Tag Archives: Failure

Beige Paint

11 Aug

There are billions of people on Earth, and each is individual. We all have our own ideas about what’s right and how things should go. Every choice is ours to make and if we make them honestly, staying true to who we really are, we have a better chance of getting the results we desire. But we share our lives with lots of other people, and some of them are strong willed and powerful. They may tell us what to do, where to go, and how they think we should live. If we’re timid and unsure, or lack self-confidence, and our choices differ, we may struggle to stand up and defend them. We might try to blend into the background to go unnoticed, and stay out of the way. By keeping our heads down and our eyes averted, we may think we’ll be overlooked. Beige paint is very neutral. It’s used a lot because it basically goes with everything. It doesn’t stand out, and is often just a plain background that few people notice. When we’re in uncomfortable situations with others, we can try to be like that – we can try to be beige paint. We might succeed in hiding, but ducking down and pretending we aren’t there will never help us reach our goals. We don’t have to fit into anyone else’s model or conform to any idea. We don’t have to shout, and get attention, but we can stand firm. We can show our true colors, red, blue, hot pink, or whatever, even if they don’t match what others are doing. Our gifts are ours alone to give, and we can express them in ways that are unique and specific to us. Beige paint has a place, but it doesn’t need to be part of who we are. The whole world is blessed by our presence, and we bring great light and variety to those around us. We can be confident in choosing our own road, and move forward toward any goal we desire.

It’s easy to work in a group when everyone has the same ideas and agrees on the same things. Conformity can pave the road ahead, but going along with others when we want something else rarely takes us where we want to go. Everyone has something to offer and insight nobody else possesses. By speaking up and sharing our thoughts with those around us, we will enrich everyone, and deepen our understanding.

There may be times when we have an idea but aren’t sure it’ll work out. What if we speak up and others think it’s stupid? What if they adopt our plan and it fails? Nothing in life is certain, and there will be times when things won’t go the way we want them to. But if we keep every idea to ourselves afraid that it might not work out, we’ll never get the chance to succeed. If the first plan falls apart, we can come up with another. There are many roads to every destination and with patience, and courage, we will find all the answers we need to reach success.

Today if you’ve been keeping a low profile, trying not to be noticed, remember you are important. Your ideas have value and you can present them with confidence. You have so much to offer. Speak up, and share your thoughts with those around you. Every success is possible, and with courage and determination, nothing can keep you from your goals. You are amazing and capable, and we’re all blessed because you are here.

Around the Corner

5 Feb

When we’re on the road toward a goal, what’s right in front of us is visible. We can see where our very next steps will take us and with inspiration and focus, can move forward. If we’re careful and thoughtful, often times our plans work out and we reach the destination we’re seeking. Although we can see what’s coming up next, there is no way to see what lies around the corner further on. We can try to guess based on what’s happened in the past, but nobody can read the future and it’s impossible to know for certain what will happen next. If we’re determined to reach a goal no matter what, we may blunder ahead without looking and simply hope that by being forceful and confident we’ll be able to push through whatever is in the way. That might work sometimes, but if serious problems arise, trying to muscle through without acknowledging them will likely cause more complications. Blind ambition may ultimately keep us from achieving the goal. There is no way to be prepared for unexpected and unknown eventualities. But we can be open and look at everything clearly, and acknowledge when the road turns and we need to modify our plans. We never know what will happen next, and if what we’re doing now no longer works, we can adjust our plans and try something new. Our original plan may have been good, but it’s not the only way forward. There are always many roads to every destination. If the one we started on has stopped, we can look at all the other possibilities out there, and find one that works. Every goal is reachable and we are smart enough to figure out how to reach them. Success will always be possible, and we will prevail.

Some people have very defined ideas about how life should go. They may believe there is only one right way to do things, and make their plans accordingly. Life is filled with surprises and unexpected developments. Nothing is permanent and what worked in the past may no longer be viable. There is never only one way to accomplish anything. Failure is never the goal, but if we hold onto our original idea and it doesn’t work, that’s what will likely happen. We are smart, and can be open to every option. Looking at all the possibilities will help us choose the way forward, and ensure our success.

We make our decisions based on the information available to us at the time. Nobody tries to make bad decisions or mistakes on purpose. Sometimes things change or we get more facts we didn’t have when we started out. Being flexible and allowing our plans to change will help us adjust to any turns in the road, or detours ahead. We are intelligent and wise, and have everything we need to prevail. We can trust ourselves to find the way forward, and with determination and focus, reach any goal.

Today if your plans aren’t working out the way you expected them to, step back and look at everything openly. You are wise and intelligent, and nothing can hold you in place. You can change direction and choose the best way forward. Be confident. Every answer you need is already there for you. Nothing can keep you from reaching your goal and achieving great success.

Second Place

9 Sep

Everyone wants to be successful. Nobody seeks failure but it’s impossible to win at everything every time. At some point, we all lose. No matter how hard we try, or how well we plan, sometimes things won’t work out. It’s hard to face defeat, especially when we really want the goal. There isn’t anything wrong with being in second place, but it isn’t the same as being first, and disappointment is inevitable. But winning is only one facet of the process. What we experience along the way, how much we learn, and everything we gain from all we’ve done will stay with us forever. We know more at the end of the journey than we dreamed possible when we began. The skills and tools we gain as we move forward teach us what works and show us how to proceed. We’re intelligent and highly capable, and nothing can elude us indefinitely. If we didn’t make it to the top this time, we can use everything we’ve learned to help us get there the next time around. Some goals take time and we may have to change things about our methods and behaviors to reach them. Each step we take gives us more information and if we’re focused and persistent, we will prevail. We can find our way even on the most complex and difficult road. Getting to the destinations we desire and reaching the top of every goal is always possible. Every destination is there for us. If the first try doesn’t work, we can try again. If that fails, we can try again. Each attempt will teach us more and show us the way forward. Nothing is beyond our reach, and with patience and determination, we will find success.

When we don’t succeed at something we’re trying to do, we have options. We can quit and give up on the goal completely, which will guarantee failure. We can never move forward if we quit, but if we decide the goal isn’t what we want after all or is too hard to manage, we may choose that option. If we want to continue, we can review what’s happened, learn everything possible where we are, and then make a new plan to try again. If we keep trying, we’ll find the key that unlocks all the doors ahead and takes us to the goal.

Sometimes no matter what we do we can’t get any closer to the destination we desire. If nothing is working, there may be a problem with our timing. There are endless decisions being made by those around us and some goals aren’t available when we want them. If we can’t move forward, we can set the goal aside for now and work on something else. Nothing stays the same forever, and if we’re patient, in time, the way ahead will open and we’ll be able to proceed straight to the destination.

Today if you’ve worked hard on a goal you really want and can’t seem to achieve it, step back and look at everything objectively. If you want to continue forward, decide on the best road ahead and take another step. Everything you’ve done so far has given you information and ideas that will help you succeed. Trust yourself and be confident. You are strong and amazing, and can accomplish anything. Step forward. Success is there for you and you will reach it.

Blue Oranges

3 Sep

Our lives are ours to design and we have control over every decision we make. We are valuable and worthwhile, and can be confident in ourselves and the lives we’re living. However, there may be times we don’t feel we’re good enough or that we lack some attribute that would make us more beneficial and a greater asset. Nobody’s perfect and we all have personal traits we want to improve, but no matter what we want to change, we’re important and meaningful just the way we are now. We have gifts to offer the world nobody else possesses and each day brings an opportunity for us to show others who we are. There is no need to wish we were different or think we aren’t good enough. Oranges are a delicious fruit and are beautiful in their unique coloring and flavor. Nobody wishes oranges were blue. We don’t think they’re insignificant or meaningless because they are orange. They are perfect just as they are, and so are we. We can change anything we like, but as we’re pressing forward and working on making our lives better, we can be happy where we are. We have so much to offer and the whole world is blessed because we are here. Our lives are good and meaningful, and we can do anything we want. We can change anything we like, go anywhere we want to go, and create the lives we want the most. We are the only person exactly like us in all of creation, and our presence brings depth and flavor to the world around us. Nobody could ever take our place and we are more valuable than we realize. We can be confident and strong, trusting ourselves moving forward, knowing we are making a positive difference.

Change isn’t easy and sometimes takes a lot of time. As we’re working toward something we desire, we may be constantly reminded of how long it’s taking to turn the corner, and may feel overwhelmed and sure of failure. But while we’re pushing hard on trying to change, where we are is still working. We are able to do many things well, even in the midst of trial, and success is always in our future. We can be happy for what we currently have and grateful for every opportunity we enjoy.

There will always be another hill to climb and another challenge to conquer. No matter how far we’ve come down the road we want to travel, there will be endless miles ahead yet unexplored. We are always a work in progress. We learn as we go and with each step understand more about the world around us and our place in it. Our influence is great and with confidence and clarity, we can move forward toward any goal we desire and reach any destination before us. We are powerful and smart, and nothing is beyond our reach.

Today if you feel like you don’t count and aren’t valuable enough, remember blue oranges, and think again. Change is always possible but you are incredible and amazing, just as you are right now. We’re all blessed by your presence, and your influence reaches further than you can imagine. Be confident and trust yourself. You are the only one like you. You have so much to offer and bring light to those around you. Step forward and stand tall. You are amazing and we’re all glad you’re here.

Rewrite

18 Dec

Our lives are filled with experiences and we face new situations every day.  When we do well we feel confident and positive about our future.  It’s great when things go as planned and we prevail, but sometimes things go the other way and we not only falter but may actually fail in what we’re trying to do.  Failure hurts and can rattle our confidence and make us believe we can’t succeed.  But it also brings us many personal blessings and is a great teacher.  It we allow ourselves to see everything clearly, including our mistakes, we can learn a lot about what doesn’t work and use the lesson to help us moving forward.  However, if we refuse to see where we’ve blundered and decide instead to rewrite history so it looks like we had nothing to do with what happened we won’t learn anything from the experience.  There will always be other people and situations to blame and if we look for them we’re sure to find them.  Pretending we’re not responsible when we fail will never help us.  If we want to gain as much as we can moving forward, we must own both our successes and our failures, and let them stand clearly and truthfully.  When we are honest about our shortcomings, we learn valuable lessons that teach us about success and show us the way ahead.  There is no need to rewrite history.  We can let it stand as it happened, gain as much as possible from the experience, and step forward with clarity and confidence.  We are capable of every success and nothing is too far for us to reach.  Every step we take teaches us something of value.  If we take a wrong turn, we can correct our course.  We can reach any goal we desire with determination and courage, and every destination is there for us.

We are the only ones who can define who we are and what we want to achieve.  There will always be others with opinions about our lives and what we’re doing, and we may certainly listen to them but we are responsible for our own decisions.  If we follow along with someone else and things work out we’ll be glad we made the decision to go with them.  However, if everything goes south we may feel bad and blame the other party for leading us along.  While the idea may have started with them, we own the choice we made to follow along and are responsible for where we end up.

Everybody makes mistakes and when they’re extreme and far reaching, if we’ve hurt others along the way, we’ll have to deal with the situation we’ve created.  Looking the other way trying to ignore the mess we’ve made will not make things better.  We can own every decision we make, even if it fails, and do what is needed to rectify the situation.  There is no need to rewrite the past.  We can own what’s happened and move forward confidently and with purpose.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and are trying to figure out what to do next, own your part and take a step toward resolving the issue.  There is no shame in failure and you can learn much and take that knowledge with you.  Be confident and clear in your decisions.  You are capable of great success and nothing can hold you down.  Keep moving forward.  The best is yet to come.