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Go, Set, Ready!

Do you remember as a kid participating in a race? Maybe it was in your neighborhood or at a school field day. Either way, many of us have heard what's yelled to start the race, "Ready, Set, Go!" While this serves as a term to get a bunch of elementary school kids running like crazy, I think we often use this mantra as we start moving on our dreams. We have to get everything ready, get everything set, and then we go. Well, friend, in theory this sounds fantastic. However, I've found myself most often in a place where acting on the dreams I have is more like "Go, Set, Ready." As a matter of fact, many never actually get to go, because in the getting ready and getting set they get overwhelmed or sometimes discouraged. Be honest with yourself, today. Have you refrained from your "Go" because you don't feel ready or that everything is set? We're going to look at a few things that keep us from running our race (literally). 1. The need to have thi
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Don't Rush

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Read This When Life Hurts

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