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Small Changes

26 Sep

“If you make a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas, the cumulative benefits would be extraordinary.” Sir Dave Brailsford

Everyone has something they want to change about their lives. We want to be the best we can be, and that often means there are things we need to work on. Maybe we want to lose weight, maybe we want more education, or maybe we just want to be more patient and forgiving. Change and improvement are always possible, but they usually won’t happen overnight. We can take all the time we like to think about what we want do but until we actually begin to do what’s needed, nothing will change. We don’t have to do everything all at once, or completely change our lives to start the journey. By starting small and focusing on just one facet of the goal, we can begin the process of reaching it. We could give up desert just two nights a week, take just one night class, or stand still for moment before we speak. Small changes don’t seem like much, but once we master them we can add another small layer, and day by day, inch by inch we will reach the goal. There is no rush to succeed. The road ahead will wait as long as it takes, and will be there for us. By taking things one step at a time, we really can have the lives we want the most, and reach any destination.

Some people like to talk about all the things they’re going to do and all the places they’re going to go, but day by day, they remain in the same place doing the same things. The old saying that “Talk is cheap,” is true. We can talk all we want, and make all kinds of plans but until we actually do something to achieve the goal, nothing will change. We are highly capable and can do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and taking the first step forward, we can be confident that we will succeed.

If the goal is hard to reach and will require a lot of work and time, we may hesitate before we begin. Our routines are comfortable and easy, and we pretty much know what to expect. We never have to change anything if we don’t want to, but our lives are ours to design, and if there’s something we really want, we can go after it. By changing one thing we can move closer to where we want to be. We know who we are and what we want, and with focus and determination, nothing is out of reach.

Today if there’s something you want to achieve, think about how you want to begin and take the first step. You are amazing and powerful, and can do anything you desire. Trust yourself and be confident. Nothing is too complex or difficult for you to manage.  Decide what you want, and begin. Every single dream is possible, and you will prevail.

Entangled

7 Jun

Spider webs are amazing creations. Intricate and lacy, sticky and deadly, and a perfect trap for the prey the spider seeks. Although we don’t construct physical webs like the spider, we can, with great detail and precision, use lies to create scenarios that attract and hold others where we want them. We can say and do anything that will create the situations we desire. If the facts don’t work for us, we can make up something else that will push us ahead or move us closer to where we want to be. Lying is easy and we can use it to get out of trouble, or open doors that will help us reach our goals. We can pave the road ahead with fiction and say whatever is needed to make sure we get what we want. One lie leads to another, and then another, and before we know it we may find we’ve created something completely different than what is real. We may get away with it at first, but the problem with lies is, just like the spider’s web, they tend to cross over one another and we will eventually get entangled in the web of deceit we’ve created that’s difficult to navigate and squirm out of. It’s hard to remember lies we’ve told because there is no basis in fact. When confronted, we might try to use distractions or attempt to rewrite history by denying what we’ve done. But in the end, however long that takes, we’re going to be found out. Lying creates weak links in our relationships, and will never build trust or confidence. Every lie takes something away from us, and each time we do it, we lose valor and integrity. Our lives are our responsibility and who we are is defined by what we do. Truth brings strength and wisdom. No matter where we are or what’s going on, honesty will always be the best option for moving forward. There is greatness in us, and when we honor the very best we have to offer, every road ahead will open, and we will reach success.

If we lack confidence or are unsure of ourselves, we may think pretending to be something we aren’t will get us through. We can make up any stories we like, and if those around us don’t know any better, we may be able to spin a completely fictitious tale that is believable on the surface and helps us squeak through for now. If it works, we may think we got away with it, and we may have for a time, but truth is powerful and will eventually show itself. It’s far better to admit we don’t have the answers and ask for help instead of trying to bluff our way through. Nobody knows everything and we may be amazed at the support we get.

It’s very hard to keep up a ruse indefinitely. It takes a lot of focus and energy to remember the lies we’ve told, and try to keep the story straight. The time it takes to come up with continuing fictional developments may be extreme and exhausting. Instead of wasting time on creating endless tales, we can use that energy to focus on how to reach the goals we most desire. A clean plan filled with facts and clarity will enable us to more quickly reach the success we want, and pave the road ahead.

Today if you’ve been making up stories to get people to follow you or open doors, trust yourself. You are amazing, and nothing is better than who you really are. Be confident and let your true self shine. You have gifts to offer nobody else can give. Stand strong and step forward with clarity and faith. Nothing is out of reach and you will succeed.

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.

Demanding More

12 Jan

Everyone on earth is valuable. We all have unique gifts to give that no one else can offer. Our talents differ with our strengths and weaknesses, and the great expanse of differences brings depth and richness to the world. It’s good to be positive and self-confident, but if we get ahead of ourselves, at some point we might begin to believe we are better, smarter or more capable than everyone else around us. We may demand more attention, more money, or more influence than we currently possess. If we esteem ourselves above those we’re interacting with, we may get a false sense of superiority and desire more control. Everyone has something of value to present and recommend moving forward. Some people have more information and can offer more complex and far reaching suggestions. We are certainly intelligent and should be recognized when we are part of any plan or solution, but demanding more than we have simply because we feel we deserve it is a fool’s game. If the facts don’t agree with our heightened sense of worth, we’ll be disappointed. A strong and confident self-image is important but will never move us ahead if we haven’t achieved what is needed to get there. By recognizing exactly where we are and understanding the contributions we’ve made and what we have yet to achieve, we can clearly see the road ahead. Everything we desire is within our reach if we accomplish what is needed to achieve it. We can be patient and focused, and with determination and resolve reach every goal. The whole world is blessed and enriched because we are here. By learning all we can, and contributing every good thing, we will find great satisfaction and happiness.

People work differently and have their own ideas about how things should be done. If we’re quick to find solutions, those around us who are aren’t as fast may seem to be dragging their feet. We may think they aren’t as committed or dedicated as we are, but speed doesn’t define commitment. Working more slowly doesn’t mean there is a lack of interest or devotion to the project. We can accept differences in others, understand our part in the process, and work together to achieve the goal.

If we are very confident, we may believe we have the answers for every problem that arises. We may be very wise and have a lot to offer, but nobody has all the answers for everything. Being open to different suggestions and seeing our situations through someone else’s eyes, will bring a broader understanding and help us see every possible option. We are intelligent and capable, and will find every answer to ensure success.

Today if you feel you’re worth more than you’re getting and are demanding more control, remember everyone has something of value to offer. Be open to other ideas and suggestions, and you’ll have a greater understanding of everything before you. You are amazing and have so much to offer. Listen carefully and let your light shine. The whole world is enriched because you are here. Step forward with confidence and clarity, and every success will be yours.

Golden Goose

13 Aug

Throughout the world, there are all kinds of expressions of wealth. For some, wealth is represented by the time they spend in the natural world, communing with nature. For others it may be the time they spend with family and friends, exploring life and getting close to one another. Many of us appreciate those things but also understand that having some financial wealth is necessary for us to live effectively and comfortably. We all need shelter, clothing and food, and it takes money to get them. Despite what you may hear, nothing, absolutely nothing, outside of fresh air, is free. Someone will always have to pay for whatever is wanted or needed. How much money we have depends on a lot of factors, and doesn’t usually just come to us just because we need it or want it. We’ll have to do what is necessary – whatever that may be – to get it. No matter how much we acquire, we may feel we want more. Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s an excellent lubricant to make the things we want to do easier to achieve. If we become consumed with acquiring financial success, we may do anything to get it. Excessive wealth may look very appealing, and if we’re determined to have it, and don’t actually have a goose laying golden eggs, we might forsake anything and everything that stands in our way. We may neglect our personal relationships, impact our health by working excessive hours, and focus only on the next dollar we can earn. There is nothing wrong with amassing wealth, but if it’s our only focus in life, we may miss out on the connections and time with others that will bring us deep satisfaction and happiness. Our lives are ours to design, and by keeping our perspective, deciding what we want, and what’s most important to us, we can make good decisions that bring us both comfort and contentment. Money is great, but nothing is more valuable than our personal happiness.

The world values money and places great importance on it. We are often bombarded with messages that we should have more, and get more of it. Being rich might be nice, but it doesn’t equate to being intelligent, kind, insightful or anything else. It just means there is money available, which is just a tool that can open more doors and allow a little more freedom to accomplish certain things. It allows us to pay bills, buy products, and if we want to, donate to others. It cannot solve problems, heal a broken heart, mend a relationship, or bring us lasting happiness.

It’s easy to envy others who have more monetary benefit than we have. They can do things and go places we may not be able to afford. It all looks great from the outside, but true, lasting happiness can only come from within. By doing the things we want most to accomplish, building strong, healthy relationships, and striving to be the best we can be, we will achieve a level of happiness that money can never bring.

Today, think about what brings you the greatest satisfaction. Value your relationships and build great connections. Choose the road ahead that brings you the greatest joy. Focus on your personal happiness, instead of wealth, and you’ll be richer than you can imagine.