What are the events and circumstances that have shaped your life?

Events and circumstances shape our lives. What are the events and circumstances that have shaped your life? It is our past that shapes us – not our future.  Once you recognize you are in control of your future, you start to do things differently.  You stop the blame game!

futureYou create a road map for your future with you in control.  You cannot change what occurred before you took control.  But now that you are in the driver’s seat, you can shape your future, your way.

This is so liberating. You have the power to create a happy, fulfilling life or allow the same old thing to continue to happen to you. The possibilities are only limited by you.  So many people in history have created extraordinary lives simply because they recognized they were in control and were not going to let others determine their path.

Be fearless! Look for opportunities!  Ask for help! Surround yourself with people that inspire you! Educate yourself!

(Read the autobiography of Barbara Corcoran for inspiration)

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What Happens When Your Journey Turns Rocky and Survival Means Really Making Tough Decisions?

When forces outside my control forced me to think about my own survival, and make decisions that affected others in a negative way, how quickly all the years of doing for the very same people was forgotten.

Picture2It was ok for me to struggle, but goodness, don’t let that struggle touch them… Don’t get me wrong,  in a fight I am going to come out on top.  I will learn what I need to do, I will create solutions to improve the situation and I will diligently work until I am back on top again. I never give up. (and that is a topic for another day)

On that path, I realized that some people were coming with me and others were choosing another path.  And, in order for all of us to grow, I had to let go of some of the people from my past.  Our paths were divergent. As I have continued to pull myself up that rocky path and grown as a leader, I realized that I have changed and I was not the person that some of these people had known for all these years. In fact, they might not even like the new, improved (my opinion) me.  I HAD TO BE OK WITH THIS. I made those choices and these were the consequences.

Scared but hopefully looking forward……

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