Posts in Challenges
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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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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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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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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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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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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Don't Quit

Following dreams is like walking a tightrope. The first step is the hardest. You can’t turn back. Hope keeps you going. Faith takes you to the other side.

Expect great things to happen. Walk in that belief. What once felt impossible will feel within reach. What you achieve will only go as high as what you believe. Reach for your potential.

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Do Whatever It Takes

Determination and a strong will are vital to your success. But how do you keep going when the going get's tough? At times you'll be sidetracked. Even so, you can still stay on track. Figure out how to keep yourself motivated and do it. Inspire Yourself to Action.

You may have to go down a rough road. But a change in plans doesn't constitute a full shift in direction. You can still work towards your goals. You just might need to change the timing. An ability to adjust and adapt to circumstances keeps you moving forward.

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Balance Your Goals

If you have a vision, you're accustomed to thinking about goals. The challenge is to determine the best course of action. Responsibilities and priorities compete for your time. Finding a healthy balance is essential. Once found, do whatever it takes to Inspire Yourself to Action.

In conclusion, discover what works for you and stick to it. Maintain a healthy balance. Challenge yourself, but create a plan that leads to a sense of accomplishment. Even the smallest step deserves recognition. You'll enjoy the journey as you celebrate small successes along the way.

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Hold on Tight

Sometimes we lose direction to find our way. Grace brings us back stronger than before. In fact, what feels like a wrong turn might be just what you need to find your way.

Many circumstances are beyond your control. Even so, you have control over how you respond. God is ultimately in control of the outcome. If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You’ll get through the ride, stronger than before. 

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Make the Most of Today

Maintain a grateful, optimistic attitude as you go through your daily routine. You’ll have more energy at the end of the day. You’ll also be refreshed and ready to spend time doing what you really want to do.

While it’s great to imagine doing what you love and loving what you do all day every day, it starts with the right mindset doing what you’re doing right here right now. Be thankful for where you are as you work towards your goals. Make the Most of Today!

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Step into the Vision

When I doubt that one step will make a difference, I take two small steps. If I think that two steps won’t leave a dent, I take three. Every time I feel like giving up, and that’s just about every day, I make a decision to take just one more step. 

Remember, always push yourself just a little further than what’s comfortable. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. And make it a habit to take one more step every time you feel like giving up.


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Go with the Flow

At times, life feels like a roller coaster. So many twists and turns make it seem the world has been turned upside down. In letting go and releasing control, there’s freedom. By confronting fear and conquering obstacles one by one, you'll find the courage to handle the ride. 

Embracing this concept altered my perspective. Going with the flow, everything changed. Surrendering to natural movement, tension decreased. Consciously giving in and resisting the need to know led to a newfound sense of control.

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Stretch with Your Goals

Goals and dreams, the pursuit can seem endless. Willpower gets you going. Purpose gives you the will to keep going. Purposeful Action gets you where you’re going.

Yes, goals may feel like a stretch. Challenges may prompt you to step outside your comfort zone. Rest assured, you don’t have to do everything at once. Growth will stretch you. Grow with your goals. Learn as you grow. Step into your potential.


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Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection

A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more, and be more—but at what cost? And what happens when your purpose and perfectionism are in conflict?

In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discovering the courage to step out. After spending years struggling with an illusion of perfection and a feeling of insecurity, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a chance. 

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Power in Small Beginnings

If you wonder what’s stopping you from taking a step, you're not alone. Having goals and dreams is great. The hardest part is building the courage to step into them. The thought can make you feel like you're in a valley looking up at the peak of a mountain.

Talking about goals isn't enough. Thinking about them isn't enough. Dreaming about them isn't enough. There comes a time when you need to push obstacles to the side and walk towards your mountain.



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Bring Your Greatness Forward

Do you ever go to step out and doubt stops you before you even start? You feel ready. While it seems like the right time, maybe it's not for you. Perhaps it won't work out. It’s possible you're not quite good enough to do what you want to do. 

Yes, you can allow feelings to stop you. If you do, they'll stop you dead in your tracks. Or, you can accept them, look them straight in the eye and build the courage to take a step.

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Doubt to Action

Life will never be free of doubt and insecurity. The path to greatness will never be completely straight. Mediocrity will tempt you along the way.

The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, doubt and discouragement. There's no growth without struggle. Challenges build true strength. You'll need it when you arrive. After all, greatness isn't about you. It's about what God wants to do through you.


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