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The Big Buy In

19 Jan

There are billions of people in the world, and although we’ll never meet even a tiny percentage of them, there will likely be people continually coming in and out of our lives. They may influence us in different ways, block our path or help us pave the road ahead, be against us or stand firmly by our side. Nobody lives in a vacuum and what’s going on around us will generally affect us in some way. If everyone is getting along and we’re all headed in the same direction, there may be little conflict, but that will never always be the case. Everyone has their own opinions and ideas that may have little in common with what we want to do. Some people are very loud and ambitious, and may tell us with strong conviction what we should be doing and where we should be going. Although we know we are in control of our lives, it can be hard to dismiss someone with a great deal of power and influence. Even if we aren’t sure, we may buy into whatever it is they’re selling. It takes confidence to stand up to strong opinions and choose our own way, and if we’re meek and submissive, we may fall under the spell. If they suggest we dress differently, we may go shopping and change our look. If they think we should work harder, we may stay at the office longer. If they don’t think the person we’re dating is good enough, we may re-evaluate our relationship. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves, but if we keep doing what others suggest, we’ll never have the life we want the most. Our decisions belong to us, and we can do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and standing firm on the road we most want to travel, we will reach the goals we’re seeking and find great happiness. We know who we are and what we want, and with determination and focus, nothing can keep us from success.

Wealth and power have their privileges. People tend to listen to those in positions of great authority or who command a great deal of money. Much of the world seems to revolve around money and power but most of us will never be kings or queens, or possess endless amounts of cash. That doesn’t mean we won’t have any influence. Every time we interact with someone else, we have the chance to share encouragement or valuable inspiration. We have so much to offer simply because we are here, and can bring great light to those around us.

Some people have big ideas and plans that show us ways to cut corners to get to success faster, or promise that if we just buy what they have we’ll find enormous reward. That might work, but it’s nearly impossible to achieve success without time, diligence, and determination focused on the goal. Short cuts may prevent us from learning important facts we’ll need later, and get rich quick schemes are a fool’s errand. We are intelligent and wise, and know what we want to accomplish. By keeping our eyes focused ahead, and continuing to move forward, every destination will be ours.

Today if someone wants you to buy into their big idea, stop and think about what you really want. Trust yourself and make the best decision for moving ahead. You are smarter and more capable than you imagine, and nothing is out of reach. Stand strong, look ahead, and be confident. Nothing is too hard for you to manage, and every dream is possible. Step forward and claim success.

Just This Once

20 Dec

Our lives are a reflection of our decisions. Every choice we make changes something and takes us somewhere. If we’re mindful and think about all the ramifications of everything we choose, we have a better shot of getting what we want and going where we want to go, but life is busy and can be hectic. We may make decisions on the fly simply because we don’t have time to stop and think. Sometimes that works out okay, but if we don’t think before we jump, things may not go the way we hope. Everyone wants a happy life and we all have things we want to achieve. We may face a time when we can get something quicker if we manipulate the situation dishonestly. Most of us want to be honest in all our dealings, but life is complex, and there are all kinds of people around us making all kinds of decisions. If they get in our way and we just can’t wait any longer, we may decide, just this once, to step away from our personal standards and do whatever is necessary to get what we want. We may bend the truth, tell a lie, deceive someone or use smoke and mirrors to make things seem different than they are. We’re in control of our lives and can do anything we like at any time. We can make any choices we want, but we can’t change the results of those choices. If we start a fire, something is going to burn. There is no way out. We know what we want, and must decide if we want it badly enough to sacrifice our integrity and honesty to get it. If that’s the case, we can go down that road and just crash ahead until we get to the goal. But every gain has a price and we may discover the price is higher than we imagined. By being thoughtful and wise, and taking the time to see where we’re headed before we step forward, we can make excellent choices that will bring us happiness and satisfaction. If we can’t get the goal today, we can patiently continue forward until we do. Every goal is possible, and every success awaits. With clarity and focus, we will reach them all.

Some people don’t care what it takes to win. They will do anything, and break every rule just to get to the prize. They are ruthless and the feelings of others mean nothing. If they are in a position of power, they may cause a lot of destruction as they push ahead. Once they reach the goal, they are happy but that happiness is often fleeting, because there will always be something bigger, something shinier, something more prestigious just ahead. Getting to each goal is important, but how we get there defines who we are. We can be relentless and merciless, and burn every bridge as we move forward, but that will never bring lasting happiness or peace.

Nobody is destined to remain the same forever. Change is constant, and we can change any behavior traits we want. If we’ve been unwise in the past, and have broken relationships because of our choices, it will take work and diligence to win back the trust of others. Change takes works and continual determination, but when we’re ready we can do anything. There is greatness in us all, and we can reclaim our nobility and wisdom at any time. Our lives are ours to design and nothing is out of reach. We really can have the lives we want the most by being mindful, patient and focused on the road ahead.

Today if there’s a chance you’ll win but only if you cheat, before you begin, stop and think about who you really want to be. You are defined by the choices you make so decide what you want the most, and then step forward. There is greatness in you and you have so much to offer. Show us your best and bring light to those around you. You really are amazing and worth more than you can imagine. Choose wisely and be confident. Every success is waiting and every dream is possible. Be honest and determined, and you will reach them all.

Ho Ho Ho and All That Stuff

1 Dec

The holidays are a busy time and can be stressful and exhausting. There may be parties we’re expected to attend, traditions everyone wants to continue, or other situations we may or may not want to do. Everyone is unique and we all have our own ideas about how things should go and what we should do. Although we all understand that intellectually, there may be times when we are pressed to go along with others. We might even pressure someone else to follow our lead because it’s what we enjoy and we want them to participate. We’re in control of our own lives, but if someone in authority over us expects us to do things a certain way, we may have to comply. Family expectations and traditions are powerful. We may choose to go along just to keep the peace and get through with as little conflict as possible. No matter what’s going on or how we feel about it, we can work through any situation and find the best way forward. We never have to do anything we aren’t comfortable with and we can decline any offer with grace and patience. There may be much to accomplish, but with careful planning, and taking the time we need for ourselves, we will prevail. We know who we are and what we want. By keeping our eyes on the goal ahead, and moving forward with clarity, we will succeed.

Everyone wants to be happy but personal happiness is expressed in different ways. We don’t have to jump up and down, and laugh all day long to convince ourselves or others that we’re content. Our outward expressions are unique. Some people share every emotion with those around them and others are quiet and still even when they feel great joy. We can share our optimism and happiness with those around us if we like, or we may keep things to ourselves. Our lives are ours to design and every option is possible.

If we’re stressed and having a hard time, it can be very annoying if someone near us is bounding with holiday fun. We may wish they’d just put a sock in it and fade away. If we need time to ourselves to regroup and settle, we can step away from the activity around us and zone out for a while. Sometimes just a few minutes of quiet and peace can greatly refresh us and give us the boost we’re seeking. There are endless ways to express ourselves at any moment. We can do what works for us and find the happiness we desire.

Today if you’re tired and stressed, and feel pressure to participate in activities around you, decide what you really want. If you need time alone, take it. You are the most important person in your life. Your desires are important, and every dream is possible. Decide how you want to proceed, and step forward. You are wise and capable, and nothing is out of reach. Be happy and choose the way ahead. There isn’t anything you can’t do.

Defining Moments

28 Sep

Life is long and each day we make many decisions. Each choice we make changes us in some way and the roads we choose tell the world who we are. If we are mindful, we may look at everything clearly before we decide, but there’s often a lot going on around us and it’s easy to get rushed and simply choose the first option available. If it doesn’t impact us much, it might not matter what we choose, but there are sometimes hidden agendas and unforeseen complications that arise and make moving forward difficult. Nobody is perfect and we’re all going to falter at some point, and every decision we make determines what will happen next and defines who we are. If we continually make careless and foolish choices, those around us will understand we are not to be trusted. But if we try hard to choose well, we’ll be able to build relationships and make connections that will benefit us as we move ahead. Every choice is a defining moment. By being aware of what we’re doing, and carefully evaluating where we’re headed, we will find great satisfaction, and continued success.

The world is filled with all kinds of distractions and how we manage them will determine how we’ll proceed. If we’re addicted to our phone, texting and scrolling, and value our time with it over time spent with others, our relationships will suffer. There is no end to the information we can access at any moment. We can spend every minute of every day going through on-line sites, and following others, and accomplish nothing for ourselves. We are in control of our lives, and the choices we make will take us somewhere. We can ensure we are going where we most want to go by focusing clearly on the road ahead.

We are responsible for our time and how we spend it. If we allow ourselves to be over extended and have more to do than we can effectively manage, everything will suffer. There will always be more that needs to be done. It does no good to have so many commitments that we’re overwhelmed and can’t think straight. By recognizing our limits and planning our time to allow for success, we will be able to accomplish much and reach every goal.

Today think about the decisions you’re making. Choose the roads that will take you where you most want to go. You are wiser than you think you are, and every answer you need is available. Decide how you want to proceed, and be confident. Every success is there for you.  Every dream is possible. Trust yourself and step forward, and you will prevail.

Small Changes

26 Sep

“If you make a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas, the cumulative benefits would be extraordinary.” Sir Dave Brailsford

Everyone has something they want to change about their lives. We want to be the best we can be, and that often means there are things we need to work on. Maybe we want to lose weight, maybe we want more education, or maybe we just want to be more patient and forgiving. Change and improvement are always possible, but they usually won’t happen overnight. We can take all the time we like to think about what we want do but until we actually begin to do what’s needed, nothing will change. We don’t have to do everything all at once, or completely change our lives to start the journey. By starting small and focusing on just one facet of the goal, we can begin the process of reaching it. We could give up desert just two nights a week, take just one night class, or stand still for moment before we speak. Small changes don’t seem like much, but once we master them we can add another small layer, and day by day, inch by inch we will reach the goal. There is no rush to succeed. The road ahead will wait as long as it takes, and will be there for us. By taking things one step at a time, we really can have the lives we want the most, and reach any destination.

Some people like to talk about all the things they’re going to do and all the places they’re going to go, but day by day, they remain in the same place doing the same things. The old saying that “Talk is cheap,” is true. We can talk all we want, and make all kinds of plans but until we actually do something to achieve the goal, nothing will change. We are highly capable and can do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and taking the first step forward, we can be confident that we will succeed.

If the goal is hard to reach and will require a lot of work and time, we may hesitate before we begin. Our routines are comfortable and easy, and we pretty much know what to expect. We never have to change anything if we don’t want to, but our lives are ours to design, and if there’s something we really want, we can go after it. By changing one thing we can move closer to where we want to be. We know who we are and what we want, and with focus and determination, nothing is out of reach.

Today if there’s something you want to achieve, think about how you want to begin and take the first step. You are amazing and powerful, and can do anything you desire. Trust yourself and be confident. Nothing is too complex or difficult for you to manage.  Decide what you want, and begin. Every single dream is possible, and you will prevail.