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Stretching Further

11 Dec

Life is a long journey with countless twists and turns. There are unlimited goals we can achieve and endless destinations to reach, and we can design our lives any way we choose. Every goal is different, and none are the same or require the same amount of work or intensity. When we want to accomplish something easy, it’s a pleasure to push ahead and complete the task. But when we want something more complex that involves a lot of time and effort, it takes more preparedness and determination. We can do anything we really want to do, but if the goal we desire is very complicated and difficult, it may stretch us beyond what’s comfortable. If there are a lot of problems along the way and it seems no matter how hard we work or how focused we are, we make very little progress, it’s easy to feel we can’t do any more. Instead of pushing forward and trying again and again, we may give up and walk away. We can do anything we like and if we want to change our minds about anything, we can at any time. It’s hard to continually have to reach beyond what’s comfortable and if there’s no pay off, easy to give up. But we have deeper reserves than we think we have, and are stronger than we may believe. When we think we can’t do any more, there will still be room to stretch a little further. Sometimes just the tiniest additional move will bring us success. Nobody knows what lies ahead and there is no way to see the end from the beginning. We can trust that no matter how complex the situation may become or how hard it is to take another step, we have everything we need within us to accomplish anything. Every goal is possible and no matter how complex or convoluted the road becomes, we will find our way. We will reach success and find great happiness and satisfaction.

When we’re dealing with a lot of stressful complications, trying to find our way may take all our time and energy. We may have to set our personal goals aside for a time. Setting something down doesn’t mean we’re abandoning it. Change is constant, and nothing stays the same forever. We can objectively look at everything, and make the best decisions regarding our time and effort. When our situation resolves and we’re back on even footing, we can resume our progress toward the goals we desire.

Others around us may ask for our time, our responsibilities may press on us, unexpected details that must be addressed may arise, and we may find ourselves over worked and overwhelmed. We can plan effectively and work hard, but there is no need to run faster than we are able. We can stretch our capabilities as far as possible, and then let the rest go. We are intelligent and capable, and will find the answers we need, when we need them, to take us to success.

Today if you’re trying to reach a difficult goal and aren’t sure you can make it, trust yourself. Be confident and stretch a little further. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is too hard for you to manage. Take another step. Every dream is possible. The whole world is there for you, and you will succeed.

Running On Empty

12 Nov

Life is busy and we often have many things to think about and accomplish. We move from one task to the next and if we’re heavily distracted and deeply involved, we may lose track of time. We might forget to eat and have no idea when we last sat down and rested. When we’re busy and trying to get things done, it’s easy to let our personal needs slip. But we are the only ones who can take care of ourselves, and if we neglect what is necessary to keep us strong and healthy, it will impact us. When we’re driving and the gas tank is on empty, it’s only a matter of time before everything stops and we get stuck. The same is true for us individually. If we’re running on empty, pushing our luck, we might be able to keep moving for a while, but as our personal resources are depleted and we tire, everything will start slowing down. Eventually we’re going to have to stop and recharge. We are capable of greatness and when we’re motivated, few things can stop us from moving forward. Fatigue and exhaustion are powerful deterrents. If they take over, no matter how ambitious we are, we will have to stop and rest. We can head them off before they take over by paying attention to our personal needs and proactively planning for time out and nutrition. If we take the time we need to make sure we’re strong and rested, and ready for the next challenge, we will find great success. We are powerful and capable, and with careful planning we can accomplish anything, no matter how difficult the task may be. We have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to take care of ourselves and make the most of every moment moving forward. Even far away destinations are within our reach and we can accomplish anything we desire.

When we’re determined to move forward or want to accomplish something in a hurry, we might think taking time to sit down and recharge is wasteful. If we stop to rest, it’s time that keeps us from moving ahead. It’s true that when we’re taking time out we aren’t gaining ground. However, when we’re rested and recharged, we will be able to move more quickly, reason more effectively, and find our next steps more efficiently than we could have while exhausted.

If we’ve been routinely pushing ourselves to the limit of our capacity, we may struggle to recognize when we need to rest and recharge. Our bodies are amazing and can tolerate a lot, and if we listen carefully, they will give us cues when we need to eat and recharge. Working within our limitations and understanding how to maximize our efficiency will bring us great benefits moving forward. We know what we want, and we can achieve anything. We can accomplish our goals and take care of ourselves in ways that bring us great success and happiness.

Today if you’ve been pushing yourself to the limit and are exhausted and tired, step back and do what you need to recharge. You don’t have to push forward every single moment. Take good care of yourself and plan for success. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is beyond your grasp. Be wise and plan well. Every success is there for you, and you will reach it.

Overdrawn

23 Aug

Most of us don’t have unlimited amounts of money and are so rich we don’t have to track or be concerned about what we spend. Generally, we have to carefully watch our expenditures so we don’t get overdrawn in our accounts and cause problems. There are unlimited things to buy and it takes continued diligence and attention to make sure we stay solvent and manage our transactions. Everyone understands this idea when it comes to money but we may not see it when it comes to our personal well-being. There is give and take in everything and no matter what’s involved, if we give away more than we take in we’ll be overdrawn. If we are working hard at our jobs and doing the best we can and yet our superiors never recognize or thank us for our efforts, we may feel unappreciated and unvalued. In our relationships, if we give our time and consideration to someone who never follows through or reciprocates in ways that show they love us, we may feel unfulfilled and unhappy. In every situation if we’re giving our time, efforts, and attention and receive nothing in return, eventually we’ll feel the loss and may give up altogether. We’re all valuable and important and if those around us fail to notice or show their appreciation for what we’re doing and who we are, we can change the situation. We never have to stay anywhere we aren’t happy and can move forward in a new direction. Our lives are precious. We can do what we need to find complete happiness and satisfaction in every arena. If we’re overdrawn, we can stop spending our assets and move forward with confidence.

Some people are natural givers. They like to serve others and help whenever they can. It’s normal for them to offer their time and energy when they see a need, and they find great reward in serving others. It’s noble to help others and reach out in kindness, and when we can our lives will be enriched. But there is a tipping point in every scenario and if we reach the place where we’re giving and giving and still there is more need, we can step back and realistically evaluate how much more we can offer. We can sacrifice our time and still recognize and honor our personal needs. We need not give to the point of complete exhaustion. We’re in control and can ensure we aren’t giving so much to help others that we’re hurting ourselves in the process.

Our personal needs are important and deserve our attention. Taking care of ourselves is the most important thing we do every day. It’s difficult to serve others when we’re exhausted and worn out. If we take the time we need to be healthy, rested and strong we will be more effective and helpful. We can always take time to restore and recharge. By being wise and mindful not to overdraw our personal account we’ll ensure we are ready when a need arises and prepared to help.

Today if you’ve been giving too much in a situation and feel drained and worn out, step away and take the time you need to restore. You are important and valuable, and there isn’t anyone else like you in all the world. You are a great blessing and bring amazing gifts to us all. Be wise and take the best care of yourself. You’ll feel better and stronger, and more confident moving forward.

Adjusting the Compass

17 Jul

We share the world with billions of other people.  There are often people around us and their influence is continually present.  We hear what they say, we see what they do and each interaction, no matter how benign, will impact us in some way.  We all have ideas about what is right and wrong and how we want to live our lives.  If we are surrounded by others whose ideas are far different from ours, as we engage with them we may find we begin to adopt their behaviors and practices.  We are always changing and everything we see and do alters our patterns in some way.  Our personal compass points where we direct it.  We decide what kind of people we will be, where we’ll go, and what we’ll do.  If we keep our compass pointed in the direction we most want to proceed we will find satisfaction in reaching our goals.  However, the influence of others and things that happen around us may bump the needle toward something we didn’t plan on and if we simply follow along we may find we end up somewhere we never intended to go.  We are always in control of our lives and if we find we’re walking away from the road we desire most we can turn around and change direction.  There is a lot of noise in the world, but if we pay attention to what we’re doing and watch where we’re going we will stay true to the course we want to travel.  With diligence and preparation success is always possible.  We can accomplish anything we desire by adjusting our compass when needed and continuing forward with confidence.

Charismatic people are very influential.  It’s easy to get caught up and lose our direction when they want something from us.  They may try to persuade us to follow them and it may be hard to turn them down.  If we go forward with them we may be pulled away from the path that takes us to the personal goals we’ve set.  Our compass may be modified or stop working altogether.  Following someone else will take us places but they will always be places others have chosen.  If we want to achieve the things we want the most we must choose the road specific to our dreams.  We can do anything and by directing our lives we will reach every goal we desire.

When we’ve been pursuing a destination for a while and have had to overcome many obstacles to continue forward, it’s natural to get tired.  Sometimes the shine of the goal fades in the struggle to push forward.  There is no rush to reach our objectives.  We can rest and regroup at any time.  If we need refreshment we can take it.  Our dreams will always be there for us and when we’re ready to start again, the road will be waiting.  We can do anything we desire.  No achievement is too difficult or too far to reach.  By adjusting our compass and staying true to the way forward we can go anywhere.

Today if you’ve gotten caught up in something that’s taken you off course, step back and focus on what you want the most.  You know the way forward.  Turn your course toward the dreams you desire and start again.  Every goal is possible and you will prevail.  The road is waiting for you and you will succeed.

Power Outage

21 Jul
We’re all very busy in this day and age.  We might have family responsibilities, jobs, chores or tasks that never seem to end.  With the technology available to us, we are rarely out of touch with others.  We carry our laptops, tablets, and smart phones with us, and people are continually contacting us.  This constant availability and our continued responsibilities can wear on us.  We can become overwhelmed with fatigue, and get burned out.  And when that happens, everything we do may suffer.  Our concentration is off, our energy level is down, and we’re just going through the motions.
 
When it all catches up to us, and we are burned out, we have to stop.  At that point, stopping is the only way to go forward.  We have to take some time for ourselves, take a break, turn off all our gadgets, and get some respite for a while.  We can, and we should plan time for ourselves every single day.  We can keep our batteries charged instead of waiting for them to die completely if we take a little time for ourselves.  It doesn’t usually take much.  Just a short time for personal pleasure every day – say fifteen minutes in the morning, and then again in the afternoon – may prevent a full blown power outage.  During our down time we could just goof off, lie in the sun, read a book, take a walk or whatever else we enjoy.  We can regroup and rest for a moment before starting again.  We work hard every day.  We do a lot.  We deserve a break, and we need to take it.
 
It takes planning to prevent burn out, but sometimes we don’t take the time to make a plan.  We know if we’re working all the time the crash is going to come, but instead of planning for time out, instead of scheduling a break, we sometimes just keep pushing forward.  There is the next thing on our list that needs to be tended to.  There is that project coming up we’ve already put off twice that must be done.  There is so much to do, we can get lost in the busy-ness of it, and forget we need a break.  But we’re important, and we deserve to be at our best.  We can only do that if we remember to schedule time for ourselves along with the time we’re scheduling for everyone else.
 
Today if you’re feeling burned out, and exhausted, just stop for a while.  Take a break.  Go outside, get away from your phone and your computer, and take a breather.  Give yourself recess.  Take the very best care of yourself.  The time you take to refresh is as important as anything else you will do today.  Take it.  You’ll feel stronger, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll be happier.  You deserve every good thing.  Today schedule time just for you.  You are the most important person on your list today.
 

Free Space

12 May

Our world is a busy place. We have a lot to do every day, and no matter how much we get done, there is more waiting for us. We are glued to our smart phones, iPads, day planners, and calendars. We constantly check our email, voice mail, Twitter, and Facebook, and a dozen other things. It’s an invasive and constant situation. Of course, life hasn’t always been this way, but the technology age is here, and whether we like it or not, we are part of it. When we add our daily routines of work, chores, errands, gym, walking the dogs, cooking, cleaning up, and everything else we have to do, it gets exhausting, and can be overwhelming. After a time we need a break.

Taking time for ourselves is not just an option, it’s a necessity. We need to plan for time down, without the electronics, without the phone, without the pressure. Just time to recharge, and rest. For some of us that may include time spent with family or friends. Or it might mean an outing to a museum, or gallery. We might decide to stay home, and just veg on the couch with a good book. If we have the time and resources, it could mean a vacation trip to someplace we’ve always wanted to go. Whatever it means to us, whatever it takes to rejuvenate ourselves, that’s what we need.

But in order to make it happen, we need to plan for it. We need to write it in our day planners, enter it into our smart phones, and if we’re working, we need to request the time off. Once we have it planned we must commit that no matter what happens, outside of a natural disaster, atomic explosion or death, we will follow through, and take the time.

I have a family member who works constantly. He is always extremely busy with one project or another. He makes lots of plans, and he completes them. He goes to his regular job during the day, and when he finishes there, he starts working on the project of the month. He is always coming up with new and ingenious ideas, which are great, but he seems unable to see that all he does is work. He is not married because he doesn’t have time to date. He doesn’t go on vacation because he has too much to do and can’t ‘find’ the time. He rarely visits his family because he doesn’t want to stop the progress he’s making on item A, B, or C. He works constantly. As a result, he is always tired, and he has few friends. He isn’t happy with his life like it is, but he says working this hard now will ensure that in the future he’ll have the freedom he wants. Well, that might happen. Or he might find that this will become his lifelong model, and he’ll never stop to get to that freedom.

No matter how much we do, we will never be completely done with what comes next. Life is a continuous process. There is no end until we die. Work will expand to fill the time we give it – no matter how much time that encompasses. We can work 24/7 if we like, and we still won’t be done. So, either we control the work or the work controls us. If the work is controlling us, when do we get to live our lives?

Plan for time down. Plan for it. And then take it. Take the time you need to recharge your batteries. Turn off the phone. Turn off the computer. Shut down the iPad. Forget about Twitter feeds, and what’s happening on Facebook. Go outside. Take a walk. Take a nap. Go skateboarding. Go surfing. Play tennis. Do whatever makes you happy. Take time apart from your usual schedule to restore. If we can do this regularly, we will have more energy when we return to our busy lives, more excitement for what we’re doing, and more happiness in the long run. This life will take everything we give it. We need to make sure we give something back to ourselves.