What are you putting into your life?

I was recently reminded of a great quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”

Sounds simple.  Doesn’t it?  Life has always been a direct result of what I put into it.  Didn’t like something?  I either had to change it or wallow in it.

But, here’s the difference.

For me, the wallowing started to disappear.  It had to!  Not because the wallowing didn’t get me to my goal.  But, because the wallowing led to negativity and that led to depression – which was sometimes severe.

I had goals!  I had dreams!  And, I eventually realized that I wasn’t going to realize ANY of them until I was willing to do what it took to make those dreams a reality.

I’ve often said, “Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do in order to get where ya wanna be.”

But, what does that mean?

What it means is this:  First, think of your goals – whatever they are.  What are they?  What do they mean to you?  Why are they your dreams?  And, again, what do they mean to you?

Now, here’s the part that can be tough – but it doesn’t have to be.

Every dream – every goal – has a hoop that must be jumped through along the way.  After all, the journey to the Finish Line is often not a smooth one.

Here’s my point:  In order to get to your goals, there will be hoops that you will have to jump through – things that you may not want to deal with.

Some may call them obstacles.  But, I disagree.  After all, they are necessary tasks that must be completed in order to reach the very thing you desire…Right?  I thought so.

Think of it as going through school.  You have to take a basic English class and learn how to write before you can create that paper that people will eventually talk about.

It may be a pain-in-the-ass, but it’s still necessary.

Where am I going with this?  Here…

What are your dreams?  What are your goals?

Remember — “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”  Mrs. Roosevelt was right!

What are you putting into your life to help you reach YOUR goals and dreams?  What you put into your life will help make your life.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt – Picture used from NPR

(Picture used from NPR)

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