Posts in Life
Unfinished Masterpiece

While the picture may be cloudy, it’s life's gray moments that mold and shape us. Lovely streaks are added as the story unfolds. Every picture is perfect in its own unique way. Experiences have made us who we are today.

Life is the canvas. Tints of gray may cover bright tones trying to come through. Be patient with the process. The reason will one day be clear. The work is unfinished. The story is incomplete. In the end, the result is a masterpiece.

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Faithful in Small Things

Experience is a great teacher, but take caution with a pattern of thinking centered around perfect timing. Such a mindset will set you on a path of going in circles. Fear of making a mistake or not being ready may stop you from moving forward altogether.

If you wait to feel 100% ready or until circumstances are perfect, the right moment will never come. Have a big vision, but don't just dream. Focus on what you can do today. The plan will unfold as you move forward. If faithful in the small things, little by little you'll build the courage to step into the big things.

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude is everything. I bet you hear this frequently. You may even grasp the concept. It's natural to be thankful when all is going well. But how do you maintain a grateful heart, even in the midst of trying times?

Many circumstances in life are beyond your control. But you have control over how you respond to them. Mindset is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will. Walk through life with an attitude of gratitude. And turn what seems impossible into a possibility.

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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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Make Space for Clarity

Although negative thoughts and emotions may still come, you don’t have to receive or acknowledge them as truth. You can choose your thoughts and shift your focus.

Once the mental and physical clutter is cleared away, there’s going to be empty space. You need to be prepared to put something in its place. While freeing up space is excellent, be sure that you have something positive to fill it with.

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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.

Yes, it’s great to imagine a life doing what you love and loving what you do all day every day. But 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.

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Simple Test

Goals and dreams are personal. As much as we want those we care about to support us, this isn’t always going to be the case. Do whatever it takes to stay positive and encouraged independent of others’ reactions.

Remember, it’s not your responsibility to convince others that what you’re doing is right. You can’t change them, nor is it your responsibility to change them. Trying to change others’ opinions or views only drains your energy and does nothing to advance your vision.


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Healthy Balance in Action

A busy lifestyle may throw you off balance. Daily stressors are a part of life. They simply can’t be avoided. Work through what might be standing in the way then relax and celebrate accomplishments along the way.

Balance is a conscious choice. It may involve sacrifice, but keep the end goal in mind. Positive benefits far outweigh the sacrifice and effort required.


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One Day Is Today

Yes, I believe all things happen for a reason. God is ultimately in control of the whens and thens in your life. Only He knows the perfect timing for both. Even so, you shouldn't be so afraid of the whens that you fail to step into the thens.

Dreaming about the perfect moment is easy. Why not step into it with confidence. It's possible you'll step out and timing won't be right. If that happens, not to worry. At least you tried. Even if the timing isn't just right, you open the door to new opportunities in life.

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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

Ever go to step out and doubt stops you before you even start? You feel ready. It seems like the right time. Maybe, just 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 learn to accept them, look them straight in the eye and build the courage to take a step.

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Shift Your Focus

Life is about choices. Change is certain. It’s not always possible to change circumstances, but you can choose how you’re going to respond to them. Positivity is a choice. Negativity is a choice. Choose positivity over negativity.

If you can't change circumstances, change the way you look at them. Look beyond today's challenge. See tomorrow's possibility. 


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Make It Happen

Circumstances may not be ideal. Challenges are real. Still, you don’t have to lower standards to match your situation. Don’t wait for everything to line up perfectly. Rise above circumstances to reach your potential.

Life is full of challenges. Obstacles will try to get in the way. Setbacks may feel like limitations, but they’re not limitations at all. They’re simply opportunities to learn lessons along the way. 

If life throws a curveball, handle it with grace. Never give up. Adapt, adjust, always stay in the game.

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Left Behind on Layaway

Dreams and goals start to feel distant if set to the side. Perhaps what you can do seems insignificant, so you wait for one day. When pushed away, it's easy to grow more and more detached. Until one day, you don't recognize them anymore.

Committing to small investments over time is hard. It may even feel like they don't leave a dent. But I can assure you it's always better to start. If you start, you'll end up somewhere. If you don't, you'll end up right where you start.

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Challenged to Change

Change your perspective and your life will start to change. At every crossroads, you have a choice. You can let frustration set in, or you can allow challenges to change you for the positive.

If you wait for perfect circumstances, you’ll shortchange yourself and others. You have a purpose. A prerequisite isn’t that you be perfect. The world isn’t waiting for a perfect version of you. It’s waiting for a genuine version of you.

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Reset Your Mindset

Life can take you down some rough roads. How you view obstacles and challenges affects the outcome. You can dwell on what you don't have, or you can focus on how to make the best of what you do have. The choice is yours.

Let's face it, the world will never be perfect. Still, you can walk through life with a positive attitude of expectation. Shift your focus. Stop wishing for perfect circumstances. Don't imagine an ideal world. Make your world the best it can be.

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Box Full of Expectations

Get ready to reorganize your box. It’s time to reprioritize to make room for what you really want to do in life. Daily expectations have their place, but they don’t need to take up all the space. Balance is key. Goals should be big enough to stretch you yet realistic enough that you can reach them.

Barriers placed around hopeful expectations hinder forward progress. Don’t limit faith and hope by shoving them to the side. Above all else, never try to fit God in a box. There will never be enough room inside.

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Dare to Touch the Mountain

Dreams, destiny, purpose and goals, it's easy to think about them. Still many of us live in a world of if and if only. The tendency is to look at them from a comfortable distance. Getting close evokes the same fear felt when approaching a mountain. 

Yes, the mountain may seem insurmountable at times. In fact, it looks impossible to climb when standing in the valley. True courage only comes after you take the first step. Every step forward takes you one step closer to the goal. The further you get from the valley, the smaller the mountain looks.


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Declutter Your Life

Busyness is similar to physical clutter. It builds up quickly. The tendency is to push things to the side. Task piled on top of task makes it hard to find time for important things in life.

Confusion opens the door to fatigue and frustration. If not cleared away at onset, it builds up. If you want to be the best version of yourself, keep mental and physical clutter to a minimum. It simply weighs you down.


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