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Chink in the Armor

15 Mar

Most of try to do the best we can every day. We try to make good decisions, be helpful to those around us, and set a good example. It takes constant attention to choose well and we apply ourselves to the task in an effort to succeed. Often the right choice is easy to see but sometimes the waters get muddy and it’s hard to determine which way to go. At times like that, all we can do is make the best choice possible and see what happens. If every day went well and we never experienced stress, time pressures or confusion, our chances of making a good decision would be enhanced. But life is rarely like that. Most often there’s a lot going on around us, others may press us to hurry, we may have many balls in the air at once, and the time it takes to see everything clearly is lost. We may make a decision out of desperation or frustration and just deal with the results when they come. Nobody is perfect and sometimes we all make mistakes. Even when we’re trying hard, we may get a chink in our armor from a bad choice. We may end up going the wrong way, we might impact others negatively, or shut doors we need to move forward. If we’ve gone far from where we need to be to continue ahead, it may take time to get back on track. We can focus on where we want to go and do what is needed to find our way. A chink in our armor is just a momentary delay. It cannot keep us from progressing or prevent us from reaching success. We have everything we need to be successful in any endeavor. There is sufficient wisdom and courage inside us to take us anywhere we want to go. Every destination is possible and with focus and determination, we will prevail.

Lots of things can go wrong when we’re pushing ahead. We may get the wrong impression, go the wrong way, or get lost completely. Fortunately, nothing in life is permanent and we can always correct anything we need to start again. Nothing is written in stone and everything can be modified. There is no need to despair if we’ve made a mistake in judgement. We can learn everything possible from what’s happened and use the knowledge we’ve gained to move forward with confidence.

Everyone has their own opinions and ideas about how things should go. Some may tell us to go one way, some another, and some may tell us the goal is too difficult and we should give up and stop. Although we may listen to any advice we value, we don’t need approval or permission to do anything. We can design our lives any way we choose and go anywhere we want. Even if everyone else is going south, we can set our journey going north. We know what we want, and with faith and determination can succeed at anything we desire.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake that has set you back and feel like you’ve failed, be confident and trust yourself. Mistakes teach us what doesn’t work and give us more information to help us in the future. Be positive and fearless. You can do anything you desire. Every dream is possible. You are stronger and wiser than you imagine. Nothing can keep you from success and you will reach your destination.

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All Tied Up

7 Jan

Life is unpredictable and even when we plan well and do everything possible to move forward, sometimes due to circumstance or decisions made by others out of our control, we may be stopped in our tracks. Complications are always a factor and can get in the way and prevent us from advancing. When our hands are tied and there’s nothing we can do to change the situation, the desired goal may have to wait. We can complain about it, bemoan our position and kick against the barriers before us, but that will not help. We may feel better expressing our displeasure but the situation will remain and we’ll have to find a way to cope. No matter where we are in our lives, there are always many things to accomplish. It’s positive to be actively engaged and if the goal we want right now isn’t available, we can step back and review our options. The world is filled with opportunities and the opening provided by the change in our situation is the perfect time to explore them. There are unlimited doors to open and endless possibilities before us. We can change our thinking, redirect our attention, and start something new. In time, it’s likely the original road will open again and we’ll be able to continue toward the previous goal, but in the interim we can take advantage of what’s possible now. Every day is a blessing and even when things go wrong, there is the chance to do something positive. We can adjust when we need to, reroute our way forward, and find success in any endeavor we desire. Every option is possible and nothing is out of reach. Even when the world around us changes we can keep moving forward toward the destinations we want the most and find happiness and peace.

Everyone complains sometimes. It’s natural to express dissatisfaction if things aren’t going the way we want them to and complaining allows us to vent our frustration. But continuing to complain over something we can’t change without doing anything to improve our situation isn’t helpful. We can sit and grumble about what went wrong for as long as we like, and nothing will change. We’re always in control of our lives and when we’re ready can begin toward something new that will recharge us and give us satisfaction. We are never truly stopped. We can always continue moving forward and with patience and determination get the lives we want.

Unexpected changes can be unsettling and if we’re confused, we may need to stand still until we can see everything clearly. Taking time to look around and see where things stand will help clarify what to do next. There will always be another road to travel and another goal to reach. We have everything we need to decide what to do next and where we want to go. Every success is possible and nothing can prevent us from reaching it.

Today if everything has changed and all your plans have gone up in smoke, stand strong and have faith. Success is always possible and there are many options available to you. Decide what you want and begin toward a new goal. You are wise and powerful, and nothing is out of reach. Trust yourself and make your dreams come true.

Following Along

27 Apr

When we meet someone we really admire and who impresses us we may desire to be like them.  They may have a life situation we like or be doing things we want to do but so far have not accomplished.  As we are drawn in we may follow them around trying to learn more about how they live and the choices they make.  It seems logical that if we want something in our lives and find someone who has it we can copy what they’ve done and achieve the goal for ourselves.  That could work but we’re all different and what works for one person doesn’t always translate into success for someone else.  A lot depends on who we are, where we are and what opportunities are available to us.  Following someone else along, doing everything they do, and saying all the things they say will not duplicate their experiences in our lives.  We are unique and have very specific gifts to offer.  There is no way to be exactly like anyone else and surrendering who we are to find success will never bring us happiness.  We can achieve anything we want our own way.  We can follow good advice and mimic successful behavior when it works for us but we must be genuine if we want real success.  Each of us has our own combination of blessings to share with the world and individual gifts can only be offered by those who possess them.  Recognizing our personal uniqueness and embracing our personal style will help us open all the doors we seek moving forward.  Every success is possible when we are authentic and true to ourselves.  There is no need to follow along behind anyone else.  We know what we want and we know where we’re going.

Some people project authority in everything they do and we may be captured under their spell.  If they are honest and caring their influence may enhance our lives and deepen our understanding.  But if they are spiteful, aggressive, or mean to others as they push forward, if we follow them we may have to compromise our standards.  No matter what we’re trying to achieve we can hold fast to the standards we value.  We have enough wisdom and personal strength to accomplish anything and we can do it in ways that ennoble us and take us closer to the person we want to be.

There may be times when we’re influenced by someone who takes us down a road we don’t want to travel.  Once we realize we’re headed toward a destination we don’t want we can stop and redirect our way forward.  We don’t have to remain in any situation that doesn’t work for us no matter who is involved.  We may step away at any time and start again.  We always know what road we want to travel.  We are courageous enough to find it and move forward toward any goal we seek.

Today if you’ve been following someone else hoping for success but want to change direction, step off the road you’re on and redirect your course.  You are in control of your life and know exactly what you want.  You can reach any destination you desire and all options are possible.  Look ahead and chart your course.  You are unique and the world is blessed by the influence you bring.  Be yourself.  Every success is there for you and you will find it.

Wasted Years

4 Jan

There are few times in life when we go from one place to another in a completely straight line with no interruptions or detours. Every journey we take has many twists and turns. We don’t live in a vacuum and are subject to all kinds of outside influences. There are others around us making all kinds of decisions we aren’t aware of which may affect the road ahead. We can adjust our direction with each new situation and in time, find our way to any destination. If we get stuck and years go by before we are able to see clearly and shake free to begin again, we may feel we’ve wasted our time. Looking back over years struggling with something that was never going to work can undermine our confidence and we may believe we’ve ruined our chances for success. Even if we don’t move forward, the time is never wasted. Whatever we’re focused on, and whatever we’re doing teaches us something new. There is no need to worry about what we haven’t accomplished. The future is ahead of us and we can begin again. Time spent spinning our wheels gives us time to grow so when the right moment arrives we are ready to move. We can change anything we desire and move forward. There isn’t any goal we can’t reach. The whole world is there for us when we’re ready to take it.

When we’re on a road trip and reach a stop sign it’s our signal to wait and watch before proceeding. In our lives we come upon many stop signs but sometimes we miss them because we are busy or distracted. If we forge ahead on a road that isn’t ready for us, or isn’t complete, we will not be able to proceed. We all face situations that are not good for us, places we shouldn’t go if we want to succeed, and people we should avoid. But if we miss the signs that warn us to stop we may not realize it until much time has passed and we are lost. Getting lost will not end our journey. Once we understand the situation, we can change our trajectory and find the right way forward.

Time is valuable and irreplaceable. Nobody lives forever or knows how much time they have. We can never change the past but we have complete control over our futures. If we’ve lost time doing things that haven’t moved us forward, we can modify our choices and begin again. We have all the wisdom, strength and power we need to change any situation we desire. We can let go of what is holding us back, and be free to find our way ahead. Every moment is a passage to the next. Choosing what we want the most, and heading toward the destinations we desire will bring us satisfaction and success. We can do anything. Nothing is out of reach and the best roads ahead are there waiting for us.

Today if you feel like you’ve wasted years doing something that distracted you from where you really want to be, straighten your journey going forward and begin again. You can achieve any success you desire and go anywhere you want to go. Shake off what has held you back and start forward. All your dreams are attainable and you will reach them. Trust yourself. You already have everything you need to succeed.

 

Grounded

9 Jun

We can do a lot of things well and accomplish many goals throughout our lives.  When we have sufficient determination and time we can generally get to most desired destinations.  But sometimes we may try to accomplish something and no matter what we do can’t seem to move forward.  When we struggle and push and still can’t get ahead it’s very frustrating.  Life is complicated and we don’t always know everything when we begin a journey.  If we truly cannot achieve what we’ve set out to do right now it doesn’t mean we have failed.  We can look at the situation objectively, see what the problem is and then revise our plans.  We may need additional information or we may need to wait until we are in a different place in our lives.  Although it’s important to try our best to reach our goals, there is no value in trying over and over again to accomplish something that cannot be accomplished right now.  Recognizing limits is important.  If we simply cannot move forward no matter what we’ve tried the timing may be wrong or we may need to wait until our circumstances have changed.  If the destination is out of reach now we can set it aside and do other things and try again later.  All planes get grounded from time to time.  Once we see what is needed to move forward we may begin again.  We don’t have to stay grounded forever.  We have everything we need to be successful and continue forward.

We only have control over our personal decisions and what we do.  Sometimes when we’re trying to accomplish something and others are involved, their decisions may derail us and push us off track.  If we must have the agreement of others to move forward and that is not forthcoming we may be stopped in our tracks and unable to progress.  If we can’t bring them into agreement we may need to find a way around them to continue forward.  If that isn’t possible it may be necessary to set the goal aside until things change.  Life is fluid and ever changing and in time our circumstances will adjust and we’ll be able to start again.

Unpredictable complications are always a factor.  We can’t know what we don’t know and sometimes there is more to the story than we are aware when we start out.  Others may keep facts from us, things may develop that stop our progress or our lives may change in such a way that we can’t continue forward at this time.  When those things happen we can revise our plans to accommodate whatever has happened and decide how we want to proceed.  We can wait if we need to and do other things until our situation changes.  Life is long and a road that is blocked today may well be clear in the days ahead.  We can prepare for the future and be ready when the time is right to start again.

Today if you’ve been working hard on accomplishing something and no matter what you do can’t move forward, stop and look at the situation openly and completely.  Revise you plans if you need to and if the timing is wrong, set the goal aside and work on other things.  Be patient and continue forward.  Although you may have to wait, eventually everything you desire will come.

Straight Lines

24 Apr

When we want to be successful at something and are working hard to make things happen and push us ahead, we may expect our progress to move forward in a straight line.  If we’re diligently focusing it seems feasible to expect to make continual progress toward the destination.  It would be great if the line from where we are to where we want to go was straight and pointed up all the time.  We can achieve any goal we set our minds to but expecting to get there without delays or detours may not be what we experience.  Things happen, people make decisions, plans change and we may have to go sideways or even turn back a few steps to get back on track.  Success rarely comes easily and generally requires us to rethink, retool, and redirect from time to time.  We can plan and prepare and even if we’re sure the way forward is paved and clear, problems may arise that stop us in our tracks and force us to change our plans.  If the goal we’re seeking is important and we are determined to succeed, we can continue on no matter what complications come.  It may not come easily, the road may not be straight and the way forward may get dark from time to time.  We have enough courage and wisdom to find our way when things go wrong, and we are smart enough and strong enough to do what is needed to find success.

Some goals seem simple when we begin.  We know where we want to go and the road to get there is obvious and clear.  As we plan our way forward we may believe the goal will be easy to achieve.  Sometimes we are right, everything goes exactly as expected and we get to the destination with little struggle or time.  But other times, even if we’ve planned well and are sure the road we want to travel is available and ready for us, things may go awry.  There may be someone making decisions that block our way forward, or things change and the road we planned to travel is no longer available.  We may have to stop and find a new way to get to the destination.

Roadblocks and detours give us the opportunity to stop and think about our way forward again.  Sometimes when we stop in the middle of a journey we find better and easier roads to travel than we saw at the beginning.  We may find the detour points us in a direction previously unknown that gets us to the goal more quickly.  Every problem brings with it information that helps us going forward.  If we embrace the situation and take time to evaluate everything while we’re stopped, we may find answers we’ve been seeking.  There isn’t any goal we can’t achieve.  We have everything we need to find our way forward no matter how complicated the road becomes.  We are wise and powerful, and nothing can stop us from the success we desire.

Today if you’ve been pushing forward and there have been complications that stop your progress, take a moment to look around and see the whole picture.  There are answers there and you will find the way forward.  You can do anything.  There is nothing too complicated or difficult for you to overcome.  Rethink the road ahead and keep going.  Success is waiting for you and you will have it.

Reset

10 Apr

There are many roads and journeys we can take as we live our lives. We can choose any direction or destination we desire and move forward until we get where we want to go. Sometimes we know what we want and exactly how to get there. Other times we may be unsure but continue forward hoping when we reach the destination it will be what we’re seeking. As we travel along if we begin to feel doubt about what we’re doing and aren’t sure the road we’re on is where we want to be, we can step away and change direction. But if we’ve been on the same path for a while and there are a lot of connections we may be hesitant. Turning may mean a lot of change and take a lot of effort. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been going one direction. We always have the power to move. Everything we do teaches us something and sometimes we have to go left for a while to discover we really want to go right. Life is all about learning. As we travel along sometimes we may decide where we want to go is different than where we’ve been headed. We may always redirect our course going forward in the direction we’re seeking and start again. No step forward is wasted. Each step teaches us something new and as we refine our vision we may correct our direction to where we most want to be.

When we’re working with equipment sometimes everything stops and we get stuck. We have to press the reset button so everything will begin again. We don’t have reset buttons in our lives but we may certainly stop and consider what we’re doing at any time and if we aren’t happy with where we’re headed or haven’t accomplished what we wanted to do, we can reset our lives and start again. We always have the choice to change anything we like. If the road we’re on is not taking us to a destination we want to achieve, we may step away from it and chart a new course.

Change may be unsettling. If we’re resistant to it we may find ourselves doing something we don’t want to do and going somewhere we don’t want to go simply because we’re worried about the change. Routines can be comforting and knowing what to expect is easier than traveling on foreign territory. If we stay in situations we don’t really want we will never find true happiness. There isn’t a road we can’t travel and nothing we can’t achieve if we’re willing to try. We have enough courage and wisdom to make decisions that will bring us real satisfaction. We can choose a new way forward and move in the direction we want most. Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we like. We can go where we want to go with confidence and clarity, and get to any destination we choose.

Today if you’ve been on the same road for a while and you aren’t sure it’s where you really want to be, change your course. You deserve every happiness and there isn’t anything you can’t achieve. Decide what you want most and then chart your course forward to get there. All your dreams can come true. Start walking toward them. They’re waiting for you.