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Digging In

3 Jun

Everyday we face new challenges and make choices about how we’ll proceed. Life is filled with all kinds of experiences, and since we don’t live on a deserted island, there will be others around who may influence us one way or another. We may get all kinds of advice and suggestions, which may be helpful or might be misleading. If someone near us is very powerful and strong willed, they may demand that we follow their suggestions for moving forward. Some people are very smart and confident and may be sure they are steering us in the best direction, and maybe they’re right. Of course, we can listen to any advice we’re given, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. Nobody will have our personal insight regarding what we want and how we want to proceed. Taking someone else’s suggestion might be great, or it might not. There will be no way to find out unless we implement whatever they have suggested and try it out. If we follow someone else’s lead, and things go well, terrific. If everything goes bust and we end up in a terrible situation, we may be tempted to blame them for our demise, but we own every decision we make. We choose the roads we’ll travel. We own them whether they bring us happiness or misery. Everyone has their own ideas about life, and each is unique and individual. We know what we want and have everything we need to go anywhere and do anything. We can trust ourselves to choose the best road ahead and find our way to success. If we need more information, we can find it and then step forward on our own path. Others may disagree and criticize our choice, but the choice is ours to make. We can dig in and stand firm on what we want to do and how we will proceed. There is enough courage and wisdom inside us to guide us anywhere we want to go. Success is always there, and we will reach it.

Nobody knows everything. We can only get information that’s available at any moment in time and sometimes we may take a wrong turn because there were facts we were unaware of. We can only see what’s just ahead and there may be twists and turns in the future that hold us back or stop us in our tracks. If the road gets tangled, and we can’t push forward, we can choose another route. There are endless roads to every destination, and with persistence and patience, we will prevail.

Someone may think they know us better than we know ourselves, and if they aren’t in agreement with our plans, may try to dissuade us or obstruct the way forward. They may know us well, but nobody can possibly know what we want better than we do. The road ahead may be difficult, but we are strong. It may be complex, but we are intelligent. Nothing can keep us from any goal we desire, and we will succeed.

Today if you’re getting lots of advice regarding a specific goal, trust yourself. Decide how you want to proceed, and step forward. You are wiser and more powerful than you imagine, and every destination is there for you. Success is waiting, and with focus and clarity, nothing will keep you from it. Every dream is possible, and you will prevail.

Waiting

1 Jun

The world is huge and there are unlimited opportunities to do something new. We may think about something we want to accomplish, consider all the possibilities, and ponder how it will be when we reach the goal. We can think about what we want indefinitely and wait for the right time to arrive before we begin. While there are times in everyone’s life when there are complications and we can’t manage anything new, waiting for the perfect time to start on something we really want is a fool’s game. There are few, if any, times when everything lines up and we can see a paved road ahead to the destinations we desire. It’s like waiting on a shooting star. Yes, they happen, but standing in the dark night after night looking up at the sky and hoping one will appear before we begin forward is wasted time. We don’t need a perfect opening to start a new journey. We can begin at any time, no matter where we are or what’s going on, and figure out how to proceed. Life is complex and there is no way to predict what will happen next. Waiting around for the perfect, easy moment to move ahead will only hold us in place. If we want the goal, and are ready to proceed, we can take the first steps forward. We may need to re-organize our responsibilities, and plan carefully, but we have everything necessary to begin. Once we start moving toward the goal, we will find all the answers we need to reach success. Every single destination is there for us. The lives we dream of are possible. We need only decide what we want, and then step forward to make it ours. Every dream is waiting, and with determination and focus, we can make them ours.

There are endless reasons why we shouldn’t move toward our personal goals. They may take a lot of planning, they might require a lot of time, we may have to change our routine, and a million other possible complications. We can put our dreams on hold for now, and plan to get to them later, and that might work. But if we don’t control where we’re headed, chances are the details of our lives will take over. If we want to reach our personal goals, we must drive our own train toward them. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we really want it.

Work has a way of expanding to fill the time we give it. If our to-do list is long, and we don’t set aside time for our own personal growth, we may spend all our time checking off boxes and going nowhere. Our lives belong to us and we are responsible for our own happiness. It isn’t selfish to focus on what we want the most. By making our personal goals a priority, and setting aside time and attention to achieve them, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness in reaching success.

Today if you’ve been putting off your personal goals and waiting until the time is right to begin, look at all the options before you. The road to every goal is there for you. Decide what you want the most and take the first step forward. Keep your eyes focused ahead and begin your journey. Every destination is waiting, and nothing can keep you from success.

Big Hammer

19 May

Life is unpredictable and we never know what will happen next. We may be comfortably rolling along, humming a little tune, looking forward to the next turn, when BAM! something unexpected happens that knocks us completely off course. It’s unsettling and disruptive when a big detour or complete blockade suddenly appears out of nowhere, and we may be stunned and momentarily overwhelmed. Crap happens, and sometimes it happens to us. It’s just how it goes. Nobody gets a free pass where every day is all sunshine and roses. We’re all going to face difficult days and trying times at one point or another. When it feels like a big hammer has come down on our lives and we’re paralyzed and unable to move, we may think we’re done and will never be able to move forward again. Trouble may come, but it’s impossible to hold us in place forever. Nothing stays the same indefinitely, and in time, however long that takes, things will change, and a door will open that will allow us to move ahead again. While we wait, we can accomplish other things that are available and prepare for when our situation improves. It’s hard to be patient and stand still when we want to move, but we can use the time to plan for our next move and be ready for when things change. Life is uncertain. No matter how diligently we plan and how carefully we prepare, things will go awry from time to time. By being confident and flexible, we can adjust to developments as they arise and continue forward. Every single destination is there for us, and if we can’t get to it today, we can prepare to reach it tomorrow. We have everything we need to accomplish anything we desire. Nothing can keep us from any goal and with determination and focus, we will succeed.

There may be times when there is the possibility of something going very wrong where we’ll face a big disappointment. We may be consumed with fear and dread just imagining what could happen. Being overwhelmed with worry can stop us in our tracks and keep us from seeing all the options available. Possibilities are not facts – they may or may not happen. Until we know for sure how things will progress, we can choose to focus on what’s going right and confidently look toward the future.

Sometimes we may face the proverbial tempest in a teapot. We may worry and obsess over a seemingly big storm that turns out to be nothing. Since we can’t see the future and don’t know what will happen until it does, we can focus on what is working for us, and let go of unrealized concerns. No matter what happens, even if our worst fears are realized, we will find our way. We are intelligent and wise, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’re worried about a development you can’t control, remember how capable and strong you are. There isn’t anything too difficult for you to manage and manage well. You are amazing and more powerful than you realize. Look ahead with confidence. Every dream is still there for you, and you will reach them all.

Making It Ours

14 May

Strong, healthy relationships embellish our lives. It’s good to build connections with others and share our lives with them, and when we do, we may find great comfort and satisfaction in their company. Most people are kind and welcoming, will value our friendship and association, and treat us with respect. But there are all kinds of people in the world, and we may get involved with someone who is unpredictable, unreliable, or dysfunctional. If we build relationships with them, and spend a lot of time interacting with them, they may create trouble and bring havoc into our lives. If we care for them, we may find ourselves excusing their bad behavior and even taking the blame for them when they act out. Making their issues ours will never fix the problem or bring us happiness. When we first get to know someone and they let us down, we may excuse it because we understand they’re struggling. As time goes by and they fail to follow through again and again, we may continue to give them additional chances and try to be patient. It’s noble to be patient with others but it’s not appropriate to constantly excuse bad behavior if it hurts us. We are valuable and should be cherished and treated with the utmost care and respect. If someone close to us continually breaks promises and leads us along time and again, it is appropriate to step away. Nothing can be gained by being constantly let down and hurt. We can be polite and kind, and let others own their problems by removing their negative influence from our lives. Dysfunctional relationships never work. We deserve complete happiness and can make decisions that will bring it to us. By valuing ourselves, we can step forward with confidence and choose the best roads moving forward. Happiness is there for us, and we have everything we need to reach it.

When we’ve been in a relationship for a long time, it may be hard to walk away even if we’re unhappy. We may feel the weight of history, friends and family may encourage us to tough it out and stay, and we may not want to hurt the other person’s feelings. A lot of things may come into play, but there are no valid reasons to stay in a relationship that isn’t working. Nothing is worth the price of our happiness. Changing direction and starting over isn’t simple, but we are smart enough and strong enough to change anything at any time.

Nobody knows the details of any relationship, but the parties involved. What people see on the outside is just a small representation of the whole picture. Our lives belong to us and we don’t need to feel compelled to explain any decision we make. We know what we want and have everything necessary to reach any goal. We are stronger and more powerful than we imagine and can do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and doing what is necessary to be happy, we will find great comfort and satisfaction.

Today if you’re not happy in your current situation, make a plan to change. The future is yours to design, and you deserve the best of everything. Be confident and trust yourself. Every single blessing is there for you. You are amazing and powerful, and every dream is waiting. Step forward on the road that will make them yours.

More to Come

12 May

We achieve a lot of personal goals as we go through our lives. When we’ve reached the end of a long journey, if it’s been hard, we may take a rest and sit for a while enjoying our success. It’s nice to get to a desired destination, but we are always changing and there is always something new that captures our attention. No matter where we are or how far we’ve moved forward, there will always be more to come. Options do not disappear simply because we’ve reached a goal. They will still be there and when we’re ready to reach for something new, we can begin on a new road. Life is all about learning. Everything we do teaches us something as we progress from one thing to another and get closer to the person we want to be. The possibilities are endless, and we are only constrained by the limits we put on ourselves. Our lives are ours to design. If we want a small life that’s easy and predictable, we can stay where we are and do the same things. We can limit our exposure to new ideas and destinations and be happy with what we have. But if we want to see what’s out there, and open every door we can, our world will be expansive and filled with new experiences and possibilities. It’s all up to us, but we must decide what we want. If we don’t take control of our lives, they will roll out according to where we are and what those around us are doing. One thing is certain – it’s impossible to get the lives we want the most by sitting still and doing nothing. It can be intimidating and unsettling to think about stepping onto a new road that is unfamiliar and foreign, but if we don’t take a chance on something new, we will remain where we are. Every destination is possible, and we can do anything. We can have the lives we dream of and reach great success.

There is nothing wrong with staying in place and keeping everything the same if that’s what we want to do. Everyone wants to be comfortable, but once we’ve mastered the situation we’re in and there is little left to be learned, our personal growth will slow, and we’ll lose the refreshment that new ideas and experiences bring. By making the most of our time, and reaching further for something new, we’ll be enriched, and our sphere of influence will expand. We have so much to offer and reaching for something new will bring us great blessings.

Everyone has their own ideas about life. Someone may have an idea about how we should live our lives and what we should do. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but nobody knows what we want more than we do. We’re in control of our lives and don’t need agreement to do anything we desire. The sky is the limit and we’re in charge. By deciding what we want the most, and then doing what we must to make it ours, we will find great satisfaction and happiness.

Today if you’ve been standing still, enjoying your routine but want something more, look at all the possibilities around you. You can do anything and go anywhere. Choose the road you desire, and step forward. Everything is possible, and every destination is waiting. Be confident, and you will succeed.