Struggles. We all have them. You're not without them, are you? Our individual challenges run the gambit from self confidence to effective communication, feeling loved or understood, dealing with that one individual who drives us crazy, finding passion, remaining focused in daily chaotic situations, setting protective boundaries, and finding the balance to remaining positive. It's troublesome that we focus on the problem rather than the solution. What is the key? The solution is right there in front of us. As an example, what if you focused on being confident rather than searching outside yourself to find someone or something to make you feel confident? What if you are passionate? You don't have to find it somewhere 'out there.' Each of us finds justification in whichever string of thinking we select. If I am not positive today, I'll find things to substantiate these feelings. I'll listen to the news, interact with someone who focuses on the dark side, and flow deeper into negativity as the day progresses, wondering why I can't be more positive. This type of thinking breed similar thoughts and the results look just like the thinking. These thoughts become reflected in our body language, stance, tone of voice and overall outlook. We then wonder why everyone around us is so negative. However, if we focus on the solution of being positive, chances are extremely high that we'll find a string of activities and situations to substantiate just that. We may notice a patch of gorgeous flowers while walking to the mailbox or overhear a group of giggling children or co-workers. We walk into each meeting with head held high, looking for the good in those around us and catch a glimpse of brilliance in what they have to offer even if we disagree with them. As each of you progresses through this week, notice if your tendency is to focus on the solution or on the struggle. If you catch yourself focusing on your struggle ,simply say "Stop." Take a breath and change your attention to what you desire. "I am positive. I am confident. I am dynamic. I am loved. I am understood. I am passionate. I am focused. I set protective boundaries. I love my life." Your focus will be mirrored back to you. Change your thinking, and it will truly change your results. After all, who else is producing results for you? Who else can you turn to for self-confidence and passion? Have a great week and enjoy your discoveries.