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Stopping the Wave

14 May

We make millions of decisions as we go through our lives. One thing always leads to another and each decision we make turns our lives a little this way or that. Sometimes what seems to be an insignificant and unimportant choice may surprise us by turning our lives in a direction we didn’t anticipate. Our choices can be far reaching, and we may feel the ramifications of them for a long time. It’s like a wave in the ocean that travels for hundreds of miles before finally breaking on the shore. A thousand things could change because of one simple choice and we may end up somewhere we never intended to go. One event triggers another, and then another, and before we know it one little decision may have changed everything. Although we can’t control those around us, we always have control over ourselves. If we’re paying attention and see we’re going somewhere we don’t want, we can stop and change direction. We can adjust our choices and stop the wave from continuing any further. We never have to complete any journey that’s taking us away from where we want to go. We can apply the brakes, stand still and review our options, and then redirect our course toward the goals we want to achieve. Our lives belong to us. If we’ve made a mistake, we can correct it. If we’re going the wrong way, we can turn around. Everything is in our power and we can do anything we want. By taking control and choosing our next step forward, we can reach any destination we desire. Every dream is possible and with determination and focus, we will reach them.

There are times when it may feel that life has its own direction and we’re being swept along without any choice. One thing is certain, if we don’t decide where we want to go and do what is needed to get there, circumstances and others may decide for us. Other people may make decisions about what we need to do and where we need to go, and if we don’t take control, we may end up like a leaf on the wind, going here and there without any destination in mind. Our lives are ours to design and with purpose and determination, we can achieve any goal we choose.

If we’ve made a decision that has had difficult and far reaching consequences, we may feel we’ve ruined our lives and there is no way to correct the situation. Nothing is permanent and we can change anything at any time. It may take a lot of effort, but we’re strong enough to manage whatever is necessary. It may take a lot of time, but we will move forward with each step we take. Nothing is too difficult or complicated for us to change and with focus and dedication we can move in the direction we want to go and make our dreams come true.

Today if you feel like you’re caught in a wave moving you toward somewhere you don’t want to go, remember you’re in control of your life. Turn toward what you most want to achieve and take control of the way forward. Nothing is out of reach and you have all the courage and wisdom you need to find your way. Every dream is possible and you are strong enough, and smart enough to achieve anything. Choose your next step and move toward your goal. Every success is possible and you will achieve it.

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Small Victories

13 May

There are endless experiences we’ll have as we navigate through our lives. We’ll face countless issues and complications, things will go right and things will go wrong, we’ll prevail or have to start over, and we never know what will happen next. Sometimes just as it seems we’re near the end of a struggle, something changes and we’re right back in the fray. When we’re trying hard to untangle a mess, or are stuck and unable to move, we may feel we’ll never get to the other side and find relief. It’s hard to stay positive and keep trying to look up when we’re being pulled down again and again. Life constantly teaches us endless lessons. No matter how convoluted or involved a problem may be, there will always be something going our way we can be thankful for. If we focus on the one, small thing going right, we’ll have greater strength to continue moving forward. Every small victory counts. If we’ve survived a difficult day, or found one answer to a complicated problem, we are winning. Sometimes the way ahead only opens an inch at a time. If we’re persistent and patient, and continue pushing forward, even if we can’t go far, we will prevail. Our lives might get tangled up and we might feel mired and constrained, but nothing is permanent and eventually everything will shake loose and we’ll be able to advance. In the meantime, we can focus on the small things that work, and the modest advances we’re making. Life is fluid and ever changing. We’ll find every answer we need and gain success. Nothing is beyond our grasp and with focus and determination, we can reach any goal.

When we’re facing a big problem with lots of complications or that involves many people, it may seem insurmountable. We may feel it’s too difficult to find our way through. At first glance things can seem worse than they are but if we step back for a moment and look at the situation objectively, we will find an opening where we can begin. There is an answer to every problem and nothing is beyond solving. We can trust ourselves to patiently and carefully find our way until we reach the answers we need.

If we’ve been on a long, difficult journey and the end is still nowhere in sight, we may begin to consider giving up. We can change direction at any time and if we want to surrender, it’s always an option. But we’re intelligent and capable, and sometimes instead of quitting altogether, all we need is a break from the struggle. We can step away for a moment, find refreshment in something else, and then when we’re ready, return and begin again. We are stronger and more powerful than we realize and nothing is too difficult for us. We know what we want and with determination and patience, will get it.

Today if you’ve been pushing and trying for a while, and feel no closer to the goal, step back for a moment. Turn around and look at how far you’ve come already. You can do anything and have all the courage and wisdom you need to prevail. Trust yourself and start again. You have already won. Success is just ahead and you have everything you need to reach it.

Overcoming

10 May

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”   Ernest Shackleton

Life is filled with challenges and opportunities for us to grow and learn new skills. Much of our learning comes from facing difficulties and finding our way through them. Every day brings us something new and as we embrace each opportunity for change, we get closer to the people we most want to be. Nobody wants a life filled with hardship or trouble, but sometimes it seems that’s what we get. Thankfully, nothing lasts forever and as we untangle each problem, we are edified and enlightened. There are endless things to learn and each experience gives us another tool to use going forward. Overcoming difficult times teaches us more about ourselves and the world around us than an easy life could ever offer. The hard days bring us resolve and depth, and we learn how to manage stress and overcome doubt and fear. We often find that we learn the most when we’ve been through a serious trial. We never know what tomorrow will bring, but we can be confident that no matter what happens, we have all the courage and temerity we need to find our way. Even the strongest, most powerful storms cannot last forever. At the end of the tempest, the skies will clear, the sun will shine and we’ll find peace and comfort. There isn’t anything we can’t do and nothing is strong enough to overcome us. We can have faith in our ability to prevail, and trust ourselves to find all the answers we need. We are powerful and resilient, and can face anything that comes. Our lives will be embellished and as we move forward, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness.

When we must face a complicated and difficult situation, we may be unsure. If it’s extreme and threatening, we may feel we are doomed and will never survive. But no matter how bad things are we can take our time to see them objectively and take them apart one step at a time. We don’t have to solve everything at once. We can find one answer after another until we reach the solution. Every answer is there for us and with patience and confidence, we will prevail.

Fear is something we all face from time to time. If we’re surprised and stopped in our tracks by events that have transpired unexpectedly, we may not be confident we can overcome. If we feel overwhelmed, it may be hard to think and process what we should do next. We can step back and stand still, and give ourselves a moment to look at where we are and what’s possible going forward. There will always be a solution to any problem we face, and if we stand firm and think clearly, we’ll find it.

Today if you’re facing a complicated and serious problem, and feel overwhelmed, remember how successful you’ve already been solving other issues. Trust yourself. You are wise and perfectly capable of managing anything before you. Stand strong and be confident. You will find every answer you need, and reach success.

Not Working

9 May

As we strive to achieve our goals, we may try many different methods and ideas until we’re able to push forward. Although we know where we want to go and what we want to do, the way to get there isn’t always clear. We may spend considerable time reviewing options and trying different things until we find one that works and moves us ahead. If we keep our minds open and look at ideas we never thought possible, it will be easier to get to an open road. However, if we’ve decided we already know the best way forward, we may refuse to consider any other suggestion. That might work out and we might find success. Everything may go exactly as planned, or we may get stalled and unable to move. If we’re determined to make our way work, we may keep pushing and pushing, and hoping that eventually we will prevail. There are endless roads to every destination, and if we stay on one that isn’t moving, we won’t reach the goal. Making the same wrong turn over and over won’t get us on the right path. It’s good to be confident in our decisions, but if they aren’t working out, we can modify them and try something else. Changing direction doesn’t mean we’ve failed. We gain more information as we move forward and sometimes what was clear at the beginning may become cloudy and obstructed. By remaining flexible and open to new ideas and suggestions, we can revise our plans when needed, and turn our course toward success. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We are smart enough and strong enough to find every road and every destination. If we keep our eyes open and listen carefully, we’ll find success.

Life is filled with uncertainty and sometimes things go awry because of circumstances of which we were unaware or that are out of our control. Our personal confidence will help us overcome complications and detours that may arise, and help us move forward. It’s good to have confidence and trust ourselves but it’s important to remember we can never know everything about every situation. Things may change, and continuing on the same road when it’s going nowhere will keep us from success. Being flexible and making adjustments to help us move forward will ensure we reach the goal.

Nothing is permanent in life. Everything is constantly changing and sometimes those changes get in the way of what we’re trying to do. Something blocking our path isn’t a sign that our goal cannot be achieved, but a signal to re-evaluate the way forward. It’s a good time to stop, look around at all the possibilities, and decide on the best direction moving ahead. We know what we want, and we are wise enough to find the way forward to get it.

Today if you’re sure the road you’re on is the best choice but you’re unable to advance and can’t move forward, re-evaluate your plans. Be open to every option possible and adjust your direction. You are intelligent and capable, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Revise your plans and move forward. You will find the way ahead, and reach success.

The Most

8 May

There are endless things we can do with our lives. We can accomplish any goal we choose, go anywhere we want, and do anything we desire. But life is complicated and busy, and sometimes what we want the most gets buried under the other things pressing on us. There are responsibilities requiring our attention and an endless list of things that need to be done. It’s easy to get busy doing details and checking boxes off, and push aside the one thing we’ve been wanting to do. We can spend our time any way we like but one thing is certain – we will always do what we want to do most. We may think that’s ridiculous – we don’t want to spend our days doing chores or taking care of endless details more than anything else. However, we’re always in control of every decision we make and everything we do reflects our choices. If we push aside what we desire in order to do things we feel we must, we decide that’s where we want to be. Of course, responsibilities must be tended to and we want to be responsible in our actions. It’s possible to take care of our duties and still make time to do the things we want the most. If we don’t make our dreams a priority, we may find that time has slipped away and we haven’t accomplished what we wanted most of all. Our lives are ours to design and we can be responsible and still do all the things we want to accomplish. If we’re very busy it will take careful planning, but we’re certainly capable of finding the way. Our lives flash by in an instant. We can take control of our time, manage what needs to be done, and ensure we accomplish the desires of our hearts. Every dream is possible and we can achieve them. We can have the lives we desire and do all the things we want. Every goal is reachable and we are strong enough, and wise enough to find our way to them.

Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go. Those around us may press us to keep our focus on the tasks at hand and not spend our time dreaming about other things. There will always be more work to do and tasks to accomplish, and we’ll never run out of details that need our attention. It’s up to us to make time for the things we want to do. If we plan for personal time to address the goals we most want to achieve, we’ll find get satisfaction and happiness as we reach them.

When we’re very busy with lots of pressing details, it may seem impossible that we’ll ever have time for ourselves. If we don’t control how we spend our time, life and those around us will control it for us. Nobody knows what we need more than we know ourselves. No matter how busy we are, we can step back and take the time we need to do the things we want most to accomplish. If we’re persistent and continue step by step to move closer to our goals, we’ll reach them and find great success.

Today if there’s something you want to do but your schedule is packed, take a step back and plan some time just for you. Take the first step toward your goal and each day move forward a little more. Soon you’ll reach the destination you desire and find success. Your life is yours to design. Make it the way you want it and you’ll find great happiness and satisfaction. It’s all there for you. Step forward and make it yours.

I’m Not Doing That

7 May

Life is filled with unlimited opportunities for growth and learning. It’s great when we’re doing something we want to do and learning new skills we desire. But sometimes we may be faced with something that’s difficult or unpleasant, and the very thought of doing it is repugnant and off-putting. We may think, “I’m not doing that,” but because of the situation don’t really have a choice. There will be times when all of us, despite our displeasure or discomfort, may have to do something we really don’t want to do. Nobody wants to do things that make them uncomfortable but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Instead of pushing our hands out and refusing to look at it, or just walking away in disgust, we can take a breath, stand still, and look at everything objectively. Every problem – no matter how annoying or complicated – has a solution. We know how to find answers and open doors to new solutions even when the situation is extreme or dire. What seems complex and unworkable can be untangled by patiently taking the time we need to see all the parameters of the situation clearly, and finding the way through. Sometimes life goes haywire and everything gets jumbled up and confused. But we’re intelligent and capable, and there isn’t anything too complex or difficult for us to manage. Nobody wants to dive into a hornet’s nest full of problems but if we must, we can do it with confidence and grace. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We can find all the answers we need and solve every problem before us.

Sometimes it seems we’re the only ones with problems, and everyone around us appears to be doing fine. Of course, nobody gets a perfect life where everything goes well every day. Some of us are demonstrative and share every detail with those around us, and others are quieter and more reserved. We don’t know what others are facing or what they have to deal with. We all struggle with difficulties and problems, and deal with issues that complicate everything. Choosing to be confident and taking things one step at a time will help us find our way through and overcome anything before us.

There may be times when we’re bombarded with one problem after another and feel like we can’t escape. Sometimes when it rains, it really does pour, and at times like that we may feel we can’t manage and should just give up. We can surrender to any problem we like but the answers we need are always there for us. With perseverance and determination, we will find them and solve any issue we must. We are more powerful and capable than we think we are. Nothing is too hard for us to manage. We can trust ourselves to find the way through and be confident we will prevail.

Today if you’re facing something difficult you don’t want to do, and feel you can’t manage it, remember how strong and intelligent you are. You are wise and capable, and nothing is too complex or hard for you to manage. Stand strong and be confident. You already possess everything you need to prevail. Success is just ahead and you will reach it.

In All the Way

6 May

As we choose our goals and decide where we want to go, we evaluate many different options. Some things might seem like what we want when we first think about them but after we see exactly where they’ll lead, how much work they’ll take or what the end result will be, we may change our minds. There are unlimited things we can do and endless places to go. It’s up to us to choose what we want and how we’ll proceed. Once we decide, we can begin moving toward the goal and press forward until we achieve it. We can do anything we want, but it’s unlikely we’ll go anywhere if we aren’t completely committed. Deciding to do half of what’s required or only moving ahead when everything is easy may keep us from reaching any goal. If we’re only somewhat interested in moving forward, we’ll only be somewhat successful. True success is only achieved when we’re focused on the goal and determined to reach it. We can’t be in only part of the way and expect success. Few roads are without problems and detours, and when issues arise that complicate our plans, if we aren’t committed to reaching the goal, we may turn away and decide not to continue. There will always be plenty of reasons to quit. We can always change our minds at any time, but if we want to reach a goal and gain the prize, we must be determined no matter what happens we’ll continue moving forward. Every destination is possible but we’ll only reach them if we refuse to stop pressing ahead. The road may get rough, the skies may get cloudy and we may miss a turn or two, but if we want the goal, nothing can keep us from it. Our lives belong to us and reflect every decision we make. We can do anything we desire and have the lives we dream about, if we’re willing to do what it takes to reach success.

Nothing in life is perfect. When we want something and are working toward it, something is bound to get in the way. We may have some false starts and rewrites, have to change direction a time or two, and the road may be longer than we thought it would be. Things may get complicated and difficult, and we may get lost trying to push ahead. Lots of issues may arise and we may get frustrated and overwhelmed but as long as we continue to step forward, we’ll get closer to the goal. It doesn’t matter how much effort it takes. Nothing can keep us from our destination if we’re determined to prevail.

Sometimes the road ahead is far more difficult than we imagined. There is no defined time table for success, and life is always changing. If we can’t manage the goal at this time, we can set it aside until our circumstances improve and we can start again. Every goal is possible and when we’re ready and the time is right, we can achieve anything we desire. We can have the lives we dream about and find every success.

Today if you’re thinking about a change, decide what you really want to do and take the first step. You can achieve anything you desire. You are smart enough and strong enough to find your way to any destination. Dream big and then make your dreams come true. You are powerful and wise, and nothing is out of reach.