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Looking For It

6 Oct

Most people are good. They try to be kind, pay their bills on time, do an honest job, and don’t look for ways to cause contention and strife. Although there are varying degrees of goodness, there is nobility in everyone. We all possess the ability to do good in the world. Some people strive to be the best they can be and their contributions are obvious. But if we run into someone who is mean, and rude, who calls us nasty names, or picks on us, it can be hard to see anything good in them or how they are benefitting anyone. They may cover their innate nobility with prejudice, hatred, anger or other displays. Perhaps their lives have been very difficult and they feel persecuted, or someone somewhere hurt them badly, or they just have a terrible attitude. Whatever their reasons for acting out in problematic and damaging ways, their influence can be detrimental and hard to manage. It’s difficult to find anything noble in what they’re doing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Keeping something deeply hidden and denying its existence doesn’t make it disappear. It’s still there. It may be tiny and undeveloped, but the potential exists. Potential is powerful, but until it’s realized, and we move closer to excellence, it will lie dormant and wait. We can do anything we like. We can cause trouble, stir up anger, create chaos and make a mess of every situation, but nothing will be gained until we choose to honor the best within us. By choosing the better part of every situation, we will find great satisfaction and success. Every opportunity is there for us, and nothing can keep us from success.

Some people love drama. They embellish situations to create intrigue and distrust, and tell stories that complicate and confuse. They may suffer from low self-esteem and feel powerful when they’ve gained control of a situation and caused things to go awry. It’s perverse to set traps for others and then stand and watch while everything falls apart. We never have to participate in their web of contention and grief. We can step back and look at everything objectively, and then decide how we will proceed.

They say misery loves company. When some people are unhappy, they want everyone around them to be miserable as well. Instead of looking for ways to manage whatever problems they’re facing, they prefer to create scenarios that bring others down with them. Acting out in destructive ways diminishes the goodness that lies within. Being mean to others when we’re suffering will never negate our own experience. No matter what our circumstance is, we can choose to be open, honest and kind, and focus on moving toward resolution and success.

Today if someone is causing trouble and creating distrust, step back and see everything clearly. Goodness and light are there. Look for them, and let them lead you forward. You are amazing and intelligent. Nothing can hold you in place. Be strong, wise and confident, and step forward. All your dreams are possible, and you will succeed.

Olympic Gold

9 Aug

Excellence is powerful. When we see someone do something incredibly well, we may be astounded and seriously impressed, and rightly so. Watching someone do something amazing like achieve an Olympic gold medal is inspirational and motivating. Mediocrity is simple to achieve. We can coast by doing the minimum required to get things done and work marginally around the edges to get through. We can have small, uninspiring lives filled with monotony and routine, or we can live them fully and reach further. We are capable of achieving anything and when we apply ourselves and push beyond what is customary to what is exceptional, we can reach amazing success and do things we only imagined possible. All our dreams, even the very difficult and complex ones, are possible, but before we can accomplish anything, we must believe in ourselves. If we doubt we’ll be able to reach the goal, chances are we won’t. But if we’re determined to get there, no matter how complicated or difficult the road gets, nothing can keep us from success. There is greatness in all of us but it’s up to us to recognize and apply it. We are the only ones who can take us to the gold. Every dream we desire is possible, and if we’re wiling to do what is necessary to reach them, we will succeed. The lives we want the most are there for us and we can reach any destination. By stepping forward and staying the course, we can go anywhere and do anything. It’s all there for us. We just need to decide.

There are endless things we can accomplish, and everyone dreams about the things they want the most. Maybe we want to earn more money, go on vacation, get a degree, or a million other things. We can think about what we want for as long as we like, but until we do something to get it, nothing will change. If we want something different, we have to do something different. Repeating the same patterns and behaviors will guarantee we stay exactly where we are. The world is huge and there are unlimited things we can accomplish and places we can go. Instead of standing still and watching it go by, we can step up and move toward the goals we most desire and make them ours.

Everyone is different and we never have to conform to anyone else’s ideas about how we should live or what we should do. We define our own personal success, not the world or those around us. We can choose the roads that will take us where we most want to go, and design our lives any way we choose. Every option is open and when we’re ready we can begin any journey we desire. Our happiness is our responsibility and by being true to who we are and what we really want, we can find great satisfaction and success.

Today if you’ve been skirting the edges of your dreams and waiting for something to change, decide what you want the most. Your life belongs to you alone, and you can do anything you desire. There is greatness and excellence in you, and every goal is possible. Take control and start your journey forward. You can have the life you desire and make your dreams reality. It’s all there for you. Step forward and claim it.

Inertia

9 Jul

Inertia – A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. (Dictionary.com)

Change is a constant in life. The only thing we can count on is that no matter what is going on now, it will eventually change into something else. Nothing is permanent and there is no way to know what will happen next. Although this is an undeniable fact, we are in control of our lives. If we are determined to keep things the same, we can stand still, and remain where we are, repeating the same things over and over. The situations around us will undoubtedly move on and there will be alterations in our environment, but we can stand still for as long as we like. Staying in the same place and repeating the same patterns can be comforting, but sameness and inertia will never take us to the destinations we dream about. It’s impossible to accomplish the goals we most desire and get the lives we want by doing nothing. Standing still may be familiar, but it will not bring us the richness and depth that trying something new will afford. Our lives are ours to design, and if we’re unhappy or dissatisfied, staying in the same place won’t improve the situation. If we want something different, or something more, we must exert effort. Nothing will magically change and our lives won’t improve simply because we desire it. Everything is possible and every dream we imagine can be reached, but it’s up to us to make it happen. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. We can wait as long as we want, stand still until the cows come home, but until we step forward, and pursue what we desire most, nothing will change. We have all the wisdom and courage necessary to do whatever we desire. All we need to do is step forward, and begin.

Everyone has dreams about the life they want, goals they want to reach, and places they want to go. Thinking about them and planning for them is the first step in reaching success, but until we take action, nothing will change. Everything we do has a result. Each action brings something new. We don’t have to completely upend our lives and change everything all at once to get where we want to go. We can begin with one small step forward, and then take another. As we continue to move ahead, the goal will become clear and we will reach success.

Change can be intimidating, but there is no way to move from where we are to where we want to be without it. We may need to step into foreign territory and travel unknown paths, but we are strong and have all the courage required to accomplish anything. We can trust ourselves to find the right roads ahead, and believe in our ability to succeed. The lives we dream of are possible, and with faith and determination, we can make them ours.

Today if you want something more, make a plan to begin moving forward. There isn’t anything you can’t accomplish and every dream is possible. Decide what you want most, and then take the first step toward the goal. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is too difficult or too far away. Trust yourself and be confident. All your dreams are waiting, and you will make them yours.

Waiting

1 Jun

The world is huge and there are unlimited opportunities to do something new. We may think about something we want to accomplish, consider all the possibilities, and ponder how it will be when we reach the goal. We can think about what we want indefinitely and wait for the right time to arrive before we begin. While there are times in everyone’s life when there are complications and we can’t manage anything new, waiting for the perfect time to start on something we really want is a fool’s game. There are few, if any, times when everything lines up and we can see a paved road ahead to the destinations we desire. It’s like waiting on a shooting star. Yes, they happen, but standing in the dark night after night looking up at the sky and hoping one will appear before we begin forward is wasted time. We don’t need a perfect opening to start a new journey. We can begin at any time, no matter where we are or what’s going on, and figure out how to proceed. Life is complex and there is no way to predict what will happen next. Waiting around for the perfect, easy moment to move ahead will only hold us in place. If we want the goal, and are ready to proceed, we can take the first steps forward. We may need to re-organize our responsibilities, and plan carefully, but we have everything necessary to begin. Once we start moving toward the goal, we will find all the answers we need to reach success. Every single destination is there for us. The lives we dream of are possible. We need only decide what we want, and then step forward to make it ours. Every dream is waiting, and with determination and focus, we can make them ours.

There are endless reasons why we shouldn’t move toward our personal goals. They may take a lot of planning, they might require a lot of time, we may have to change our routine, and a million other possible complications. We can put our dreams on hold for now, and plan to get to them later, and that might work. But if we don’t control where we’re headed, chances are the details of our lives will take over. If we want to reach our personal goals, we must drive our own train toward them. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we really want it.

Work has a way of expanding to fill the time we give it. If our to-do list is long, and we don’t set aside time for our own personal growth, we may spend all our time checking off boxes and going nowhere. Our lives belong to us and we are responsible for our own happiness. It isn’t selfish to focus on what we want the most. By making our personal goals a priority, and setting aside time and attention to achieve them, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness in reaching success.

Today if you’ve been putting off your personal goals and waiting until the time is right to begin, look at all the options before you. The road to every goal is there for you. Decide what you want the most and take the first step forward. Keep your eyes focused ahead and begin your journey. Every destination is waiting, and nothing can keep you from success.

More to Come

12 May

We achieve a lot of personal goals as we go through our lives. When we’ve reached the end of a long journey, if it’s been hard, we may take a rest and sit for a while enjoying our success. It’s nice to get to a desired destination, but we are always changing and there is always something new that captures our attention. No matter where we are or how far we’ve moved forward, there will always be more to come. Options do not disappear simply because we’ve reached a goal. They will still be there and when we’re ready to reach for something new, we can begin on a new road. Life is all about learning. Everything we do teaches us something as we progress from one thing to another and get closer to the person we want to be. The possibilities are endless, and we are only constrained by the limits we put on ourselves. Our lives are ours to design. If we want a small life that’s easy and predictable, we can stay where we are and do the same things. We can limit our exposure to new ideas and destinations and be happy with what we have. But if we want to see what’s out there, and open every door we can, our world will be expansive and filled with new experiences and possibilities. It’s all up to us, but we must decide what we want. If we don’t take control of our lives, they will roll out according to where we are and what those around us are doing. One thing is certain – it’s impossible to get the lives we want the most by sitting still and doing nothing. It can be intimidating and unsettling to think about stepping onto a new road that is unfamiliar and foreign, but if we don’t take a chance on something new, we will remain where we are. Every destination is possible, and we can do anything. We can have the lives we dream of and reach great success.

There is nothing wrong with staying in place and keeping everything the same if that’s what we want to do. Everyone wants to be comfortable, but once we’ve mastered the situation we’re in and there is little left to be learned, our personal growth will slow, and we’ll lose the refreshment that new ideas and experiences bring. By making the most of our time, and reaching further for something new, we’ll be enriched, and our sphere of influence will expand. We have so much to offer and reaching for something new will bring us great blessings.

Everyone has their own ideas about life. Someone may have an idea about how we should live our lives and what we should do. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but nobody knows what we want more than we do. We’re in control of our lives and don’t need agreement to do anything we desire. The sky is the limit and we’re in charge. By deciding what we want the most, and then doing what we must to make it ours, we will find great satisfaction and happiness.

Today if you’ve been standing still, enjoying your routine but want something more, look at all the possibilities around you. You can do anything and go anywhere. Choose the road you desire, and step forward. Everything is possible, and every destination is waiting. Be confident, and you will succeed.