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Where Will Your Rudder Take You?

The thoughts we have about our self dictate a lot. In fact, the thoughts we have, whether we are conscious of them or not, act like a rudder, moving us toward what we believe. Sailboats steer by means of the rudder. The rudder works by deflecting water flow. When the person steering turns the rudder, the water hits it with greater force on one side, less force on the other. The rudder moves in the direction of lower pressure. As the rudder goes, so goes the stern, and the boat turns.

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What will you create?

Obstacles show up, unannounced and uninvited every day, several times a day. Spilling coffee on our presentation, an uncooperative child delays our morning commute, worry about a loved one consumes our mind, we receive a phone call delivering devastating news. No matter how big or small the obstacle is, it can only do 2 things: Stop us -OR- Force us to get creative.

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It’s not too late.

This is the perfect time to take inventory of where you are and where you want to be. No matter what has happened up til now, there’s still time to finish this year strong- with intention, purpose, and achievement. The reality is, what we do this last quarter sets us up for the new year, so it's never too late to choose success. Michael Bungay Stanier of Box of Crayons asked 5 simple questions that helped me create insight and focus in just a few minutes. I had to share them with you. Take a couple of minutes and see what these questions create for you.

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What do you want?

On my path to developing a positive mindset I was taught through books, speakers, and teachers to omit the word “want” from my vocabulary. The theory behind this is that want equals lack. I was taught that when we verbalize what we want, we only attract lack. I adopted that theory for awhile and practiced the habit of replacing statements of want with positive affirmations. I appreciate that practice and it did help me create a more positive, solution oriented thought process. However, I realize now, that method is a tool, not a rule and have since developed a way to allow my wants to work for me, not against me.

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Look what I found

I was rummaging through a box of old files and I came across a piece of paper I had written on several years ago, adding up all my debt. Seeing this paper now, brought to my remembrance what I experienced looking at the grand total that day. I was overtaken with frustration, fear and shame, questioning, “How did I do this again? How am I going to pay this all off?”

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