What if a rubber band refused to stretch? It might not expand to reach its potential. It may lose elasticity and fail to get back in shape. It might not be willing to hold things in place. A rubber band’s ability to stretch gives it value. Flexibility enables it to expand, and this leads to growth. While adaptability is essential, resilience allows it to bounce back to realize its full potential.
Imagine that you’re driving down a long road. This trip is different than many others, as you don’t have a navigation system or a map to follow. While your vision is clear, the destination is uncertain. Yet you know exactly where you want to end up. There are detours, exits, rest stops and obstacles along the way. Some take you down dark, empty side streets. Others lead to lush scenery and roads paved with success.
If you're going from success to success without even pausing to reflect, today is a new day. This is your opportunity to turn things around for the positive. Don’t dwell on how far you have to go. Reflect on how far you’ve already come. When you do, you’ll find that you’ve done far more than you give yourself credit for. There really is power in small successes. Even the smallest victory has value and should be celebrated. A shift in mindset will improve your energy level. You’ll accomplish more with ease. And you’ll enjoy the journey as head to your destination.
“In the end, success is a mindset. You set the standards for you. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself, and don’t expect to have everything figured out. Do your best today, and success will come tomorrow.“-Julie Barbera
Imagine that you have a big project to finish. The list of tasks is overwhelming. Much of what you have to do is unfamiliar, and you have a lot to learn in little time. Determined to succeed, you invest every waking moment.
Although you try to live in the moment, you have a tendency to focus on the future. Concern over tomorrow’s outcome makes it hard to concentrate on tasks today.
Over time, the daily grind and added pressure get to you. Rather than push forward with confidence, exhaustion prompts you to set your project aside. After all, time just doesn’t seem to be on your side.
Months go by, and you decide to pick the project back up. Determined to finish this time, you resolve to approach things differently.
The project is still significant, and the list of tasks is long. But you’re not…
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“Treasures are right before our eyes, yet many miss gems searching for pearls at the bottom of the sea. Potential isn’t something to find. It’s already inside. Possibilities aren’t just in dreams. It takes faith to believe.”-Julie Barbera
Imagine walking down the beach. Grains of sand line the shore. There are so many that it’s impossible to count them all. In search of a treasure, you pick up seashells and place them in a bucket.
Although you’ve taken this route many times before, today you hoped to find something more. Many shells were far too familiar. They were like tiny specks compared to the vast open sea. Significant yet insignificant at the same time, they merely blended into the scene. Treasures were right before your eyes, yet you overlooked gems searching for pearls.
Gifts and talents that come naturally to you may seem too simple. This may cause you to assume that others experience the same ease. In turn, you may view them as insignificant. While they may be effortless for you, this doesn’t make them unimportant. In fact, they’re called gifts…
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