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The Very End

28 Jul

Life is filled with opportunities. We can do anything we like, and each day brings new possibilities. If we’re focused on what we want to accomplish, we can design our lives in ways that bring us great satisfaction and lasting happiness. All options are possible, but few will come without effort. Of course, we can sail along and just let things roll out as they will, and we may be happy with what we get. But without direction, our lives will simply be a reflection of whatever is happening around us. Without thought and effort, we will never reach the goals we most desire. When we’re looking ahead and are focused on a particular destination, if we plan well and move forward with determination, each step will take us closer to the goal. Some things come quickly, but others will require attention and diligence, and we may have to strain to push ourselves forward. If we’ve been trying hard, and seemingly pushing uphill for a long time, it may be difficult to continue. A marathon race is a long distance. The first few miles may fly by, but as we press forward, putting one foot in front of the other, we will tire. When we get close to the finish line, we may be exhausted, and begin to doubt we can make it. Anyone can accomplish the first mile of a race. It’s the last mile that’s the hardest, and defines who we are. We will never win unless we’re willing to endure to the very end, no matter how hard the race becomes. If we only start out well, excited and full of energy, and then sit down and stop when the road gets hard and miles stretch before us, we will never succeed. Some challenges are very difficult, and will try us, perhaps more than we think we can endure. But there are great reserves of strength and stamina within us. We have all the courage and temerity we need to win. We are strong and powerful, and if we’re determined, nothing can keep us from success.

There is no way to see into the future, and we never know when we begin what will happen or how things will go. Some roads are paved, well-traveled, and easy, and are a snap to navigate. But others may take us through foreign territory, where we don’t know the players, and the terrain is difficult and unknown. Stretching beyond what we know is never easy, but if we want to move toward our goals, we can step forward with confidence. There isn’t anything we can’t manage, and no complication that can hold us in place. We are intelligent and capable, and will find the way forward.

Nobody has unlimited energy and there will be times when we’ll tire and run out of steam. A long challenge will test our ability to endure, and we may have moments when quitting looks very appealing. We can do anything we like, and if the journey is more than we can handle right now, we can step away and do something else. Change is constant, and the chance to start again will come. Every goal is possible and we have everything we need to reach them.

Today if the road you’re on is hard and you’re tired of struggling, look ahead. The end is closer than you think, and you have everything you need to prevail. Be strong and step forward. Nothing can keep you from success, and you will win.

The Last Mile

15 Jul

Working hard to complete a difficult goal can be exhausting. Some things take a lot to accomplish, and we can’t know when we start how convoluted or complex they may become as we progress. If it’s taken a long time to move ahead, and each step has been fraught with complications and problems, it may seem we’ll never prevail. When we’ve been working hard to reach a specific destination, and we’re tired, there may be times we feel like it’s just too much. We’re worn out, and the end of the journey still seems far away. Unfortunately, we can’t see the end of the road at the beginning, and even though we’re progressing and moving forward, solving issues as they arise, it might seem the struggle is endless. It’s impossible to see into the future, and although we may not be able to see it, we may be on the very last mile of the road. The end may be only steps away. Success depends not only on enduring the road moving ahead, but actually completing the journey and arriving at the destination. If we quit before we get there, we will carry everything we learned forward with us, but we will never win the fight. We are always in control of our lives and can do anything we like. We can turn our course at any time, and let go of any goal we desire. If the road is too long and cumbersome, and we don’t want to continue, we can change direction and move on to something new. But if we really want to reach success, no matter how hard it’s been, we will always have enough strength and wisdom within us to continue forward. Today may look bleak, filled with trials and endless worry, but tomorrow is coming, and success is just ahead. We are more powerful than we know, and nothing can keep us from anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and taking one more step forward, we will prevail, and claim the prize.

Building a house takes a lot of time, planning, and organization. We can get all the materials we’ll need assembled together, but just having them loaded up into a pile will not create the house. We must begin assembling each piece in order, starting with the foundation and working up from there. The same is true when we’re working hard to reach a goal. We must plan as we move forward, untangling each complication and solving each problem along the way. Step by step, with determination and persistence, we will be successful in pushing ahead. We are capable of achieving greatness, and nothing can keep us from our goal.

When we’re working hard, fatigue may become an issue. It’s impossible to be at our best if we’re tired and unfocused. Stepping back and taking time away to recharge will help us find clarity and open new ideas that will pave the road ahead. We are intelligent and can do anything we desire. We have all the stamina and wisdom we need to keep moving forward, and reach success.

Today if you’ve been on a long road, and are beginning to feel you will never prevail, step back and decide how you want to proceed. Every answer is already there for you. You are capable of greatness. Stand strong and step forward. Success is just ahead, and nothing can keep you from it.