Tag Archives: Failure

Grasping Straws

27 Jul

We go through countless different experiences as we navigate through our lives. When things are going well, it seems we can do no wrong, and every answer shows up the moment we need it. But life is complex and we’ll never get a paved road that lasts forever. Things will change, our circumstances will alter and we may take a dive we didn’t plan. If a lot is going wrong and it seems that nothing helps, we may become desperate and start grasping for anything that might work. When we’re under water and miserable we may not be thinking clearly and even the most outlandish, ridiculous schemes may start to seem possible. We may choose something we would never consider if we were on more solid ground and our vision was clearer. Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures, but decisions made in panic without thought will rarely work out the way we want them to. Every decision will bring a result and once we choose the first step on any path, we are also choosing the last. Where we end up may be eons away from where we want to go. We will all face difficult, hard, challenging, desperate moments and what we do while we’re in the mire will determine what comes next. No matter where we are or what’s going on, we will always have the resources we need to choose our next steps wisely. We may be under pressure to move, but we can take the time necessary to see everything clearly and decide which way is best moving forward. If we make a bad choice we aren’t doomed forever. We can simply look at what hasn’t worked and then look again and correct our course. Even when everything is upside down, success will be possible. We are stronger and more intelligent than we think we are and nothing can hold us down indefinitely. The answers will always be there for us and with patience and determination, we will find them and reach success.

Nobody is perfect and we will all fail at some point. It might just be a wrong turn, or we may be completely turned around, backwards and upside down. Continuing on the same course when it’s obviously not working won’t fix the situation. Some things work themselves out over time, but those instances are rare. If we find we’re going in the wrong direction or have made a bad choice, we can stop where we are and see the entire situation objectively. There are endless roads to every destination and we can change direction at any time, and reroute the way forward.

Some people like to hold grudges and remind us when we’ve faltered in the past. They may believe that since we failed once we’re doomed to fail again, but the past can never predict the future. It doesn’t matter if we took a wrong turn before, or if we’ve tried several times and still haven’t found the right answer. The way ahead is there for us and if we persist and continue forward, we will find it. Nothing can keep us from any destination we desire. We already have everything we need to succeed and we will reach them all.

Today if everything has gone wrong and there are walls blocking your path, trust yourself. All the answers are there for you. Stand firm and be confident. You are intelligent and wise, and will find the way forward. Every success is already there for you. Focus on the goal ahead, and step forward with clarity and patience. You are amazing and capable, and will reach every destination you desire.

Not Yet

27 Apr

Life is unpredictable and nobody knows how long they’ll be here before their ticket comes up and they check out. For most of us, life is long, and if we’re focused, there will be enough time to accomplish many of the goals we want. We can choose the destinations we desire, and then proceed toward them. However, if we flounder around, procrastinate, or just sit and let others pull us along, we’ll never achieve the things we desire no matter how much time we have. Years will come and go, and we’ll still be in the same place doing the same things. Nothing is beyond our reach and once we decide what we want, we can make a plan to get it, and then step forward and do what is necessary to succeed. If we’re determined and keep our eyes on the prize, nothing can keep us from success. Some things will come easily, but the big dreams and destinations will take effort and time – sometimes a lot of effort and time. If we’ve been pushing forward for seemingly forever, and our progress is slow, we may begin to feel it’s hopeless – we’ll never get there. Some things may elude us because they are not available right now due to situations out of our control. If we can’t advance, we can set the goal aside, and move on to something else. The destination will remain, and when things change and the road ahead opens, we can start again. Just because we haven’t yet reached the prize doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Timing is important and setting something down for now and moving onto something else isn’t giving up on the dream. We know what we want and can design our lives in ways to reach success. Every single dream is possible, and with wisdom and clarity, we will make them ours.

Failure is a natural part of life. It’s a learning process that shows us what doesn’t work and helps us change direction when we need to. Losing round one doesn’t mean we’ve lost the game. Failure isn’t the end of the journey but is actually success that hasn’t happened yet. We can take everything we’ve learned so far and choose the best way forward. Nothing can hold us in place forever, and we already possess everything necessary to accomplish anything. We can be confident and sure as we move closer to the goal, and trust that we’ll gain the prize.

It’s hard to be patient when we’re eager to reach a goal. We want to get to the end, and we want to get there now. Few roads are paved and clear for the entire trip, and we’ll likely run into issues, complications and snags that tangle us up and keep us from advancing. But every problem has a solution and we are intelligent enough to find all the answers we need. We are more capable and powerful than we imagine, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’ve been on a long, difficult road, and the goal is still far in the distance, decide how you want to proceed. You can stay the course or move onto something else until things change. Be open and look at everything clearly. All the answers are there for you and you will find them. Every success is possible, every dream is waiting, and you will reach them all.

The Storm

22 Feb

Life is full of surprises and we may find ourselves in situations we don’t imagine will ever happen. Everything may change suddenly, and we may get disoriented trying to figure out what’s going on. At some point we’ll all face adversity. Storms will come, the sky will darken, the wind will blow, and rain will pelt us. It’s not easy to face difficult challenges, and during the turmoil, we may feel overcome and certain we’ll never survive. But we get through one day, and we’re still here. Then we get through the next, and before we realize it, the road ahead is clear. When we’re under water trying to find our way, it may seem everything is frozen in place, but the world continues on. Nothing stops just because we’re struggling. We might be stuck for a time, but others will continue to move ahead, and the earth will continue to turn. When we’re finally on the other side of the trial, we might discover that everything around us has changed. Before we step forward and continue, we can stop and take the time we need to get a good look at everything before us. Things may be different, but we are still capable and strong. We still know what we want and have everything we need to succeed. Trouble isn’t easy to get through, but it teaches us a lot about ourselves and the world around us. We can take everything we’ve learned forward with us and use our new skills to forge the way ahead. Life isn’t always easy, but we will always have what we need to get through anything that comes. We are more powerful than we may realize, and nothing can hold us in place forever. Every road will be there for us, and we can go anywhere we desire. By trusting ourselves and having faith in our ability to overcome, we will prevail and reach the prize. We can do anything and accomplish any goal. Nothing is out of reach, and we will win.

It’s great to have friends and companions who support us and encourage us when things go wrong and we’re facing hard times. They can hold us up when we feel we can’t continue and give us comfort when the road gets difficult. Those who love us will be there when we need them, but they may not agree with how we want to proceed. They may tell us to go in a different direction or manage things in a different way. We can certainly take any advice that’s offered, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We will always know what’s best for us and can find the road we desire most.

There may be times when trouble comes, and we must stand alone. Help is always welcome, but if it’s not forthcoming, we are not destined to fail. New situations and experiences can be unsettling, and when they come with unforeseen and hard complications, it can be hard to figure out our next steps. But we are intelligent and there isn’t anything we can’t manage. We can look at all the options possible and choose the best road ahead.

Today if you’re struggling to get through a difficult situation and aren’t sure how you’ll survive, trust yourself. You are wiser and more capable than you may realize. Be confident and step forward. Every dream is possible, and you will make them yours.

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.