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Getting Back in the Pool

25 Jan

Life is filled with opportunities. It is also filled with challenges. When we’re trying hard to move forward toward a goal, or pushing to change something in our lives, we may exert a lot of energy in time and effort. It’s easy to keep moving when the road ahead is clear and we’re making good progress. When we’re successful in moving the ball forward, there is great satisfaction and we feel energized. Unfortunately, that will not always be the case. Sometimes it seems no matter what we do, how clearly we focus, or how hard we try, nothing changes and we’re still in the same place. It can be maddening to try hard and feel like we’re going nowhere. If we get stuck we can look at everything objectively and decide how we want to continue. Do we want to keep pushing, or do we want to stop? Timing is important, and if we’re stuck and tired of the struggle, we can set the goal aside until our situation changes. Setting something aside isn’t the same as abandoning it forever. We can change anything at any time and we never have to keep doing something we don’t want. Taking the time to consider all the options before us and determine what we want the most will help us decide what to do next. Once we decide how we want to proceed, we can plan our steps forward and continue on toward success.

If we want to learn to swim, the first time we step into the pool, the water may seem dangerous and deep. In our initial attempt to swim across the length we may gasp for air as we try to keep from going under. If we get overwhelmed, we may climb out, convinced we’re going to drown, and decide we’re done. But if we really want to learn to swim, we have to get back in the pool, and push forward. It’s the same with anything new we’re trying to learn. The first steps aren’t always easy and we may face a setback at the beginning, but the goal will always be possible if we’re willing to keep going. Each step forward will take us closer to the destination, and with persistence and focus, we will prevail.

It’s impossible to see the end of any road from the beginning. When we’re starting toward a new goal, we may make an excellent plan for moving forward, but there is no way to know what will happen, what unexpected complications will arise, or how things will go. Trouble may come, problems may get in the way, there may be a detour or some delay we didn’t see coming, and a thousand other possibilities. Success will always be possible, but we may have to change the way we get to it. By being flexible and trusting ourselves to overcome whatever happens, we can be confident we will win.

Today if you’ve been pushing toward a goal but it’s still beyond your reach, decide how you want to proceed. You are wise and capable, and can accomplish anything you desire. Plan your next steps and be confident of success. Nothing is powerful enough to hold you in place indefinitely, and with persistence and focus, every dream will be yours.

Pushed Beyond

14 Jan

Everyone has dreams and goals they want to achieve, and places they want to go. We can do anything we like but how we proceed depends on a lot of factors. Timing is everything. There may be times when something we want is out of reach and nothing we do can bring it closer. When that happens, we can set it aside for a while until the situation changes and then try again. If we’re focused and determined we can generally get to whatever goal we’re seeking. But that doesn’t mean we have to push ourselves beyond our limits. We don’t have to work on the goal 24/7 and sacrifice everything else in our lives, seeing only the one destination to the exception of all others. Giving everything up to the exclusion of one desire, and doing nothing but working on that constantly, pushing ourselves beyond what is reasonable, may create serious complications that come back to bite us. We don’t have to destroy our personal lives and health to reach any goal or prove we are worth some standard we have set. Instead of only seeing the prize at the end, we can focus on our personal growth and progress, and find the way forward with calm and confidence. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we don’t have to do everything all at once. We are valuable and a great blessing to the world just as we are. Whatever goals we accomplish will enhance our experience and bring us greater satisfaction. There is no rush to reach success. It will always be there for us, and with consistency and determination, we can do anything we desire. Every day is a blessing, and we have everything we need to find great success.

When we want something badly, it’s hard to patiently work through whatever is needed to make it ours. If we want to lose weight, we may decide it all needs to come off this week. We know it took us a lot longer to gain it, but we want it off – like now. Instead of looking at the situation realistically, we may starve ourselves or exercise our bodies into complete exhaustion thinking we can make things change immediately. Extreme measures rarely work, and the costs we have to pay for them may be high. By taking the time necessary to logically think through what is appropriate and reasonable, we can come up with a plan that works effectively, and helps us reach our goal.

The influence of others often comes into play when we’re trying to accomplish something. They may tell us how they think we should proceed, and give us all kinds of suggestions. We can certainly take any advice offered, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what will work, and how to proceed in ways that take us to success. By trusting ourselves and being patient, every goal is possible. Nothing is out of reach and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been pushing yourself to exhaustion trying to reach a goal, stop and think about all the options possible. You are completely capable of accomplishing anything you desire. Make a workable plan and step forward with confidence. Every destination is already there for you, and with patience and clarity, you will reach them all.

Screen Door

10 Jan

Everyone wants an easy life with few complications and problems. We can try to make decisions that will prevent things from going wrong and try to manipulate our lives so we don’t get tangled up in situations we don’t want. We can avoid heights to prevent falling, wear gloves to avoid germs, be more cautious in every activity to try to dodge any possible pain and suffering, and do everything we can think of to control what happens next. We can do everything possible to stay within the lines, and still, even with all our doings, life is going to happen. We can control what we do, but that’s where it ends. We have no control over anything else. The rain is going to fall, things will go wrong, and we’re going to get enmeshed in trouble from time to time. It’s the nature of life. Trying to control our future or stop anything we can’t control is like trying to hold back a flood with a screen door. Doors are designed to keep things out or keep things in, but a screen door will never hold back a flood. The water will come rushing through even if we lock it tight and lean against it. Nobody gets a charmed life with only sunshine and paved roads. We’re all going to face challenges, trials, problems, crap we never imagined and countless other annoying and difficult situations. We may suffer greatly, get our hearts crushed, and feel completely destroyed. Hard times may come but no matter what happens, we will survive. We may have to stop for a time to find our way through, but there isn’t anything strong enough to hold us in place indefinitely. By trusting ourselves, making good decisions, and standing with confidence, we can unravel any issue and find resolution. All our dreams are possible, and we have everything we need to reach every destination. Complete success is there for us, and we will make it ours.

It might seem that if we keep our lives small, do the same things every day and don’t try anything new, we’ll be protected from problems and trouble. Avoiding risks may keep us from getting hurt in some ways, but if we never take a chance on something new, we’ll never know what we’re capable of accomplishing. Doing the same things will only take us to the same places. The whole world is there for us and every possibility awaits. We are stronger and more capable than we imagine and can reach anything we desire.

Traveling a new road can be daunting. We don’t know what lies around the next bend or when the road will turn. It can be unsettling to step into the unknown, but foreign territory is only foreign until we make it ours. As we take each step forward, the way ahead will open and we’ll see more. If we keep going, our courage will increase and we’ll overcome every obstacle with confidence and clarity. We have so much to offer, and there is so much we can do. We can step forward, sure of success, and as we conquer one road after another, we’ll find great excitement and satisfaction.

Today if you’ve been trying to keep everything in line and controlled, remember how strong and powerful you are. Nothing will come that you cannot manage. You are amazing and stronger than you imagine. Be confident and step forward with courage. Every destination is there for you, and you will reach them all.

Like A Glove

7 Jan

Life is full of challenges and change is constant. We never know what will happen next or what tomorrow will bring. Everything is up for grabs, and we may face serious conflict and turmoil. We might struggle for a while, but there will be some amazing moments when everything falls into place. It’s like the planets align, frustration fades away, and we are content and feel we’re exactly where we need to be. It’s wonderful when that happens, and for a time we can bask in the glow of ease and comfort. But nothing stays the same forever, and no matter where we are now or what’s going on – it’s going to change. There is no way to hold onto to anything indefinitely. We all want lives filled with happiness and satisfaction where we feel valued and the road ahead is paved. It’s nice to dream about and we’ll likely face some brief periods where that will be the case. While those moments are blissful and intensely rewarding, things will undoubtedly change, and the peace of what we’ve experienced will disappear. Life is uncertain but those times that are clear and peaceful will carry us through when the stresses of the world push back against us. When the journey gets rough and convoluted, when we’re turned around and confused, and nothing seems to work, we can push ahead knowing that at some point, everything will straighten out and there’ll be clear skies ahead. Our days will all be different. Some will surprise us, some will annoy us, some will push us to our limits, and some will be wonderful. We are strong, wise and capable, and no matter what comes, we already have everything we need to find our way through. By trusting ourselves, being thankful for our blessings, and stepping forward with confidence and a sure heart, we will reach every destination and find great success.

Life is complicated, and sometimes because we’re distracted, or someone is influencing us, or a million other reasons, we may choose something that leads to utter disaster. Nobody makes a bad choice because they want to suffer. We’re not perfect and chances are at some point, we’re going to falter. When the rug gets pulled out from under us, and everything is turned upside down, we may lose our footing and get lost. Taking a wrong turn doesn’t mean it’s the end of us. We can stop, think about all the options possible and turn around until we’re headed in the right direction.

We deserve complete happiness and if we don’t like where we are or what we’re doing, we can change. We are in complete control of our lives and don’t need permission or agreement to do what we desire. By deciding what we want the most, and then doing what is necessary to make it ours, we can have the lives we want the most and find satisfaction and fulfillment.

Today if things are jumbled up and the road ahead is unsure, remember all the times you have already succeeded. There is great happiness just ahead and you will reach every destination. Stand strong and be confident. The whole world is there for you and you will succeed.

Frozen In Place

18 Nov

We all have things we want to accomplish and can work toward any goal we desire. We can do anything we like but there may be times when what we want to do depends on something changing or someone else showing up. We only have control over our own decisions, and cannot read the future. Although there is no way to know when things will change, we may choose to stand still while we wait for everything to fall into place. We want to be ready and don’t want to be distracted when the door finally opens. It’s good to be prepared for what we want, but standing still will never make anything happen. The world will continue to move on, and everything around us will continue to change. If we stay frozen in place, watching and waiting, we may miss important and worthwhile opportunities. Once a day passes, it can never be recaptured, and the time that has gone by is lost forever. We can wait for whatever we like, but while we wait, we can continue moving toward our own personal goals. There is no need to put our lives on hold for anything. There will always be another goal to focus on and another road ahead. By focusing on what we want the most, and moving forward with determination and focus, we will reach great success.

We are in control of our own destiny. If we want something, it’s up to us to make it ours. Others may not agree with the goals we set, and may tell us they are too hard to achieve and we should stay where we are and be happy with what we’ve got. We can certainly take their suggestions to heart, but our lives belong to us. We can decide what we want, and where we’ll go, and never need agreement or permission to do anything we desire.

Change is constant in our lives, and nothing stays the same indefinitely. No matter what we choose to do, life around us will continue forward. Standing still and waiting for someone to show up, or for a situation to morph into something that works for us will not hold anything in place. People will move on, and we may lose valuable connections. We can continue toward the destinations we desire most while we wait, and find great joy and satisfaction in success.

Today if you’re waiting and have been frozen in place, remember how valuable you are. Decide what you want the most, and step forward toward the goal. The future is there for you, and there is no need to delay any success. You are strong and powerful, and everything is possible. Look ahead and be confident. Every destination awaits, and you will reach them all.