Tag Archives: Roadblock

Chapter One

26 Feb

We go through many experiences as we navigate the years of our lives. Each stage brings new things to discover as we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. But life isn’t divided into defined segments. It’s a continual process of learning and growing, but things may happen along the way that mark specific changes in what we’re experiencing. Like starting chapter one of a new book, we may be in situations where suddenly our lives have turned and we’re stepping on a new road. A new job, marriage, the birth of a child, a painful breakup, the death of a spouse, and a thousand other things may instantly change us moving forward. Important changes that affect us deeply give us the opportunity to review what we’re doing and where we are. We may choose to change everything, go in a completely new direction, or we may decide to stand still. Life is all about change, and sometimes those changes are far reaching and permanent. When our world shifts and we’re on a new road, we may feel uncomfortable, but facing a new story doesn’t mean we can’t succeed. With determination and focus, we can make what is uncertain and foreign become sure and familiar. There are great adventures for us and our first steps toward them may be unsettling, but once we move ahead, we will gain greater confidence and find comfort and satisfaction. The first chapter of a book never tells the whole story. It unfolds with each page. We can step forward and take advantage of every possibility as we move closer to the destination. Every success is there for us, and nothing is out of reach. We can be confident we will prevail and find joy and gratification in the process.

There are all kinds of books out there. Some have similar plots, and we can tell after the first few pages what will happen next. Others are more complex, and we have no idea where they will take us. Our lives are often the same. There will be predictable outcomes we expect and can prepare for, and there will be other times when unexpected developments surprise us and knock us down. We never know what will come but whatever it is, we can be sure we’ll have what we need to find our way forward. We can resolve even the most difficult and complex problems. Nothing can keep us from advancing, and we will prevail.

When we’re moving along in one direction and happy with our progress, if a sudden roadblock appears, we may be stopped and no longer able to move forward. If that happens, we can waste a lot of time trying to make it work, or we can change direction. It’s hard to turn around when the destination we desire is straight ahead, but everything changes in time. Turning our course doesn’t mean giving up. The goal is still possible, and when the doors open again, we’ll be ready to move ahead.

Today if something has changed and you’re facing a new and difficult situation, remember all the times you’ve already been successful. You are highly capable and will find the way forward. You know what you want and have everything you need to achieve it. Be sure of yourself and step forward. Nothing can keep you from the destinations you seek, and you will succeed.

Successful Failure

10 Feb

There are unlimited possibilities in life, endless places to go and infinite things we could accomplish. We will never run out of new things to do or destinations to reach. If we live our lives fully and embrace new options and ideas, we’ll have incredible experiences that will enrich us and give us great depth and understanding of the world around us. But taking a chance on something new requires courage and faith. If we’re afraid of failure we may not venture out of our normal routines. It’s fine to live a small, restricted life if that’s what we want, but limiting our exposure to something new will never enrich us. Routines are comfortable and easy. We mostly know what to expect and it’s easy to repeat the same behaviors and patterns over and over. We can pave the road simply by continuing to walk over it. Repetition is simple but there is no refreshment or enhancement to what we already know. We can accomplish great, amazing things if we trust ourselves to step forward toward them. Being afraid of failure and standing still will never move us forward. New roads that are foreign and untraveled can be intimidating, but we are smart and once we take the first step, can make them ours. Failure may happen, but it doesn’t mean we can’t reach the goal. When we fall down or get lost, we learn more about what works and what doesn’t. If we look at missteps as a learning process instead of the end of the road, we will overcome any obstacle. There isn’t anything strong enough to keep us from progressing and we have everything we need to unravel any complication or problem in the way. Every single dream can be ours if we’re willing to do what is necessary to obtain them. Nothing is out of reach, and we can have the lives we desire.

There is no life manual to help us prevent making a wrong turn. There’s no alert coming to warn us of dealing with certain people or choosing a particular path. Everything is open and available, and we can do anything we like. We learn by doing and we’re going to make some mistakes along the way, but each will give us good information for moving forward. By learning all we can as we move along, we will gain all the skills and tools we need to succeed.

There may be times when it seems no matter what we do we can’t move ahead. There is always another problem or complication that blocks our path. If we focus on the difficulties, we may begin to believe we’ll never succeed. We may think we don’t have whatever it takes to get to the prize. That will never be true. Trouble may come and the road might get hard, but we are stronger than anything we must face. Every single answer is already there for us and with determination and courage, we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been hesitant to start something new, afraid you will fail, be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and can accomplish anything you desire. Decide how you want to proceed, and step forward. Every single dream is possible, and you will make them yours.

A Thousand Steps

2 Apr

There are a lot of things we want to accomplish in our lives. Some are easy and quick, and we get them done and move on with little concern or effort. Others are harder and take more time and concentration to complete, and sometimes we may be up against something that’s so big we aren’t sure we can manage it. There may be a long road ahead that will involve serious dedication and perseverance to get to the goal. Even if it’s something we really want to accomplish, looking at it from the beginning may be daunting and overwhelming. Each step may take serious consideration and thought, and there may be over a thousand steps before us. If there’s a long, long road ahead, we must decide if the destination is worth the effort it will take to reach it. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what is needed to achieve the goal. The road may be long and the journey may be difficult, but with determination and dedication we can succeed. We have everything we need to do anything we desire. We are strong enough, and wise enough to find the way forward. Our lives are always in our control and we can design them any way we like. It doesn’t matter if what we want is hard to reach, or if the road is long and difficult. We can set our sights and proceed forward with confidence. Every destination is possible and nothing is beyond our reach. With determination and courage, we can step forward and achieve anything we desire. All our dreams are possible and we will succeed.

If you’ve ever looked at a road map you’ve seen that few roads are straight lines leading from point A to point B. There will often be some sort of switchback or turn that diverts it away from the destination. The same is true when we set out to accomplish something. Rarely will the path forward be clear and unobstructed, and follow a clean, straight line to the goal. Generally, there will be some roadblocks in the way or we’ll have to re-route around something we didn’t plan on. The journey may take us in the opposite direction for a time, but with patience and planning we can still reach the goal. We know where we want to go and have everything we need to get there.

When the goal we want to reach is difficult, and the road ahead stretches beyond what we can see, it may seem impossible to achieve. There may be a thousand steps ahead, but we need only accomplish the one in front of us. If we focus on one day at a time the journey will be manageable and we’ll gain confidence as we move forward step by step. With determination and persistence, we’ll advance and reach the goal. We can do anything. Nothing is too difficult or demanding for us. We can make our dreams come true and reach any destination we desire.

Today if you’re looking down a long road to a goal you want to reach and feel overwhelmed at what lies ahead, take one step forward. Do what is needed today to push ahead. You have everything you need to manage whatever comes. You are amazing, powerful and wise, and nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident. Every blessing is possible and you will succeed.

Climbing

26 Jul

Every experience we have in our lives teaches us something. Every time we try to reach a new destination or goal we stretch in new ways and learn new things. When we have our eyes focused on where we want to be and are striving for it, sometimes all we can think about is how great it will be when we get there. It’s nice to reach the summit and we feel great when we succeed, but the goal itself isn’t what teaches us. All the work and all the benefit come from the climb to get there. As we take each step up a little further, and push ourselves to continue despite hardship and struggle, we become stronger and wiser. The rocks in our way, the detours that confound us and the missed turns that make us go back and start again are the blessings in the journey. We sometimes forget that and think the blessing lies in reaching the goal. It’s great when we succeed but once we’ve arrived at the destination, the growth we gained to reach it is what makes us who we are. The determination it takes on the road that gets us there is what defines and shapes us. If we can remember that when the road is long or difficult it will help us hold onto our confidence as we push forward.

If we want to be limber and flexible, we stretch our muscles. We pull on them in different ways to enable them to become nimbler and loose. As we do, we develop the ability to reach further and bend deeper. When we feel stiff or sore, stretching helps us loosen up and relax. Just like our muscles, when we stretch what we can do and where we want to go, we are able to reach further and attain more. We learn with every step forward as we loosen up and find our way. If we stay in the same place and don’t try anything new, our lives may become stagnate and stiff. Sameness may be comfortable in its predictability but it can’t teach us anything new. We can reach for something different and try for another challenge. When we stretch our abilities we’ll become more flexible as we learn new patterns and experience new roads. This life is filled with opportunity. If we keep moving forward and learn as much as possible our lives will be rich and filled with growth. We can become anything we set our minds on and we can do anything we want to do.

Sometimes when we reach for new things we encounter difficulty and confusion as we try to find our way. If something stops us, we can back up and try another route. If we are challenged, we can learn to solve new problems and find the way forward. There are few things we can’t accomplish if we want to. If we stop at the first roadblock and decide it’s not worth the trouble, we can return to things as they were and stay the same. We can have mediocre lives if we want them. They are easy to achieve and take little effort. But if we really want true happiness and success, we can try harder and push further to reach it. We are capable of doing anything. There isn’t anything too hard for us. We can fill our lives with incredible experiences and new horizons, and be fulfilled and happy.

Today if you’re thinking about trying something new but aren’t sure, you can do it. You can reach any goal you set your mind to. Climb a little further. And then do it again. You have everything you need to do anything you want. There is nothing you can’t achieve.