Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude. Zig Ziggler

We can if we think we can. It is so true that what we believe we can do, determines what we will try to do, and what we try to do, determines what we can accomplish. How do we know we can, or can’t do something unless we try?

Why do we let fear rule our lives? What’s the worst that could happen? If it’s death maybe we should pass, but we are all going to die, and is dying doing something we love the worst way to go?

It doesn’t matter what our challenge is, what fear strikes us to our core. After we’ve faced it, even if to no one but ourselves recognizes the accomplishment. We walk a little taller, smile a little broader, and know with one down we can take on the next challenge.

We look at people who accomplish great things and think of that as the challenge. That is not the challenge that is the accumulation of many challenges. Good speakers, writers, artists, dancers, and musicians do not become good artists, speakers, writers, artists, dancers, or musicians because of their talent alone. They practice and take chances, and at some point if anyone is to know they are speakers, writers, artists, dancers, or musicians they must put themselves out there.  It is the same in any endeavor.

One of the speakers at Toastmasters gave an analogy of how too many of us try to improve ourselves. We are like a monkey trying to gather corn. The monkey picks a cob of corn and puts it under his arm. He then picks another cob of corn and puts it under his arm but the first cob of corn falls out. He does this over and over but only has one cob of corn to show for it. The smart monkeys must learn how to add one cob of corn to the other cob of corn to profit from the effort being expended.

We could practice speaking to the mirror every day and it would not profit us much. At some point, we must step into the ring of life. Nothing happens until we make something happen. We need to make a move to get the girl or guy of our dreams. We must take the chance to build the life, buy the house, have the baby, start a business, write a book, or whatever it is we want to do and accomplish in life.

Everything we do has its risks, hard parts, challenges, and only with perseverance do we get the prize. Maybe we will do everything right and not get the prize. Maybe we will get the prize and realize we aren’t happy with the prize, or it isn’t a big enough prize.

Life is about moving forward. Our progress may be so slow we think we are standing still, but if we continue we will see progress. It is progress toward our goals not just achieving our goals that create a rewarding life.

Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It is in building a family that more joy happens than in any other endeavor. In building a family boy meets a girl, they have a baby, the baby grows into an adult and creates their own family and we feel joy and love at every stage. If we do not create that family ourselves, we can be part of someone else’s family and enjoy the stages as a close friend, aunt, or uncle.

Henry Ford might have said it best, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.”

Is there something in our life we are waiting to move forward on? Is it time to take a deep breath, make a decision to go for what we want? Is it time to make a decision that where we are headed is not what we want and we need to reverse, turn around, or chart a new course? Do we need to decide if the next step is one we don’t want to take, or we are scared to take? When we are at the crossroads in life the road we take makes all the difference. We will not know where the road not taken would have led. We need to make peace with only being able to take one of the roads before us.

Is it time to make a decision about where we want our life to go? No matter where we are in our life, there are always decisions to make. What is the decision in our life, that if we make it today, will improve our life?

The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights. Joe Andrew

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