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Your Success Story

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. – Richard Branson

What does your success story look like? Is it the story your wrote when you were five years old, or has it changed over the years?  I’m guessing your your success storystory has changed over the years.  As you’ve grown and changed, you’ve had to revise your plans again and again.

I’m all about goals and dreams.  I’ve said it millions of times and I’ll continue to say it.  And while your goals and dreams may be set in stone, the path to get there needs to be fluid.  You may start out thinking A to B to C, but after you adapt to what’s going on in life, you may end up going A to Q to D to J and then to B and C.

When you are writing your success story, remember to be flexible. It’s your story, and you can get there any way you want.  Just remember that you’re writing in pencil, so you can erase, revise and edit along the way.

Go Forward

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
– Abraham Maslow

Choosing to go forward is scary.  You don’t know what lies ahead, what’s going to happen, if it’s all going to work out or if it’s all going to fall apart. But go forwardwhat other choice do you have?  Yes, you could choose to stay the same, but is that what you want? To stay the same and never chance? I think the better option is to go forward.

I recently started a new position at my school, and it’s scary.  I’m not going to lie, I didn’t necessarily want the position. I was scared, but I made a choice to go forward and tackle this new position with everything I have.  Why?  Because I don’t want to remain stagnant.  I don’t want to stay the same.  I want to go forward toward the future.

I think we all are afraid of change. The unknown is scary and change represents the unknown.  The unknown is scary, but you need to go forward.  Overcome your fear, face it head on and don’t back down from it. Go forward to your future.

 

Make the Shift

There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint. – Denis Diderot

I had a very definitive plan for my life.  I knew exactly how everything was supposed to go.  I had it all completely mapped out.  But then life make the shifthappened.  Seriously.  What I had planned out had absolutely no relation on how my life has turned out.  I had it all figured out, I was going to teach high school history and go to law school at night.  Well, I teach in a high school, so I got part of it right anyhow.  The point is, when life started going on a different track, I had to make the shift, I had to change my perspective and how I was looking at things.

We can’t make people do what we want, and we can’t make life go the way we want.  We can certainly try, but we’re not really going to get anywhere.  I play the powerball on Wednesday on my way home from work. So today, I went to my regular store and the guy told me their lottery machine had been down since morning.  Okay, it’s Wednesday, I have my powerball plan, so I hopped in my car and zipped down the road to the next store.  Guess what, their machine was down too! So now I had to make a choice,  I could keep driving to different stores looking for a store that had a working lttery machine, or I could make a shift in my plan and not play powerball.  I chose to make the shift!

Goals and dreams are great, and they are very important.  You’ll never hear me say otherwise, but don’t forget that sometimes you have to adjust.  You need to make changes in what you’re doing, or change your viewpoint.  Don’t try to force it, instead make the shift and see what happens.

Dream Your Dreams

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

Dream your dreams, for great things start from there.  All the great things that people accomplish in life – they all started with dreams.  All the great things you can accomplish – they start with your dreams. Don’t ever stop dreaming.

dream your dreamsDream your dreams. There are so many types of dreams and all of them are important.  Daydreams where your mind just wanders off are a huge stress reliever.  They’re kind of like mini vacations in the middle of the day.  Goal oriented dreams are just that; they are something you shoot for, something you want to achieve.  Even your night time dreams are important, they’re a chance for your subconscious to work through things.

Dream your dreams, and don’t ever stop. When you achieve your dreams, and reach your goals, dream up some more.  You all know my dream was to publish a book, and I did it.  I have other dreams, but they’ve kind of shunted aside, and I’m noticing a difference in my life because of that. Life has been incredibly busy for me of late. I’m taking two online classes (dumbest idea ever), and at work, I’m in a different position and my caseload has multiplied by 5, and my predecessor did not see fit to leave things in good order, so I’m dealing with beginning school year stuff as well as trying to fix end of school year stuff (thanks predecessor).  Factor into that, my own homework and there is no time for day dreams, or goal type dreams. I still get to have the night time dreams, but I’m missing the other two kinds!  So I’m going to have to figure out a way to factor in some dream time.  I need to dream my dreams and you need to dream your dreams.  Never stop, because they’re going to help you reach for the stars.

What Will You Choose?

You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won’t receive the good things God has in store.
– Joel Osteen

I shared this quote on facebook this morning, and somebody immediately criticized Joel Osteen for being a crook and having a huge home.  I don’t what will you choosedispute any of that.  I realize that his reputation is slightly tarnished, but I made a choice, I liked the quote and I wanted to share it.  No matter who he is, and what he’s done, there is still a powerful message in this quote.  I made my choice, what will you choose?

It’s a life lesson, in my mind.  You can choose to hang on to anger, jealousy and resentment.  You can choose to hang on to the guilt you’re feeling for something that happened yesterday, or ten years ago. What will you choose?  What will you choose? Will you hang on to all that stuff that is holding you back, or will you let it go and open yourself up to the amazing possibilities of the future?

I’m not going to lie, I am a great one for hanging on to past mistakes.  I beat myself up over things that I did all the time.  I’m also a pro at hanging on to resentment.  I can hold a grudge with a capital G.  But I don’t want to.  I don’t like how it makes me feel, and I don’t like how it holds me back.  So I constantly remind myself to let go.  I made my choice, ,what will you choose?

Don’t Look Back

Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing you have to do. – McKayla Maroney

For everyone who is around my age, I apologize for the ear worm that the title Don’t Look Back has caused.  What can I say, it was a good song, and don't look backthe title works for the quote!  Don’t look back, a new day’s breaking….it is so true  What good comes from looking back?  Not a lot.  Sure you can see the mistakes you made, which is good. If you’re aware of what you did, hopefully you won’t do it again. But in the end, the goal is to move forward, and you can’t really do that if you’re looking back.

Don’t look back.  No matter what has happened in the past, it’s that, the past.  Leave it there and move on.  No good comes of beating yourself up over past mistakes, nor does any good come from constantly reliving your glory days.  Yes, maybe you scored the game winning touchdown in the playoff game in high school.  That’s awesome, and it’s a fun memory to revisit, but don’t let that be the only thing you do in life. You may never score the game winning touchdown again, and that’s okay.  Keep moving forward and living your life and accomplish new things.

Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.  Look forward to the future and focus on your dreams.  Don’t focus on your mistakes or rest on your laurels.  Neither is going to help you accomplish your goals.  Keep your eyes on the prize in front of you and keep moving!

Choose You

What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?
– Brene Brown

There is nothing worse then letting go of who you are in order to conform to the expectations of others.  Don’t become what others want, choose you.  choose youAlways choose you!

I sit in school every day listening to the kids talk to one another and about one another.  The snipe, and gripe about each other, constantly criticizing everyone who isn’t exactly the same as them.  They think they’re happy, but from the outside looking in, I see kids who are incredibly unhappy.  Why? Because they aren’t being true to themselves.  If I could tell them anything at all it would be to “choose you.”  “Choose to be who you want to be, not who others want you to be.

Choose you.  Live your life, chase your dreams.  Don’t give up who you are to be who or what others want you to be. Back in the ’80’s, singer George Michael of Wham! wore a shirt that said Choose Life.  I have to say that you shouldn’t just choose life you should choose your life.  Choose you!

Just Keep Swimming

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney

I seriously watch way too many Disney movies because when I read this quote, all I could hear was Dory saying “Just keep swimming.” But it actually just keep swimmingmakes a lot of sense, too.  Dory kept going on, moving forward, and that’s what we do as well.  When we’re lucky it’s our innate curiosity that leads us down new paths and to new adventures.

Have you ever sat down at the computer to look at something?  Of course you have, we all have!  But when you find what you’re looking for, there is a link that leads to something else, and then another link to something else.  The next thing you know, a couple of hours may have passed.  Some people may say you’re just wasting time, but I think you’re being curious.  You’re being curious and it’s leading you down new paths to discover new things.

Just keep swimming toward new goals and new destinations, and if you get a little sidetracked because something catches your eye, or sparks your interest, even better.  Explore, and learn. Try new things and keep moving forward.  You never know what you may discover!

It’s a Process

Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery.
– Rick Warren

Did you ever wonder if you’re ever going to be done? If you’re ever going to be done growing and changing?  Well if you’re wondering that, I’m going it's a processto tell you right now that the answer is no.  It’s a process, this life we’re living. And this process is never ending, but that’s a good thing!

Remember back when you were in school?  We used to count the seconds until vacation, and then graduation.  We couldn’t wait for it to end, but even though we may not be in traditional brick and mortar schools, that doesn’t mean the learning stops, does it?  No, of course not.  We are always learning. It’s the same for growing and changing.  It’s a process.  It’s on going.  Sometimes it goes well, and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s oaky.  We stick it out and keep on going and the changes go back to good.

I think I like the fact that it’s a process.  I don’t ever want to be done changing, learning and growing.  I like who I am, but I think I’ll like who I become.  I just know that I don’t want to stay the same.  If I don’t grow and change, it will kind of be like living Groundhog Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I like consistency, and I can sometimes get too comfy in my own little bubble, but that doesn’t mean I want to be in that same bubble day in and day out.  It’s a process, and I want to be a part of it!

 

It’s Okay to Let Go

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. – Hermann Hesse

it's okay to let goWhen something isn’t working, it’s okay to let go.  Letting go is different than quitting.  When you let go, you try, evaluate, try again, re-evaluate, make changes, try again, until eventually you realize that what you are trying isn’t feasible right now.  That’s when you make the conscious choice to let go.

Quitting, or giving up is usually done in a heightened emotional state.  Think temper tantrum.  I’ve seen myself literally stomping my foot on the ground shouting, “I can’t do this anymore,” or “I quit,” or “I give up!”  It’s temper pure and simple that makes me (and others) act that way.

It’s okay to let go, because sometimes, no matter how much you want something to work, it just isn’t going to and there isn’t anything you can do about it.  When you have to let go, take a deep breath, and acknowledge the fact that you tried.  Congratulate yourself on a job well done, because if you’ve tried your hardest, that is a job well done.  And then let go.  It’s okay to let go, and sometimes it’s all we can do.

 

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