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Holding Fast

6 May

As we go through our lives there is no way to know what will come. We don’t have control over anything but the decisions we’re making. There are billions of people in the world and they’re all making decisions as well. Sometimes someone else’s choice may cause a domino effect that rolls our way and pushes us in a new direction. Change is constant and even if we plan well and are intently focused on moving forward, something may happen that stops us cold. We might know why everything has changed, or we may have no idea. Either way, if the way ahead is now blocked and impassable, we will have to decide how to proceed. There are few clear, paved roads to the destinations we desire, but there will always be a way around whatever is blocking our path. It may not be convenient, it might take us the long way around, and it might require more time to get to the destination, but there will be a way forward. If we hold fast to what we want, we will find our way and reach the goal. It sounds easy enough – just change direction and get there. But life is rarely that easy. If others are involved, we may need to get agreement before we can proceed. The road may be covered with huge rocks and hurdles we must overcome to advance even a little bit, and we might have to venture into foreign territory where we don’t know the terrain or the players. A storm may develop, and we may be buffeted by high winds and torrential rain. At some point, we’ll have to decide if the goal is worth what we’re going through. If it is, we have all the courage and wisdom we need to continue forward. We can dig deep, hold fast, and push ahead with focus and determination. Every single dream is possible. Every single one. We just have to decide what we want the most.

Lots of people continually come in and out of our lives, and we may seek their guidance and value their opinion. If we’re seriously focused on achieving a goal, and they disagree with our decision, they may try to dissuade us from continuing. They may encourage us to try for something easier, saying the goal isn’t worth all the effort we’re expending. We can always alter our course, but nobody knows what we want more than we do. It doesn’t matter if others don’t understand or agree, we can design our lives any way we like, and reach every destination we desire.

There are endless things to capture our attention and unlimited ideas to try. We can do anything we like, but first, we must decide what we want. If we don’t decide where we want to go, we may spend all our time distracted by every possible option and achieve nothing. We can have the lives we dream of once we take the time to determine exactly what that means, and then do what is necessary to make it ours. Every destination is possible, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if the road you were on has become difficult and you can’t see the way ahead, decide what you want the most. If the goal is important, trust yourself and continue forward. Each step will lead you to the next, and if you persist, you will reach the destination no matter how hard it is to achieve. Nothing is too far or too complicated for you to manage. Be confident. Success is always there for you, and you prevail.

Going Solo

26 Apr

Life is full of opportunities and we can do anything we like. Our lives are ours to design and every goal is possible. We are in control of our decisions and can make them in ways that take us closer to the destinations we most desire. There will always be others around us, and if we share our vision with them and explain what we want to accomplish, they may cheer us on, or they may disagree and try to dissuade from our dreams. Everyone has their own opinions about how things should go, and we’re all entitled to choose any path we like. We can listen to any suggestions or advice, and then do exactly as we please. We never need agreement or permission to create any scenario we desire. After all, our personal journey is for us, and nobody else. We aren’t here to pave the way for anyone else’s dreams, and we never need to hold ours back because others don’t like it or don’t think we should proceed. We know what we want and although support and agreement is nice, we don’t need it to succeed. We can go solo and chart our own course to every destination we seek. The whole world is there for us, and every conceivable plan is possible. We need only decide what we want and begin forward. We can do what is necessary to achieve complete happiness, even if we must do it alone. We’re born alone and we’ll certainly die alone, but in between there will be others around us. Their influence may be great, and we may value their experience and wisdom. They may want us to do as they ask or go along with them, but we don’t have to follow their lead. We are entitled to our own dreams and desires and have everything we need to make them ours. We can trust ourselves to create the lives we want the most and find great happiness and satisfaction.

It’s great to build good, strong relationships with those around us. Having family and a network of friends can embellish and enrich our lives. We may enjoy spending time with them, sharing activities, and learning new things. They may invite us to do many things, or want us to emulate their decisions, but we never have to do anything we don’t want just because we have a connection. If they want us to go somewhere we’re not interested in, or do something that isn’t right for us, we may politely decline. Having a relationship doesn’t mean we must be the same.

Our journey is ours to determine. We are unique and individual, and there never has been, nor will there ever be anyone exactly like us. The roads we choose to travel are ours to choose, and we may go anywhere and do anything. By embracing our own desires, and appreciating our specific gifts and talents, we can find great pleasure and joy each day. Every success is there for us, and we can reach them all.

Today if you’re being pressured to change your plans and go in a different direction, choose the road that will take where you most want to go. You never have to go along to get along. Be confident and chart your own course. Nobody knows you better than you know yourself. Step forward on the journey you desire and proceed toward the goal. Nothing is out of reach, and you will succeed.

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.

Chasing the Wind

24 Feb

When we’re children, we have ideas about how our lives will go and what we’ll do. We may dream of being fighter pilots, astronauts, ballerinas, super models and a million other things. Because we’re young and haven’t yet learned about how things work, our ideas may be unrealistic and completely different from what we choose after we get a little older and start to understand things a little better. We all have dreams about how we want our lives to go and what we want to accomplish. If we work hard and do what is necessary to make things happen, and the world around us cooperates, we can make many of our dreams reality. It’s wonderful when we accomplish something we really want, but life is unpredictable. Even if we do everything possible, some things may elude us. We aren’t alone on the earth and can only control what we do. Sometimes what other people are doing and the decisions they’re making may keep us from advancing toward a goal we desire. Like chasing the wind, some things may be continually out of reach. It doesn’t mean we aren’t trying hard enough or that the goal isn’t possible, but that it isn’t available to us right now. It’s difficult to set down something we want badly, but nothing stays the same forever. Instead of spinning our wheels and exhausting ourselves trying to achieve a goal that’s unattainable now, we can move on to something else. In time, the road will change and all the doors we need will open. Life is all about change. If we can’t continue forward on the road we’re on at this time, we can change direction and return later. We can accomplish anything we want, but we may not be able to accomplish it today. Life is long and we have all the patience and wisdom we need to keep our eyes on the goal and adjust our course accordingly. With focus and determination, everything is possible, and we will succeed.

There may be times when we want something completely different than where we are. Maybe we want a different career, or to move to another location far away. Big, life changing, dreams don’t come easily. Some take a lot of time, a lot of financial resources, and a lot of effort. If, after careful thought and consideration, we decide we definitely want to proceed, we can begin doing what is needed to get to the goal. There will probably be complications, and we may have to take a detour or two, but if we stay the course, we can prevail.

Some roads are harder than others and as we move ahead if there are endless problems and obstacles, and it’s difficult to make any headway, we may begin to rethink the goal. Our lives belong to us, and if we don’t want to continue the struggle, we can take a turn and go in a new direction. The goal will still be there and when our situation changes and we’re ready, we can begin again.

Today if you’ve been pushing hard trying to move closer to a goal and can’t get ahead, look at the situation objectively and decide how you want to proceed. You are intelligent and capable. Be confident and wise. Every success is possible, and with clarity and planning, you will find the way forward and reach the destination.

Keep Climbing

26 Jan

There are unlimited things we can accomplish in our lives. We can achieve any goal we desire and reach any destination before us. The world is filled with opportunities to learn something new, gain new skills, and visit new locations. We can do anything we want. We can set our sights on the goal we want the most and step forward to make it ours. We can’t see the future and although we may do everything possible to plan the journey, there will likely be unexpected developments and complications along the way. But if we remain focused on the road ahead and keep our eyes trained on the destination, we will reach it. Like getting to the top of a high mountain, once we arrive it feels wonderful – we did it! We accomplished what we set out to do. It’s great when we reach the prize, and once we succeed, we may stop for a while taking time to appreciate what we’ve done. We have overcome and won this challenge, but the world is full of mountains and our potential is unlimited. There are more things to do and every road stretches ahead to the next pinnacle. The top of one mountain is just the bottom of the next. We don’t have to climb them all and can be happy where we are, but if we want to reach further and see how far we can go, we can keep climbing and take on the next adventure. Living life fully and pushing ourselves to be more than we are now and opening new doors ahead will bring us great experience and satisfaction. The world is huge, and the possibilities are limitless. By trusting ourselves and going further than we think we can, our lives will be enriched, and we’ll gain a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us. There is so much to be learned and so many places to go. Every opportunity is there for us, and we can make them ours.

It can be intimidating to step into the unknown. We don’t know what to expect or what we’ll find, and things could go sideways and get dicey. We can always stay exactly where we are, where we’re comfortable and know what’s going on. Keeping our lives small and staying within the bounds of what we know is easy, but there are unlimited blessings waiting for us if we’re willing to take the chance of finding them.

Some goals seem impossible to reach. They may require a lot of planning, or skills we don’t possess and are unsure we could manage. While some destinations are surely harder to reach than others, often we find that once we take the first step the road ahead isn’t as daunting or difficult as we thought it would be. We are far more capable and intelligent than we may realize, and there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. We can shoot for the moon and reach the stars far beyond.

Today if you’re thinking about a big goal but aren’t sure you can do it, trust yourself. You are amazing and powerful. There isn’t anything you can’t conquer. Every single blessing, and every dream is there for you. Step forward and move toward the destinations you desire. Nothing can keep you from achieving anything. There is great happiness ahead, and you will succeed.