Doing It Anyway

So often we are confronted with the choice to act and our initial reaction is refusal.  The thoughts, fears, doubts and insecurities come to the forefront and tell us that playing it safe is the right way.  It is when we overcome that reaction and proceed in spite of our feelings that we develop and grow.
Success comes from doing what failure is unwilling to do.  When we take inventory of the wins and losses in our lives, we see that victory often required doing what we resist.  Likewise, defeat increases doubts and insecurities.  Better to simply do it anyway.

Taking the Risk

No risk, no reward.  Some lessons in life have to be lived before being learned.  Personally, I don’t care for the education that comes from standing by and watching; I want to be actively engaged in what’s happening.

As someone who has long been risk-averse, it’s new territory for me to let go of the proverbial comfort that usually ends up keeping me small. 
As I have discovered, when I reach out and go further than my limits, things at the very least get interesting.  More often than not, success occurs and the boundaries I have set for myself expand.

Why Does This Always Happen to Me?

Ever ask yourself this question?  It always happens to us because we somehow caused it to happen.  Until we accept that we are the uncontested author in our life, we’ll consistently be submitting our power to something or someone else.
When will it end?  The first thing to do is start telling the truth, to ourselves and most importantly to an accountability partner, like a Coach.  If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, begin by being well and energized.  Taking responsibility for our lives and the results we have is critical to success, it’s all a choice.

What Time Is It?

It’s now!  So much emphasis is placed on being present, for good reason.  Ever had a conversation with someone when you knew that you were essentially speaking to yourself?  Ever been that person that is somewhere else?  Not pleasant to be on either side of that.
How often do we take others and ourselves for granted?  When was the last time you looked someone in the eye for an extended period and simply connected with them.  Sure, it may be uncomfortable, that’s because we don’t do it enough.
It’s too late when they’re gone.  What time is it?  It’s now!

Do You Know What Day It Is?

It’s today!  We spend time in yesterday and tomorrow.  Though it’s not wasted time, it doesn’t create value to spend excessive time there.  If we know what we need to know from yesterday, we can use it as a tool, supporting us in our current endeavors.

When we are clear about how we want tomorrow to look, we can use it as motivation and direction to guide us to it; knowing at all times that the outcome is always in question.

We drag ourselves into the past and yearn for an uncertain future, leaving our present experience empty.  It’s today!

Life is a Choice

Take a look at everything you currently have; all your results.  Now, ask yourself is you chose it or not.  I would assert you did.  Further, if you believe anything else, I would invite you to reconsider.  Sure, we can have reasons and excuses for the results in our lives; some, even of the tangible variety.
 
What subdues progress for us is either allowing the reasons and excuses to run our lives or continuing our victimizations well after the fact to our detriment.  What are you choosing today?  If it isn’t your greatness or what truly serves you, choose again.

The Last to Know

We seem to find out the truth about ourselves after everyone around has had it figured out for a long time.  The timing of this realization can be lessened by our awareness of the signals we receive.
It has been said that the majority of communication is non-verbal, so it is important for us to learn to read people.  What they are saying without words can make all the difference in effectively communicating.
Remember that the other side of communication is listening and while it’s crucial to listen to the words, it’s critical to listen for what’s not being said.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Everything!  I believe that love does conquer all.  Imagine most every story ever told and consider that they virtually all end with redemption that comes in the form of love.  Whether it’s the need to receive or give love, it is what the human heart and soul requires for its existence.

There isn’t any greater currency, any higher purpose, anything…more than love.  Whatever we can attempt to put above love isn’t love at all and will pale in comparison when its intent is truly revealed.  It is important to give and receive love, yet we cannot put ourselves above love.

What’s the Chance?

We can sometimes be our worst critic.  We often do not see in ourselves what others do, usually the good stuff, so we don’t think we have what it takes to make it. 

Many of us don’t even bother to notice.  More often than not, lot’s of folks simply trade in their dreams for what get’s them by.

The way to fulfilling dreams is to do what you love, continue to hone your skills and be guided by accountability partners.  We likely cannot do it all by ourselves.  To believe in your possibilities, it takes faith in yourself and others.

Never Give Up!

How many times have you submitted to your circumstances and challenges?  Growth in life comes from stepping through obstacles either by ourselves or with the help of others.  The greatest experiences that last a lifetime are often filled with areas that we overcame and become the building blocks for future successes.

Quitting is something few of us want to be tarnished with, yet over and over we can point to examples where we’ve done exactly that.  It isn’t so much about being honest with others as how critical it is to be honest with ourselves.  Learn to live with commitment.