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It Doesn’t Just Happen

11 Apr

Everyone decides what kind of life they want. We make dozens of choices every day that define who we are and help us become the people we desire. By paying attention before we decide, we can choose the direction that moves us closer to our goals and further clarifies our personal expressions. But life is busy and sometimes when there’s a lot of distraction, we might choose something in a hurry that turns out differently than we hoped. We can do anything we like but if we want to be the best we can be, and move forward in gaining the attributes we desire most, we must focus on each decision we make. Mediocrity is easy. It comes without effort or attention, but excellence requires thought and consideration. Choosing excellence won’t just happen on its own. We must decide what we want and then pursue the best course of action at each turn. When we do, we’ll move closer to our goals and become more like the person we want to be. There are unlimited things we can do every single day. We can be lazy and do nothing, take the easy road when the best road is hard, or let things simply roll out on their own. We can let life take us where it will and be persuaded by other people’s ideas and decisions. Our lives will continue whether we take ownership over them or not. But if we want to achieve excellence, if we want to get to the goals we really desire and experience personal satisfaction and greatness, we must take control over our actions. Complete and fulfilling happiness is possible. By determining what we want and then focusing on excellence as we push forward, we will achieve it. We can do anything we desire and with focus, and determination, we can have the lives we dream about.

It’s so easy to be average. We don’t have to do much, we don’t have to get involved, or exert our energies above what’s comfortable. We can coast along and pretty much get through without too much effort or distress. But a mediocre life can never bring us the intense pleasure we feel when we’ve overcome something difficult, or the incredible joy that comes from succeeding against great odds. Every single road is possible and even if the journey is hard, if we want the goal, we can achieve it. Nothing is too far to reach and we can do anything we desire.

Routines are comfortable and staying inside what we know is simple. There is nothing inspiring about monotony and we can’t learn anything new by repeating the same patterns. We have so much potential and if we step away from the familiar, even just a little, we’ll discover talents and strengths we may not know we possess. We are stronger and more capable than we may realize and nothing is beyond our abilities. Striving for excellence instead of sitting still will bring us incredible gratification and satisfaction. Our lives will be enriched and we’ll experience complete joy.

Today if you’ve been sitting back and going along with the world around you, remember how unique and incredible you are. You have gifts to offer nobody else possesses. There is greatness in you. Choose excellence and be confident. All your dreams are possible and with determination and focus you will make them yours.

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Waiting for Luck

10 Apr

We’re always in control of our lives. We decide what we’ll do, where we’ll go, with whom we’ll associate and how we’ll live. Every decision we make defines who we are. We can make excellent decisions and each time we choose we determine the road ahead. When we know what we want and the options are clear, it’s easy to choose but sometimes the waters are muddy and seeing exactly where the choice will take us isn’t obvious. Not every decision is easy and sometimes we may have no idea what we should do. We may hesitate, or if we’re completely lost, just wait around and hope somehow, we’ll get lucky and it’ll work out by itself. Waiting for luck to save us rarely works. We must decide. Some decisions can be pushed aside and might even eventually fade away on their own, but that’s unusual. If we’re stuck and unsure, we can review everything and choose the best option possible. It might work out the way we want it to, or it might go awry, but whatever happens, we’ll find our way through. We can’t read the future and must proceed with the information we have. If there’s more to the story, or things unfold in ways we couldn’t predict, even if we’ve chosen well, we may end up somewhere we never intended to go. We only have control over ourselves and there are always unseen developments that may hinder our plans. We don’t need luck to find our way. We have everything necessary to make good choices and can modify our plans when needed. Success is always possible and nothing can keep us from getting to our goals.

When we take the first step on any path, we also choose the destination it takes us to. That’s fine if we can see where the road will end, but that isn’t always possible. We may start out thinking the end result will be one thing and then discover as we move forward that we’re nowhere near where we thought we were headed. Life is filled with unexpected surprises and when the road bends we may have to turn around and start again. With determination, focus and patience, we can go anywhere and reach any destination.

When we have to make a difficult decision and none of the options are appealing, instead of working the problem, we may decide it’s too hard and set it aside. We might hope if we leave it alone long enough, someone else will take care of it. We may have to overcome many difficult and unpleasant tasks. Working through them and learning to find resolutions will bring us great knowledge and benefit. We gain wisdom with each challenge we overcome and learn more about ourselves and the world around us. Instead of looking away, we can address each issue as it arises, confident we’ll find the answers we need and prevail.

Today if don’t want to face a difficult decision before you, remember how capable and strong you are. There isn’t anything you can’t figure out. You don’t need luck to save you. You already possess everything needed for success. Look at the situation clearly and choose the best path forward. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Be confident. You know what to do and you will win.

One Small Leaf

9 Apr

We all have dreams and desires to accomplish different goals in our lives. Some are easy and quick, taking little effort to achieve, and we complete them and move forward with confidence. Other goals are harder to master, and take a lot of concentration and time to move toward. When we’re pushing ahead, if the road is very long or we’ve had a lot of complications, it may seem we’ll never succeed. We may feel frustrated and overwhelmed at what lies before us and begin to give up hope. It’s like seeing a seemingly dead tree that stands forlorn and abandoned. At first, we see no sign of life, and may be convinced there is nothing to save. But then as we walk around it, we see one small, green leaf. Tiny and insignificant on its own, but heralding the life that still persists and acknowledging hope for the future. When we’re struggling, trying to move forward through confusion and obstacles, we may start to believe there is no hope for success. It may seem too hard, it may take far longer than we thought, and we may be tired of the battle. If we can’t see any end in sight we may begin to wonder if the goal is even possible. But if it’s something we want, we can determine to hold on and continue. Our motivation may be small – like that tiny leaf – but we can hold onto it and press forward, overcoming each obstacle until we reach the destination. Nothing worth achieving comes easily. No matter what’s in the way or how long it takes, we have everything we need to win. Every destination is possible. We can keep our eyes on the goal and press ahead until we reach success.

Our personal desires may be pushed out of sight as we take care of business, attend to our responsibilities and accomplish what we must. Before we know it, significant time may pass before we look up and think about the goals we want to achieve. We may think it’s too late and decide to let them go in an effort to be more efficient in our daily tasks. But it’s never to late to work toward our dreams. They will always wait for us and we can find a way to achieve them. Directing our lives toward what we want most will bring us great happiness and satisfaction. Every dream is possible and with planning and attention, we can achieve them.

We may believe some goals are too ambitious, and too difficult for us to accomplish. In fact, there isn’t anything we can’t achieve if we’re willing to do what it takes to make it ours. If we need more information, we can get it. If we need help, we can find it. Every goal is possible if we take it one step at a time and continue to move forward. We really can climb mountains, win the race, and find our way to the top. If we’re determined and keep pushing ahead, we will succeed.

Today, if there’s something you want to do but aren’t sure you can achieve it, be confident. Nothing can keep you from accomplishing anything. Decide to start today, and begin moving forward. You are incredibly capable and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident. Every dream is possible and you will make them yours.

Save Yourself

8 Apr

There are endless things that can happen each day. Sometimes things go right, sometimes they don’t and sometimes everything goes haywire and gets tangled up and confused. We only have control over our own decisions and most things are out of our hands. Our lives may be confounded in ways we never expected because of something we knew nothing about or a decision we couldn’t anticipate. When everything gets turned upside down and we’re trying to figure out what’s going on and what to do next, our survival instinct may kick into high gear. Although our lives may not actually be in danger, in the midst of the turmoil we may feel great stress and anxiety. We may desperately hope someone will come along to save us and help us through, and that might happen but more likely it’ll fall on us to find the way. As we try to unravel the problem, and get more information, we’ll find the answers we need. No matter how convoluted and crazy the situation may be, we’ll find the way through. There isn’t anything too difficult or complicated for us to figure out and if we take things one step at a time, we’ll prevail. Life is unpredictable, and lots of things can go wrong at any time. But we’re intelligent, wise and capable. With patience and persistence, we can always reach a successful outcome. There is never a reason to believe we can’t survive. We have everything we need at every moment. We can trust ourselves and be confident. We are stronger and more powerful than we realize, and nothing can hold us down.

We can’t read the future and may be blindsided by unexpected developments. If what’s happened is far beyond what we ever imagined, it may take time before we fully understand what’s going on. If we’re shocked or stunned by our situation we can stop and step back, and look at everything to get a clear understanding of where we are and begin to formulate what to do next. There may be a lot of moving parts to consider and we might have to take small steps until we fully grasp what needs to be done. Every problem has a solution and we are certainly smart enough to find our way through anything.

If what we’re facing is very intense and we’re completely overwhelmed, instead of trying to manage, we may want to run. Getting away from a crisis may take it out of sight, but will not solve it. No matter how far we go or how long we stay away, it will be waiting for us when we return. We are responsible for solving our own problems. Even if everything has gone wrong and we feel completely lost, the answers will come. We’ve successfully navigated many difficult situations already, and have all the skills we need to get through.

Today if your plans have completely fallen apart and you’re facing a complicated and confusing situation, step back and take a moment to see everything clearly. Take the time you need to find the answers. You can figure out anything and will get through. Don’t give up. Everything is already there for you. You are wise and capable, and nothing is too complex for you to solve. Be confident. You will succeed.

Done and Moving On

5 Apr

Done

While we’re going through our days accomplishing tasks, tending to responsibilities, and reaching our goals, our desires are constantly changing. What we wanted last year that held us captive but may not even be in our focus anymore. We change as we go and each step teaches us more about what we want and where we want to go. As we mature and evolve, things that previously seemed important may fade and we might decide to completely change direction. Our lives are always ours to design and no matter what’s happening, we can always redirect our course toward a new path. Sometimes while we’re pursuing a goal, complications arise that cannot be overcome and we have to stop and do something else. Other times as we get nearer to our destination, we may see it’s not exactly like we thought it would be and decide not to continue. If we’re suddenly done with the road we’ve been traveling, we can step off and begin on something new. Life is always changing and we never know what tomorrow will bring. We can be flexible and turn our direction at any time. Every dream is possible but some dreams look different the closer we get. We don’t have to hold onto something simply because we’ve had it for a while. We can let go and start again. There are endless roads and possibilities awaiting us, and nothing is out of reach. We can have the lives we want by staying true to what is most important. Every destination is possible and with clarity, focus and determination, we can choose the best path going forward.

There are a lot of people coming and going, in and out of our lives all the time. We build relationships with them and if they’re very close they may have some impact on the decisions we make. If we decide on a change in our lives, and they either don’t agree with us or don’t understand what we’re doing, they may try to dissuade us from proceeding. We can listen to any advice we like and certainly take suggestions about the road ahead, but we don’t need permission to go anywhere. We’re wise enough to know what we want, and smart enough to achieve it.

It’s nice to do things with others and when everyone is going one way, we can certainly join in. But the direction our lives take is completely up to us. If we don’t want to continue with the group, we can step away and take another road. Sometimes the goal we want can only be accomplished by ourselves. We’re strong enough to do anything and can go anywhere we desire. We can step forward with determination and wisdom, and be confident we will succeed.

Today if you’ve decided the road you’re on is taking you somewhere you no longer want to go, change direction. You can do anything and changing your mind doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Every road is open and ready for you. Decide what you want the most and start again. Be confident. You are strong and wise, and can accomplish anything you desire. Nothing is out of reach and you can have the life you dream of.

Not Enough

4 Apr

Everyone has something to offer those around them. Nobody knows everything and we all have a unique perspective and insight that brings depth and richness to the world. What we see and how we express it is individual to each of us, and the variety of personal interpretations is endless. Without the creativity we offer, the world would be a very bland and boring place. We bring value and our own particular impressions to every situation. It’s good to have different opinions and ideas but there are some people who believe their ideas are the only ones acceptable, and if we don’t agree, we are worthless and insignificant. If our ideas don’t conform to theirs, they may criticize and demean us, implying because we are different, we are stupid. Such arrogance is never helpful, and having a different viewpoint does not mean we aren’t smart enough or good enough to participate. We are entitled to our own ideas and they are as valuable and worthwhile as anyone else’s. There is no one perfect road ahead. There are endless varieties of every choice and all have value. We can be confident even if we don’t agree, and embrace our individuality even if it’s different from those around us. Every color in the spectrum is beautiful in its own way. We don’t have to be blue to fit in. We can be green, or red, or yellow, or anything else we desire. Listening to and accepting other viewpoints will enhance our understanding of every situation and teach us more about the world around us. We can be confident in our own ideas, and still be open to the ideas of others. The way forward isn’t determined by one road only, and we can embrace new directions and concepts that will enrich our knowledge and awareness. Every road has its benefits and we can explore them all.

People sometimes project their own insecurities onto those around them. If they are struggling with feelings of self-doubt and insecurity, they may imply others aren’t good enough or smart enough. They may feel stronger by making those around them feel small. Masking our own issues by belittling those around us will never solve them. Instead, we can look openly at what’s bothering us and work on resolving whatever’s in the way so we can be confident and successful moving forward.

There is no way to know everything and if we’re in a situation where we don’t have the knowledge we need to move forward, we can step out and find the information we need to proceed. We can take the time necessary to get the facts and determine the best options for finding success. Every answer is always available to us and if we look carefully, we will find whatever we need to advance and get to the goal. Nothing is out of reach and we are smart enough, and wise enough to accomplish anything we desire.

Today if your ideas don’t match those around you, trust yourself and be confident. You don’t have to conform to anyone else’s viewpoint. Your interpretations are valuable and worthwhile. You bring a unique perspective that enhances every situation. You know what you want and you know how to get it. Speak up and let others hear your voice. You are amazing, and the whole world is blessed because you are here.

Tightrope Walking

3 Apr

Every day we face new situations and make many decisions. We never know what will happen next and even if we try to avoid calamity, nevertheless there will be times when it will find us. We can’t control what anyone else does or circumstances we don’t know about, and all we can do is try to make the best decisions possible that won’t tangle us up and make things difficult. Sometimes that’s easy and we feel confident we’re doing our best but if we’re under the influence of someone else, we might choose a path that doesn’t take us where we want to go. If someone we love or care about pressures us to go along with something we don’t feel comfortable with, or that’s dishonest or underhanded in any way, and we succumb, we may find ourselves walking a tightrope between doom and disaster. Maybe not doom exactly, but certainly not where we want to be. Our personal connections can be very powerful and we might agree to a negative situation in an effort to show support even if it’s not something we want to do. We’re always in control of what we do, and can certainly choose any path we like. If we follow someone else into the fire, we have only ourselves to blame when the flames get hot. It’s not easy to say no when someone we care about is pressuring us, but we’re always responsible for every choice we make, regardless of the circumstances. Despite any relationship situation, we can be polite and understanding, and still choose the best road forward. Making choices that are in keeping with our standards and values isn’t selfish. Our lives and what we do with them are up to us. We can have the lives we want the most by choosing wisely and taking the roads that lead us to success.

Everyone has their own ideas about what’s right and how things should go. We can always change our views on anything, but if there’s something we feel strongly about and someone else is trying to push us in another direction, what we choose is up to us. We never need to go along with anything we don’t agree with or that makes us uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter what others are doing, we can go our own way. We know ourselves better than anyone and can choose what we want and what we need.

People can be very persuasive when they want something badly. We may be asked to compromise our personal values in order to help someone else achieve some goal they desire. Once we step over the line away from our personal integrity, we set a new course in action. After that door is opened, it will be easier to do it again. If we continue to sacrifice our values, we will inevitably become someone else entirely. Every choice we make takes us somewhere. Where we go is up to us. If we are strong in our convictions to stay true to who we are, the paths we choose will that take us where we most want to be.

Today if you’re being pressured to do something you don’t feel comfortable with, choose what defines who you are. You know how to make excellent decisions. Determine the road forward and stay true to yourself. You are an incredible gift to the world. Be strong and stand tall. Choose the best path ahead and you will succeed.