What’s Your Definition of Success?

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Success is a direct result of taking action.

Don’t look at success as only the end result of achieving your dream. Even a baby step is action. Setbacks happen. Don’t let it paralyze you. Taking a baby step every day is what gets you closer to reaching your goals.

Each baby step is a rung on your ladder of success or each foothold up the rock. Success is not at the top of that ladder or mountain. It is in each baby step that you take to reach your destination. Any action you take toward your goal equals success, because it propels you forward. Celebrate every baby step. You are worth it. And every bit of action you take is worth a celebration.

What action have you taken today? What’s your definition of success?

 

Photo courtesy of me and our visit to Sedona, Arizona.

Up to 12 Words Challenge – Week 5

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This is the 5th week of the challenge.  Thanks to all who participated last week!

Please add to the story and you can add up to twelve words.  You can add to a sentence already constructed or create a new one.  It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence.  You can add one word or twelve words or any number in between.  If you want to delete a word, that will count as one of your words but rather than delete it, use your tools to draw a line through it.  If the last sentence is left unfinished, please finish so the story can make sense.

Just copy the following sentence or the last complete entry in the comments, make your addition and simply leave it as a comment.  Easy p.  I will come back frequently to update.  Feel free to add to your blog and do a pingback so your additions will show up here.

Here’s the story, thus far:

 

A great flash of light filled the sky.  I realised my sunglasses did not work, I thought never buy cheap.  You lift me to starry heights and long to live within your…..

 

 

Thanks Gerry (Storyteller #1)!  Thanks Patrick (Storyteller #2)!  ;)

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Sandpaper People

Carol B Sessums:

An earlier post I wrote from 2011 from one of my other blogs. An oldie but a goodie. Hope you enjoy. :)

Originally posted on Become More Me:

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.  – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  – John E. Southard

Today, we are reviewing OML Day 13:  Sandpaper – Smoothing The Edges.  Another incredibly inspiring chapter!

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We know we should be more accepting but many people in our lives seem to make it their life’s mission to be difficult and rub us the wrong way.  Some are nearly impossible to love and get along with.  That’s human nature.  If we only had a month to live, though, wouldn’t we make more of an effort to look beyond those surface issues that grate on our nerves?  To improve those relationships, we must change the way we look at these people.

Sandpaper is useful when it comes to woodworking projects…

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Get Out of Your Own Way

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Why do you think it is nearly impossible for us to take a risk?  I mean, for those of us who are so talented at procrastination, we’ve turned it into an art form.  Why is it, do you think, we get stuck in going forward, stop trying something new, get blocked with our art — our creativity?  Is it fear?  Is it just fear?  Fear of what?

Is it fear of feeling not good enough?  Are we comparing ourselves to the greats who have accomplished their art forms and are highly successful and how can we possibly measure up?  Do we lack the courage to not only put ourselves out there but hide behind that shield of obscurity because we lack the courage in our abilities, and lack of courage in our very selves?

Were we told as children we’ll never measure up?  Or did we come to that conclusion on our own?

We’ll never be great.  We’re not good enough.  We’re not smart enough.  We lack talent.  Are these things we were told?  Or what we’ve told ourselves?

I know these feelings well.  These words were told to me, taught to me, drilled into my head — but not just by others — by me, to me.  Let me tell you one truth that I am completely 100% certain of and it has taken me decades to learn…

These are lies.

These are lies told to us by others who do not truly know us at our core, and probably don’t even know themselves.  Be it jealousy for whatever reason or better yet I believe it’s their own insecurity as a human being and the need for them to try to place their weakness and lack of courage and littleness onto us.  It’s what angry people do.  Perhaps they didn’t even mean to do this to us, because anger and insecurity and any weakness blinds you to the truth, blinds you to love, blinds you to having anything good in your life.  It destroys you from within and then destroys all of your relationships.  Or theirs.  Or perhaps this is your problem, as well?  Do you project your weakness and insecurity onto others?  Do you notice that you might do this?  Or do you hold it all inside and keep it for yourself?

These are lies we tell ourselves because of fear and lack of self-confidence, lack of faith in ourselves, perhaps lack of faith in a higher power.  It’s lack of many things.  We resist self-improvement, risking exposure, putting our heart into something and then fearing it being wrecked and torn apart, and then feeling left with nothing.

And don’t even go down the road of comparing yourself to others.  You were placed on this earth to be you.  You are an expert at being you and not one other person on the entire planet can do it as well as you can.  You have your own talents and gifts and qualities that no one else measures up to.  We all do.  We are all unique.  And only you can tell your story or do your art in the way only you can.  You are not like another soul on this Earth.  Do what you love in your own special way.  You are not to be compared to anyone, and no one else can be compared to you.  You are special.  No one can take that away from you.  KNOW it.  OWN it.

The time to stop all this self-sabotage is now.

I know, you think, ‘I’ll try later.  Not today.  I have many other important things to do besides work on myself, work on my relationships, work on my art.  I’m busy.  I got stuff.’  Listen.

Really listen.

You have this one life.

You have this one chance to get it right.  I’m not too certain we get another chance to try again.  Oh, sure I have dreams of past lives, experience deja vu, have dreams of future lives, but it’s possible they could only be dreams and this is all we get.  This is our chance.

Why do you think you were born?  God put these purposes into your heart for a reason.  Why do you think he did that?  For you to sit around and wait for it to happen?  Wait for a specific moment in time?  Waiting for it to fall into your lap?  Ain’t gonna happen, my friend.  There are times we should wait for things, time to be still, time to listen, time to rest, time to pray, time to meditate and there are times we need to take action.  We have to move our asses to get what we want in life.  I’m telling you the truth here.  If you want something, get after it and get after it NOW!

Do you realize at what speed this life is passing you by?  Stop waiting on tomorrow.  Stop waiting for something else to happen first.  If you want it badly enough, you have to make it happen.  Believe me, tomorrow will be here soon enough.  And the next day.  And the next.  Then, you are 85 wondering what happened to your life.  Why didn’t you try?  Why didn’t you go after it?  If you tried once, why didn’t you try again?  And again?  Please don’t give in to resistance.  Don’t give into your fear.  Work through it.  Your fear may never fade.  That feeling of insecurity may never go away completely.  But would you rather live with fear, insecurity and the fact that you made your goals and dreams a reality?  Or would you rather just live with fear and insecurity and the wondering of what could have happened if you tried?  And kept trying?

Enjoying the sun

Can you imagine how much happier you’d be if you got what you went after?  What you worked for?  Can you visualize it?   Picture it in your mind.  No, don’t picture the negatives of success.  If you look for the negative, you’ll find it in everything.  I’m asking you to believe in the possibilities, the positive possibilities.  You are a possibility.  Your dreams are, too.  I believe in me and I believe in you.  Time to believe in yourself.  Time to take action today.  Today.  And then again tomorrow.  And every day after that.  Don’t let fear stand in your way of getting what you want out of this life.  It’s time to get out of your own way.  Baby steps.

What fears are standing in your way and are you willing to fight them?

What gives your life meaning — what makes you happy now?  What would give your life more meaning?

What is the one baby step you could take today to get you closer to your main goal?

 

Photos courtesy of:

thejoshuacollective.com

beyondthedream.co.uk

‘Get Out of Your Own Way’-sort-of quotes

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If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.

There is no elevator to success.  You have to take the stairs.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Old ways won’t open new doors.

Get out of your own way.  (my personal favorite)

Don’t be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

Constantly challenge yourself.

 

Of these, which is the most inspiring to you?

Have an inspired day, you guys!

xoxo

– Carol

 

Up To 12 Words Challenge – 4th Week

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This is the 4th week of the challenge and will possibly be the last week unless we can get at least 4 different people to participate.

Please add to the story and you can add up to twelve words.  You can add to a sentence already constructed or create a new one.  It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence.  You can add one word or twelve words or any number in between.  If you want to delete a word, that will count as one of your words but rather than delete it, use your tools to draw a line through it.  If the last sentence is left unfinished, please finish so the story can make sense.

Just copy the following sentence or the last complete entry in the comments, make your addition and simply leave it as a comment.  Easy p.  I will come back frequently to update.  Feel free to add to your blog and do a pingback so your additions will show up here.

Here’s the story, thus far:

Walking deep within the dark, tangled wood, I felt as though the cackling ravens sought to hide a great danger from me.  But for the sake of everyone’s lives, I had to keep going, even though the hunger was screaming in my belly.  Literally, it was screaming.  I heard my fears echoing all around me.  Even with fears, I hiked through the savage weather amidst merciless insects.  Eventually I intercepted the platoon. ‘Ambush ahead!’ I gasped. before passing out.

 

Nice one, Joy Mahar (storyteller #1)!! ~ a Twitter buddy.

Love it, Lucid Gypsy/Gilly (storyteller #2)!!

Great one, cobbies69/Gerry (storyteller #3)!!

Awesome, Doug (storyteller #4 as well as my brother)!!  :)

Brilliant, udoji75/Patrick (storyteller #5)!!

Bravo, Colonialist/Leslie (storyteller #6)!!

Thanks to those who participated the first three weeks and thanks, y’all, for keeping this going for a few more.

 

Photo courtesy of scribbleweed.com

Bone Munchers

Emerging deep from the shadows

Haunting charred shapes stealing your breath

Lucid dreams escape the gallows

There are some fates far worse than death

 

Prickly stares from their soulless eyes

Bitter shivers travel your spine

Torment and screams, blood-curdling cries

Your bones dark beasts soon will dine