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Second Place

9 Sep

Everyone wants to be successful. Nobody seeks failure but it’s impossible to win at everything every time. At some point, we all lose. No matter how hard we try, or how well we plan, sometimes things won’t work out. It’s hard to face defeat, especially when we really want the goal. There isn’t anything wrong with being in second place, but it isn’t the same as being first, and disappointment is inevitable. But winning is only one facet of the process. What we experience along the way, how much we learn, and everything we gain from all we’ve done will stay with us forever. We know more at the end of the journey than we dreamed possible when we began. The skills and tools we gain as we move forward teach us what works and show us how to proceed. We’re intelligent and highly capable, and nothing can elude us indefinitely. If we didn’t make it to the top this time, we can use everything we’ve learned to help us get there the next time around. Some goals take time and we may have to change things about our methods and behaviors to reach them. Each step we take gives us more information and if we’re focused and persistent, we will prevail. We can find our way even on the most complex and difficult road. Getting to the destinations we desire and reaching the top of every goal is always possible. Every destination is there for us. If the first try doesn’t work, we can try again. If that fails, we can try again. Each attempt will teach us more and show us the way forward. Nothing is beyond our reach, and with patience and determination, we will find success.

When we don’t succeed at something we’re trying to do, we have options. We can quit and give up on the goal completely, which will guarantee failure. We can never move forward if we quit, but if we decide the goal isn’t what we want after all or is too hard to manage, we may choose that option. If we want to continue, we can review what’s happened, learn everything possible where we are, and then make a new plan to try again. If we keep trying, we’ll find the key that unlocks all the doors ahead and takes us to the goal.

Sometimes no matter what we do we can’t get any closer to the destination we desire. If nothing is working, there may be a problem with our timing. There are endless decisions being made by those around us and some goals aren’t available when we want them. If we can’t move forward, we can set the goal aside for now and work on something else. Nothing stays the same forever, and if we’re patient, in time, the way ahead will open and we’ll be able to proceed straight to the destination.

Today if you’ve worked hard on a goal you really want and can’t seem to achieve it, step back and look at everything objectively. If you want to continue forward, decide on the best road ahead and take another step. Everything you’ve done so far has given you information and ideas that will help you succeed. Trust yourself and be confident. You are strong and amazing, and can accomplish anything. Step forward. 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.

Bending

22 Nov

When we know where we want to go and have a plan to get there, we may make the goal a priority and begin to move toward it.  When things go the way we’ve planned we may make excellent progress but if something gets in the way, or some complication arises that makes it hard to push ahead, we may have to stop for a time and rethink our next move.  Life is unpredictable and there are many people around us making decisions that may impact our choices.  Trying to walk forward through a strong wind is hard and taking each step may be difficult.  If we don’t bend forward against the gusts we may fall backward.  Learning to bend into trouble will help us progress.  It seems counterproductive to think about leaning into something that is causing distress but when we do we can hear more clearly and see things we might miss otherwise.  If someone does something that prevents us from getting to our goal we can fight against them and try to make them change and do things our way.  Or we can step closer to them and try to see things from their perspective to find an easier road.  Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go and there will be times when our ideas will be in conflict with others.  It doesn’t necessarily mean anyone is wrong.  It only means we are different.  We can learn to bend a little away from the plans we’ve made and adjust our direction so we can continue to move forward.  There are countless ways to succeed in every endeavor.  We can be flexible and willing to listen to alternate ideas and then if we need to, create a new road that will take us where we want to go.  We can do anything.  Learning to bend will help us find success.

As children we learned the patterns of our families and may adopt those same patterns into our lives as adults.  What is comfortable for us may be foreign to someone else.  When we must work together those differences may bring contention as everyone campaigns for their own way.  Although every choice may have value they don’t have to stand alone to be effective.  We can allow other interpretations to blend with ours and combine ideas to find the best decisions.  We can’t make cookies using only flour.  We must bring all the different ingredients together to create the best result.

In some situations it’s impossible to bend and find success.  If we’re dealing with laws and regulations that cannot be broken without serious consequences we can find the way forward while still honoring them.  We can be true to the things we value most and still work within any bounds we must.  There are infinite ways to accomplish any task.  We are wise and creative enough to find the way forward.  We can bend when possible and hold fast when we must, and still find success.  We can do anything.  Nothing is beyond our grasp.

Today if you’ve decided how you want to move forward but something is standing in your way, look carefully and find a way around it.  You can go anywhere you want to go.  There isn’t anything strong enough or complex enough to hold you in place.  Be flexible and willing to bend, and every success will be there for you.