Isn’t It Strange?

    Have You Noticed That Most Of Life’s Major Decisions Are Made When We’re Young And Inexperienced?SchoolKids

    You start school at a young age.

    You either apply yourself . . . or don’t. That’s why it’s so important to have a family with parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles who can give you the advice you need . . . and teachers can explain why this is important for you to know . . . and how each lesson is built upon another and another . . . broadening your knowledge base. It’s building a solid foundation that will help you determine what it is you’ll be when you “grow up.”

    I do marvel at those who know what they want to do.

    Most of us stumble upon it.

    The majority of us don’t have a wealthy family or a family business to join during high school and after college.

    Too often we find things we don’t want to do. Or there is a limit to what we can do . . . given our education and the choices we’ve made.

    So, success doesn’t come easy.

    Many Books And Movies Have Been Made With This Concept In Mind

    If you turned right instead of left . . .

    If you went for that job interview instead of staying home . . .

    If you participated in that Christmas Play instead of staying home with a bad cold . . .

    How much is based on circumstances rather than actual choices?

    There are also times when it would have been better for you to stay home than to attend a particular party. It sometimes works both ways. You may be in the right place at the right time . . . or in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    One story I encountered recently was about a woman who decided to pursue her dream, leaving behind her boyfriend.

    She was very successful . . . but lonely. She learned that to succeed in her particular career, that took up 100% of her time . . . no visiting family during the holidays, no vacations and no friendships outside of work . . . and even then, she had to be careful with backstabbers.

    But, the old boyfriend from years earlier decided to contact her.

    And, since it was a Christmas story . . . strange things do happen . . . she found herself with the boyfriend, now her husband with two great kids. She was an instant Mom who didn’t know anything about being a mother or a wife for that matter.

    Of course, she wanted her old life back . . . but along the way of being stuck in her new circumstance, learned some valuable lessons about herself, her then husband and her then children.

    Then, boom! She’s back in her old life.

    This was quite confusing for her . . .

    She liked the “family” . . . but it wasn’t so much that she had to choose between the two lives she experienced . . . but to see how things could play out for her future . . .

    Valuable Lessons And Opportunities Come Our WayOpportunity

    You may have noticed how you make adjustments regularly in your life.

    I know I just decided to delete some websites and continue on with the ones that gave me the most enjoyment. And one of those is one I just started. So it was an “out with the old” and “in with the new.”

    We do learn and grow throughout our lives. We may re-evaluate our priorities from time to time. We could make some major changes or little ones along the way.

    I had a friend a long time ago who received an opportunity to buy out a shoe repair business. He had no idea what he was doing, but he learned quickly. And he enjoyed what he was doing. He also moved to an area where his new skills and business was in demand.

    It wasn’t a success right away . . . he worked hard for little pay . . . fortunately, some people would pay him in food. Barter got him through some rough patches.

    I’m sure there are some who experience success right away. It hasn’t been my experience or those I know, but eventually things work out.

    As I’ve said in many of my posts before, it’s all a matter of perspective. We can choose to view the glass half empty or half full.

    It does take practice to be more optimistic about life and change.

    You see, deleting some of my websites could prove to be a major mistake . . . but I’m not going to get upset about it . . . it’s best to move on and learn from my experience.

    We’re usually told we gave up to fast . . . but in reality we do what we do for however long we do it until we decide to move on. No one knows the future or knows completely how you feel and why you made the decision you made. Sometimes the truth eludes us from time to time, but one day it does dawn on us.

    I think things have to do with timing . . . and knowing what opportunity is the best “fit” for you.

    I Have No Magic Formula

    It is what works with your priorities . . . and to a large degree with the opportunities you choose to take or pass.

    I don’t dwell on it. From time to time I do wonder.

    I’m pleased I haven’t been swooped away in a real life fantasy to experience all the confusion of seeing first hand “what if” . . .

    It’s entertaining for books and movies, but experiencing it first hand . . . no thank you.

    It is human nature to look around and wonder . . . seeing people out and about in malls and super markets. It’s interesting to watch people as they’re watching you . . . wondering what your life is all about. We’re always making comparisons to some degree.

    During this Christmas season, it is wonderful to get out and about. It’s fun to gather with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and make wonderful new memories.

    Please be safe and joyous. I wish you great tidings of joy.




    When Life Gives You A Kick In The Seat Of The Pants

    What Do You Do When Things Aren’t Coming Together?

    We’ve all been knocked down from time to time.booktree11_edited-1

    It doesn’t make it right or pleasant, but it is an opportunity to regroup and take a closer look.

    I’m no Pollyanna, but I choose to look on the bright side of every situation . . . not that everything has a silver lining. Some stuff just stinks! But we can move on from devastating situations.

    There is that expectation to move on. Not that it’s easy . . . and don’t believe it when people say “it will get easier.” Each loss, each disappointment isn’t easy to accept . . . even if you’ve experienced it before. You grieve, you lick your wounds . . . and you move on . . . through your grief and disappointment.

    Life Offers Opportunities And Challenges

    Nothing comes together effortlessly.

    Some opportunities turn your priorities on its ear. Re-evaluation of those priorities seems to be a constant in my life. I think I have things in order to find new information that sets me back.

    You may have experienced the same.

    It seems with every opportunity there’s a challenge or two. Some may be spelled out. Others entirely elusive.

    Or you believe you’re on the right track only to find it leads to a dead end.

    The majority of the time, you can make your life work giving you happiness and success in all aspects. It does seem we do get tangled up in the web of missed opportunities and struggling with the challenges before us.

    It has been said and proven that what we think about most often comes to pass in our lives. If we’re constantly worrying, we bring upon us more to worry about. That’s why a positive viewpoint is essential.

    I’m Not A Firm Believer In Affirmations Unless I Make Them Up Myself

    I’ve read some great affirmations over the years that sound wonderful and are easy to memorize.

    These work for the person who wrote them. They are their affirmations. Use them as a model to create your own.

    Here are some examples:

    • I Live a Positive Life and Only Attract the Best to Me.
    • I Am Peacefully Allowing My Life To Unfold With Love, Success and Abundance.
    • I Am Making Positive Choices in My Life.
    • I Am Successful.
    • I Am Loved.
    • I’m a Magnet for Success and Good Fortune.
    • I Am Breaking Through Old Habits of Behavior and Moving Forward With My Life.

    You know what you want out of life and you know what positive thoughts you should be saying to yourself on a daily basis. It’s nice to begin your day with a positive affirmation and several times throughout the day as well as close your day with it, too.

    I remember an exercise from a self-help book I read that advised throughout the day to say, “I can buy that!” It could be a house, a car, something in a shop window, etc.

    It didn’t work for me. The reason being I’d add “but I don’t want it.” I was giving the Universe the message that I didn’t desire material goods . . . including money to buy expensive items.

    An affirmation only works when you believe what you’re saying.

    I know people say to “fake it until you make it.” I’m not a firm believer in that. I believe what you say and repeat must be heartfelt. It must apply to you.

    It must resonate within you.

    Change Your Thoughts And Actions To Change Your Life

    There are phases in your life when you notice that you’re attracting the wrong stuff to you.

    I was attracting the wrong people and the wrong opportunities. I knew I had to change this. The mind is a powerful instrument. Make up your mind to change . . . and change will come.

    You need to guard your thoughts and your actions must match your thoughts. Not an easy task, but do-able.

    It also helps to visualize yourself doing or being what it is you want. See yourself in that car or outfit, with a special person or in a particular job.

    Only attract those things to you that don’t belong to others. I would never want a job held by another person or the spouse of someone. I don’t want what belongs to others.

    Have you noticed that the life of another person isn’t as wonderful as you might think. People always put their best spin on their situation — hiding what they don’t want others to see or afraid others will discover.

    It’s not my intention to lie about my life nor is it my intention to reveal everything. I know many politicians say they’ll be “transparent.” This isn’t true and they knew it wasn’t true when they said it.

    Quite honestly could you go around being completely transparent? Would you want everyone to know your thoughts, dreams and aspirations?

    Of course not. Once you’re in a committed loving relationship you can reveal what is necessary, but I don’t think you’d want to know every single detail about another person’s life . . . maybe if there’s something dangerous or illegal. It’s something you need to decide.

    Live Your Life With Purpose

    It’s nice to know where your’re going.countryroad_edited-1

    It’s great to have goals and priorities. A plan is wonderful, if it can also be flexible.

    There is always something new we learn about what we’re doing.

    I had a major revelation about affiliate marketing that completely knocked me for a loop. I was devastated for days. I was even unable to work on my blogs.

    I had some major decisions to make. I had to make adjustments in my thinking and to gain more information for me to create something positive and productive.

    I had to take a long hard look at my priorities and how they stacked up against this new information.

    I’ve made some changes and I’m still working on others. It is a process I’m going through. Sure, I could throw it all away and start over, but I don’t know if down the road I could find a way to salvage and improve what I have.

    I know I need to let go of some things. That’s difficult for me, but it has been weighing on my mind for quite some time. When I’m ready, I will.

    That’s important for you, too. Don’t go off making changes without giving it considerable thought and making adjustments along the way. This is a journey. You want to end up where you want to be . . . and if it isn’t what you thought it could be, you need to make the necessary changes. It is definitely a process with no easy answers.

    I wish you all the best,