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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Realign yourself to move forward...

Sometime ago, my husband & I were talking about our friendships. When he said: "we need to realign ourselves to move forward," it struck a resounding cord with me. It is so true...

Have you ever driven a car that is out of alignment? It can be so frustrating - especially if you're learning to drive. There you are trying to keep the steering wheel straight and the car seems to be going off the road - as if it has a mind of its own.

I like what Brian Tracy said: "Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance." Very well put...

Cars are useful for going from point to point but it is pointless if it's a struggle or frustration. Our Thoughts, Attitudes, Responses, Goals, Emotions, Tenets & Succeses (TARGETS) all have to be in balance to avoid struggle and frustration in life and this balance is somewhat dependent on the relationships - friendships and "fellowships" - you have.

Let's take Tenets for example. If you have friends who do not believe in the same things as you do or don't even have the same faith (in God) as you, there is a high likelihood that your thoughts, attitudes, emotions and responses to your life goals may never result in the successes you desire. While I strongly believe that we have a part to play in any and everything that happens to us, having the right friendships and fellowships help. We all know the age-old saying: Show me your friend and I'll tell you who you are. Well, I found an even better one by Stephen Grover Cleaveland (US President from 1885–1889): "A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out."*

Indeed, those you "hang out" with as well as those you leave out is a very important part of your future. If you ask me, now is a good time to take a moment to look around you. If you notice you've been stagnant, regressing or progressing  but not in the direction you want, I'd say that confirms that now is the best time to: "realign yourself to move forward."

*Presidential Quotes —

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