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Owning It

15 Feb

Everyone has dreams and goals, and things they want to accomplish. Maybe we want to climb mountains or run marathons, maybe we want to write books and influence others, or maybe we just want to be happier. Whatever we desire is possible but it won’t happen just because we want it. There is no magic wand or genie who will appear to grant our wish. The only way to get what we want is to do what is needed to make it happen. If we want to climb mountains or run a marathon, we must put in the hours of physical training required. If we want to write a book we have to actually start typing, and if we want to be happier, we must determine what is holding us back and change our situation so we can move forward. It’s really a simple calculation – if you want to get to “B” you must go through “A” first. Choosing what we want and then pushing forward toward it will bring us success. When we look at our goals objectively it’s easy to see what needs to be done, but actually engaging and doing the work is a whole different story. We can set any goal we choose but if we want to accomplish it, we must do everything necessary to achieve it. Every dream is possible but nothing will change if all we do is dream. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were willing to do everything to make all our dreams come true. The confidence and satisfaction that come from achieving a long-desired goal brings great happiness. We deserve complete and abounding happiness. We can give it to ourselves by focusing on what we want most, and then doing what is needed to make it happen. We can focus on the road ahead and push through until we succeed. There isn’t anything we can’t do. Every destination and every goal are possible, and we can make them ours.

There are many reasons why we may not pursue something we want. It may take a lot of time, it might be difficult, it will change our lives, our families may not like it, we may have to change – the list is long and unending. If we want, we can live a mediocre existence, simply doing what is expected and going through the motions. But we own our choices and can go anywhere we desire. Deciding to create the lives we want the most will bring us the greatest happiness and fulfillment.

Fear of the unknown can be crippling. It can hold us in place even if where we are isn’t comfortable. We can’t see what lies ahead and there will always be some risk when we step out of our routine and choose something more. We may face challenges, but we are intelligent and capable, and even if we get tangled up, can find our way through. There are endless roads to every destination, and if one doesn’t work, we can step on another. Every goal is possible, and we have all the wisdom and courage to make our dreams come true.

Today if you’ve been dreaming of something more and want to change your life, look ahead and choose the path that will take you there. You are amazing and nothing is out of reach. Believe in yourself and step forward. Make the choices that will open all the doors. You can go anywhere and have the life you desire. Nothing can keep you from success. Start today. All your dreams are possible, and you will have them.

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Personal Time

13 Feb

We make many decisions every day. Some are easy, but others are more complex and can be quite difficult. If we must make a decision in a hurry our judgement may be impacted, and we might miss possible complications that may result. If there are others around us pressing us to agree with them, they may insist we don’t need to think about anything. They’ve already looked at all the parameters, and we need only agree so the plan can move forward. When people are convinced they have the answers they can be very persuasive. If we buckle under the pressure and give in before we’ve had time to think, everything might be fine and go exactly as expected.  But if the situation fails because something was overlooked, we may become part of a mess we never planned on. We’re always in control of what we do and when we want or need time before making a decision, we can take it. Personal time to review everything is important and as we ponder our next steps, we can be open to inspiration and personal direction. Taking time to think before making an important decision will always work in our favor. It will allow us to examine any developments that may arise and give us time to be confident in the choice we’re making. There are few decisions that must be made immediately, and there will often be time to think before we choose. We can take the time we need to plan the way ahead. We can be wise and careful, and make decisions that will take us where we most want to go.

Trust is a valuable asset when dealing with others. If someone we trust asks us to do something we don’t feel comfortable with, we may agree because of our relationship with them. But trust is fragile and if something goes wrong or we find they weren’t completely honest, everything will change. We’re always entitled to our own personal reflection in every situation, and can take time to consider all options before deciding what works best going forward. We have all the insight and wisdom we need to make excellent choices that bring us the results we seek.

We live in a hurry up world. Time is always of the essence and we are often pressed to rush through one situation after another. There’s nothing wrong with accomplishing much but if we do things before we have time to think, chances are some of them will fail. If we don’t take the time we need for personal reflection, our decisions may be negatively impacted. We know what we want and we don’t have to be rushed to get it. We can take our time and choose carefully to ensure we create the lives we desire.

Today if you’re pressed to hurry through an important decision, step back for a moment and take the time you need to see all the possibilities going forward. You are wise and capable, and know how to choose well. Give yourself the personal time you need to make the best decisions you can. You are amazing and powerful, and have everything you need to succeed. Every destination is there for you. Choose wisely and move forward with confidence.

Blank Page

12 Feb

Every day of our lives brings something different. We don’t know what awaits us around the corner or what we’ll go through. There’s no way to predict how each day will go, who will walk into our lives, or what we’ll experience. Life is filled with uncertainties but no matter what comes, we are always in control of what we do. Each day is like a blank page waiting for us to write on it. We can fill it with boredom and malaise, or anticipation and excitement. We can share our lives and stories with those around us or stand back and keep to ourselves. Our choices are endless and each day we choose the direction we’ll travel. Each step and each action define who we are and pave the way ahead toward a new destination. If we don’t purposely choose where we’re headed, we’ll simply end up wherever life takes us. Like a stick floating on a stream we can coast along without any effort and land wherever the water ends up. But our lives are important and we can achieve anything we desire. By taking control and writing the story we want most we can make our dreams real and live the lives we choose. A blank page isn’t an empty void. It’s filled with possibilities and new horizons. We can write our story any way we like. Every destination is available and nothing is out of reach. By choosing the way forward and deciding what we want most we can direct our path toward any goal and find success. It’s all up to us. We can do anything. We can write our story filled with our dreams and desires, and find complete happiness moving forward.

If we don’t decide what we want to do and actively pursue our dreams, we’ll have no direction going forward. Our lives belong to us but if we don’t take control of where we’re headed, we may end up with a life designed by others and circumstance. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want and have all the courage and wisdom to achieve it. We can step forward focused on what’s needed to gain the lives we desire. Every option is possible and we can reach any goal we set. We’re in control of each step and with confidence and clarity will reach success.

There are all kinds of opinions around us. There are others pointing this way and that, and endless ideas about how we should proceed. Everyone has their own version of what should happen next, but we are the only ones who can decide what’s best for us. Life isn’t a “one size fits all” situation. We can decide what we’ll do and where we’ll go. We don’t need approval for our plans, and can choose our own destiny even if it’s different from those around us. We deserve complete happiness and by designing our lives the way we want them most, will achieve it.

Today if you want to change direction and write a new story, decide where you want to go and take the first step. You can go anywhere and your journey is yours to design. Choose the road that will take you to your dreams and move forward. Nothing is out of reach and you have everything you need to succeed. Be confident. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Every dream is possible. Make your life your own and your dreams will come true.

Vengeance

11 Feb

People make all kinds of decisions, both good and bad. We can do anything we want to do, and if we’re only thinking about ourselves, may make decisions that work against us. If someone hurts us and we’re angry, we might purposely do something to hurt them in return. We may lie about them and try to turn others against them to bring them pain and make them pay. Revenge can seem fair when we’re determined to settle a score, but never makes things better and can escalate an already difficult situation. We may be successful in hurting the other party and we might achieve whatever negative objectives we’re after, but the cost will be high. Hurting someone else is easy, being mean is easy, and getting revenge may feel good at first but in the end, we may lose more than we imagined. The truth of every situation will eventually be revealed and if we’ve been spiteful and conniving, or have lied or besmirched someone’s reputation unfairly, we will be found out. There is no virtue or nobility in revenge. In the end, we may lose the trust of those around us, and will only gain heartache and a loss of self-respect. Pain happens to all of us and sometimes we may be judged unfairly, or ridiculed, or we may lose something we value. Allowing anger to determine our next steps will only bring us failure and disappointment. Instead of seeking revenge, we can step back and look at everything objectively and clearly. We can decide to move forward with integrity and courage, and choose the most successful road ahead. We are defined by our actions. Making sure they represent the best of who we are will take us where we most want to go.

Time is always moving forward and there is no way to go back and change something in our past. Once we do something, even if we regret it later, it remains forever. Nothing can change it and we must live with it going forward. We all want to make good decisions but everyone makes mistakes. If we’re angry or upset, we may falter and choose something negative that brings us shame. If we’ve chosen badly, we can accept what’s happened, do what’s needed to amend any pain we’ve caused, correct our course, and continue forward.

Nothing is ever gained by hurting others. We may feel justified or vindicated if we make someone who has offended us suffer, but that is a mirage. We gain nothing through revenge. Whatever victory we believe we’ve achieved will be hallow when we realize we’ve traded our nobility to get even. We are worth more than we realize. We can hold onto to our values and choose the right when things go wrong. Every blessing is possible and by choosing wisely, even when we’re in pain, we’ll reach every destination we desire.

Today if someone has offended you and you are determined to make them pay, remember your standards are more important than revenge. Step up and move forward with integrity and honesty. You are a great blessing to the world and when you choose wisely, we all benefit. You can reach any destination you desire. Keep your eyes focused ahead, and nothing will keep you from success.

Snakes

8 Feb

There are all kinds of people in the world. Many are good, honest individuals who are helpful and kind, but there are some who are differently inclined. They may be hurtful and mean, and cause problems for those around them. When someone who is disruptive and hateful enters our lives, we may feel like we’ve fallen into a den of snakes, unable to escape. As we struggle through the conflict, we may try to avoid them as much as possible. We can’t control what anyone else does and if someone is determined to wreak havoc on us, we may not be able to stop them, and have no choice but to deal with it as it happens. They may say nasty things about us, make up stories that demean or disparage us, or try to alienate our friends and family. It’s upsetting to go through and even if we try to extricate ourselves from their focus, until they are ready to let us go, we may suffer. There is no way to know their motivations for causing others pain. Some people are unhappy and angry, and because misery loves company, instead of facing their problems and finding solutions to move forward, they may exercise their control by making those around them miserable. It’s a very uncomfortable situation to be in. We’re all accountable for the choices we make. Although we can’t stop anyone from hurting us, we can choose well ourselves. We can set the bar high by focusing on what is good and right, and continuing forward with honesty and integrity. Truth always rises and whatever negative things are said about us, or what is done to us, it will be offset by the excellent example we set.

When someone is hateful, it’s tempting to return back to them the same treatment. Fair is fair, right? Unfortunately, bowing down to their level to get back at them only proves we can be as low as they are. It’s easy to do and say nasty things, and it’s easy to be vengeful and mean. But choosing the better path and staying true to our high personal standards expresses our authenticity and gives us power. We can continue forward with confidence that truth will prevail and we will overcome.

It’s hard to fight a liar. If we try to expose their deception, they will simply lie again. One lie leads to another and we may be swept away as they create their own reality. We can remain still and stand strong despite the whirlwind of fiction surrounding us. We don’t need to defend ourselves when truth is on our side. We can be polite and firm, and confident and resilient, as we navigate our way through. Nothing can keep us from the values we set for ourselves, and we can be sure when we choose the right, in the end we will prevail.

Today if you’ve gotten tangled up with someone who is determined to undermine you through dishonesty and bad behavior, remember who you are. You have enough power to stand firm even in conflict. Hold fast to your excellent standards and set the bar high. Your virtue will overcome any falsehood or treachery. You are amazing and valiant, and nothing can hold you down.

The Missing Piece

7 Feb

It’s disappointing to do a jigsaw puzzle and get to the end only to discover we’ve lost a piece. Every piece is in place except one. No matter how many pieces fit into the design the last one missing ruins the picture. There’s a hole glaring at us that can’t be filled. It’s obvious and undeniable. In our lives there may be times when we feel insignificant, or that somehow, we don’t count or don’t matter. It can be hard to feel important, especially if we’re in a group of outspoken and powerful people. If we’re quiet and timid, we may drift into the background and all but disappear. But each of us is unique and offer gifts to the world nobody else can offer. Our lives matter, and are important. Each of us is like a piece of the puzzle. We’re all needed. If even one is missing, there will be a loss. Our voices are critical to the entire piece and even if they’re soft, we need to hear them. The world is huge, and can be overwhelming. There are billions of people, and we might feel there’s no way we could possibly make a difference. But each time we extend ourselves to help someone else, each time we speak up, and each time we step forward, we change the world around us. Like a pebble in a pond, our actions extend far beyond where we are and make the world a better place. Everything we do changes something. We can participate, be confident and share our thoughts and opinions. The world needs our ideas and we are integral to everything that’s happening. We can be confident we matter and remember our importance each day.

Every choice we make has a result. If we are kind and approachable, those around us will be more open and welcoming than if we are rude and aloof. A sealed box hides what’s inside until we open it. If we shut ourselves off from those around us, they will never know who we are or what we can offer. However, if we’re open and receptive to letting others in, we can build a great network of personal connections that can embellish and enhance our lives. We have so much to offer. Allowing others to share it will bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Small gestures of kindness and support can bring great results. A reassuring smile can help someone through a difficult day. If our attitude is one of friendship and understanding, we can bring great benefit to our lives and to those around us. Others will learn they can rely on us when they feel unsure and we’ll build a feeling of companionship and support. We’re all connected more deeply than we realize. We can be the one piece that turns everything around toward a happier and more complete result.

Today if you feel you’re insignificant and don’t count, remember your voice is a piece of the great puzzle. You are important and valued, and we all need you. Nobody can give the gifts you possess. Your voice is important and we want to hear it. You bring a unique and valuable perspective. Speak up and let us know who you are. The whole world is blessed because you are here.

Smoke

6 Feb

Everyone wants a happy life. Nobody wants to suffer or be in situations that make us feel downtrodden and miserable. We are always in control of our lives and if we don’t feel comfortable where we are or with what we’re doing, we can change. We can turn toward the things that bring us joy and make decisions that take us where we most want to be. However, change takes action and may require us to alter our behaviors or location, or the people in our circle. It’s not always easy to modify our lives and if we aren’t sure, we may decide to simply wait and see if things work out on their own. We can do that, but waiting for someone or something else to fix our situation probably won’t work. Our personal happiness is our responsibility. Nobody can provide it for us or pave the way forward so we can reach it. We must pursue it on our own and do what is needed to make it a reality. We deserve complete happiness and fulfillment in our lives but we are the ones responsible for achieving it. By defining what we want and then doing what is needed to reach our most valued goals, we’ll find happiness and satisfaction. Everything is possible and we can do anything we choose. We can direct our lives forward toward what is most important to us, and make our dreams come true. We have everything we need inside us to achieve anything we desire. Complete happiness is always there waiting for us and with focus and determination, we will find it.

People have all kinds of opinions. They may tell us what they think we should do and where we should go, and share lots of ideas about how we should live our lives. If they don’t agree with a choice we’re making they might try to dissuade us from proceeding. They may say we aren’t smart enough to get there, or it’s too hard, or we don’t have what it takes to achieve the goal. We’re all entitled to our opinions but they are only that – opinions. They don’t control us or have any power over the choices we make. We can do whatever we decide and move forward toward any destination we desire.

If we’re unhappy and feel the situation we’re in is too difficult to change, we may sit and wait as our lives drift past. Happiness may seem like smoke floating above us. We can reach it but it slips between our fingers and we can’t grasp it. There may be a feeling of hopelessness as we try to manage what isn’t working. No matter where we are or how defined the circumstances, we always have the power to move. We can step away from any situation that’s holding us down and begin walking in a new direction. Our lives belong to us and if we don’t like where we are, we have everything we need to change. Every dream is possible and every destination is within reach. We can step forward with confidence and find joy.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s holding you back, decide what you want and turn your focus toward where you want to go. You deserve every happiness and all your dreams are possible. Step forward with confidence. You are amazing and powerful. Nothing can keep you from your goals, and you will have the life you desire.