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Cycles, vicious cycles. I know we all struggle with this. There’s something you want to change about yourself. You plan, prepare, strategize, have the proper motivation and then…well, you take action and like the famous Nike slogan, “you just do it!” Changes can be anything from losing weight, to reading more books vs. watching TV, starting college, making new friends, starting a business, I think you get the picture.

There you are, on course, at least for two weeks or possibly a month you’ve run the course, feeling great about your accomplishment. You’ve been disciplined and feel the positive effects of your pre-determined new course…and then something happens that knocks you off course—and for me, it’s called…life interruptions.

Now, for me to change something about myself requires a strong determined focus of mind, heart and soul.

I must stay on task, and I cannot deviate from my course or all will be lost. Am I the only one out there with this problem? I certainly hope not—after all, misery loves company. (Just kidding.)

But, I have good news for those of you who struggle with the same cycle of up and down victory and defeat. It’s called discipline and the ability to forgive yourself when you’ve failed to stay the course.

Many times we can’t predict what “life interruptions” will challenge us and how that can affect our time. But I do know this, that being too hard on one’s self can be self–defeating and discouraging.

So, without further ado, gird your loins, set your course, and run the race well! Your friends will be applauding you at the finish line.

Warmest regards,
JoLinn Kampstra

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