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Glare on the Glass

12 Jan

We live in an Information Age. There are endless facts and unlimited information available to us at the tips of our fingers. Anything we want to know or see is quickly available. That sort of information overload can make our lives more interesting or may cause us greater stress. Do we really need to know 40 ways to accomplish something? It’s like going into the old video stores that were stacked with shelf upon shelf of movies we could watch. Seeing so many options never made the decision easier, and often made it harder to choose. But when we want to do something, or buy something, or get something, we can do our research and see what’s available. Once we choose the one we want – which is sometimes the shiniest, most beautiful or easiest looking possibility – we can hope for success. Windows make it easy to look outside, but when the sun is shining and there is glare on the glass, the view may be fuzzy and unclear. When that happens we may get an altered idea of what we’re seeing. The same is true when we choose something we want. At first it may look like the perfect option, but once we get it, and unveil it completely, either by opening a box or starting a process, we may find that what we thought we were getting isn’t exactly what we ended up with. If it’s possible to return, we can do that, but not everything can go back to the beginning and we’ll be where we are. What we do next determines how we’ll proceed. Nobody knows everything every time. We’re all going to be fooled by something at some point. When that happens we can look at everything objectively, and make the best choice for how to continue. We are intelligent and wise, and have all the tools we need to make great decisions. By stepping forward with clarity and confidence, nothing can keep us from success.

Some people are quick to perceive how to get what they want, and can be great actors if the need arises. We may face a situation where someone seems to be exactly what we’re looking for – either for a job, or a relationship, or anything else. They look good, they sound good, and we’re impressed. If they are being honest about who they are, things may go well. But if they’re manipulating us and pretending to be something they aren’t, the results will likely bring disappointment, or pain or both. Mistakes happen but they don’t mean we’re incapable of prevailing. We can correct our course at any time, and move forward toward our goal.

Beautiful, shiny things are attractive, and we may be drawn to them without seeing everything clearly. A beautiful new car is a wonderful thing, but if the price is more that we can comfortably afford, no matter what the salesman says or how much he praises the car, if we buy it, we’re going to struggle. By keeping our wits about us, even when we’ve been captivated, we can ensure we’ll take the best roads ahead.

Today before you make a choice, be sure you’re seeing everything exactly as it is. Look at the situation clearly and decide what works best for you. You are amazing and highly capable, and will accomplish great things. Look ahead with confidence, and choose wisely. Every success is already there for you. Keep your eyes open and you will make them yours.

One Too Many

27 Dec

We live at a time of plenty. There is a lot of stuff to buy, to try, to eat, to drink, to play with and to explore. We all have responsibilities and may try to avoid excess in most things in an effort to be effective and successful in taking care of them, and getting things done. But there are times of celebration, holidays, birthdays, even depression, and many other things that happen they may cause us to lose a bit of control. Maybe we eat too much, or drink too much, or do too much, or say too much or endless other possibilities. If we go to the “too much” stage, we may have some clean up to do afterwards. If we eat too much, our weight may increase to a point where we’re uncomfortable. If we drink too much, well there’s the inevitable hangover. If we do too much we may suffer physical pain, and if we say too much, there may be difficult situations ahead. Life is complicated and even when we try to keep everything on an even keel, there may be times when due to circumstance or timing we may lose control and go off the rails for a while. Nobody is perfect and there is no way to predict anything. If we get hurt and are depressed we may stumble. If there are celebrations we may overdo. It’s all part of the human experience, but nothing is permanent. Even when we aren’t convinced, we are still in control of our lives. We can stop to get our bearings again and decide how we want to proceed. We are smarter and stronger than we think we are and nothing is beyond our reach. By paying attention and trusting ourselves, we can always change course and move toward success.

Some people have very little self control. They constantly do things that complicate their lives and upend their plans. They are highly influenced by what is happening around them, and if others are going in a different direction than they are, they may drop everything and follow along. Nobody can fix anyone else’s life. We’re all responsible for every decision we make. We can stop to think about where we’re headed before we jump, and use our best judgement to reach every goal.

When we do things that cause us trouble and keep us from success, it’s easy to blame others. We may say they were too convincing, or too attractive, or too powerful or a million other excuses. Nobody can make us do anything we don’t want to do. It’s a true axiom that we always end up with the lives we wanted the most. When our lives are dysfunctional and upside down, odds are they are the result of decisions we’ve made. By taking ownership of what we’re doing and where we’re headed, we can choose success and reach any destination we desire.

Today if you’re weighed down by decisions that went a little too far, be still and think about what you want the most. There is always a road that will lead you to success. Look ahead and determine how you want to proceed, and then take the first step. You are more powerful than you imagine and nothing is out of reach. Be clear and be confident. Every success is waiting, and you will make them yours.

Wiper Blades

15 Nov

Windshield wiper blades help us see when it’s raining or snowing outside. They move everything off the glass and clear the way ahead. Without them, when the weather gets bad, it may be impossible to see the road and we may have to stop until things change. When they are new, they work perfectly but as they wear, there may be areas that don’t touch and over time it gets harder and harder to see the road. It’s the same for us when we are doing our tasks and working our way through. There are always endless complications and details that may move us off course, and endless tasks to accomplish. If we keep our minds clear and focus on what needs to be done, we will likely find success. But all those details and complications may wiggle their way to the front of our vision, and we may get distracted and stuck, unable to see the way forward. Life is filled with all kinds of unexpected developments and we may tire trying to solve them all. We know where we want to go, and setting aside the journey to take care of this over here, or that over there, will never help us reach the goal. We only have control over our own decisions and there is no way to predict what will happen. Sometimes, everything gets jumbled up and the road gets blocked. But many times the distractions that come can wait. The journey we’re on is important and if we’re determined to succeed, we can find a way to attend to whatever comes up and still continue forward. We know what we want, and already have everything we need to get it. By choosing to stay on track and doing what is needed to make the goal ours, we will prevail. Nothing is out of reach if we are determined to win. We are smart enough to know what to do at every turn, and we will succeed.

Life is complex and we may face a time when we’re so busy taking care of details we neglect to take care of ourselves. Yes, it’s important to solve problems as they arise, and make new plans when necessary, but we are in control of our time and how we use it. There will always be more work to do, no matter what we accomplish. We can be diligent and work hard, and still do what is necessary to ensure our own safety and good health. By taking the time we need to rest and restore, we will more easily find the answers we need, and reach the goal ahead.

If we’re exhausted from too much work, our judgement will likely be compromised. It’s hard to see details when our vision is blurred by fatigue. When we’re tired we may miss important clues we need to move ahead. By being proactive and taking time when we need it, we will be clear and aware of everything we need to do, and where we need to go. Success is always possible, and with patience and wisdom, we will reach it.

Today if you’ve got a lot going on and there is much to accomplish, remember you are the most important person in your life. Be mindful of your needs and step back when you need a break. You are amazing and highly capable and nothing is beyond your grasp. Plan carefully, and step forward confident of success.

Without Exception

26 Oct

There are few absolutes in life. No matter where we are or what we’re doing there will always be a lot of variables and differences. Even if we stay in the same place and do the same things, our experiences will never be exactly the same. There are endless things that affect every decision and every move we make. We can’t control what others do or what goes on in the world, but we always have control over ourselves. Our choices belong solely to us. If we are careless and haphazard, and don’t pay attention to the cues and situations around us, odds are we’ll have some unpredictable and uncomfortable experiences. Who we are is defined by what we do, and we can set any standards we like for our own behavior. For instance, we may determine that we will never break the law, rob a bank, kill someone or cheat on our taxes. Those are big problems that would likely bring intensely unpleasant ramifications. But what about the choices that aren’t so extreme. If we want to be honest, will we decide that no matter what, without exception we will always be honest in all our dealings? It sounds straightforward enough, but life is complex and there are lots of situations around us that may make that decision more difficult than we imagine. How will we handle it if we discover we were given too much change at the store, or the checker only charges us for one mango when in fact there were two, or we have the chance to sneak into a theater or concert without paying or being seen? We may excuse these as small and insignificant, but there is no sliding scale for honesty. How we interpret that is up to us. We may do whatever we like, but at the end of the day, our lives will be a reflection of the choices we make. We know what we want and how we want to live our lives. By being true to the standards we set for ourselves, we will find great satisfaction and happiness. There isn’t anything we can’t do once we decide. Every choice is possible and with wisdom and clarity, we can choose the roads that take us where we most want to go.

Peer pressure isn’t just limited to our teen years. Wherever there are others around us we may experience pressure to be like something or do something. Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go and their own interpretation of what is acceptable. We may be pressed to follow the group even if we disagree, but we never have to do anything we don’t want to do. If we’re uncomfortable we can step back and go in a different direction. Those who respect us will honor our decisions. Our lives are ours to design, and we can do anything we like.

As time passes, cultures change, but no matter what those changes are, truth will always remain. The influences around us may be great, but we can take our time and evaluate what is happening and where it will lead. We are strong enough and smart enough to find the best way forward. We don’t have to follow the crowd to reach success. It is there, waiting for us to make the choices that will take us to it.

Today decide what kind of life you want to lead and determine where you want to go. Look at every option before you and choose the road that will take you to the goal. You have everything you need to achieve great success. Trust yourself and be true. Every destination is there for you, and you will reach them all.

Holding Fast

19 Aug

The world is a big place with endless things to do and people to meet.  Although we all have our own ideas about what we want to do, there are lots of shiny things and interesting ideas that may distract us. We are inundated with ads and campaigns. encouraging us to do this or do that, go here or go there, and they all look appealing and perfect. Everyone in every ad is happy and smiling and the promise is if we buy what they’re selling, we’ll be happy too. We can do anything we like and can follow any lead, but if we forsake what we want most for what is attractive at the moment, we will never reach our goal. We can jump from one idea to the next and always try the latest fad and we will get lots of experiences, but it’s unlikely they will move us forward. If we want to succeed at anything we desire, we must hold fast to the road ahead and keep our eyes focused on the goal. Just because something looks good on the outside doesn’t always mean it’s what’s good for us. We know who we are and what we want, and with determination we can reach any goal we desire. The world is a big, beautiful place and there will always be something new to try. By carefully deciding how we’ll proceed and doing what is needed to move forward, nothing can keep us from success. We are intelligent and wise, and we will prevail.

Everyone has their own opinions about things. Someone may disagree with our plans and tell us we should do something different. Maybe they think the goal is too lofty and unreachable. Maybe they are jealous because they don’t believe they could achieve it. It doesn’t matter what their motivations are. We are strong and capable, and don’t need them to agree with our decisions before we move ahead. Our lives are ours to design and nobody knows what we want better than we do. Every single destination is possible, and we have everything we need to succeed.

Life is complex and we never know what will happen next. Sometimes things develop that keep us from moving forward. There may be problems, complications, or issues that arise that prevent us from focusing on our own personal goals for a time. Just because we can’t do something right now doesn’t mean we can’t do it later. We can set the goal aside until things settle, and then return and start again. The goal will still be there waiting, and with patience and diligence, we will reach it.

Today if you’ve been distracted from the road you want to travel, think about how you want to proceed and start again. Detours and complications may delay the journey but they don’t end it. We can achieve anything we desire. Decide how you want to continue and step forward. You are amazing and powerful, and every goal is possible. Nothing is out of reach and you can get the life you dream of.