Tag Archives: Pressure

Missing the Boat

18 Mar

There are endless opportunities in life. They come around constantly and if we see them and are in a position to take advantage of them, we can change our direction and aim for a new goal. The trick is looking for them and being ready when they show up. Our lives are often busy and we may have lots of details and responsibilities to attend to and accomplish. We may go here and there, concentrating on the next task on our list and never look up to see what’s around us. It happens. Life is all about change and our situations are constantly in flux. If we want a change and are hoping for something to happen that gives us the opening we need, but we aren’t paying attention, it may come and go and we never even notice. We may miss the boat doing other things. When we realize what’s happened, we might think our chance of success is over. We weren’t ready, we weren’t aware and now the opportunity has passed us by. But life has a way of looping around and missing one chance doesn’t mean the journey is over. There will be another boat. Another possibility will come, and when it does, we can be ready. There will never be only one way to success, or only one road available. We have endless chances to do whatever we desire, and every dream will always be there for us. Once we decide what we want, we can do what is needed to begin toward the goal. We are intelligent, wise and capable, and when we’re ready nothing is out of reach.

If we’ve put something off we’ve wanted for a long time, we may think it’s too late now to try. We might think we’re too old, our lives are settled into a pattern that would be too hard to change, or we aren’t sure we have what it takes or a million other reasons. We never have to do anything we don’t want to do, but if there is something we truly desire, if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours – no matter where we are or what’s happening – we can succeed. It’s never too late to work toward our dreams and create the lives we want the most. We deserve complete happiness and have everything we need to achieve it.

Every culture and society has its norms. There may be pressure for us to stay where we are and continue doing the same things because that’s the way it’s been done over time. Traditions are powerful, but we are in control of our lives. We don’t have to continue on the same roads with everyone else or follow along just to keep the peace. We can design our lives any way we like and achieve any goal we desire. By trusting ourselves and stepping forward with confidence and clarity, we can do anything and find great satisfaction.

Today if you’ve missed the chance to do something you desire, do not despair. Nothing stays the same forever and the doors will open for you. Every success is possible and you are capable of accomplishing anything. Keep your eyes on the goal and step forward, sure and confident. There isn’t anything you can’t do, and you can make your dreams come true.

Super Glue

3 Mar

There are endless opportunities and possibilities available to us as we navigate through our lives. We can do anything we like and go anywhere we want. The whole world is there for us and nothing is out of reach if we’re willing to do what is needed to make it ours. Life can be complicated and we might face a time when we’re in a situation we don’t like but feel compelled to stay. Our reasons may be varied and wide in scope. Maybe we’re staying in a job we hate because it’s a family business and there’s pressure to remain. Maybe we continue a personal relationship that isn’t working because there’s history and we’re afraid of what will happen if we leave. It may seem that what we know, even if we’re not happy, is better than the unknown before us. We can do anything we like and can stay where we are for as long as we choose, but the chances of things improving on their own are slim. Bad, uncomfortable, and undesirable situations will not morph into something wonderful just because we want them to. Our lives belong to us and we’re in control of them. There is no way to escape the fact that in the end we chose the lives we want the most. We own every choice we make, even if that choice is to do nothing. We are important and our happiness is our own responsibility. If we don’t feel fulfilled and content where we are, if our connections aren’t making us happy and if what we’re doing isn’t moving us forward, we can change. We are the only ones who can hold us in place indefinitely. Every option we dream of, every destination we think about, is possible. By deciding what we want the most, and then taking the first step forward, we can move toward the goals we desire and have the lives we dream of. Nothing is too difficult or too complex for us to manage. Every blessing is possible, and with focus and determination, we will succeed.

Super Glue is a great product when we want something to stick and not move. There may be times when we feel like we’re stuck in a situation we don’t want, but we feel unable to move. We may think we’re stuck forever, but that will never be true. We are never Super Glued in place. There will always be other options around us, and every chance to improve. We don’t have to keep our heads down and endure anything when we’re ready to move on. Countless roads await and unlimited options are possible. We already possess everything we need to do anything we like. By trusting ourselves and stepping forward, confident of success, we will prevail.

Some people are comfortable with conformity. They like everything to stay the same, and prefer routine and repetition over trying new things. It’s comfortable to do same things over and over again, knowing what to expect, but that will never move us forward. We all have great potential for success, but potential means nothing without effort. When we’re ready to start toward something new or change aspects of our lives, we can look at everything possible and choose the best road ahead. We are stronger, wiser and more powerful than we think we are, and nothing is beyond our reach.

Today if you want to change your personal situation but have been afraid to step forward, trust yourself. You are strong and capable, and can do anything you desire. Decide what you want the most, and take the first step forward. Then take the next, and soon you’ll be exactly where you want to be. Every single destination is possible and nothing can keep you from success. Stand strong and be confident. The whole world is there for you, and you will prevail.

No Thanks

17 Sep

There are unlimited options available to us at all times. We can travel on endless roads, go anywhere and do anything we desire. There will be few times when there is only one possibility for the way ahead, and we can design our journey any way we like. Unless we live on a deserted island, we share our world with lots of other people. They come and go in and out of our lives constantly, and we are rarely, completely alone. Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go and what should be done, and we may get lots of advice and opinions about how we should proceed. We’re all individuals with our own choices to make but if those around us are powerful or insistent, we may decide to follow their lead, even if it’s not what we really want. If we have a personal relationship with them, their influence may be great, and we might find ourselves doing things they suggest and patterning our lives after them. That’s fine if what they’re doing and where they’re going is what we want, but if not, we can step back and choose another path. We can listen to any ideas and recommendations others have to offer, and then make our own decisions. We don’t have to agree to follow someone else’s plan, and can politely decline any suggestions we don’t desire. We don’t have to go to the concert just because our friends want us to. We don’t have to ride along if we aren’t interested in the destination. We are in control of our lives and can decide what we’ll do and where we’ll go. There is no need to seek permission or agreement. We are strong and capable, and can do anything we like. Our lives are ours and we can create them in any way. By doing what is most important and seeking the goals we most desire, we’ll gain great satisfaction and happiness. Every single dream is possible, and with focus and determination, we can achieve anything.

Peer pressure will often be a factor in the choices we make. How much influence it has over us depends on how focused and confident we are in our ability to choose well. If we’re unsure, we may bend to someone else’s ideas. If we don’t trust ourselves to make a good choice, we might let others choose for us. We can bend in the wind and let things roll out as they may, or stand firm and make our own decisions. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want, and have everything we need to get it.

Family pressures and traditions are powerful. When everyone is on the same page, doing the same things the way they’ve always been done, it’s easy to get agreement. We can follow what others are doing and keep the boat steady, but every option is available. If we want something different, we can choose our own way forward. Accepting the choices of others doesn’t mean we must follow them. We can be respectful, and polite, and go our own way.

Today if you’re being pressured to do something you really don’t want to do, decide what you want the most. You are important and valuable, and can have the life you desire. Every single blessing is already there for you and with determination, and persistence, you can make every dream come true.

Doing and Saying

27 Aug

There are all kinds of people around us every day. We see them at work, at the store, on the road and just about everywhere we go. We’re all busy living our lives and accomplishing whatever we want or need to get done. What we do defines us, and lets people know who we are, and where we’re headed. As we interact with others, we can say anything. We can tell the truth about ourselves, or make up any story we like. If we wish our life was different, or that we were further down the road than we are, we may embellish and fabricate our situation to present the image we want to portray. Talk is cheap and easy to manipulate. But what we say doesn’t identify us. We are defined by what we do. Our actions tell the world who we are and what we stand for. If they don’t match what we’re selling, it will be hard for others to trust us. They might fall for lies at the beginning, but the truth will always rise, and when it does, we might lose more than we can imagine. Nobody wants to be fooled, and if we discover we’ve been manipulated, we might walk away from the relationship, and never return. Good, strong relationships are a great blessing in our lives. They enrich our experiences and bring us comfort and satisfaction. If we’re deceptive and purposely misleading about who we are or what we’re doing, we may end up burning every bridge behind us. Nobody has a perfect life, and we’re on the road to somewhere. Choosing wisely and being honest about ourselves will open doors, and move us closer to our goals.

Sometimes what people say doesn’t exactly match what they do. Someone may say they love us but can never find time to spend with us. Or they might say they’re honest, but their ethics at work are slippery at best. We can say anything at any time, but what we say will never determine who we really are. That can only be defined by what we actually do. We are capable of making excellent decisions, even when they’re inconvenient or difficult. We can choose the road ahead with clarity and integrity, and reach success.

There may be times when due to external pressures or expectations, we say we’ll do something we aren’t sure we can achieve. Once we agree to whatever we’ve been asked to do, we are committed and must follow through. If there is no way to do what we’ve agreed to, we can go back and discuss other possible options. We are wise and intelligent, and can be clear about our capabilities and desires. By being honest in our agreements, and openly communicating our plans, we will move ahead with great confidence and success.

Today if you’re tempted to pretend to be something you’re not, or embellish what you’ve done to impress someone, remember what you do defines who you are. Be clear and honest in everything you do, and those around you will honor and trust you. There is greatness inside you. Trust yourself, and step forward with confidence. Every goal is possible, and you will achieve great success.

Free Pass

14 Nov

Every choice we make has consequences. If we’re careful and thoughtful, and do our best to choose the best possible options, chances are the consequences of those decisions will work in our favor. But people are complex and life is complicated. Things go wrong, unexpected problems arise, and we make mistakes. If we’re stressed, overwhelmed, angry or distracted, we might make a decision that isn’t in our best interest and has dire results. We are free to choose anything we like, but we’re not free to choose the results of those decisions. There is no way to escape our accountability for the choices we make. It doesn’t matter is we were stressed, upset, confused, or convinced by someone else to do something. If we make a decision, it belongs solely to us, and we’ll answer for what happens next. When we choose the first step on any path, we also choose the last. Accountability must be satisfied and there is no way to escape. We may have good excuses for why we did something, and they may be convincing, but there are no free passes. We are responsible for every decision we make. Nobody can make us do anything we don’t want to do. If we acquiesce when we know it’s the wrong choice, we must endure what comes. We can try to explain our way out, and offer any excuses we think might help us, but nothing can change the path we’ve chosen. Once a decision is made it cannot be erased. But even if we’ve erred, we can do what is necessary to fix the situation, and then proceed forward with renewed confidence and choose more carefully. We are intelligent and capable of making excellent choices, and nothing can prevent us from reaching our goals. With wisdom and patience, we can choose the roads that will move us forward and help us find success.

There are a lot of excuses and reasons for bad decisions. If the situation was intense and we felt pressured, we may say we couldn’t help what happened. We are always in control of everything we do, and even if we’re being pressed or bullied, we can stand firm and make the best decisions possible. Every choice we make takes us somewhere and by being proactive and thoughtful, we can make the best decisions that bring us the results we most desire.

It’s good to be kind and have mercy on someone who chooses badly, but justice must prevail. Nobody is perfect and even if others are considerate and understanding, we are still accountable for our choices. Once we’ve chosen a road, we must travel it to the end. There is no way to erase the past and the best we can do is choose more wisely moving forward. Life is all about learning and every step teaches us something to carry forward. We are able to learn from our mistakes and make excellent choices. Every goal is possible and with wisdom and care, we will reach them.

Today if you’ve made a bad decision that’s bringing you difficulty and trouble, think about your next steps forward. You can change course and turn your direction toward where you most want to go. Stand strong and step forward with confidence. You know what you want, and you will prevail.