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Chapter One

26 Feb

We go through many experiences as we navigate the years of our lives. Each stage brings new things to discover as we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. But life isn’t divided into defined segments. It’s a continual process of learning and growing, but things may happen along the way that mark specific changes in what we’re experiencing. Like starting chapter one of a new book, we may be in situations where suddenly our lives have turned and we’re stepping on a new road. A new job, marriage, the birth of a child, a painful breakup, the death of a spouse, and a thousand other things may instantly change us moving forward. Important changes that affect us deeply give us the opportunity to review what we’re doing and where we are. We may choose to change everything, go in a completely new direction, or we may decide to stand still. Life is all about change, and sometimes those changes are far reaching and permanent. When our world shifts and we’re on a new road, we may feel uncomfortable, but facing a new story doesn’t mean we can’t succeed. With determination and focus, we can make what is uncertain and foreign become sure and familiar. There are great adventures for us and our first steps toward them may be unsettling, but once we move ahead, we will gain greater confidence and find comfort and satisfaction. The first chapter of a book never tells the whole story. It unfolds with each page. We can step forward and take advantage of every possibility as we move closer to the destination. Every success is there for us, and nothing is out of reach. We can be confident we will prevail and find joy and gratification in the process.

There are all kinds of books out there. Some have similar plots, and we can tell after the first few pages what will happen next. Others are more complex, and we have no idea where they will take us. Our lives are often the same. There will be predictable outcomes we expect and can prepare for, and there will be other times when unexpected developments surprise us and knock us down. We never know what will come but whatever it is, we can be sure we’ll have what we need to find our way forward. We can resolve even the most difficult and complex problems. Nothing can keep us from advancing, and we will prevail.

When we’re moving along in one direction and happy with our progress, if a sudden roadblock appears, we may be stopped and no longer able to move forward. If that happens, we can waste a lot of time trying to make it work, or we can change direction. It’s hard to turn around when the destination we desire is straight ahead, but everything changes in time. Turning our course doesn’t mean giving up. The goal is still possible, and when the doors open again, we’ll be ready to move ahead.

Today if something has changed and you’re facing a new and difficult situation, remember all the times you’ve already been successful. You are highly capable and will find the way forward. You know what you want and have everything you need to achieve it. Be sure of yourself and step forward. Nothing can keep you from the destinations you seek, and you will succeed.

From Behind

12 Feb

We have millions of different experiences as we go through our lives. Each one teaches us something that we take forward with us. When we learn something valuable, it enriches us and helps us move ahead with increased confidence. But not every experience is positive, and there will be times when things go wrong, and we get hurt. We can heal from anything that happens, but the memory of the experience will remain. Our personalities and identity reflect everything we’ve seen and learned as we’ve progressed through our lives. As we move forward, we carry everything that’s happened so far with us. If we’ve been through serious and devastating trials, or if we’ve been deeply hurt, the echoes of those memories will stay with us and when we least expect it, may surface and come up from behind to color our decisions moving forward. The past can never predict the future but may influence the decisions we make moving ahead. Bad memories may rise and make us doubt ourselves or the situation we’re in. If we’re afraid of repeating an old mistake, or getting tangled up all over again, we may decide to stay in place instead of stepping forward. We can do anything we like but standing in place will never move us ahead. What’s passed is over and can never be changed, and has no control over what we do or where we go. Nothing can keep us from any destination we desire. We are strong and capable, and can be confident and sure we will succeed. Every single dream is possible, and we will make them ours.

There are lots of people around us who may offer their opinions and advice, whether we ask for them or not. If they’ve seen us stumble in the past, they may tell us we cannot accomplish something we’re striving for. We can listen to any advice we’re given, but we don’t need permission or agreement to live our lives any way we choose. We know where we want to go and can find the answers and tools we need to get there. Our futures are determined by the choices we make, and we can go anywhere and do anything. Nothing can hold us in place when we’re ready to move, and we will succeed.

It’s hard to carry heavy boxes a long way. They are cumbersome and difficult, and slow us down. Carrying around past disappointments may restrict us and prevent us from reaching our most desired goals. Mistakes of the past are not like tattoos. They don’t mark us permanently and have no power over our futures. Falling down hurts, but we can learn by what went wrong, and take that information with us, leaving the pain behind. By honoring everything we’ve experienced and learning all we can, we can move ahead with confidence and increased clarity. The whole world is there for us, and we will prevail.

Today if you’re struggling because of something that happened before, stop, and decide what you want. Let go of the disappointments from the past and focus on the road ahead. Your future is yours to design. Nothing can keep you from success, and every dream is waiting for you.

Revising

11 Feb

Life is all about change. Nothing stays the same forever and the only constant we can count on is that whatever we’re going through, and whatever is happening now is going to change. How those changes come about is anyone’s guess. We may be able to continue on the road we’ve been on, or it may disappear. The view ahead may stay the same or be completely altered. There is no way to read the future or see what’s coming. We may make excellent plans and do everything possible to ensure we can stick to them, and then unexpectedly something happens that throws it all out the window. What we do after that is up to us. We can try to hold onto the original approach and hope somehow, everything will return back to where it was. That might work but often once things change, they proceed forward in a new direction. We can wait and hope for as long as we like, but if the new situation persists, and we still want to proceed, we’ll have to find a new way ahead. Kaleidoscopes make beautiful patterns, but each turn creates a new design. The same is true in our lives. When things change and our journey is modified, the goal will still be possible, but we may have to find a completely new road to get to it. If we spent a lot of time designing our original plan, and are sure it’s the best answer, we may struggle if something changes that prevents us from implementing it exactly as we wanted. It’s hard to let go of something we’re committed to, but if we remain flexible and open to new ideas, the answers will be easier to find than if we dig in our heels and refuse to budge. Everything may change and we may lose our footing for a time, but we are intelligent and capable, and no matter what happens, can find our way forward. The kaleidoscope may shift, the road may turn, and the scenery may change, but the goal is still there, and we can reach it. By trusting ourselves and moving forward with confidence and clarity, we will prevail.

If we like our lives the way they are, and are happy with what we’re doing, we may hope things will stay the same forever, but that is a fool’s game. There are people making decisions all around us we have no control over, something may change due to forces we can’t see, and suddenly everything may shift. When change comes, we can step back and look at everything objectively, revise our journey forward, and start again. Nothing is out of reach, and with courage and wisdom, we will find our way.

Change can be hard, but it isn’t always negative. Although we may be resistant to something new that has impacted us, we may find it’s not as bad as we initially thought. If we look closely, we will likely discover something positive in the new road ahead. Life is full of changes and they challenge us and give us new information. If we are open and willing to step forward despite the turn, we will find the way to success.

Today if the road has turned unexpectedly and you can no longer continue with your original plan, be flexible and open, and look at all the possibilities before you. You already have all the wisdom and insight you need to find your way forward. Trust yourself and start again. Nothing can keep you from success, and you will win.

Incremental

1 Dec

Life is filled with challenges and new experiences. Every day may bring something we haven’t seen or heard before. We never know what will happen next. If we’re timid and feel unsure, we may try to avoid anything we aren’t familiar with. We can try to restrict our contact with others, and keep the exact same routine, hoping to protect ourselves from new developments and difficult situations. Restrictions may keep us from some situations but may also prevent us from achieving our goals. Limiting access in one area may end up limiting our access in others we need to reach success. If we want rich, fulfilling lives, we must be willing to face trouble and complications as they arise. Hiding out will never help us become the person we most want to be. Difficult issues will come, and the road may get complicated and twisted. We might have to face a whole myriad of problems, but we don’t have to face them all at once. We can take things slowly, and unravel the knots one at a time. We may not be able to solve everything at first, but as each issue is settled we’ll move closer to success. It may take a lot of time, and the changes may be incrementally small at first, but even tiny advances move us toward the goal. Small victories count. By moving forward line by line, and step by step, we will reach the destination. If we get stuck, we can step back and look at everything objectively. The answers we need will always be there for us, and with persistence and patience, we’ll find them. Every success is possible. If we keep moving forward, nothing can keep us from any goal we desire. We are strong and wise, and can be confident we will prevail.

Big, splashy successes are impressive. We all notice when someone accomplishes something huge that positively impacts everyone around them. But not all important accomplishments are broadcasted for everyone to see. We have private victories that may seem small in the overall scope of life, but that change our lives in positive and helpful ways. Each tiny success is important, and by building on them as we move forward, we will accomplish everything we desire.

Every change we make that moves us closer to our goals helps us reach success. If we want to be stronger, we don’t have to train for an Iron Man competition. We could just start exercising a little more each day. If we want to learn to cook, we don’t have to go to culinary school. We could just start reading a cookbook and try something easy. Incremental changes may seem insignificant, but each accomplishment, no matter how small, moves us toward success. We don’t have to start out being the ocean. We can begin as one drop of water, and move forward with confidence we will succeed.

Today if there’s something you want to accomplish but it looks too big and difficult, take one small step forward. Do one thing that moves you closer to the goal. Tomorrow, do another, and before long you’ll be well on your way to success. You are smarter and more powerful than you realize. Nothing is out of reach. You can do anything and go anywhere. Be confident. All your dreams are there for you, and you can make them come true.

Staying Down

26 May

As we navigate through our lives, we experience all kinds of developments and find our way through countless twists and turns. The road ahead is sometimes easy and we can advance quickly, getting to the desired goal. But every road is different, and there may be times when it seems no matter what we do, we remain stuck in place. There may be obstacles too high to overcome, or someone else standing in the way who refuses to move. Complications will come and may interfere with our plans and stop us in our tracks. We may get pushed off the path, and have to sit and wait for things to change. If we get blocked and can’t move forward, instead of complaining and pacing impatiently, we can stand still where we are and work on something else. Everyone gets knocked down from time to time, and if we can’t see a way forward right now, we can stay down and wait. Staying down when we can’t move forward isn’t giving up. While we wait, we can look at everything clearly and consider all the possibilities ahead. Taking the time to review what’s happened, where we are, and how we can continue forward, will help us come up with a plan. We can see everything objectively, and decide on the best road ahead. Nothing can hold us in place forever, and in time, however long that takes, we’ll be able to start again and achieve any goal we desire. We’re in control of our lives, and no matter what happens, can find the road ahead that will take us to success. We are powerful and strong, and nothing is out of reach. By being confident and patient, we will achieve every success we desire.

Complications are a part of life. There are few times when we can go from where we are to where we want to be without something going wrong. We only have control over ourselves and there are millions of others making decisions that may impact our ability to advance. We may get hung up and be unable to move forward for a time, but if we’re devoted to the task and determined to succeed, nothing can stop us indefinitely. There are unlimited roads ahead and if the one we’re on gets blocked, we can step on another and continue. Nothing can hold us down forever, and we will reach the goal.

If we’ve had one complication after another and it seems no matter what we do, the doors ahead are blocked, we can set the goal aside for a time and work on something else. Change is constant and whatever we’re facing today will be different tomorrow. Nothing can stay the same forever, and eventually we’ll be able to start again. Every goal is possible, and with patience and determination, we can accomplish anything we desire.

Today if you’ve been stopped and can’t move forward because of circumstances out of your control, look at everything objectively. Decide on your next steps and prepare for when things change and you can start again. You are highly capable and intelligent, and nothing can hold you in place indefinitely. Every success is there for you and in time, you will reach it.