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Slightly Committed

27 Feb

Life is filled with all kinds of opportunities and possibilities. We decide what we want to do, where we want to go and how we will live our lives. For some it’s enough to simply get by with whatever comes. Others strive for difficult, hard to reach goals that push them forward toward where they want to go. We’re all different but no matter what our goals are, we will only achieve them at the same level of our commitment. If we’re determined to succeed no matter what and continue pushing forward despite what may be in the way, we’ll likely reach success. However, if we’re only slightly interested in moving forward, chances are we’ll only be slightly successful. Our focus will often determine how close we get to the destination we desire. It’s easy to talk about what we want and dream our days away thinking “if only” this or that happened we would be happier. But talking and dreaming will do nothing to change our situation. Every option is always possible but it’s up to us to actively pursue what we want. Our dreams won’t happen just because we’re thinking about them. Every dream can come true, but nothing will change until we do what is needed to make it real. Every option is possible and if we commit ourselves to doing what is necessary to achieve them, we will succeed. Nothing is ever too far to reach. We can have the lives we want the most and reach every goal. The whole world is there for us and with focus and determination, we can make it ours.

It’s easy to complain when we aren’t happy with our lives. We can bemoan every missed opportunity, and every unlucky break. Life happens and we have little control over anything outside our personal choices. Things won’t always go our way, but no matter how many detours or roadblocks we must face, we’re in control of what we do next. We can always give up and resign ourselves to a life we don’t want, or we can make a plan to push ahead toward anything we choose. Complete happiness is always possible but we must make it happen. With commitment and focus we can achieve any goal we desire and live the lives we want the most.

It’s easy to live a common, mediocre life, but mediocrity keeps us from the intense happiness and satisfaction we gain from personal success. Nothing can compare to the gratification we feel when we’ve accomplished something extraordinary. When we’ve run a hard race and made it to the finish line, we’ll feel great pleasure and fulfillment. Those moments can change our lives and bring us unexpected rewards. We can push further and accomplish more than we think we can. Every dream is possible and with determination and focus we can make them all come true.

Today if there’s something you’ve been wanting but haven’t done anything to achieve it, make a plan to start. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Decide what you want the most and take the first step toward it. Be committed and create the life you want. Everything is possible. The world is filled with opportunities. Be confident and begin. All your dreams are achievable and nothing is out of reach. Everything is possible and you will succeed.

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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.

Blank Page

12 Feb

Every day of our lives brings something different. We don’t know what awaits us around the corner or what we’ll go through. There’s no way to predict how each day will go, who will walk into our lives, or what we’ll experience. Life is filled with uncertainties but no matter what comes, we are always in control of what we do. Each day is like a blank page waiting for us to write on it. We can fill it with boredom and malaise, or anticipation and excitement. We can share our lives and stories with those around us or stand back and keep to ourselves. Our choices are endless and each day we choose the direction we’ll travel. Each step and each action define who we are and pave the way ahead toward a new destination. If we don’t purposely choose where we’re headed, we’ll simply end up wherever life takes us. Like a stick floating on a stream we can coast along without any effort and land wherever the water ends up. But our lives are important and we can achieve anything we desire. By taking control and writing the story we want most we can make our dreams real and live the lives we choose. A blank page isn’t an empty void. It’s filled with possibilities and new horizons. We can write our story any way we like. Every destination is available and nothing is out of reach. By choosing the way forward and deciding what we want most we can direct our path toward any goal and find success. It’s all up to us. We can do anything. We can write our story filled with our dreams and desires, and find complete happiness moving forward.

If we don’t decide what we want to do and actively pursue our dreams, we’ll have no direction going forward. Our lives belong to us but if we don’t take control of where we’re headed, we may end up with a life designed by others and circumstance. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want and have all the courage and wisdom to achieve it. We can step forward focused on what’s needed to gain the lives we desire. Every option is possible and we can reach any goal we set. We’re in control of each step and with confidence and clarity will reach success.

There are all kinds of opinions around us. There are others pointing this way and that, and endless ideas about how we should proceed. Everyone has their own version of what should happen next, but we are the only ones who can decide what’s best for us. Life isn’t a “one size fits all” situation. We can decide what we’ll do and where we’ll go. We don’t need approval for our plans, and can choose our own destiny even if it’s different from those around us. We deserve complete happiness and by designing our lives the way we want them most, will achieve it.

Today if you want to change direction and write a new story, decide where you want to go and take the first step. You can go anywhere and your journey is yours to design. Choose the road that will take you to your dreams and move forward. Nothing is out of reach and you have everything you need to succeed. Be confident. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Every dream is possible. Make your life your own and your dreams will come true.

Smoke

6 Feb

Everyone wants a happy life. Nobody wants to suffer or be in situations that make us feel downtrodden and miserable. We are always in control of our lives and if we don’t feel comfortable where we are or with what we’re doing, we can change. We can turn toward the things that bring us joy and make decisions that take us where we most want to be. However, change takes action and may require us to alter our behaviors or location, or the people in our circle. It’s not always easy to modify our lives and if we aren’t sure, we may decide to simply wait and see if things work out on their own. We can do that, but waiting for someone or something else to fix our situation probably won’t work. Our personal happiness is our responsibility. Nobody can provide it for us or pave the way forward so we can reach it. We must pursue it on our own and do what is needed to make it a reality. We deserve complete happiness and fulfillment in our lives but we are the ones responsible for achieving it. By defining what we want and then doing what is needed to reach our most valued goals, we’ll find happiness and satisfaction. Everything is possible and we can do anything we choose. We can direct our lives forward toward what is most important to us, and make our dreams come true. We have everything we need inside us to achieve anything we desire. Complete happiness is always there waiting for us and with focus and determination, we will find it.

People have all kinds of opinions. They may tell us what they think we should do and where we should go, and share lots of ideas about how we should live our lives. If they don’t agree with a choice we’re making they might try to dissuade us from proceeding. They may say we aren’t smart enough to get there, or it’s too hard, or we don’t have what it takes to achieve the goal. We’re all entitled to our opinions but they are only that – opinions. They don’t control us or have any power over the choices we make. We can do whatever we decide and move forward toward any destination we desire.

If we’re unhappy and feel the situation we’re in is too difficult to change, we may sit and wait as our lives drift past. Happiness may seem like smoke floating above us. We can reach it but it slips between our fingers and we can’t grasp it. There may be a feeling of hopelessness as we try to manage what isn’t working. No matter where we are or how defined the circumstances, we always have the power to move. We can step away from any situation that’s holding us down and begin walking in a new direction. Our lives belong to us and if we don’t like where we are, we have everything we need to change. Every dream is possible and every destination is within reach. We can step forward with confidence and find joy.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s holding you back, decide what you want and turn your focus toward where you want to go. You deserve every happiness and all your dreams are possible. Step forward with confidence. You are amazing and powerful. Nothing can keep you from your goals, and you will have the life you desire.

Never Ending

1 Feb

We have a lot of good experiences in life and sometimes things go exactly the way we want them to and we feel happy and content.  But pain is a normal part of our lives and we’ll all go through difficult passages from time to time.  When we’re hurting and feel overcome, it can be hard to see any light ahead.  Intense, painful events can knock us down and we may feel the impact of the disappointment for a long time.  If we suddenly lose a job we value, a trusted friend betrays us or a lover leaves, or we experience the death of someone close, we may be left bereft and devastated.  It takes time to recover from very difficult situations.  We may try to put it behind us and each day the pain recedes a little, but it may take longer to feel strong again than we imagine.  Deep, invasive disappointments affect how we feel about ourselves and how we see the world around us.  While we suffer, we may lose faith in the future, doubt that we are lovable, or think the whole world has turned against us.  It can be a lot to overcome.  They say time heals all wounds, and that’s true but it might take more time than we thought.  It may seem the pain is never ending but each day we step a little further down the road, and heal a little more.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes us to feel whole again.  The important thing is to keep moving forward.  In time, however long that takes, we’ll feel confident and complete again.  We can trust ourselves to find our footing.  Life will give us many opportunities to learn and grow, and even if it hurts, each lesson gives us something valuable to carry forward.  We can face anything that comes.  We are strong and capable, and nothing can hold us down.

It’s fun and exciting to eat something really delicious and we may enjoy trying new foods from different places.  What if something happened and suddenly our taste buds no longer worked?  If everything we ate was tasteless and bland the whole experience would be altered.  When we’re in pain, it can feel like life has lost its flavor and nothing is appealing any longer.  Colors may seem dull, and we may feel numb and invisible.  When pain takes over it’s hard to feel anything else but nothing lasts forever and eventually we will heal and everything we’ve lost will return.

When the road has been long and challenging, and we’re tired and feel overcome, it can be hard to take another step.  We may believe we can’t move anymore and think about giving up and giving in.  Life can be difficult and when we’re in pain it can be hard to feel hope.  We can give up, but we are stronger than we realize, and nothing is powerful enough to stop us.  There is nothing capable of holding us down if we are determined to stand.  Pain hurts and we will suffer, but no night lasts forever.  The sun always rises and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been hurt and are struggling to find your way, trust yourself.  You have overcome many difficulties already and you can conquer anything.  Step forward and have faith.  Every blessing is possible and nothing will keep you from success.  The road to happiness is already there for you.  Stand strong and look ahead.

Closing In

31 Jan

We have so many different experiences as we navigate through our lives. Change is constant and generally we manage it as it comes but sometimes, we may have to face many changes at the same time. Maybe a new job, a move, a change in our relationship status, family complications, a pending retirement, or dozens of other important adjustments may descend upon us all at once. We can usually manage things as they come and we’re capable of walking through most situations confidently and successfully. However, when several things happen at once it can be overwhelming and we may feel like the walls are closing in around us. There are a lot of details and things to address, and we may feel unsure and unsettled. When there is a lot going on and many balls in the air it can be hard to focus on one thing. We may feel pulled in many directions at the same time. Complications are a normal part of life and no matter how many we’re facing if we take them one at a time, we’ll find our way. We can address the most pressing issue first, and then one by one resolve each step until we’re settled again. We can trust ourselves to find the answers we need when we need them, and proceed forward with confidence. Life can be complicated and it can feel like we’re in a whirlwind of concern where our feet don’t touch the ground. But we have everything we need to get through, no matter what’s happening, and with patience and tenacity we will prevail. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage. We are amazing and powerful, and can overcome anything in our way.

When we feel strong and accomplished and things go wrong, they can seem like minor annoyances we simply brush away and push through. But if we’ve been under water with one problem after another for a while, we may be tired and stressed, and if one more thing happens may think we can’t survive. We’re in control of our lives and when we feel we’ve done all we can, we can step back and take a break. We can take respite from the battle and recharge. As we rest, answers will rise and when we return, we’ll find our way through. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage.

Mazes are full of blockades. As we navigate through them if we get to a wall we can backtrack and try another route. Just like a maze, every problem has a solution and if the first we try doesn’t work, we can try again. We have unlimited chances to move forward and nothing can stop us from advancing. We can trust our instincts, and continue on no matter what’s in the way. There isn’t anything big enough or strong enough to hold us in place and we’ll get to any goal we desire.

Today if there are many things you must address and you feel overwhelmed, trust yourself and step forward. You have accomplished so much already and you will succeed again. You are powerful and strong, and have all the insight and wisdom you need to manage anything you must. Be confident and trust yourself. Keep moving forward. All the answers are there for you and you will find them.

Doubt

24 Jan

When we’re children we might imagine being a grown up as a great adventure filled with all sorts of freedom and privileges. As we age and mature, we begin to understand how life works and each day teaches us something new. As we navigate all the ins and outs of each situation, we gain skills that help us move forward toward the successes we desire. We learn valuable lessons and gain confidence as we make good, strong decisions and find our way. Sometimes things go well and other times things go wrong and we struggle to figure out our next steps. If we’ve had to face many difficulties or have suffered a serious failure, we may doubt we can live well and find happiness. We may believe we’ll never find our footing or the right road ahead, and that we’re doomed to a life filled with stress and despair. While it’s true we can’t control most of what happens, we are always in control of our decisions and outlook. If we’re convinced we will fail, no matter what we do, the chances of success are diminished. We can create our own self-fulfilling prophecy. There is always the chance we’ll falter in any situation, but there is also always the chance we will prevail. Doubt is only a feeling of uncertainty and we can acknowledge it and then set it aside and trust ourselves to get through. We can push forward with determination, and any failure we may experience will be diminished by our personal self-confidence. Everyone has doubt from time to time but we need not give it power over our decisions. We can do anything we desire and nothing can hold us in place. Every goal is possible and with confidence and certainty we can achieve anything.

There is no way to guess what life will bring us. Change is constant and no matter what we’re experiencing today, chances are it will be different tomorrow. We may face situations so daunting we don’t feel we can manage them. They seem too hard to look at and we may feel sure we can’t survive. But deep within we have incredible resources of strength and courage, and regardless of what comes have everything we need to endure and overcome. We are stronger and more resilient than we may realize and can do whatever is necessary to manage anything that comes.

Sometimes we may choose to do something that others around us doubt we can achieve. They may try to dissuade us from the journey, telling us it’s too hard, too long or not worth the effort. We can always listen to any advice we like, but our choices are ours to make and approval isn’t necessary. We can design our lives and create them any way we like. We can do anything we desire and push ourselves toward any goal. We have everything we need to be successful and can reach any destination with confidence and clarity.

Today if you’re facing a difficult situation and aren’t sure you can manage it, remember how strong you are and trust yourself to find the answers. You already have everything you need to succeed. Pull courage from within and stand strong. Every goal is possible and nothing is too difficult. Be confident and step forward. All the doors will open and you will succeed.