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Keep on Going

Posted November 5, 2014 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

IMG_2536I awoke to the sound of rain beating down on the roof of my truck. It was three in the morning mountain time and since I was in no hurry, I decided to wait until the sun rose to head out to Utah. The trek over the mountains would have to be gorgeous, even in the rain. 

That turned out to be one of the wisest decisions I’d ever made. Within twenty minutes, the rain turned into snow and in less than an hour, six inches dumped on an unsuspecting Cheyenne, Wyoming. When I pulled into the truck stop the previous late afternoon, it was seventy degrees.

I watched as the eery dark  parking lot-and the hood of my truck-piled up with snow. A couple of hours later I put on my waterproof IMG_2538boots and made a path in the newly fallen winter wonderland and into the truck stop. I grabbed coffee and began to tackle every person who looked like a seasoned truck driver. I picked their brains. I admitted I was a greenhorn rookie from the deep south and didn’t have any experience driving anything in the snow. I also told them I had to go over the Pass to Salt Lake City and asked one question, “Do I go or do I stay put?”

Each and every one of them said the exact same thing, “Go. Just take it slow and you’ll be fine. Don’t get in a hurry. Take your time, watch what you’re doing. The roads are open and they will be freshly plowed.”

I bought a CB radio to have on hand, just in case and called my fleet manager. “Steven, I’m in snow.” We’d already had the conversation about my inexperience in frozen precip, so he was very surprised when I said, “I’ve listened to the weather reports and talked to several drivers and I feel the best thing for me to do is to roll.”

IMG_2547“I understand. Oh wait! You’re going to ride?”

“The storm is supposed to blow through by eleven. The roads are open and this will probably be the closest I’ll come to snow driving in a controlled environment.”

He was stunned. And elated. And proud. 

I was jittery.

I’d been driving Austin for a month. I’d pulled that particular trailer since Lousianna. I knew how it reacted. I’d be fine. Right?

I prayed and remembered all the conversations about winter driving I’d had with my trainer. Then I pulled into the slush and onto IMG_2567Interstate 80. I watched. I checked. I kept a football field between me and everything. But, I was moving forward toward the customer who was expecting the chickens I had in the back.

I climbed the pass between Cheyenne and Laramie. I was scared. And cold. My windshield froze and I had to stop to clean it off. I pulled into a truck stop in Laramie to regain my wits. Then I called my trainer. He asked me a series of questions and based on my answers, Dave said, “Set your four-wheel-drive and stop playin”– his way of saying I’d be fine to continue.

IMG_2660“You’ve already come through the highest point and you’re running through the storm. I honestly think you’ll be fine. Just keep going and you’ll drive out of it before long.”

I knew at that moment I was at a pivotal point in my truck driving career. My fleet manager had made it clear that the decision to roll or shut down was 100% my call. I could sit and wait it out. Or, based on the expert advice of those who’d been at the a lot longer than me, I could go. 

I went.

The snow got worse before it got better but, just as Dave promised, within an hour the snow stopped. Two hours later the sun was out and there was no evidence that I’d ever been in a snow storm. I enjoyed a beautiful drive through western Wyoming and Utah.

Making the decision to drive in snow was one of the most frightening and difficult ones I’ve ever made. Had I thought I would truly IMG_2620be in danger, there would have been no decision. But, if I’m going to be a trucker in the US, I have to learn to drive in snow. If I decided to live in Kentucky or Missouri or Kansas, I’d be faced with the same thing. So I did it.

I can’t say I enjoyed the experience. Far from it but I learned so much. I learned about maneuvering an eighty-thousand pound missile through ice and snow. I learned about myself and what I’m made of. I learned how the psalmist felt when he wrote, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”

I would love to say that I’m Mz. Supa Trucka but that would be a lie. God drove Austin yesterday through the ice and snow on Elk Mountain in Wyoming using my hands. I made it safely through to the other side and am a more confident driver for it.

Here are some things I learned that I want to pass on to you. Perhaps they will help you driving through your own snowstorm in life:

IMG_2670At some point, you’ll always face something that is bigger than you. Face it anyway.

Even if you don’t follow their advice, get input from those who’ve done what you need to do. Listen to them and gain wisdom.

The storm usually will get worse before it gets better. Keep moving forward anyway.

In the midst of the storm, somebody will tell you to “stop playin”, believing in you and your ability to master the task.

If you keep moving forward, you’ll ride out of the storm and what awaits is breathtakingly beautiful.

So no matter what snowstorm you’re facing in your life right now, keep on going. What’s on the other side is worth whatever you endure to get through the storm. I promise.

 

 

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What I Learned About Dreams From Susan Boyle

Posted March 6, 2014 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

I’m not one to sit around watching reality TV or shows like America’s Got Talent. Just not my thing. In fact, I rarely watch TV at all. But there is one YouTube video that I do watch and never grow tired of viewing it. It is the April 11, 2009 initial audition by Susan Boyle as she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.

The country looked on as an odd woman marched out to the center of the stage. No one thought she could carry a tune in a bucket.  In fact, they whistled and cat-called as she introduced herself. The auditorium erupted in laughter as she announced she’d be singing I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Miserables. Moments later she opened her mouth and instantly changed the world. Before the end of the second sentence, the entire audience was on their feet applauding her and remained standing throughout the duration of her performance.

From start to finish, that night she was on TV for five minutes and fifty seconds but during those three hundred and fifty short ticks of the second hand, Susan completely transformed the way the world thinks about living our dream.

She became an instant celebrity… a household name. And that was before the actual competition ever began. Forget her record smashing album sales. Susan became the hero of the average man, woman, boy and girl across the globe that night on the audition stage. It became the song hear around the world.

There are so many lessons I learned from watching that five minutes. Here are but a few:

People will be quick to judge us. When she walked out onto the stage, the judges and audience instantly concluded that her entire audition—other than to humiliate for sport—was an enormous waste of time.

Those same people are usually wrong. They were proved wrong the instant Susan began singing. 

You don’t have to defend your gift. Susan didn’t spend a moment trying to convince the judges or a cackling audience that she was a singer. She let the gift speak for itself.

No one laughs when your gift goes forth. Susan’s voice instantly pierced the hearts of everyone there and before she could sing the second line, they were on their feet cheering her. A fickle lot… we humans.

I could go on and on. I would encourage you to view this video. You’ll have to do it more than once. And as you do, remember you’re just like Susan. You may not have her voice but you do have gifts unique to you. And you also have those in your life who don’t believe in you. As sad as that is, it’s true. But that doesn’t change the gift, or your need to use it to change the world!

Stop spending time trying to convince people of who you are. Just be who you are and when you do,  your gifts, talents and fruit will speak for themselves. Even more importantly, you’ll change the world!

Like Susan Boyle on that night in the spring of 2009, this is your time. Seize it. Change the world. Make your mark… that lasting imprint and legacy that will flow to generations to come.

How many more ways can I say to take your rightful place. The world needs YOU!

Have you had a situation where people didn’t believe in you or your gift, only to have the gift prove them wrong? Begin changing the world right now by sharing it here!

 

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Facts About You Friday: Who Are You Really?

Posted January 10, 2014 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

At the beginning of the year- is that really only 10 days ago? – I committed to giving back to you in the way you blessed me while on the Road to Freedom Tour. Your kind words, prayers and encouragement gave me the strength and courage to ride another day.

I know what it’s like to be facing down a long, steep climb and feel I’ve already used up all my energy. During those times, I remembered YOUR words and somehow found the strength for the climb. 

Today, I want to give that back to you by telling you who you really are. When the going gets tough, or when you feel you can’t dig your way out of the snow drifts you find yourself buried under, I trust these words will renew your strength and you’ll finish the task.

 

Anyone Can Bike

Sometimes I felt like this Donkey

Are are:

God’s favorite. Yep. He told me. He said you’re the apple of His eye. You are His child and He is so proud of you.  When He thinks of you -which is all the time – it always brings a smile to His face.

Fearfully and wonderfully made. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit said, “Let us make man -that means you- in our image. God was deliberate when He made you with your hair color, size, shape, set of gifts and talents. And yes, even your limitations. 

More than a conqueror. Because you are His, you have access to all the power and wealth of the Kingdom. It’s all at your disposal and you can use it to subdue the enemy and move mountains that stand in the way.

Sunlight Shining Through Forest

 

Enormously talented. God did not created anything (not even the ugly Vietnamese pot bellied pig) without a great deal of talent. It’s inside waiting for you to tap into it. No matter what your brother told you when you were kids, you’ve got talent. Even if Uncle Walter said you’d never amount to anything… and God knows Uncle Walter knows everything.

A Person of vast purpose. God is a God of purpose and He created you with all those gifts for a reason. You have a rightful place in this world to fill a void that can only be done by you. If you don’t follow your destiny, the world will not be the same. You do make a difference in this world. 

man overlooking enormous river

 

Unfortunately, media and even our friends have slithered over to the dark side of communication when it comes to us. It’s more entertaining to expose shortcomings than to praise gifting. That’s sad, mainly because if you hear it enough, you tend to believe it.

Don’t! 

You are an amazing creation of a great and mighty God found it wholly satisfying to form you in His image and to fashion you after His own heart. Believe it. Embrace it. Walk it. Live it. It’s who you really are!

Who do you believe you really are? Who has others said you are? Share it here!

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Believe in Yourself

Posted January 7, 2014 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

I meet people just about every day who are downtrodden and feel they have no purpose. Through life circumstances, they’ve come to believe they don’t have a reason to be here.

That saddens me because I’ve lived long enough to realize that we all have amazing gifts and talents that are supposed to be used to make a difference on planet Earth. Not one of us is exempt from that.

mountain curve

I’ve been all over the world, to prisons, to tent cities, homeless shelters and on the streets and yet I’ve NEVER met a person who didn’t have immeasurable worth and a purpose. I’ve only met those who either haven’t embraced that talent, or they’ve come to believe that isn’t true.

They exist day after day believing they are not worthy of success. It’s so sad because our world needs each of us to embrace our calling and use our gifts and purpose to make a positive impact.

 

Desert highway

So what about you? Are you embracing your gifts? Are you using your talents to help make this world a better place? If not, why not? Here are the top reasons why you may not believe in yourself, your gifts and your purpose:

You believe something someone else said about you. Good or bad, you’ve accepted someone’s opinion as fact. Don’t let that happen.

Life robbed you. Something happened. It changed you. Discouraged you. Little by little it chipped away at your commitment to make things happen. The result? You settled for what is rather than pursuing what could and should be. Take back your life.

Disappointment and doubt rule. Perhaps you used your gifts and talents and it wasn’t a stellar success. Okay… maybe you failed miserably. So what? Everyone who tries will fail. Know what else? No one who didn’t try will ever succeed. Just keep moving forward.

No matter what the circumstances are in your life, you owe it to yourself and to the world to accept your rightful place in it. That means using all your gifts and talents to succeed, and to make a difference in a world that won’t be the same if you don’t do that.

Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

You have immeasurable worth.

You were created for a specific purpose.

You are unique. One of a kind.

Believe that. Believe in yourself. Take your rightful place! We’re depending on you.

Do you believe about yourself? Do you feel you’re here for a specific purpose? Share it here!

 

 

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2014 Road to Freedom: It’s All About YOU!

Posted January 6, 2014 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I spent most of 2013 preparing for and pedaling across America on the Road to Freedom Tour> I was able to help women across the country who are victims of violent assault. It was the most amazing adventure of my life. I will never be the same.

Reporter Steve Beavers and me.

Reporter Steve Beavers and me.

Thank you for your support, your prayers, your love and encouragement as I took this message on the road. It’s what kept me going when times got tough. You gave me the strength to face each obstacle and endure every challenge. As I reached out to these women, I was your hands outstretched.

I’ve prayed long and hard about the next steps for Road to Freedom. While I don’t yet have all the answers, I have come to one conclusion. I MUST help you set and reach your bold goals. You deserve to live your dream. The world needs your unique message.

To that end, during 2014, the Road to Freedom blog will be devoted to helping YOU. Pure and simple. I will encourage YOU. I will provide insight and tools to help YOU live your dream. I will help YOU get beyond those roadblocks and to scale those mountains that stand in the way.

Dream Road

I’ll share stories of those who overcame. I’ll inspire you to reach beyond what you thought you were capable of achieving. I’ll walk with you this year just like you pedaled with me last year. I’m so grateful for you. This is my way of giving back to you. 

I look forward to a wonderful year together. I expect to hear from you. I want to know about your successes, your disappointments, your challenges. I want to celebrate your wins with you and let  you cry on my shoulder during those inevitable times when you fall short of the mark you set for yourself. 

Thank you for an amazing 2013. Thank you also for allowing me to pay it back in this way in 2014. 

Have you set your 2014 goals yet? If not, please do that this week. If you don’t, you’ll blink at it will be April.

Who do you know that would benefit from this encouragement and inspiration? Please invite them to join my mailing list so I can send it to them automatically every day.

"The Beginning" Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.

What are your biggest challenges you face this year? Send me an email at reba@rebajhoffman.com. I’ll be sure to address those in upcoming blog posts and offer sound advice.

Together, you and I will make this the most amazing and successful year yet. 

What are your goals for this year? Did you write them down yet? Share them here.

 

 

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What If?

Posted December 30, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Okay, I know I said I’d be taking all of December off from blogging but it’s just too close to the start of a brand new year to not check in. First, thank you all so much for your kind words, emails, calls, text messages you’ve been sending. I appreciate your connection and your prayers.

I trust God blessed you over the Christmas holidays in a very special way. I know some of you faced adversity. Illness, death, and calamity just to name a few. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I received the most amazing picture book in the mail from great friend, Melody Thompson. It chronicles the Road to Freedom Tour as I wound through Kentucky and ministered to women, recovered from a torn ligament in my knee and spent time on the farm. It was an amazing time with Melody and her family and now I have it in print! Thank you, friend!

A few weeks ago my good friend, Jennie Atkins, posed a thought provoking question on her blog, A Little Bit of Everything. She asked what our lives would be like if when we woke up in the morning, all we had was what we’d thanked God for the day before. That question has been in the forefront of my mind since I read it.

I began consciously looking at what I have and how I am blessed. When I see it, I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to make sure I thank God for it. The results have been amazing. 

I’m busy planning for a brand new year of helping others live their dreams. I hope and pray you are planning as well. Life is too short to not live it to its fullest. 

This year will bring challenges, but it will also bring success, joy, peace and countless opportunities for you to shine. I encourage you to take a few hours over this week to develop a plan and implement that plan. Sure, you’ll alter your course throughout the year. That’s normal but at least you’ll be going somewhere. 

What if, instead of pain, sorrow and disappointment, at the end of next year you were living your dream and making a difference in our world? It can happen. You can do it. I believe in you! I believe in the gifts God has given you. And I believe in the plans He has for you.

From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for you all. I treasure you, your dreams and your life. It has truly been an honor to serve you. You bless me in ways I cannot express.

I wish you great joy and success in 2014. I am looking forward to helping you live your dreams during these next 365 days. May you live to the fullest, your heart overflowing with joy and peace. May you feel how much you are loved and may you always have opportunity to be a blessing to others.

God bless friends!

 

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Trust God…No Matter What

Posted September 18, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

I’ve gotten an barrage of emails, phone calls, texts, messages from all over the country wanting to know where I am right now. No one-including me-knew where I’d be after my conference in Indianapolis.

Preparing for Departure in Greenville, SC 7-13-3So, to set the record straight, I’m homeless! Seriously! But it’s not what you think. Two months before I departed on the Road to Freedom Tour, I gave up a rented condo in Orlando, put my belongings in storage and headed to South Carolina to do some hill training. Today, my belongings (yes, all my woodcarvings I created out of pieces of wood) remain in storage. There simply wasn’t room to take them on the bike. 🙂

Today, I’m in northern Florida. I’ve had to recharge my cell phone four times today because I’ve been on an endless number of phone calls plotting and planning the next step of my journey. Before I tore my rotator cuff in my shoulder and the medial collateral ligament in my knee, I knew Road to Freedom was growing very big. I was already getting picked up by local and regional media.

I’d also talked to 1346 women in 1700 miles of pedaling. That’s almost a woman per mile average. There are too many women who must hear this message and get set free from the emotional prison to reach them all by bicycle. When I tore the ligament in my knee, I knew it was bad. Really bad. It would take weeks and probable surgery to repair it.

Interestingly, except for the two hours I spent on sitting on the side of the road dizzy from my injury and unable to stand, I’ve had not a single moment of angst regarding the injury, or the fact that I wouldn’t be mounting Dakota again for a while. I trust God. This is all part of His divine plan for me, countless women and Road to Freedom.

How do I know? I can’t list all the miraculous things God did on this trip in a single blog post. There are just too many and blog posts are way too short. Guess you’ll have to get the book when it comes out, but I would like to tell you a couple. I only recently revealed these publicly. You’ll see why in a moment.

When I knew God led me to do this, I told him I would go wherever He wanted me to go and do whatever He wanted me to do. That was my reasonable service. He, on the other hand, would have to be Jehovah Jireh, my provider. I put away credit cards, debit cards and access to assets of any kind. When I rolled out of Greenville, South Carolina on July 13th, no one but God knew that I had only twenty-two dollars and change in my pocket.

twenty-two dollars and change

I spent 60 days making my way across the country and traveled over 1700 miles. Not once did I ever ask for money or tell anyone about how much money I did (or didn’t) have. In fact, I never mentioned money to anyone. In 60 days I never ran out of money. I never missed a meal. I never lacked for any need to be met. God stirred the hearts of His children, complete strangers, to buy my lunch, or give me water.  I decided early on to trust God…no matter what.

When I injured my shoulder and my knee, I didn’t fret. I knew God was in this tour and there would be a way to continue Road to Freedom even off the bike. Turns out, I’ve done more ministry and met more women off the bike than on it. More women have received the message that God loves them and wants them to be free of the fear, shame and horror of their attack than  in the two months of riding. 

While I was sitting with my leg propped up in a recliner chair, my friend Melody offered these words that have since turned out to be rather prophetic, “If you can’t go to them, God will bring them to you.” At the time, I thought she was referring to a particular speaking engagement I had that week. Turns out, God had different plans. 

I’ve learned to trust God… no matter what. Whether I have a flat tire, a torn ligament or no clear direction, I know I can still trust God. That truth brings peace. And God is completely trustworthy. He’s proven that over and over again. So take it from a woman who rode 1700 miles by faith, you can trust God… no matter what!

Are you trusting God? When was the last time you were placed in a position when you had to trust Him? Share it here! 

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At the Crossroads

Posted August 1, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Corinth City Limits SingYesterday I had the privilege of speaking to several of the leaders of the community in Corinth, Mississippi. It was wonderful time but sobering as well to know that statistically, one out of every three women in our nation have been victims of violent assault of sexual abuse. 

After the luncheon, my Corinth photographer, Cheryl Meints, and I headed for downtown. We had to share a malt at the Bourroum’s Drug Store, the oldest one in the state, and touts the oldest working pharmacist. Ms.

Camille is 86 years old ans still works. I got to see her and prayed that I would look half that good when I’m her age.

We ventured to the famous Crossroads. I have heard so much about the Crossroads in the few days I’ve spent in this history rich

Inside Corinth Train Station

Inside Corinth Train Station

community and surrounding areas. I already knew how critical that place was in the history of our nation. Right there in the middle of downtown Corinth, major railroads moved north/south and east/west. During the Civil War, it was the only way to get supplies to the Confederate troops. It was literally the lifeline of the south.

The Crossroads at Corinth, MS

The Crossroads at Corinth, MS

After the Union defeated the Confederates at Shiloh just to the north, they headed south and gained control of Crossroads, effectively cutting off the rebels. Some say it was this critical Crossroads junction where the war was won.

I walked onto the railroad tracks and looked back toward the station and realized the gravity of that piece of ground. I understood how important the Crossroads were, and how vital they remain today. Both tracks are still in use today.

Many times we find ourselves at the same type of crossroads in our own life. Who controls it will determine the future. And we have the choice of which direction our journey takes us. 

I think back in my life to the many times I was at a crossroads and took the wrong turn. Things didn’t end so well. I’m sure you’ve had those in your life as well. You’re there, looking down the tracks that stretch as far as your eye can see in every direction. The possibilities are endless. Often the right direction is unclear.

The outcome of the Crossroads in Corinth, Mississippi changed the face of an entire nation. The crossroad in your life holds the same

Telegraph Desk in Corinth Train Station

Telegraph Desk in Corinth Train Station

significance. How you react to things in your life will take you in some direction. When you’re at the crossroads, chose your path wisely because it may just determine your destiny. At the least, it will shape your future.

I am so blessed to have stood on the very Crossroads that changed the course of the Civil War, and the future of this great nation we call the United States of America. I looked in each direction to the edge of the horizon and saw endless possibilities. I committed that I would chose the right path when I stand at the crossroads in my life. My prayer is that you will, too.

My time in Corinth will soon come to an end and I will be heading west to the Memphis area for a couple of days of service to the citizens of that area. I’ve learned so much during my time here. I want to say a very special thank you to author Pat Trainum (writing at Patricia Bradley) for being such a gracious host and for setting up so many engagements for me in Corinth. Pat took time from her busy writing schedule to show me this amazing place. Deadlines loom as her first novel will be hitting the bookstore shelves in February. Visit Pat at: www.ptbradley.com. 

Cheryl Meints and me

Cheryl Meints and me at Borroum’s Drug Store

I would also like to say a very special thank you to amazing photographer, Cheryl Meints, for photo chronicling my time in Corinth. I highly recommend her and the wonderful work she does. She is known as the flower lady in this area. Please visit her website and follow her blog: www.corinthrose.com. You can email her at corinthrose@gmail.com. Please check out her gallery. You’ll be as amazed as I am!

Thank you all for following this epic Road to Freedom Bicycle Tour Across America. As I reach out to women I meet along the way, I will be your arms extended.

 

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Your Real Comfort Zone

Posted May 31, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Footbridge Spanning the Base of a ValleyOne of the most powerful negative forces in our lives is our resistance to getting out of our comfort zones. I’ve refused it. I’ll bet you have too. You settle into what’s familiar, safe and routine. The trouble is you’re not going anywhere.

I was the world’s best defender of the comfort zone until I realized the truth. Once I did, I propelled myself outside my comfort zone with every opportunity that presented itself. Here’s what I learned.

It’s not really your comfort zone. The good, safe feeling is only temporary. Just as with everything else in life, that feeling of comfort will leave at some point.

Getting out of your comfort zone creates a better one. By letting go and reaching out, you embrace a new and improved place that you will soon claim as your own.

Your present comfort zone was once a place of unrest and apprehension for you. Seriously. But once the fear of your first time passed,Sunlight Shining Through Forest day by day you became comfortable and you do everything to stay in your zone. Just as you learned to be comfortable where you are, you can also learn to be comfortable in a better place.

You cannot avoid your first time. If you want anything more in life than you currently possess—and you should—you will have a string of first times. It’s unavoidable, but it’s rarely fatal. It may feel like you are going to croak when you’re shaking in your new place boots, but it will pass. I promise.

Your comfort zone is really like a drug. It numbs you and keeps you locked inside it’s seemingly protective fortress. Sometimes you have to look really closely to see its bars. Yes, your comfort zone is like a prison and you are doing time. The only difference between you and the death row inmate—well, besides the fact that you didn’t murder anyone—is that YOU have the key to unlock the door and set yourself free.

Mountains Reflecting in Calm LakeYou’re worth it. You deserve it. Don’t let your comfort zone be your prison cell. Set yourself free. Venture out into a whole new, albeit unknown world. You’ll find a new and much more exciting comfort zone!

Today’s Challenge: Identify what your comfort zone is and why you have it. Now write your dream of where you want to go. Write them in a journal.

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Just DO It!

Posted May 19, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Single wheelchair athlete in action during a marathon.I meet people almost every day who have incredible dreams of great worth. They research what it would take to accomplish it. They talk to experts in that field and get tips and pointers. They pray or consult professionals.

Then it happens. They just repeat the process. Somewhere along the journey, they jumped right onto a carousel and just keep going around in circles. Why? Well, there are several reasons.

It’s comfortable. Staying in the exploration phase keeps you safe and snuggly. No turtle ever had to stick his neck out as long as he stayed inside is nice, hard shell.

It’s familiar. You know what to do. Google has become your best friend. You get encouragement and positive affirmation from those2036_bmxyou query. That releases the feel good chemicals in your brain.

There’s no risk. When you’re going around in circles not really moving anywhere, there is absolutely no risk. And if you don’t risk anything, you may not win, but you think you won’t lose.

It’s free. Advice and opinions are plentiful and you can gorge yourself on an elephant’s worth without even pulling out your credit card. It’s like millions of free movies you can watch 24/7 with an $8.00 Netflix account.

Almost makes circling on the colorful horse inviting, doesn’t it? But here’s the thing. At some point, the ride will end. It always does and you’ll stumble off to the exact same spot as where you got on, only now you’re dizzy and disoriented.

woman sailing 01You have total and absolute control over your actions. You can start living your dream today. Yes, any wise journeyman will do your research and count the cost. But don’t keep counting the beans when you should be throwing them in the pot and cooking them.

 Sometimes others can tell if you’re riding the merry-go-round of procrastination but many times, only you know. Deep down in your heart, the truth is there. If you need years to research, train and execute your dream, so be it.

If you’re circling the park, get off your carossel high horse and JUST DO IT! Don’t go around another time. Get off and go somewhere!

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