Happy Fourth of July everyone! While today is known for celebrating the independence America gained many years ago, it’s also a chance for personal independence. What’s holding you back from living the life you want? What haven’t you done because of your present mindset, actions (or non-actions), and circumstances? Freedom is what you have been granted from your ancestors and, most importantly, from the heavens above. It’s up to you to accept that you do indeed have a choice in every decision in your life and that only you hold the key to your freedom.
Recently, I had an experience in which I felt trapped, exhausted and unmotivated. I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do, but I knew my current situation wasn’t going to suffice. I felt overwhelmed, out of control and just wanted to be free of it all. That’s when I took a step back and looked at my situation. In the midst of feeling powerless, I was able to see the opportunities available to me and how I could take advantage of them. I talked with friends and family to gain perspective. I read articles on life’s purpose and how to apply your innate abilities to any situation. I learned that even when you feel hope is gone, it’s not, and you can always find a way to move forward. I learned that it all came down to making a choice. So, I took a leap of faith, tried something new, and landed in an even better place than I imagined. In assessing my situation I was able to see that the only way I could move forward was to choose to do something different. Despite my feelings at the time, I took my power back and gained a freedom (personally and professionally) that I hoped for and am now living everyday.
Life is challenging. No one ever said it was going to be easy. The one wonderful thing about it all is that you have a say in how your life is going to be. While no one has ultimate control, the power of knowing that you can choose your next steps can give you that extra push through seemingly impossible situations. There is always an opportunity for you to shine.
When you’re feeling like your circumstances are calling the shots, step back, take stock, clear the clutter (mental and/or physical) and make a choice. Don’t worry about the past. Take solace in the gift of the present. Your best choices (and days) are to come.
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