Settling is stopping short.
To settle in is being content.
In either case, where you are may not be where you thought you'd be by now. It may not be where you want to be right now. And it may not be where you know you could be by now.
All of that can either paralyze you, or propel you. It can hold you back, or launch you forward. It can frustrate you or remind you.
Wait...remind you? Of what?
Your past may have played a part in your present, but it doesn't have to determine your future.
There isn't one of us, myself included, that doesn't need to hear this from time to time.
There is value in a little self-reflection, to provide new direction.
It's at those moments that we have to decide if we are going to feel sorry for ourselves, and start settling for less than our full potential. Or...take a deep breath, settle in, and see things from a fresh perspective.
Be fully present where you are, who you are with, with what you have.
And when you start moving forward, bring contentment along for the ride.
Stop settling today for what your past is lying to you about. Stop settling today for who others say you are. Stop settling because the obstacles in front of you seem like they are too big to take on.
To believe your past is your launching pad, because it was your learning ground. To believe who you are isn't determined by the the insecurities of others. To believe your future is what you make of the opportunities you leverage today.
And when you do...
Enjoy the contentment you find when you settle in, because you've committed to stop settling.
"Turning a corner" doesn't mean you won't remember your past. What it can do is serve as a reminder that there may be more value in focusing on what's next, than what was.
From time to time things will come into view that tempt you to re-trace your steps, so that you can go back to what was familiar. But if you do...every step you'll take to go back will walk you past the progress you've made.
Are you really willing to look the reminder of how far you've come in the face...ignore it's value...only to make a run for the very thing that held you back before?
Temptations only remind you of the best of the past,
not the potential of your future.
Think of it this way...
Cravings are about giving into a sensuality full of empty promises.
Callings create a sensitivity to what is most important.
Giving in, going back, and caving to a craving feels good momentarily.
Pressing in, moving on, and pursuing your calling feels good eternally.
Which road sounds like it's worth the trip?
Turn the corner.
Enjoy the journey.
Leave a legacy.
If you leave enough change behind...
eventually you'll hand your future to someone else.
Small change becomes a sizable deposit at some point.
Change is here. It's all around us.
It's either going to be in your future, or someone else's.
What change will you make, based on the challenge(s) you face?
Don't leave your opportunity on the table for someone else to take.
Invest in yourself...your team...your future.
Start your week with a purpose...on purpose.
Embrace the change that is in your hand,
instead of leaving it behind in fear.
Your future will thank you for it later.
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.