Posts in Life
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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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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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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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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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, 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. 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.

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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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

Do you ever catch yourself saying I will do that one day? I bet your one day is followed by when. And your when is followed by then. Then, I will follow my heart, start a family or get in shape.

The list of whens and thens is endless. I am sure that you can think of a thousand things to put after both. But the real question is…When

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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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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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