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Long Con

30 May

There are all kinds of people in the world and some of them aren’t as honest or trustworthy as we would hope. Some people make choices based on greed, or control, or manipulation or a thousand other negative reasons. If they enter our lives and are dishonest with us, we may find ourselves in a very uncomfortable and difficult situation. Perhaps they’re co-workers who want to discredit us to move themselves forward, or intimate relationships with others who convince us they love us when they only want something from us. When the truth of the situation appears, if we are deeply entrenched, it may be hard to believe what’s happened. Looking back after all the facts are laid bare, we will see everything clearly and may wonder how we ever fell for the trap. We may feel like fools, and struggle to forgive ourselves for believing the lie. But it’s good to trust others, and there is sometimes no way to know the whole story from the beginning. If we’ve been manipulated and used by someone else, we may believe we should have known better, or somehow should have seen what was happening. We don’t know what we don’t know, and can only work with the facts we’ve been given. If we’ve been conned into believing something that isn’t true, once we discover everything, we can learn from the experience and take that knowledge with us going forward. Most people are honest and will do the right thing. We can forgive ourselves if we’ve been fooled, and move on with increased clarity and confidence. We are wise and capable, and nothing can hold us down indefinitely. We know what we want, and we will find success.

Our emotions can be very powerful and if we’re transfixed by someone we believe in, we may forge ahead blindly, ignoring warnings around us that something isn’t quite right. Others may try to caution us, but it’s up to us to listen. We can do anything we like, even if it leads us to disaster. Everyone makes mistakes and if we find we’ve arrived at our desired goal, only to discover it isn’t anything like we thought it would be, we can stop, look at all our options and choose the best road going forward. Life is all about change and nothing is permanent. Mistakes don’t define us. We can always adjust our plans and start again.

If we make a serious mistake with long reaching consequences, it may be hard to trust ourselves again. We may believe we’ll never choose well, and everything we do will end badly. That will never be true. We are smart enough to learn from our mistakes and can always make excellent choices. Every success is possible and we can trust ourselves to find the right roads ahead. Nothing is beyond our grasp and we will reach every destination we desire.

Today if you’ve been manipulated and lied to, and are doubting your ability to choose wisely, trust yourself. You’ve made many excellent decisions already and will make them again. You are strong and intelligent, and nothing is too difficult for you to comprehend. Learn everything you can and move forward with confidence. Every success is there for you and you will reach it.

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Inside Out

26 Mar

There are all kinds of ideas, interpretations, scenarios, and concepts all around us all the time. Everyone has their own perspective about what’s happening and how things should go. If we believe our viewpoint is the only one that’s correct, it may keep us from seeing other ideas even if they’re pertinent and valuable. That’s fine if our idea is the only one we need and we control the situation, but if we’re working with others, and must collaborate, it will be necessary to open our minds to what they offer. We may uncover information that will help us move forward, but not everyone will have our best interests at heart. We may be in a situation where someone appears to be trying to help but are only pushing us toward something they desire. They may manipulate the facts to sell their point in an effort to convince us to follow their lead. There are countless ways to accomplish any goal and we can certainly hear every perspective and suggestion. We can be open to new ideas and find a new, and improved path to follow but we must also validate each option before proceeding. We don’t know what we don’t know and there is no way to comprehend everything around us. Everyone has their own slant on each situation and every perspective can evaluated on its own terms. We can be confident and trust that we can discern between truth and fiction. We can listen to other ideas, determine the value of their suggestions and then proceed. We are intelligent and capable, and success is always possible. Every road is open and we can reach any destination we desire by listening carefully and choosing what works.

Truth will always rise no matter how it’s colored, bent, or manipulated. It’s more powerful than any deception but while we’re finding our way, it’s possible to be convinced of a lie. Some people may be determined to push us in one direction and make us believe something untrue to advance their agenda. If we trust or admire them, or they are close to us personally, we may fall victim to their plan. When the truth becomes apparent, we may feel completely inside out and confused. Despite the deception, we can trust ourselves to step forward with confidence knowing we will find the way ahead. We can learn from the situation and reach success.

We live in the real world with real facts and consequences. There may be times when something in our lives is hard to accept. We may desperately want things to be different than they are, and may decide to create a reality that’s easier to swallow and more what we desire. Living in a dream state may make us feel better temporarily but truth will persist and in time, if we want to move forward, we’ll have to accept it. Things don’t always go the way we want them to. We can accept what is real and then proceed forward with determination.

Today if you’re struggling to find your way, remember you are wise and capable. You can recognize what is real and true, and will know how to proceed. You know what you want and have everything you need to reach your goals. Choose the best road ahead and move toward your dreams. Everything is possible and nothing is out of reach. All your dreams are waiting for you. Step forward and claim them.

Old Love Letters

20 Feb

Change is constant in life. We never know what each day will bring but one thing is certain, whatever we’re experiencing today will inevitably change. If the change is positive or something we’ve been striving for, when it finally occurs, we feel satisfaction and relief. But we don’t always welcome the developments that come and if they are hard or heartbreaking, it may take us some time to recover. It’s hard to let go of something we really want. We may hang onto the old feelings and try to find a way to revisit the way things used to be. Like taking old love letters out of a box and re-reading them, hoping to capture one more time the tender feelings that once enveloped us. Life is a great blessing, but it isn’t always easy.  Letting go of a dream is painful, and we may need time to consider everything that’s happened and find the way forward. How long that takes is different for everyone and every situation. We don’t need to rush through to the next thing in an effort to forget. We can take our time, learn everything possible from the experience, and then when we’re ready, step forward. Time is always on our side and with patience, and perseverance, we will begin again. We can manage anything that comes and have everything we need to push through any disappointment. There isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. Every destination and goal are always possible and no matter what has happened in the past, we will succeed in the future. We can trust ourselves to overcome any disappointment and move forward with confidence. Our dreams are still there for us, and with determination we can make them come true.

Everyone’s needs and understanding are different. What comes easily for one may be very difficult for another. Some people are pragmatic and recover quickly when they face a big disappointment. Others are more sensitive and need more time to get back on their feet and start again. There are many ways to manage every situation and one person’s perspective doesn’t work for everyone. We can recognize our own personal needs and do things our own way. We can overcome anything and find our way ahead.

Disappointments can be difficult to manage, but they bring with them an optional view of what could happen next. When the road we’re on ends and we can’t move forward, we can look at all the options before us. We can do anything and go anywhere. The possibilities are limitless. We can choose another direction and begin toward a new goal. Our lives are always in our control and when one plan fails, we can start on another. Success is always there for us, and with determination and confidence, we’ll reach it.

Today if you’re getting over a big disappointment and aren’t sure what to do next, look around at everything possible. You are strong and capable, and nothing can hold you down. Take the time you need to reassess what you want, and then begin again. The whole world is there for you. Open a new door and step forward. All your dreams are possible, and you will succeed.

Getting Serious

4 Feb

There are unlimited things we can do in life and endless goals to achieve. Each day changes us a little and teaches us something new. Our dreams and goals change as we grow, and what we wanted in the past may not be our focus today. We learn new things each day and can adjust our direction going forward to get to the goals we want the most. Some goals take a lot of thought and we may need time before we decide we’re ready to move toward them. If they require changes in our patterns or behaviors, we may need to prepare before we’re ready to embrace them completely. It’s okay to take our time. We don’t have to jump on an idea the moment we think of it. Success doesn’t have to be tied to the amount of time we take to achieve it. We can think about what we want and decide when we want to accomplish any goal we desire. Once we’re ready and determined to move forward, nothing can keep us from success. There isn’t anything we can’t do if we’re focused on the goal. We can plan our way forward, and each step we take will move us closer to where we want to go. There are infinite possibilities before us every day. We can dream big and then make our dreams come true. No destination is out of reach. Once we decide where we want to go and are willing to do what is necessary to get there, nothing can keep us from success. Life is filled with opportunities. We can do anything and can have the lives we dream about. We can get serious about what we really want and make it ours. It’s all up to us.

There are countless things that can go wrong when we’re trying to accomplish something. People may intervene and get in the way, decisions out of our control may complicate the road ahead, and our timing may be impacted and we may have to wait. There will rarely be a paved, straight road ahead without any problems or delays. We are capable of managing any complications that arise and if we have to wait, we can step aside for a time until things improve and then return to continue our journey forward. Our lives belong to us and we can make them any way we like. We can accomplish any goal and reach any destination.

A bright, sunny day with clear skies and comfortable temperatures makes life enjoyable and easy. When things are going well and the road ahead is clear and open, we can move forward quickly and accomplish much. But the weather in our lives is unpredictable and can change without warning. When dark clouds roll in and the rain has us locked in, we can use the time to plan our next steps ahead and be ready when things change. Nothing can keep us from anything we desire. We can stay focused on the goal and be confident of success.

Today if you’re ready to begin moving toward a goal you’ve been thinking about, take the first step forward. Decide to hold fast even if things get complicated and keep moving ahead. There isn’t anything you can’t do and no destination is too far to reach. Trust yourself and be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is impossible. Every success is just ahead. Your dreams can come true and you will win.

Not An Option

11 Jan

There are endless possibilities to try new things as we go through our lives. We can push our limits and go for any goal we choose. If we pursue all the things we desire, our lives will be filled with interest and satisfaction. We can reach for any experience we’re pondering and move toward it at any time. New things can be intimidating, but if we knew failure wasn’t an option and success was guaranteed, imagine what we could do. We could climb the highest mountains, go to the ends of the earth, and accomplish everything we imagine. Of course, there are no real guarantees in life, but when we want to try something new, if we decide failure isn’t possible before we begin, chances are we’ll succeed. If we believe nothing can stop us, every complication will be diminished and we’ll find a way around every blockade. Our confidence will take us through any problem and we’ll keep moving forward. Nothing can stop us if we’re willing to do what it takes to succeed. Believing in ourselves, trusting our instincts, and knowing we will not stop – no matter what – will take us all the way to the finish line. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We have everything we need to win and when we’re convinced we will prevail, nothing can stop us. We are capable of great things and are wise and strong. We can do anything we think we can. Every dream is possible and we can have the lives we most desire. If we believe we will succeed, nothing is out of reach.

We’re in control of our lives and if we’re not happy or feel unfulfilled we can change where we are and what we’re doing. We can’t control all the circumstances around us, but we can control what we do about them. If we’re in a difficult situation, complaining and doing nothing won’t help. We can change our position and create a better life that brings us happiness and contentment. Life isn’t in control of us, we are. If we’re not happy, we can make choices and turn toward something better. In the end, we all get the lives we wanted most based on the decisions we’ve made.

Fear may be a factor when we’re seeking something new. We know where we are now and have a good idea of what we can expect going forward. Stepping away from what we know toward foreign territory can be unsettling but our best experiences come when we push ourselves. There are endless possibilities and incredible adventures waiting for us. We’re brave enough to step toward them and open our lives to every option. Life is a great blessing. Living it to the fullest, taking every chance at happiness, and embracing new ideas will bring us incredible happiness and complete gratification.

Today if you’ve been thinking about pushing toward something new but aren’t sure you can succeed, convince yourself that failure is not an option. You have everything you need to manage anything that stands in your way. Every dream you imagine is possible. Push forward and be confident. You can do amazing things and every possibility is there for you. Nothing can keep you from success.

Rewrite

18 Dec

Our lives are filled with experiences and we face new situations every day.  When we do well we feel confident and positive about our future.  It’s great when things go as planned and we prevail, but sometimes things go the other way and we not only falter but may actually fail in what we’re trying to do.  Failure hurts and can rattle our confidence and make us believe we can’t succeed.  But it also brings us many personal blessings and is a great teacher.  It we allow ourselves to see everything clearly, including our mistakes, we can learn a lot about what doesn’t work and use the lesson to help us moving forward.  However, if we refuse to see where we’ve blundered and decide instead to rewrite history so it looks like we had nothing to do with what happened we won’t learn anything from the experience.  There will always be other people and situations to blame and if we look for them we’re sure to find them.  Pretending we’re not responsible when we fail will never help us.  If we want to gain as much as we can moving forward, we must own both our successes and our failures, and let them stand clearly and truthfully.  When we are honest about our shortcomings, we learn valuable lessons that teach us about success and show us the way ahead.  There is no need to rewrite history.  We can let it stand as it happened, gain as much as possible from the experience, and step forward with clarity and confidence.  We are capable of every success and nothing is too far for us to reach.  Every step we take teaches us something of value.  If we take a wrong turn, we can correct our course.  We can reach any goal we desire with determination and courage, and every destination is there for us.

We are the only ones who can define who we are and what we want to achieve.  There will always be others with opinions about our lives and what we’re doing, and we may certainly listen to them but we are responsible for our own decisions.  If we follow along with someone else and things work out we’ll be glad we made the decision to go with them.  However, if everything goes south we may feel bad and blame the other party for leading us along.  While the idea may have started with them, we own the choice we made to follow along and are responsible for where we end up.

Everybody makes mistakes and when they’re extreme and far reaching, if we’ve hurt others along the way, we’ll have to deal with the situation we’ve created.  Looking the other way trying to ignore the mess we’ve made will not make things better.  We can own every decision we make, even if it fails, and do what is needed to rectify the situation.  There is no need to rewrite the past.  We can own what’s happened and move forward confidently and with purpose.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and are trying to figure out what to do next, own your part and take a step toward resolving the issue.  There is no shame in failure and you can learn much and take that knowledge with you.  Be confident and clear in your decisions.  You are capable of great success and nothing can hold you down.  Keep moving forward.  The best is yet to come.

Still There

6 Dec

Life can get complicated and difficult sometimes. There is always a lot going on around us, and in the midst of all the activity if something big goes wrong and takes us by surprise, it may knock the wind out of us and suddenly stop us cold. When things go sideways and we’re left standing alone it can be hard to figure out what to do next. If the situation is extreme and encompassing, we may feel powerless and unable to move as it swirls around us. Bad things happen to all of us. It’s likely we’ll face moments of despair and desperation at least once in our lives and when that happens, we may have no idea how to manage. We may think it’s impossible to get through or that we’re so devastated we’ll never recover. It’s hard to see a future when everything goes black. Most of what happens in life is out of our control. We have no power over the decisions of others, or unforeseen disasters or accidents. We must take what comes but we always have control over ourselves and the decisions we make. No matter what happens, we always have our internal focus and personal strength to get through. We are who we are regardless of what the world throws at us. The wind may toss us here and there, the tide may carry us to places we don’t want to go, and blockades may suddenly appear in our path. Everything around us may change, and the whole world may turn upside down, but we are still there. We are still in control of our lives and will find our way through. Our personal power is great and we have all the wisdom we need to find every answer going forward. Trouble may come but it will never be strong enough to conquer us. We will remain wise and capable despite the trial, and able to find every answer we need.

Our perception of every event affects how we see it and how we move through it. If we think things are too hard to figure out, the answers may be more difficult to find. We can adjust our perception and remember we have everything we need to overcome any adversity. Fear can be changed to power and we can use it to find our way through. Life can be hard and when we face trouble, instead of trying to hide, we can stand up to it and keep walking forward. There is always a road ahead and with courage we’ll find our way.

Sometimes it seems trouble comes in waves and if we’ve been going through several trials, fatigue may begin to wear us down. If we’re tired, we can step away for a time and take a break. Taking time to look at something else will help refine our perspective and allow unforeseen answers to rise. New doors will open and we may see things differently that show us the way forward. There isn’t any problem we can’t solve. We can find every solution we need and reach success.

Today if you’re overwhelmed with a situation that is intense and difficult, and you feel lost in the midst of trouble, everything you need is still there. You are wise and capable, and will find every answer you need. Nothing can keep you from the destinations you desire. Be confident and trust yourself. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can hold you back.