, and choose a different road. We can have the life we imagine and reach any goal. We are powerful and wise, and we know what we want. There is a road to every destination we desire and with focus and determination, we will find success.

We’re all individuals, different and unique in our own personal way. What’s important to one may mean nothing to someone else. There isn’t one, perfect way to live life, and every interpretation has benefit. Tradition can be very powerful and if we’ve been living our lives based on what’s always been done in the past, we may feel secure keeping things the same, but that doesn’t guarantee we’ll be happy. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, we deserve to be happy. If the road we’re on isn’t fulfilling our dreams or bringing joy into our lives, we can choose another.

There are routines we follow regularly that are familiar and that help bring order into our lives. We know what to expect, and there are few surprises. However, repeating the same things again and again can be powerful. We may continue doing something without even understanding why we’re doing it. Every day is a gift, and if we don’t pay attention, we may miss the opportunity to accomplish what we want the most. We always have the power to move toward the goals and destinations most important to us, and create the lives we desire.

Today if you’re on a road that isn’t taking you where you want to go, look at all the possibilities before you and change direction. You know what you want, and have everything you need to achieve it. Your life is precious and valuable, and you can do anything you desire. Be confident. Nothing can keep you from complete success.

Vertical World

10 Jul

There are endless opportunities all around us every day. We can do anything we like and go to unlimited locations. When we look around, there is always something new to see. There are others sharing the journey with us, and endless experiences waiting to be enjoyed. However, if we only have our eyes trained on the road ahead, we may miss them. It’s good to be focused and determined to move forward, and we can accomplish a lot by staying true to the road we’re on. If we want to be the first, the best, the fastest, or the most successful, we may only look for ways to move us closer to the goal. Being competitive and eager may push us forward but as we’re advancing, it may be hard to think of anything but the road ahead. We may hold tight to an invisible vertical line that points straight to the destination we desire and fail to notice anything else. If we don’t waver, odds are we’ll succeed in our endeavors, but as with everything in life, there will be trade-offs. We may miss connections with those around us, the companionship of working together, and the chance to learn from those who are walking beside us. Staying in a vertical world will limit our ability to gain knowledge from those with experiences we desire, or build relationships that may open doors for us in the future. Every dream is possible and we certainly have everything we need to prevail at anything we want to do. Allowing others to share the road with us, and learning from their experiences may provide much valuable information and insight. Nobody knows everything. We can strive for success and still reach out to those beside us. The relationships we build and the companionship we share will make the journey easier and more rewarding. Every success is possible and we can achieve anything we desire. Allowing others to join us moving forward will bring great satisfaction and fulfillment.

The fastest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line. Everyone understands this, but rarely in our lives will it be possible to travel in them. Most of the time the road bends, there are detours, construction, and things in the way. We can always modify our direction to get around whatever is blocking the road ahead, and when we do, we learn new things and see new places. We can reach every destination but we may not reach it exactly when we planned. Learning to be flexible and alter our course when needed will help us find the success we desire.

There is no time frame for success. We may set a deadline for completing something and do everything in our power to make sure we get everything done, and still we may be diverted along the way. A delay isn’t a failure. If things get backed up and we can’t move forward, we can look at all the options possible and find another way. There will always be another road and nothing can keep us from reaching our goals.

Today if you’ve been focusing only on the way forward and have kept your eyes on each step ahead, remember those around you. Look beside you and extend yourself to others. Success will come. There is great happiness waiting for you. Share the journey with others, and together you will prevail.