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Elephants

20 Apr

We all have dreams we think about and desire in our lives. We know what we want, but some dreams require a lot of thought and preparation before we step forward. We may ponder them for a long time and wonder if we have what it takes to make them ours. Some dreams are within easy reach and we achieve them without too much effort or inconvenience. We simply decide we want them and then proceed forward to claim them. We may have to work a little, and it might take a little time, but we don’t have to make a lot of adjustments to obtain them. Then there are the big “holy cow” dreams, that require a lot to reach. They may be very difficult and require changes and adjustments that are not always easy. Of course, if we’re determined and willing to do what’s necessary, we can reach any destination we desire. It’s like eating an elephant. It seems impossible at first but if we take it one bite at a time, it can be done. We can think about a goal for as long as we like, and when we’re ready, can begin moving toward it. We may pursue something that will completely change our lives. Maybe it’s a big career change, or a move to someplace far away, or a drastic change in our personal lives, or a thousand other things. Whatever the goal is, we have everything we need to make it ours. We already have all the courage and wisdom necessary to move forward toward any goal. We just have to decide what we want and then start. Our lives are in our control and we can design them any way we like. We don’t have to follow any one else’s ideas or choices. By choosing what we desire most, and starting the journey forward, we can find our way to success. The whole world is there for us and every dream is waiting. Nothing can keep us from any destination we desire, and we will succeed.

Life is filled with possibilities, but before we can make them ours, we must be willing to step away from what is comfortable and routine. There may be traditions and patterns we’ve learned that have held us in place, and it may make others around us uncomfortable if we step away from them. But our happiness is important, and we are entitled to it. We don’t need agreement to design the lives we want the most. We can set our sights on any goal we desire and move forward with confidence.

Big hills are hard to climb. Mountains are even harder. Difficult goals aren’t easy to achieve but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible. When we start on a long and arduous road to something we want, others may tell us it’s too hard, and we should be happy with what we’ve got. Their opinions belong to them and we never have to take any advice we don’t want. We can continue to push forward, and if we stay the course, we’ll succeed. Every dream is possible, and we can reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been thinking about a goal you want but have been hesitant to start, trust yourself. You are stronger and more capable than you imagine, and nothing is out of reach. Take the first step forward, and keep your eyes focused on the destination. Success is already there for you. Reach for it, move toward it, and it will be yours.

First

24 Mar

In nature, there is order to how things happen. Each season has its own influence and impact, and no matter what comes, they continue to follow the same patterns. When it’s cold outside, everything hibernates and waits. When it starts to warm, seedlings begin to burst and grow, and leaves start to pop out on trees. We all accept this as part of the natural order. One thing prepares for the next. The same is true in our personal lives. We can decide to run a marathon, but first, we must commit to training for it. If we want a job that requires a lot of knowledge, we must first do what is required to obtain it. Doing what is needed in the first place will enable us to accomplish the goal that comes after. If we’re very confident, we may try to jump ahead of what needs to be done first and charm our way to what we want, and we might get lucky once or twice, but nothing takes the place of real preparation. What comes first is important to what comes next. Builders understand that to build a strong, enduring structure, they must begin by digging a deep foundation and fortifying it in ways that will support the building through whatever comes. Without first creating the foundation, the whole thing will eventually fall. We know what we want, but we must be willing to do whatever is required to achieve it. We can talk about what we’re going to do until we’re blue in the face, but until we step forward and start, nothing will change. Accomplishing whatever we must, one step at a time, from beginning to end, will take us to the goal. We can do anything and go anywhere. Nothing is beyond our reach, and we will succeed.

When we fly on a plane, we’re instructed that if something goes wrong and we need oxygen, to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first before we try to help others. If we can’t breathe, we won’t be able to assist anyone else. Taking care of ourselves before we devote our time to others is important. Sacrificing our personal needs and pushing ourselves to exhaustion will stop us in our tracks and keep us from accomplishing anything. We are the most important people in our lives, and it isn’t selfish to take care of ourselves first. By making sure we have what we need to be healthy and strong, we will be able to reach any goal we desire and serve those around us.

Repetition can only reinforce what we’re doing. If we continually do the same things, we won’t be able to move onto something new. Every goal is possible, but they won’t just fall into our laps because we desire them. We must take the first step forward and then do what is needed to make them ours. We have all the courage and wisdom necessary to achieve any goal we desire. By trusting ourselves, and stepping forward with confidence, we will reach success.

Today start at the beginning and take the first step toward the destinations you desire most. You are intelligent and capable, and know what you want. Trust yourself. You are more powerful than you imagine. Every dream is there for you, and with determination and faith, you can make them yours.

Reasons

22 Mar

Lots of things happen to us in life. Sometimes we have great experiences that bring us happiness and satisfaction, and other times we go through ordeals that try our patience, push us to despair, and make us miserable. Ups and downs are the nature of life and we’ll likely go through things we never imagine will happen. When we’re struggling, someone may tell us, “Everything happens for a reason,” as though that will comfort us. While it’s true that everything does indeed happen for a reason, it’s ridiculous to think there is some sort of master plan at work manipulating and steering our lives. The reasons for what we’re going through may be a result of someone else’s bad decision, or circumstances beyond our control, or something we did, or the Bermuda Triangle. This is life – not fairyland, and the fact is, crap happens. What comes, comes, and we must deal with it when it arrives. There is no way to predict the future or see beyond the next bend. Things may go exactly as we expect them to, or everything may go sideways, and we may end up flat on our backs wondering what happened. It doesn’t mean we’ve done anything wrong, or we must suffer to get ahead. It’s just how it goes. Unexpected and unwelcome surprises will come, and we may be confused about how to manage them, but we are intelligent and highly capable. There will be a resolution for every problem, and with patience and determination, we will find our way through. There may be times when the road ahead of us is paved and nothing gets in our way as we move toward success, but those times are few and far between. Most of the time, there will be obstacles and complications, but we will always have what we need to find the answers to continue forward. Every destination is possible, and nothing can keep us from them. We are smart enough and strong enough to do what is necessary to reach success.

Those close to us who care about us and want us to be happy may give us all kinds of advice for our lives. They may tell us where they think we should go and what we should do. They are certainly entitled to their opinions, but we are in control of our lives. We can listen with grace, and then do what we want. It’s impossible to find complete happiness living someone else’s life. We already know where we want to go and have everything we need to achieve any goal we desire.

Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. When trouble comes, we may believe it’s because of a mistake we made in the past. While a previous decision may take us somewhere we don’t want to go, we can always change direction. There is no scorecard that needs balancing because we took a wrong turn. Mistakes teach us what doesn’t work and give us new skills for success moving forward. We can be confident as we move ahead, and trust that we’ll succeed.

Today if your plans have fallen apart and the road ahead has suddenly disappeared, think about what you want the most. Difficulties and problems cannot keep you from your goals. Decide how you want to proceed and step forward with confidence. Nothing can keep you from any destination you desire, and every success will be yours.

Freedom

11 Mar

We are in control of our lives and can do anything we like, but there are a lot of distractions around us all the time. People come and go and ask for our time and effort, we have responsibilities to attend to, and it may seem there is a never-ending list of things we need to do. We are very capable and can manage anything we must, and our lives are a reflection of all the choices we make. There are endless suggestions and advertisements around us about how we should be living, what we should be doing, where we should go, and what success means. We can certainly listen to anything we like, go here and there, follow this lead and that, and skip around indefinitely trying to figure out what to do next. Our personal freedom is very important but it’s hard to feel free when we’re constantly doing what someone else decides. If we aren’t sure about what we want, it’s unlikely that doing what everyone else chooses will help us find it. We are intelligent and if we stop and give ourselves time to think before we jump, we will discover what is most important to us. By exercising personal discipline, we will unlock our personal freedom. It seems counterintuitive that discipline leads to freedom but it’s the only way to find out who we really are and what we really want. It’s fun to go freewheeling around from time to time, but we cannot move forward by moving in a hundred directions. Every goal we desire is possible and by focusing on the road ahead, we can reach success. We can trust ourselves and move forward with confidence. We are more powerful and wise than we imagine, and already possess everything we need to go anywhere we want.

When we’re in control of our lives we feel strong and confident. If we’re following through on choices we most want, the road ahead will open, and we’ll be able to proceed. There will be few times when everything goes exactly the way we want it to, and we perform perfectly. Everyone falters and stumbles sometimes but falling doesn’t mean we’ve failed. We have endless chances to get up and start again. By trusting ourselves and believing we will prevail, we can continue forward, sure of success.

If we’re pondering a goal but aren’t quite committed, we may think about it, talk about, plan for it, and do nothing as we wait to decide. Dreams are great but they can’t become reality unless we do what is needed to make them ours. It’s nice to think about being strong and fit, but if we never exercise, we’ll never get there. By deciding what we want, and then disciplining ourselves in ways that help us achieve it, we will find great satisfaction and freedom. Every possibility is there for us. We need only decide how we want to proceed.

Today if there’s something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t moved forward, begin now. Plan your life in ways that will help you achieve what you want most. You are capable of accomplishing anything. Every single dream is possible. Be confident and step forward. Every success is there for you, and you will reach it.

Just Beyond

1 Mar

We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve. It can be hard to focus on what we want most when our “to do” list is long, and our responsibilities are pressing. Endless distractions can pull our attention away from the things we desire most for what must be accomplished right now. Time continues to move forward and before we realize it, a lot of time may pass by before we revisit our personal goals. It can seem that our dreams are just beyond what we can reach but we are in control of how we spend our time, and even if there is a lot we must accomplish, we can plan to value and set aside time for our own personal progress. It may only be a few minutes on busy days, but if we are determined we can take the time needed to move a little closer to the goals we desire. Few of us have lives unfettered by outside responsibilities, and it can be difficult to make time for ourselves, but our lives are ours to design, and we can always find time for what we value most. Success is always possible, but we must do what is required to make it ours. We know what we want and have everything we need to have the lives we dream of. There will always be chores that need doing, and things to take care of, but with focus and clarity, we can plan so we can accomplish what we must and still have time to work on what we want. Nothing can keep us from anything we desire. We are intelligent and capable and can find our way forward. No matter how complicated things get or how many tasks are pressing, we can set time aside to determine our own futures. Every single dream is there for us, and we can trust ourselves to find the way forward to make them ours.

Nobody can run a marathon the first time they put on running shoes and hit the track. Completing such a huge accomplishment is beyond their capabilities the first day and after the first run, may seem impossible. But with practice, and continued time in pursuit of the goal, it can be accomplished. The same is true in our personal lives. Big goals can seem unattainable when we first look at what is needed to make them ours. The road may be long and arduous, and filled with many complications, but we don’t have to overcome everything the first day out. We can take it one step at a time and solve each issue as it comes. Each step will move us closer and in time, we will succeed.

Few things we desire will come with little or no effort. We may really want to lose ten pounds, and think about it a lot, even plan for it, but if we don’t do what is needed to actually lose it, nothing will change. The same is true for any dream we want to accomplish. Thinking about it, talking about it, making lists and plans but doing nothing will only keep us exactly where we are. Every single goal is possible and by doing the work, nothing is out of reach.

Today if you’ve been putting off your personal goals and setting aside time for yourself, remember your dreams are important. Plan the time you need to move closer to the goals you most want to achieve. Every dream is possible, and nothing can hold you in place. Be confident and sure, and you will succeed.