No matter what, you must press on. You will not achieve your dreams if you don’t.
At times it’s hard to keep moving forward so here are some quotes to give you the boost you may need:
You’re a winner. The tests of life are not meant to break you, but to make you. ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember-the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. ~Zig Ziglar
No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. ~Unknown
You don’t drown by falling in water. You drown by staying there. ~Anonymous The word “crisis” is from the Greek, meaning “a moment to decide.” The recurrent moments of crisis and decision when understood, are growth junctures, points of initiation which mark a release from one state of being and a growth into the next. ~Jill Purce~
Your homework today is to press on. Take the next tidbit of a step. Don’t worry about how small or insignificant it may be. Every effort adds up and every effort makes a difference.
Read these quotes. One or more of them may resonate with you. If so, keep it in mind during the day and repeat it to yourself often. Let its energy give you the boost to keep pressing onward.
In yesterday’s post, I told you about one of the Red Tailed hawks that lives in my neighborhood (click here to be taken to the post). Even though I didn’t see the hawk today, it stayed on my mind all day.
I kept picturing the way the hawk seemed so carefree and how it playfully wheeled in the sky as it skimmed along on the thermals. Never once did it over exert itself–or even exert itself, for that matter! But yet, it soared!
To my amazement, at one point I noticed the hawk was climbing HIGHER in the sky!
There was no desperate flapping of wings slinging feathers everywhere, and there was no squawking and carrying on while it strained to go higher.
No, none of that!
With a simple and easy tilt of its wings, the hawk glided higher in the sky!
This got me to thinking….
The hawk did what it did best–in this case, gliding and soaring. Not once did it worry or get frustrated and curse its bad luck at having been born a hawk. Not once did it try to catch prey like a bear or a shark would.
Instead, the hawk trusted that it had what it took to be a hawk. And it trusted that with observation and patience, opportunities that were right for it would come along. And, when they did, the hawk took immediate action!
Your homework is to trust and have faith in the fact that you have what it takes to be you and that Nature, events, and opportunities are supporting you in being you. Trust and have faith in the fact that you also have what it takes to make your dreams come true and that Nature, events, and opportunities are conspiring to help you live the life of your dreams.
Like the hawk, be patient, be observant, and do what you naturally do best. When opportunities line up, take action!
In my neighborhood we have at least two Red-Tailed Hawks that live with us–in the wild, of course! Yesterday, I was taking a break from working and was gazing out the window. It was a beautiful sunny, early fall, day–the leaves with a hint of color and a powder blue sky decorated by a few beached white clouds. As I was taking in the scene, I noticed one of our resident hawks lazily circling on the air currents.
My first thought about the hawk was: Not a care in the world; just effortlessly gliding along.
This got me to thinking….
How many times do we worry and fret, allow our stomachs to knot up, and then we end up losing sleep because of something gnawing at us? More than that, though, how many times does that issue resolve itself and, on its heels, another one comes along…starting up the whole worry process again? If we aren’t careful, this cycle of worry can go on for years–decades, even–firmly entrenching itself as a habit pattern–a bad habit pattern.
We can take a lesson from the hawk as it was ‘just hangin” on the air currents. Perhaps it was hungry and eager for a meal. Instead of fretting about it and flapping its wings all over the place and squawking and carrying on, it was just hangin’, gliding through the air.
As it circled, the hawk probably had its eyes open and was attentive to what was happening on the ground (the most likely location of its meal), but it was probably alert to other opportunities that might come along–keeping its options open (for instance, it could have grabbed a bird in mid-flight)!
Then, as I watched, the hawk altered its pattern. It folded its wings and swooped below the tree line into the meadow beyond. I imagined that the hawk’s choice of just hangin’ and being open to the possibilities paid off in the form of a tasty meal.
Like the Red-Tailed Hawk, as we move toward our dreams, we can relax and just hang, being open to what comes along. When an opportunity does present itself, we can swoop in and take advantage of it!
Your homework today is to take time to just hang. That doesn’t mean to veg-out like some sort of zombie. It means to suspend judgment and worry and, in a relaxed state, observe what’s going on around you. When you spot something that can help you move forward toward your dreams, take action!
At the farm this past week, for our shares, we were able to pick one sunflower. At first glance, it looks as if they are done for the season. All that seems to be left are withered stalks and shrunken flower heads. But, when I shifted my focus just a little bit–less than a foot– and poked around, I saw brand new blooms hidden among the dried stalks. I found a beauty to take home!
This got me to thinking….
How many “parched fields” do we pass by because we think there’s nothing of value there? What would we see if, instead of speeding by, we took a moment to slow down so we could get a good look at them? What if we were to stop and poke around a bit; what rare flower or delectable fruit would we find?
Your homework today is to stop being so quick to judge and dismiss an opportunity because it seems like there’s nothing there. Take a moment to shift your focus and see it from a variety of angles; think it through. You may find that breakthrough you’ve been searching for!
No matter where you are and no matter what you have to deal with today, you can pause and delight in the beauties of this season. Yes, you have worries, yes you have cares but you also have a moment to notice the splendors right in front of you.
Your homework is to look around you and delight in the day.
Today begins the last quarter of 2015; we’re heading down the home stretch of the year! There’s still time to achieve some of the goals we listed at the beginning of the year.
Press the Reset Button!
Today you can declare that no matter what happened in 2015 so far–the goofs you made, the action steps you’re dragging your feet on, the ways in which you held yourself back–you can draw a line under all of this and leave it behind.
You can press the Reset Button.
You can resolve to take steps–even if they’re little smidgens of steps–toward your goals and dreams.
Your homework today is to focus forward. Forget about what you did or did not do so far this year. Leave behind all the shouldas, wouldas, and couldas. Resolve today that you will do a little something toward your dreams and goals each day, if possible. If you can’t take action each day then promise yourself that a certain time each week you will focus on your goals and dreams for a set period of time (for instance, every Saturday morning for one hour you’ll work on moving forward toward your dreams). Then follow through on that promise!
Break the actions into steps. Break those into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tiny bits. Break those into smidgens and specks. Once you get to a size that is just right for you, do those teensy tiny things!
Pressing the reset button is only a matter of refocusing on your dreams and doing the little bits and bobs of steps that will move you closer toward them!
Many times we don’t take action–or we take only half-hearted action, because we’re waiting for someone to rescue us.
Part of the reason is that if someone would rescue us then we wouldn’t have to do anything. We could stay as we are living our life the way it is now. We can stay comfortable in the life that we know well–even though it may not be the life of our dreams.
If someone would rescue us then we wouldn’t have to leave our comfort zone.
Although, it may be that being rescued isn’t what we really want.
Consider this: Perhaps we want someone to see us and think enough of us and want more and better for us and then do something about it. These feelings and desires are tied up in being valued and being thought important enough that it is worth it for the person to put forth the time and effort to help us. Perhaps what we really want is validation that we’re valuable, we’re worthy of being cared about and cared for; that our lives matter and we matter.
It’s hard to let go of that–looking outside ourselves for validation, for verification of our worth, for confirmation that we have a right to exist.
But we have to.
We must turn away from looking outside of ourselves.
It’s unhealthy to keep looking outside of ourselves for this because we will never consistently get it. Even if our friends and family are the most caring, supportive, and loving people in the world and generously shower us with their love and caring, these people are people, meaning that they are not perfect. They will have days when they are frustrated so they don’t have much love and caring for us. They have their own concerns and issues to deal with in their own lives and, again, they might not be able to give us all we need.
Sounds like there’s no hope for us, right?
There IS hope! There IS something you can do!
You can do this–all of this–for yourself!
You’re the one who knows exactly the love and care you need each moment of the day. You’re the one who can tailor the love and care to your personality and to your specific needs in any particular moment!
You CAN love and care for yourself! You CAN rescue yourself!
Your homework today is to think about the areas of your life where you are waiting for rescue. In that particular area you may need the help of experts, however, analyze the situation and ask yourself what little piece of it can you do. What little bits of steps can you take to assist the experts, making it easier for them to help you and thus enhancing the help that they give you.
As you look at the areas of your life where you’re waiting for rescue and as you take little bits of steps to solve little bits of the problem for which you are waiting for rescue, you will begin to see that you CAN help yourself. You DO have what it takes to move forward, even just a teensy tiny bit. Your confidence will grow. And, as you continue doing what you can to help yourself, you’ll soon find that you are your own rescuer!
You can do it–just take it one little teensy tiny step at a time!
I’m so proud of you for the wonderfully caring and loving way you take care of yourself.