Between the Trees

Between the Trees

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Trust yourself!…

Trust yourself!

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“You can’t live…

“You can’t live a life of purpose if you are living in the past.” –Unknown

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Remove What?

Remove the drama and chaos from your life!  It stifles creativity.

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Coping Skills for Turbulent Times

As I look out my window, a half smile comes across my face.  I think to myself, this is why we live in Arizona.  When the rest of the country is suffering from the cold, we are still enjoying sunshine.  However, the one thing we cannot avoid are the economic challenges facing our country.


So what do you do when everything seems to be going wrong and people are speaking fear and doubt?  What do you do you’ve lost your job and you have no money in your savings account?  How do you llive from day-to-day when the bills are piling up and there is no end in sight?  Below are six helpful steps to keep you on track.


1.  Be thankful for what you have.  As simple as it may sound, it works wonders for the mind.


2.  Implement a plan of action–identify steps you can take to deal with the challenges your are facing.  Focus on solutions–not problems!


3.  Remember you are designed to live by faith.  In siutations like these, mindsight is better than eyesight.  So keep your mindsight on His promises and the prize.


4.  All fighters have to have someone in their corner.  Look around and make sure you have the right people in your corner.  This is not the time for a solo flight.


5. Focus on your vision and purpose.  They will give you a reason for getting out of bed in the mornings. 


6.  Dare to dream again…live beyond your today on the canvas of your mind.

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Navigating the Downturn

You know life is challenging when you find yourself reading your own articles to stay inspired.  I wrote this article about 4-years ago.  At that time in my life, I felt as if I were in a hot skillet with the power burner turned on high.  I’m sure some of you can relate. 


I hope this article will also inspire you as we progress through these difficult and challenging times. 


When things start to warm up, we look for a place of refuge, somewhere cool and refreshing.  No one wants to be consistently hot and sticky. No matter where you live, over exposure to heat can cause some serious physical and emotional damage unless you take precautionary measures.


Life is pretty much the same way.  Different areas of your life can get pretty hot.  The temperatures of your finances, health, marriage, family, and job can all reach an uncomfortable boiling point—a boiling point that is different for each of us.  Sometimes the temperature in one area of your life may go haywire, and sometimes everything surges at the same time.  Not only does it get very hot, but it is humid too. 


You ask yourself, how long can I stand this?  How long before I get a break?  Where can I go to cool off and refresh?  You frantically seek for a way to release the pressure before you explode. 


This is the time when nothing you do seems to work and life becomes a literal minute-by-minute existence because you’re too scared to think about tomorrow.  You don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning.  However, you are going to make it because you have a purpose. 


I’ve provided a short list of things that you can do to help navigate your downturn:


  • Remember, your downturn is temporary.  As far as I’m concerned, there is only one way out and that’s up!
  • Focus on your purpose and your vision. 
  • Keep dreaming no matter how discouraged you may feel about focusing on things you haven’t yet obtained.  Do not rewrite your dream to  accommodate your circumstances.
  • Revisit your plan of action—make the necessary adjustments and move on.  
  • Do a mental replay of your past triumphs.  Read them as often as you need to.  You will be surprised how blessed you are.
  • Visualize your future successes.  You must first achieve them in your mind before they can become a reality. 
  • Examine your thoughts daily.  Negative thoughts will affect your attitude and negative attitude can jeopardize your dream. Not only that, your attitude acts as a thermometer and can determine the comfortability of your current situation.  


Finally, your downturn provides an awesome opportunity to develop faith, patience, and perseverance.  All great people need these three.  Your faith will help you to see beyond the circumstances of life and patience will give you the strength to endure.  This doesn’t mean that you should sit around and twiddle your thumbs.  According to Webster, persevere means to persist in a purpose, an idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.  So keep moving!


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The Plan Isn’t Working

There are times in your life when nothing seems to be going according to plan.


·         Things aren’t working the way you thought it would

·         You’re not where you want to be

·         Things aren’t moving in the direction you wanted them to go


You start to question yourself and your dreams.  You find yourself crying and praying at 4 a.m. in the morning about the deep yearnings in your heart that go unfulfilled.  Your enemies of fear and self-doubt are magnified and your mind turns against you.  Then you get up, you go for a walk, and you take a route that you haven’t taken in a while.  It is not as hot as it usually is, as matter of a fact, there is a slight breeze caressing your face and the birds are chirping. 


The cool breeze helps, and you thank God for the sound of the birds.  Your headphones are pressed snuggly into your ears and you are listening to inspirational tunes to help bring your vision back into focus.  This is your vision walk.   You walk, and walk, and then you turn around and start for home.  Your mind starts to drift on things that are better left unsaid and you are diligently trying to capture your thoughts so you can stay focused on the vision. 


You are almost at the end now, and and soon you will be in your car, and headed off to the house.  You start to think about your life and your accomplishments.  You realize that you have two major accomplishments up to this point and if you should die now, you would have accomplished something.  But, is that all there is?  Just two!


You think about the other things you would like to accomplish and suddenly you realize that all are written in your legacy.  You know, the legacy that you wrote about your life.  The eulogy you want your family to read at you memorial service.  As you ponder the legacy, and what want to accomplish in your remaining years, you feel refreshed, driven, and hopeful.  It gives you that YES, I will get there!  Yes, it will happen!  I just need to keep moving. 


So, you continue to review the legacy in your mind.  By the time you get to the car, you are inspired, inspired to keep pressing on no matter what the circumstances may be.  


Well, that’s my story!  What’s yours? 


Have you written your legacy?  Do you have something that you can look at when things get challenging and your mind starts to work against you?  Write something down and make it plain so that you can keep pressing toward that dream and the goals that burn deep within.  Your moment of opportunity is around the corner.  The corner is narrow, sharp, and there is a cliff on one side but you will make.  The fact that you have gotten this far up the mountain means that you were designed for the ascent.  Go for it! You can’t stop now!



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