Thursday, August 12, 2010

Start Where You Are & With What You Have

Every artist was once an amateur. ~Ralph Walso Emerson

Do you remember when you first learned how to drive a car, cook a meal, use the computer or your new cell phone? How about when you first learned to play a sport or a musical instrument?

Whenever we want to learn something new or accomplish anything in life, we usually begin with the basics. As we build upon them, we get better and better. And as a result, there are some things that we do really well. With practice, education, and commitment, we can become quite proficient, maybe even experts.

Every new project or goal challenges us to learn and grow. We are all beginners at some point. We start with what we have and it is up to us to keep at it in order to get better and accomplish our goals. Eventually we will move beyond the amateur stages and begin to see progress. Sometimes things don't come as easily to us and we are tempted to just quit. We conclude that we don't have what it takes or that it's much too difficult for us. Times like these can push us on to try harder or find alternative solutions or ideas to reaching our goals.

Remember, it takes an investment of our time and energy to improve our lives and accomplish anything worthwhile. If we can accept where we are right now and believe that we can get better, our efforts will pay off. With each step we take, we make progress. As we acknowledge our small successes, we will experience greater satisfaction and move closer to our goals.

Today I choose to accept where I am and believe I can get better.

Today I choose to take at least one small step toward my goals.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt
There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
~Henry Ford

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price. ~ Vince Lombardi

Copyright © 2010 Krystal Kuehn, New Day Counseling Center. All Rights Reserved.

Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a psychotherapist, author, teacher & musician. She is the cofounder of New Day Counseling, a family marriage counseling and child teen counseling center,, an award-winning, self-help and inspirational site where you can find hundreds of free resources, insights & inspiration to change your life, and where you can find beautiful baby poems, baby quotes, cute sayings & baby videos that will touch your heart & increase your joy & gratitude for the children you love & enjoy! Check out Krystal's other blogs: Give Thanks Journal, Baby Poems & Be Your Best blog.

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