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“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” –  Albert Einstein

Some days you may be the bird; other days you may be the windshield.  You know what I mean.  Just when you are so close to that goal, you want to give up.

You might be thinking, “I’ve done well enough.  I’ll stop now, yes, I can go back to my old habits.”  Or, you may be thinking, “What’s the use?  Why bother?  Nobody cares anyway.”  If you’ve had similar thoughts, you are not alone.

It’s time to put a stop to your self-defeating thoughts.  Self-pity is NOT your friend.  Staying on course to achieve your goals IS your friend.

It’s time to get back on the track.  Here’s why.

1  You are Valuable

If nothing else, you are a treasure, a gift.  Just by your being here, you are making the world a better place.  If you don’t believe it, reach out to your friends.

See your importance and value.  Focus on being visible, valued, and respected, and others will do the same for you.

Do you save Thank You notes or cards?  If not, start now.  I’m not saying clutter your home and save everything, just special cards.  If you are having a bad day, read them.

Speaking from experience, this works.  Trust the process.

You will see and feel your significance and realize it is worth losing the weight, overcoming a health challenge that requires discipline, or beginning a new adventure.

2  Your Life Yields Hope for Others

When you continue to work toward goals, others notice.  Whether it is losing weight or writing a book, others are inspired.  Don’t take that for granted.

Have you seen someone outside walking, running, or doing some kind of exercise?  What did you think?  It is amazing how many people have said they wish they were out there too.

I think about my friend who wrote a book.  He never gave up, and I saw hope.  He was an example for me, and others like him could be for you. You could be that example that inspires others too.

3  Miracles Await You

Even if you can’t see it now, I can for you.  I think about people I’ve known who have set out to accomplish goals, and now, they’ve created a new life.  It is never too late.

I knew a woman who began a Doctoral program at age 65.

I’ve seen people take up a new hobby and found they had new talents.  Things have happened they’ve never even dreamed of.

It can happen to you, too.  Trust, live in the present moment, and focus on the day.

4  You’ll Gain Another Confidence Booster

Energy leads to energy.  Once you achieve something, you will be amazed at how you can do more things.  Even if for you, right now, it’s getting through the day.  Most important, don’t give up.

You ARE worth the effort, so don’t think twice about this.

I pass on the words my brother said to me, two weeks before he died, “You are the best.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything different.” 

Go in peace, breathe deeply, love yourself and others, and stay on track.

Finally, our Impact Thought for this month is, “List the things that make you feel good about yourself, and look at the list each day in March.”  Do it and see the difference in your inner dialogue and life!   

Dr. Deborah Westin is the Director of the English Language Bridge Program at Longwood University where she teaches international students English and USA Culture.  As a Fulbright Scholar, Deborah taught at the University of Chile.  She enjoys living life to the fullest, takes risks and no longer quits. Deborah loves connecting people to make the world a better place to live.  ContactWebsiteFacebookLinkedInVidoyenTwitter

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