From Setback to Success

The next time you face a setback, keep this vision in mind. Slow down if you must. Keep going, and maintain a steady pace. If you’re tempted to step off the track, pull yourself together. And above all else, do whatever it takes to stay in the race.

What you leave behind to keep moving is just as important as what you do to move forward. Today’s setback isn’t the end. Success is right around the corner. Tomorrow is your chance to start again.

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Perfectly Prepared

Prepare for goals and dreams the same as you would for an interview. Don’t wait to be perfect just to start, but make sure that you’re perfectly prepared. Results may not come as quickly as you like. You’ll make mistakes and face setbacks along the way. But if you focus on preparedness, not perfection, you’ll soon find your way.

Mindset is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will. 

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Chance to Fly

Pursuing dreams is like a plane trip. To start, you have to go to the airport. Your destination is clear, and you have a flight to catch.

Hesitation sets in as you drive into the terminal parking lot. You’ve already canceled this flight several times before. The thought of being out of control in the air makes you feel uneasy. This time you make it to the airport, but temptation to turn back hits you just before you board.

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Hit the Target

Imagine that you’re standing in front of a dartboard. Your eyes are covered, and you’re merely throwing darts. While you have an idea as to the board’s location, you don’t have a clear goal.

If you hope to increase your odds, you need to rely on more than just chance. Without a plan, it’s virtually impossible to know if you’re shooting in the right direction. Clarity will allow you to pursue goals with intention.

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Keys to Success

Imagine that you’re walking down a long hallway. You have no idea which key fits into which door or which door to try. The only thing you know is that opportunity could be on the other side, and any key in hand could be the right one.

Although possibilities are endless, real success is hard to come by. How do you figure out which key to use and which door is right?

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Stretch for Success

What if a rubber band refused to stretch? It might not expand to reach its potential. It may lose elasticity and fail to get back in shape. It might not be willing to hold things in place.

A rubber band’s ability to stretch gives it value. Flexibility enables it to expand, and this leads to growth. While adaptability is essential, resilience allows it to bounce back to realize its full potential.

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Road to Success

Imagine that you’re driving down a long road. This trip is different than many others, as you don’t have a navigation system or a map to follow. While your vision is clear, the destination is uncertain. Yet you know exactly where you want to end up.

There are detours, exits, rest stops and obstacles along the way. Some take you down dark, empty side streets. Others lead to lush scenery and roads paved with success.

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Raise the Bar

Imagine that you’re running through an obstacle course. You have many challenges to overcome along the way. Some prompt you to stoop down, while others demand that you reach high. All require that you calculate risk and make quick decisions with ease.

Midway through the competition, you hit a big hurdle. To make it to the next level, you have to crawl under a barrier and raise the bar. Then, you have to find a way out of a small contained space to make it to the final stretch. You’re taken back by this obstacle, as you didn’t train for it. You’re determined to stand out, so you refocus your mind to push through a mental block.

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Hidden Treasure

Gifts and talents that come naturally to you may seem too simple. This may cause you to assume that others experience the same ease. In turn, you may view them as insignificant. While they may be effortless for you, this doesn’t make them unimportant. In fact, they're called gifts because they've been given to you by grace. It isn’t your role to determine their value. It’s your responsibility to take what you’ve been given and make the most of it.

Treasures are right before our eyes, yet many miss gems searching for pearls at the bottom of the sea. Potential isn’t something to find. It’s already inside. Possibilities aren’t just in dreams. It takes faith to believe.

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Step Outside the Box

True change is on the inside. Outside influences lose power to control you. But the impact of that change is only felt when you allow yourself to be stretched. While you may seek comfort, growth is limited by the familiar. If you hope to examine life beyond the four walls of your box, you must first be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

If a desire to change is stronger than fear of change, you’ll find the courage to take a step. Step into what you’re meant to do, and you’ll become all that you’re called to be.

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Stay in the Game

At times life throws curveballs when we think we’re about to hit a home run. Discouragement quickly sets in. We’re tempted to step off the field, and we lose the will to try again.

Everyone steps up to the plate with the hope of hitting it out of the park. Yet very few hit a home run. Some make it to third base, while even more make it to second and first. None start with a guarantee of success.

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Turn Over Your New Leaf

What if the leaves were to say I refuse to change? They might not transition from shades of green to red, orange and yellow. Maybe they would fail to fall from the trees. They may not be willing to share branches with neighboring flowers and leaves.

While there’s beauty in transformation, there’s also resistance. Every stage of life involves uncertainty and risk. Even the calmest of periods is made up of rainy and sunny days. If we hope to grow, we have to be willing to embrace change.

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Move Your Mountain

If you pick up one rock a day, it may feel like the mountain will never move. But if you’re careful and consistent, you’ll leave time and space for the dust to settle. Other rocks will be affected by the change. Thoughtful movement will allow everything to fall into place. This will give you the balance to pick up rocks day after day.

Consistency is key. Pick up one rock a day. One day you’ll look back and realize you moved a mountain.

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Wrong Turn, Right Way

At the start of the year, you get the opportunity to look at the past through a rearview mirror. Perhaps last year’s progress was based on where you ended up at the end of the year. And your will to succeed was calculated by how quickly you got there. 

It can be discouraging to think about how things might have turned out had you taken another path. But it’s empowering to know that you can shift direction. If things didn’t go as anticipated, this might not be a long stretch.

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The Who Beyond the Do

This year, resolve to be the best version of you. While you may want to add some goals, it may not be necessary to change what you do. You may just need to change your perspective. If you’ve committed to starting the new year with a new you, just start by being true to yourself.

Confidence is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will. Expect great things to happen. Walk in that belief. What once felt impossible will feel within reach.

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Grow Where You're Planted

Perhaps something needs to change inside to make this your year of new beginnings. Reflecting on the tree, it has to make the best of its circumstances. While it goes through seasons, change may not be visible to others. Over the years, it builds strength to stand as it grows taller and establishes deeper roots.

The next time you’re thinking about making a quick move, think of the tree. Small, gradual changes may need to take place for real transformation to occur. Personal development may not always be evident to others. Maybe, just maybe, you need to grow where you’re planted. As you build a strong core, growth will occur naturally. And you’ll find the courage to branch out and embrace new beginnings.

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Hope for Tomorrow

As the year comes to an end, the tendency is to reflect on where we are compared to where we thought we would be. Perhaps we made a list, and it’s time to assess how well we did. Maybe we've had the same mental list for years, and it never went further than our thoughts. Whatever the case, the start of the new year gives us another chance to try. 

If life throws a curveball, handle it with grace. Adapt and adjust. Always stay in the game. Don't let today's challenge steal tomorrow's vision. Hold on to hope.

Thank you for following Inspireu2Action in 2018. I look forward to blessings to come in 2019!

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Run Your Race

Have you ever felt like you were running on a treadmill with no destination in sight? You couldn’t even remember what you had done that day, let alone the day or week prior. One thing was for sure, you felt exhausted and drained. 

Life will always be like running on a treadmill without a clear destination. It’s only by pursuing your purpose that you’ll ever feel the satisfaction that a marathon runner feels after completing a race. 

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Greener Pastures

While you may need to stick it out and go through dry seasons in life, don't be afraid to step into something new. While change is inevitable, it isn’t always easy. There’s a chance you'll step into what you thought were greener pastures only to encounter dry patches along the way. Whatever the case, you have to be willing to step out to find out.

Change is a part of life, and it’s the only way to grow. Growth will stretch you. Don’t let it break you. Learn as you grow. Grow into your potential. And with the right attitude, your grass can be greener on either side.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road Ahead

Imagine you’re running late for work. You get to the office in a rush. You’re close to the elevator when you drop a piece of paper. Others behind you are running late as well. Looking back, you catch a glimpse of the crowd.

What happens if you stop abruptly to pick up the piece of paper you dropped? If others are rushing behind you, it’s likely you’ll bump into someone. If there’s a wall, you might just hit the wall.

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