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Choosing Kindness

17 Apr

We make millions and millions of decisions as we travel through our lives. Some are inconsequential and don’t impact us, and others are more important and can be far reaching. It really won’t matter in the long scheme of things which shirt we decide to wear today, but our lives may be intensely impacted by who we marry, where we work, and with whom we affiliate. If we’re careful and take our time to make the best decisions we can, we may avoid complications, but even then, unexpected things may arise that give us heartburn for a time. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions regarding what they’re doing and what’s happening. If we feel others are missing the mark and we have the right answer, we may disregard them and push them aside. Everyone has something to offer, and nobody knows everything. If it’s important to us that others accept our opinion, we may insist that our idea be the one chosen. We might have the best answer and we might not, but one thing is certain. If we demand that our views are the only ones permitted, we’ll never get the chance to see what others have to offer. We’re entitled to our own opinions, and so is everyone else. Being right might be important, but if we must choose between being right or being kind, what we choose will determine what comes next. Our relationships are important and how we treat them often sets the tone going forward. If we value everyone’s point of view, and treat them with kindness even when we disagree, we will keep the lines of communication open, and protect our connections. We can share our own viewpoints, and be confident in allowing others to share theirs.

Our ideas are important, but not everyone will agree with us. We don’t need permission to do anything we desire, and we don’t need others to align with our choices. However, if we’re in a situation where we must follow someone else’s lead, and we disagree, we can still move forward with grace and patience. We don’t always have to be in control. Everyone has good ideas and there are many roads to every destination. If we must go along with something we didn’t choose, we can do so with determination and focus, and reach success.

If being right is the most important thing to us, in the rush to make others agree, we may forget how important our relationships are. We all want to be heard, and nobody wants to be bullied or pushed around. If we’re sure we have the answers, we can express our opinion with patience and kindness, and then ask for support. Others will be more interested in hearing our proposal if we’re considerate and open to their opinions as well. We are smart and capable, and with patience and grace, will accomplish all our goals.

Today if you’re sure you have the best idea for moving forward, share your thoughts with those around you and allow them to contribute. Be kind and open to other opinions and reach consensus that involves everyone. You are amazing and talented, and can accomplish anything you desire. Build connections as you move forward, and you will reach every destination. Nothing will stop you from achieving success.

Forward

8 Apr

Life is complicated. There are times when things outside our control take over, and we can’t move. We don’t know what others are doing, either right beside us, or on the other side of the world. They can make any decisions they want, and sometimes those choices impact us negatively. If we’re suddenly hamstrung, and stuck, and moving forward isn’t possible, we may feel frustrated and worried about what will happen next. How long will this last? How will we ever get to our goals if we can’t move? We might get answers to some of our questions, but others may elude us and leave us hanging. If we’re in a holding pattern and unable to get away, it doesn’t mean our goals will never be possible. It only means we can’t accomplish them right now. Nothing stays the same forever, and indefinite inertia isn’t possible. Things will change and all the roads that are shut and closed will open again. In the meantime, while we wait, we can plan for our next destination. Taking time to prepare while we’re standing still will give us a boost when we can move again. We can set our goals and get ready, and at the first opportunity, jump ahead and proceed toward any destination we desire. A full stop doesn’t mean the journey is over, finished, and concluded. It’s just a pause that holds us in place for a time. Life will continue on. We will be able to move again, and all our dreams will be waiting. Success is still possible and we will achieve all the goals we desire. We can’t control what comes to us, but we can manage it in ways that help us move forward, and continue our journey. Everything is possible, and with patience and determination, we will reach every goal.

The world is a big place, and there are billions of people making endless decisions. Sometimes those choices have far reaching consequences that impact us negatively and bring us to our knees. We have no control over others, and we may get caught up in a situation we didn’t choose, that holds us down. It’s normal to feel angry and upset if we’re restricted and held in place against our will. However, each day the situation will change a little, and in time, we’ll be able to step out and move forward. Change is constant and nothing remains the same indefinitely. Soon we’ll be able to move again, and reach the success we desire.

There are endless goals we can accomplish. We can go anywhere and do anything we desire, if we’re willing to do what is needed to accomplish it. Important, complicated destinations take time and thought to find the best way forward. We can use any down time to plan ahead, and find the best path to any goal we seek. There will always be a way to succeed, and we are smart enough to find it. We can plan for our success, and be ready when the opportunity to advance arises. Every dream is there for us, and we have everything we need to succeed.

Today if you want to move forward but are being held back, don’t worry. Nothing has changed, and all your dreams are still there for you. You are intelligent and capable, and nothing is out of reach. Plan for the future and be confident. Nothing can keep you from any goal you desire. Every success is possible, and you will reach it.

Shoot for the Moon

12 Mar

There are all kinds of goals we want to accomplish in our lives. We know what we want and where we want to go, and can plan to achieve anything we desire. When we push forward and do what’s needed to complete something we want, there is great satisfaction when we get there. Every goal is possible but if we’re highly motivated and desperate to succeed, we may make plans that are beyond our reach. If we set our sites on completing something in ways that are impossible to achieve, we sabotage ourselves. For instance, if we want to lose twenty pounds we can, but setting a time frame of two weeks to get it done is likely going to fail. We can push for more success at work but deciding we’re going to be the CEO or president of the company within the first year of being hired – also probably not going to work. We can shoot for the moon, but we must remember the moon is very far away. We can get there, but we must plan in ways that allow us to reach it. We can be excited and motivated, and still make reasonable and workable plans that enable us to succeed. Of course, anything could happen and we might get lucky. The planets may align for us, everything may go our way, and somehow, we may manage to accomplish the impossible. But holding out for that is a fool’s errand. We can do anything we want if we plan our way forward effectively, and in ways that enable us to accomplish the goal we desire. We can leave the pipe dreams in the pipe, and choose a clear, and sustainable way forward. We have all the intelligence and wisdom we need to achieve anything we desire. Every goal is possible, and we will succeed.

It’s fun to dream about incredible and amazing things that could happen to us and change our lives in ways we desire. Fantasy can be anything we want it to be, but we don’t live in fantasy land, we live in the real world. Our dreams won’t suddenly come true because we’re wishing for them, and our lives won’t change in positive ways on their own. We can have the lives we dream about, but we must plan for them, and then work to make them ours. Every goal is possible, and with determination, and thoughtfulness, we can achieve them.

When we don’t reach a goal, we may blame ourselves. We may feel we didn’t work hard enough or fast enough to make it ours. That could be true, but sometimes we’re not the problem, the goal is. If we’ve set the parameters too high to achieve, or too fast to accomplish, we will fail. Failure doesn’t mean we aren’t good enough to reach the goal, but that the way we tried didn’t work. We can reset our focus, redesign our plan, and try again. There isn’t anything too far or too difficult for us to achieve. We have everything we need to succeed, and we will win.

Today if you’re trying to push beyond what’s possible in an effort to accomplish a goal, think about the best way forward. You are intelligent and wise, and can devise a plan that will take you to success. Every goal is possible, and you have everything you need to prevail. Choose the road that will take you to the destination, and step forward. You are amazing and capable, and nothing can keep you from success.

Need To Change

21 Feb

We live in a huge world filled with billions of people. No matter where we are or how small our location, there will be others around us much of the time. It’s unlikely most of us will go through even one day without seeing or interacting with someone else. It’s nice to build strong relationships with those around us, which help us feel connected and cared for. But we’re all individuals and nobody is exactly like anyone else. Those differences are what bring variety and depth to our experience but they may also bring conflict when we disagree or when someone does something we don’t understand. If we’re in a situation where others want to do things a certain way and we disagree, they may encourage us to change and conform so things will be easier. Of course, we can do anything we like, and if we want to follow along, we can, but we’re entitled to our own ideas and opinions, and can choose our own way. We never need to change to fit someone else’s model. While it may be easier when everyone is on the same page and going in the same direction, we’re in control of our lives and can live them any way we choose. We don’t always have to swim downstream. If we want to, we have all the wisdom and strength necessary to turn and swim against the current. Our individuality and personal choices create the lives we want. If we’re happy where we are, we don’t have to move. But if we want something different, the whole world is there for us. Our unique perspective and influence bring richness to others and the world around us. Being confident in our choices, and choosing the life we want the most will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.

Life would be easier if everyone just stayed out of our way, did what we wanted, and didn’t question us. If we had control over everyone else, we could make our choices without any interruptions or complications, and proceed forward unhindered. However, we only have control over ourselves, and those around us may have very different views about what we should do and where we should go. We can listen to any advice that’s offered, and then with confidence, choose the road ahead we most desire.

There will always be many different ways to every destination, and we can choose any way forward we like. We can move along with everyone else on a well-known path, and eventually reach success. The common roads tend to be the easiest, but aren’t always the best. Stepping in a new direction will help us reach a little further, and gain new experiences that will open doors to increased knowledge, giving us additional confidence and strength. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything. We can reach goals others only dream of, and find complete success.

Today if you’ve been going along with others but want something different, step away and choose your own road ahead. You are intelligent and capable, and can manage anything that comes. Decide what you want, and then move forward with determination. Everything you desire is possible. Nothing is out of reach. Be sure of yourself, and step ahead. All your dreams are possible, and you will succeed.

Adamantly Wrong

4 Feb

We are intelligent and capable, and can accomplish just about anything we want to do. We know what we want and when there are problems, we solve them. It’s good to be confident and sure when we’re pushing toward a goal, and being focused on success will always help us. We often make great decisions, but we aren’t perfect, and there will likely be times when we’ll be wrong about something. Many times, our decisions may impact others and even if we try to hide them, will be apparent. Learning from mistakes teaches us a lot about ourselves and the world around us. There are valuable lessons to be gained in our missteps, but if we deny them and adamantly insist everything is fine, we learn nothing, and the mistake persists. We’re all human and perfection may be the goal, but we probably won’t achieve it. We are going to stumble, and when we do, if we hold fast to our plan, despite the fact that it’s failing, we will never end up where we want to go. Digging our feet in and refusing to see the truth will only hold us in place. It’s humbling when we falter, and it can be very hard to face up to what’s happened, but honestly facing the situation and doing what is needed to fix it will move us closer to the destinations we desire. We can reach every goal if we’re willing to do what is required to get there. If we fall, we can get back up. If we take a wrong turn, we can revise the way forward. We can be honest in all our dealings and modify our trajectory to get to any goal. Every success is there for us, and with determination and focus, we will reach them.

Despite everything we’ve done so far, there will always be many more things we want to accomplish. Each success gives us tools and skills for the future, and we carry all the knowledge forward with us to help unlock our goals ahead. If we ignore and try to forget the mistakes we make along the way, all the information we may gain from those missteps is lost. We don’t have to dwell on things that have gone wrong, but we can glean every benefit by learning as much as possible from them. Our lives are cumulative, and if we take advantage of every lesson possible, we will be embellished and enriched moving forward.

Truth is truth and cannot be denied. We can try to hide it, and keep it from coming out, but truth is the most powerful force in life. It will always rise and nothing can hold it down. Denying what is real will never help us find success. Even if it’s painful and difficult, accepting reality as it is will benefit us in many ways. We are stronger when we are honest with ourselves, and will find great blessings when we live openly, facing things as they are. We are wise and intelligent, and nothing is beyond our grasp. Every success is possible, and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve made a mistake, face it openly and honestly. You are strong and intelligent, and nothing can keep you from your goals. Look at everything openly and decide on the best way forward. Modify your direction and move ahead with confidence. Every success is still there for you. All your dreams are possible, and you will reach them.

Cringe Worthy

29 Jan

Life is long and takes us to many different places, teaching us many new things. We don’t ever know everything, and each experience gives us more information than we had before. We learn as we go, and take all the knowledge we gain forward with us. When we look back, sometimes we may have a memory of something we did that turned out to be a mistake. There is no way to appropriately judge what we did before by the knowledge we posses now, but looking behind we may be critical of a prior decision. Perhaps the decision was so bad, that seeing it now, we cringe to believe we thought it was the best way forward. However, back then, it’s likely we made the decision based on all the information we had at the time, which will never be the same as all the information we have now. Life is cumulative, and we gain more with each step we take. There is no way to change the past, and trying to dissect why we did something before will never alter what’s happened. We are where we are now. What’s done is done. We can trust that whatever we did before taught us something of value. We may be wiser now than we’ve ever been, but chances are we’ll be even smarter in the future. Every step gives us more knowledge, and our intelligence increases as we experience new things. There is nothing to be gained by criticizing decisions made in the past. We can see them for what they are, understand where they took us and what they brought into our lives, good or bad, and proceed ahead with confidence. We can see what’s before us, and make decisions that will take us where we most want to go. We are intelligent and capable, and know what we want. Every goal is within our reach, and we can find our way forward.

We are all the sum total or our experiences, and if we’ve had serious disappointments and our plans haven’t worked out, we may begin to believe we will never succeed. Nobody wins in every fight. Sometimes we aren’t going to prevail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t achieve our goals. We are strong and resilient, and failure is just a way of getting more information. Every goal is possible, and with determination and focus, we can go anywhere, and do anything.

On a road trip, if we take a wrong turn and end up going the wrong way, we can stop and change direction. We never have to continue going in the opposite direction simply because we made a mistake. The same is true in our personal lives. Nothing is forever, and everything can be altered. If we don’t like where we’re headed, we can turn around. If the road we’re on turns out to be going somewhere we don’t want to go, we can step off and choose another. We’re in control of our lives and can change them anytime we desire. Every goal is possible and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you have regrets over something that happened in the past and it’s affecting your choices moving forward, take control and decide how you want to proceed. The past does not dictate your future. You know what you want, and have everything you need to achieve it. All your dreams are possible, and nothing is out of reach. Be confident. You are wise and strong, and will succeed.

Under Fire

22 Jan

Every person in the world has their own perspective and ideas about how things should go. There is nobody exactly like us and with all these differences there’s bound to be conflict from time to time. If we feel strongly about something and others disagree, we may face a difficult situation filled with emotion and intensity. Sometimes the lines between right and wrong are obvious and everyone agrees on the limits. But most of the time, the options are flexible and will bend depending on what we want to accomplish and who we’re dealing with. If there are several others on one page and we’re on another, there may be a strong campaign to get us to change. We can always alter any views we like, but if we feel intensely about our position, we may hold fast to it and push ahead despite the opposition. When we’re on the outside of the prevailing viewpoint and want something different, we may find ourselves under fire. If we’re being criticized, ridiculed or denounced, it may be very hard to keep our composure and maintain our self-control. Of course, we always have the right to stand and defend our position and if we’re being unfairly treated can return equal fire. But screaming back and getting into an altercation will never help us settle the situation. We can keep our resolve, agree to disagree, and move forward on our own road. We have the right to live our lives any way we choose, even if it means going against everyone else. We don’t need agreement or permission to do things our way. If others disagree, they can deal with that. Our lives are ours to design and we can live them in ways that bring us complete satisfaction and happiness. Nothing is out of reach, and we can make our dreams reality.

Conformity is easy to manage. If everyone does the same things, we all know what to expect and there are few surprises. But conformity often requires us to go along with someone else’s ideas about life and when we sacrifice who we are and what we want, we can never reach our own goals. Our lives are important. We have unique and exclusive talents to bring and specific things we want to accomplish. We never have to trade what we want most to get along. We can live our lives individually and honestly, and reach any destination we desire.

We all want to get along with those around us and live a peaceful existence. If we’re under fire for a decision we’re making, we may be uncomfortable. We can always abandon our views and agree to do what everyone else wants, but if we give up on our dreams, we will never achieve them. We deserve complete happiness and by holding fast to what is important and choosing our own destinations, we will create the life we want the most. Every dream is possible and with determination and focus, we can make them ours.

Today if those around you are trying to convince you to go their way, but you have something else in mind, stay to true to what you want. Your life is important and you can choose your own way forward. Be confident and step forward with clarity. You are amazing and capable, and all your dreams are possible.