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Smackdown

14 Sep

We share the world with lots and lots of other people, and each of us has our own ideas about what we should do and how things should go. We may find others who share many of our opinions, but no two people are exactly the same. Although we may try to always get along with those around us, we will likely face times of conflict because we don’t share the same viewpoints. If the interaction is civil and polite, we may simply agree to disagree, but some people are very sure their way is the only correct way to proceed. If we don’t agree with them, we may face serious contention, and even become engaged in an argument or worse. If they are strong and have some sort of control over us, and will not tolerate dissent, they may smack us down to shut us up and hold us in place. We may be forced to follow along despite our personal views. Others may be able to hold us down for a time, but nothing is permanent, and the situation will change. If there’s nothing we can do for now, we can remain in place and wait patiently until a new door opens. We are entitled to our own opinions and can live our lives any way we like, and it’s hard if we must temporarily follow something we don’t agree with. By keeping our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will be ready when an opening appears that allows us to modify our situation. Our ideas and perspectives are important and valuable, and we can trust ourselves to find ways to communicate them in ways that are positive and move us forward. There isn’t anything or anyone powerful enough to hold us down forever, and with clarity and patience, we will find the way ahead.

If we’re sure we have the answers and know the best way forward, we may try to convince others to follow us. We may say we respect their opinions but if they are different than our own, we may try persuade them to follow us. If they disagree, and we’re adamant, we may try whatever tactics we can find to make them comply. What we do defines who we are, and bullying or forcing others to follow us will never help us build the connections we seek. If we’re willing to bend and listen to other viewpoints, cooperation and compromise will open the doors ahead.

There are many roads to every goal and there is never only one way to succeed. Everyone’s ideas are worthwhile, and by listening to other suggestions, we can find the best way forward. New ideas bring fresh perspectives that may not have been seen initially. We are intelligent and will always have a lot of answers but nobody knows everything. By being open and flexible, we will be able to evaluate many different possibilities that enable us to move ahead with confidence and clarity, and reach the goal.

Today remember that everyone has something to offer. The world is filled with differences that enrich us and enhance the road ahead. Listen carefully to any suggestions you receive and decide on the best way forward. You are amazing and intelligent, and nothing is out of reach. Decide how you want to proceed, and take the first step. Every single goal is possible and nothing can keep you from success. 

Failing Forward

24 Aug

As we go through our lives we’ll face countless challenges, trials and problems. No matter how hard we plan the road ahead, there is no way to predict what will happen or what may get in the way. We never know what lies around the next curve and despite our efforts to succeed, we will undoubtedly at some point face failure of some kind. Failure is a complex event sometimes filled with feelings of inadequacy and doubt, but when things go wrong and our plans blow up, we find out what doesn’t work. It doesn’t mean we’re dumb, or cannot succeed, but only that what we tried wasn’t successful. If we use all we learn from what went awry we will gain more information and skills to take with us moving forward. Failure doesn’t mean the end of the journey, and can, in the end, move us forward toward success. Nobody knows everything and we learn by doing. It’s impossible to get every road paved from beginning to end, and there will always be unexpected and unforeseen complications that may arise. By keeping our eyes open, and learning everything we can with each new development, we will be able to find the way ahead and reach the goal. We are intelligent and capable and when we are determined, nothing can keep us from any destination we desire. By trusting ourselves and continuing on, no matter what happens, we will succeed.

Sometimes things go wrong and we may experience a time when it seems that no matter what we do we simply cannot move forward. The goal eludes us and we feel stuck. Timing is important and current circumstances may be working against us. If we can’t move now, we can set the goal aside until our situation changes, and then try again. We have unlimited chances to reach success, and there isn’t anything too complex or difficult for us to manage.  Every destination is possible and with wisdom and patience, we can reach them all.

Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go, and if we’ve failed to reach the goal more than once, someone may tell us to give up and let it go. Nobody knows what we want better than we do. Our lives belong to us, and we don’t need agreement to go anywhere or do anything. We can look at everything objectively, weigh all our options, and make the best plan for moving forward. Every single dream is possible, and with persistence and clarity, we can make them ours.

Today if your plans have failed and you feel like you can’t win, remember all the times you’ve been successful in the past. Just because something is difficult, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Think about how you want to proceed, and start again. You are wiser and more powerful than you think you are, and nothing is out of reach. Trust yourself and step forward. Success is just ahead, and you will reach it.

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.

Silver Linings

31 Mar

Everything is fluid in life, and nothing is certain. When we want to accomplish something, we can do our research, make excellent plans, and chart a positive course ahead, but we can’t read the future. Although we have complete control over the choices we make, there is no way to know about all the other decisions being made by those around us. Someone completely unconnected to us, maybe even far away, may do something that causes the dominoes to fall in our direction and when they reach us, suddenly all our plans have to change. The road we chose may close and all the ideas we so carefully put together may no longer work. It’s disappointing, sometimes heartbreaking, when what we want isn’t possible. We may feel depressed for a time, and unable to think about starting again, but nothing stays the same forever. We can take time to grieve if we need it and then when we’re ready, we can look at all the options before us and choose our next steps. Hard times come to all of us, but with every experience there will be something of value to carry forward. Weathering the storm will make us stronger, and we’ll have more knowledge than we had before. There will be a silver lining if we look for it. Life is all about learning and everything we go through teaches us something new. Whatever we gain, even if it seems small now, will embellish us in ways we may not perceive. We are strong and capable, and we know what we want. If we can’t move ahead as planned, we have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to find another way. If our situation isn’t workable, we can set our plans aside for a time, and when things change, return and start again. We have everything we need to do anything we desire. Every dream is possible and with determination and focus, we can have the lives we want the most.

Sometimes unexpected developments stop us in our tracks. The doors that were previously open and welcoming may close and force us to change direction. There is never only one road to any destination. If the goal is still possible, we can chart a new course and continue on. If circumstances prevent us from achieving it right now, we can move on to something else and wait until the opportunity to try again presents. We can do everything but we may not be able to do it all today. We can make plans for the future, and when things open again, we will be ready.

It’s very hard to stand still when we want to move. It’s challenging to wait but waiting gives us time to evaluate every possible option, and see every opening. We can look at everything clearly, review the benefits of each choice and make a plan for when things change. We are completely capable of finding our way to any goal we desire. If we have to wait, we can. We know what we want, and in time, we will achieve it.

Today if you’re frustrated with a situation that’s holding you in place, think about how you want to move ahead. Make a plan for the future, and prepare for when things change. The door may be closed now, but it will open, and when it does you will be ready. Everything you desire is still there for you. Be patient and stay focused. Every dream is possible, and nothing can keep you from success.

Obstacles

16 Jun

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford

No matter what goals we’re striving for or what we’re seeking chances are it won’t just fall into our laps without some effort.  While it’s true some things come more easily than others, it’s also true that what we want most generally takes work.  There will always be complications and unforeseen problems and keeping our eyes on the goal helps us navigate them and move through them patiently and effectively.  But sometimes our vision is blocked and when we see all the things that may go wrong and everything we must overcome to get to the destination we may lose our confidence.  If all we can see are the problems blocking our way it’s impossible to see the road ahead.  If we lose our focus and can’t see the way forward we can take a break.  We can take the time we need to regroup and refocus.  We can recharge and when we’re ready to start again the road will still be there waiting.  We can accomplish anything we want to and if we keep our eyes on the destination, no matter how complicated things get or how many times we have to revise our plans, we will have all the wisdom and courage we need to continue on.  Every dream we seek is available to us.  Every goal can be reached and every destination conquered.  We can plan our way forward effectively and do what works best to achieve anything we desire.

Nobody knows what the future will bring and we may be surprised by something we never expected to stand in our way.  It may be hard to figure out how to navigate around complications.  All the answers we need are available to us but we have to keep our eyes open and be willing to look for them in order to find them.  If we are determined we will find everything we need to discover a way around any obstacle.  We know where we want to go and we can choose the best way forward.

It’s nice to think about things working out without any effort but thankfully that isn’t real life.  The struggle to make something work, and the effort it takes to make our wishes become reality teach us the lessons we need to find additional success going forward.  The challenges we overcome and the trials we navigate give us priceless tools that teach us how to find success.  The experience we gain as we push through difficult situations is valuable and worthwhile.  If we remember what we’re learning when things go wrong we will have more confidence to continue.  There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we keep our eyes on the goal and keep moving forward.

Today if you’ve been distracted by all the things in your way that are keeping you from moving forward, focus on the goal you want to achieve.  Complications are just indications that you need to adjust your path forward.  You can accomplish anything you desire.  Keep your eyes on the goal and take another step.  You’ll get there and all your dreams will come true.