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The Best Way Out Is Always Through


A couple of days ago, I was talking with my friend about this crazy year. At times, it has just been so challenging to dig deep and keep moving forward day after day.

She described it perfectly.

She said, it feels like you’re swimming against the current.

I agreed. That is exactly how it feels. I said, it’s a TOTAL grind! It’s like those days when you were a kid, riding your ten speed bike up a huge steep hill. You’re in first gear. And man! you’re peddling as fast as you can. You’re slowly making progress. But, you’re working really really hard to earn each inch forward.

We both laughed a little. What else can you do? Quitting isn’t an option.

So, if you’re in a similar position, know that you’re not alone. Also, even though today it may feel like we’re swimming against the current, at least we’re swimming.

Slowly, but surely, we’re making our way through. And, let’s not forget, like that great saying explains…

“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost [Read more…]

Take It One Moment At A Time

IthinkwhenweHave you noticed how difficult it can be to find the way through uncertainty? Those times when we can’t clearly see the road ahead, but we know somehow or someway we must make our way down it.

Some of the hardest times of my life have been those times when I was surrounded by uncertainty. I couldn’t see how things were going to work out. I can remember just sitting on my couch, staring out into space, and hoping that direction or guidance or answers would come. But, when the answers didn’t come right away, I would get worked up and stressed out. I would say to myself,

I can’t believe this … What am I going to do?
Where did I go wrong?
Can I please have some help or a pointer in the right direction?

I am much better these days at finding the way through uncertainty. I learned that all we need to do is stay calm, understand it’s okay to not have answers and take things one step and one moment at a time. [Read more…]

Building the New

Thesecretofchange(1200628)You know those times when we’re trying to accomplish something we really want?

Maybe it has to do with our financial situation, work, relationship, health or some other personal goal. Whatever the case may be, we are in one place in life, but we really desire to be in a better place.

We’re ready for a breakthrough.

A lot of times when we’re working through times like these, it’s not obvious what our daily “game plan” should be. So, if today you’re trying to get certain things in your life to change or fall into place, here’s a plan that always works. It has helped me push through some of my toughest times and it’s also helped me accomplish my biggest goals.

The Daily Game Plan

One of the most important things we can do today is focus on “building the new”.
What this means is that today you direct your thoughts, attention and energy toward one thing: figuring out your best steps today that will move you closer to what you want and then taking them.

Sometimes our minds try to focus on doubts and worries. Without even realizing it, we can end up wasting a lot of time during the day worrying because of all the negative mind chatter running through our minds that’s weighing us down.

But, if we’re intentional about using the day to build the new, it helps us direct our attention to the moment in front of us and what we can actually be doing right now. We send our minds on a positive mission searching for our best steps. This helps us stay focused on the right things so we can make continual progress.

A simple saying to say all day today to stay focused on the daily game plan of “building the new”:

1. Breathe.
2. Relax.
3. What’s my best step right now? [Read more…]

It’s All Coming Together


A couple of questions for you:

When you’ve been working really hard to accomplish something, but then you run into a problem or something goes wrong, do you treat yourself to junk food?

If the answer is yes…

Are you more likely to eat ice cream OR smash an entire bag of chips?

Personally, I do both because I’m a believer that we get to eat whatever we want AND have at least two hours of “pouting time” when we’re disappointed because something has gone wrong.

My plan always is to limit this pouting time to just a couple of hours, but during that time I’m relaxing, chilling and eating ALL my pouting food.

It’s great. It’s not healthy. But, I don’t care. And here’s why…

I only end up pouting for a couple of hours and during that time I’m also actively working through doubts, frustration or any other negative thoughts the Chief Negativity Officer in my mind is focusing on.

And then that’s it.

After the pouting time is over, it’s time to recharge, outshine the Chief Negativity Officer, and get back to the work of taking steps forward to accomplish what we want. [Read more…]