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"It's not where you start―it's where you finish that counts." ―Zig Ziglar

If I told you that you were eventually going to win the lottery, would you play? If I said that one day you would become a famous actress, would you rehearse harder and audition for the role you've secretly been wanting in the local theater's production? If we could but have a crystal ball that foretold the future, then we would always know that our initial efforts were destined to pay off. It would make the first shaky steps of something new much easier, and they would feel a whole lot better. But crystal balls only exist in fiction―and that's fortunate, because many a fabulous finish began as a shaky start that was, before that, nothing but a shakier thought.

Every single thing you see around you was first a thought in someone's mind. That initial spark of thought attracts more thoughts; and when enough of them stick together, Wham! You have yourself a genuine idea. Ideas are the little thoughts all stuck together that form a clearer picture of the whole game and, in particular, of the finish line. When you realize that you have an actual idea, it's then that a crystal ball would come in pretty handy. If you could just peak into the future to see if your idea was destined to be a great and worthwhile venture, the effort to actualize the idea would be a pleasure, right? It would be a sure thing―so you would be equipped to fend off self-doubts and troubles. Your initial efforts would be joyful, even if they weren't graceful and fully productive. You would proceed with confidence because you would know, from having seen it in the crystal ball, that the finish is assured.

Now, if I told you that you didn't need a crystal ball to know this, would you believe me?

There are many very smart people―Einstein, Edison, the Buddah, the Dalai Lama, Jesus― who tell us that this is true; any idea for which you see the finish line clearly is an idea on which you are capable of winning. If this is true, and I believe that it is, each of us is walking around with our own crystal ball. Why is it that we don't believe what we see in that crystal ball? Why don't we just boldly claim what's waiting?

The surest way to miss the finish line is to run away from the starting line. And we are kept from the starting line by our own doubt and lack of confidence. We are even hesitant to speak about our ideas, for fear that others will confirm our own deafening internal voice. Sometimes it's because the idea seems too good to be true and we don't see ourselves as good enough for the reward. Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in an old and limiting role and we simply aren't ready or able to expand that role. There are many reasons why people do what they do, or why they don't do what they could. But in the end, the most unfortunate limitations you will ever face are the limitations of your own thinking―because there is no need for those limitations to be there at all.

One way to begin opening up to the possibilities out there for you is to actually think bigger. What if what you think is the ceiling is actually the floor? If your grandest idea were the bottom limit and not the uppermost limit, what would that mean? For some people, the dreams or ideas they have may not be big enough to spur action. Your soul will not invest in mediocrity. Choose inspiration and discover the power of true desire.

"It's not where you start―it's where you finish that counts."

―Zig Ziglar

What do you think? Are your actions stuck in the mud of self-doubt? Do you have a role that confines your thinking? Do you have enough inspiration in your dreams and ideas? Write to me at Lorraine@Peacemaker-Coach.com. Share your thoughts. I love to hear from you, so keep the good stuff coming in!

Warmest Regards,
Lorraine Esposito

Life and fitness coach and author Lorraine Esposito has been featured in broadcast, print and online media and is a public speaker regarding personal leadership and empowered parenting to community and school-based audiences. Find out more about Lorraine at www.Peacemaker-Coach.com and her latest book at http://www.morningpeacemaker.com  The Morning Peacemaker, How to get your kids out the door on time without saying(nagging) a word. If you have kids ages 2 to 12 you'll LOVE this book


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