The Ripple Effect


Have you hit a rough patch? Do you think it’s okay to give up on your goals and dreams? Do you think they don’t really matter—that your life will be just fine without them?

Here’s something to consider: Everything you do has a ripple effect, not only in your own life but also in the lives of others and for generations to come. Granted, you can live a great life without achieving your dreams…but there will always be something missing, a mild discontent. And, of course your friends and family can still live great lives in spite of you not going for your dreams. But, if you do work toward your dreams and achieve them, think how much better your life can be—and how you can enhance the lives of those close to you.

I’m sure you can think back along your family tree and find someone who, when faced with difficult circumstances, decided to make a change. Perhaps they changed careers or move to a new town. Possibly, they started a business or maybe even moved the family to a whole new country. That change made all the difference for them and their immediate family. And you now are still enjoying the benefits of that decision. It could be that you’re working in the family business that your great-grandparents started. You may be living in a country with far more opportunities than the one from which your ancestors emigrated. Whatever it is, you’re standing on their shoulders and their achievements are your foundation. Their decisions made decades ago are still enhancing your life today.

The ripple effect also works the other way. Perhaps, decades ago, someone in your family tree made a bad decision. Maybe it sent their immediate family into poverty and disgrace. You and your family may still be working out from underneath that burden.

You can change this, though. You can change the course of your family’s river by taking the next step on the pathway to your dreams!

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Copyright Sweet Doll Designs

The point is, you just don’t know the deep impact your actions—or lack of actions—are going to have in your life, the lives of others, and the lives of those coming after you. That’s why it’s vitally important for you to keep your negative thoughts under control—over-write them with upbeat thoughts. Focus on the positive: your talents, the steps you are taking toward your dreams, and the constructive things that you can do each day. When you do this, you are benefiting yourself, your immediate family and friends, and you’re laying the groundwork for generations to come.

Use your ripple effect for the good, the constructive, in your life and others’ lives.

Your homework today is to take the next step. Marshal your thoughts; concentrate on the positive and what you can do. And then do it. Move forward!

You can do this, I know you can.

Post in the comment section about the ripples you’re creating today.

I’m so proud of you!

Your friend,



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