Many times we blame outside circumstances and other people for our own stagnant position in life. We remain stuck because we have not basically said "yes" to our goals or to whatever is calling us. It is so easy to indict a bad childhood, a divorce or some other force for our failure to actualize our dreams.

One thing that is certain, is that one will never make a touchdown until he makes the daunting decision to pick up the ball and run toward the goal post. Indecisiveness is one of the most paralyzing forces there is in stopping a person from forging ahead. Until you make up your mind as to what you want to accomplish, you will spend many precious moments wandering aimlessly.

The point is to decide what is to be accomplished. Then, say "yes" by making a plan. If you want to go back to school, for example, call the school for an application. Call the financial aide office for assistance in determining a financial aid package.

Sometimes it is just easy to coast along in life, but the penalty for this is a lifetime of regret and perusing about what could have been. Yes, it takes courage to make life decisions, but saying "yes" to life is well worth the effort when one reaps the reward of goal attainment.

Author's Bio: 

Bio of Dr. Emily Grant DeCarlo
Literacy Instructor for RoseBridge Community Arts, a program of the Hopewell Museum of Art and Intercultural History
Author, poet, educator, spiritual adviser, evangelist, consultant
B.A. Social Welfare Systems-Hampton University-Hampton, Virginia
M.Ed. Guidance Counseling-Hampton University-Hampton, Virginia
M.Ed. Special Education-Virginia State University- Petersburg, Virginia
Three year Leadership Training Institute- Chesterfield County Public Schools Leadership Program in conjunction with University of Richmond’s Jefferson School of Leadership
PhD.-Christian Education- 2007 Living Waters Biblical Institute-Petersburg, Va.
Special Education Teacher: Chesterfield County Public Schools- 1996-2011
Special Education Teacher: Petersburg Public Schools- 2011-2013
Associate Minister- Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Hopewell, Va. 2003-present
Co-pastor- Bible Covenant Believers in Christ Deliverance Ministries, Petersburg, Virginia
Founder of The Grant DeCarlo Institute for the Healing Arts -2013
Licensed in ministry-July 1998-New Hope Christian Center-Hopewell, VA
Ordained as minister-May2007-Living Waters Biblical Institute, Petersburg, Va.
Inducted into Tau Sigma Delta honor society for contributions to Literature (Virginia State University Chapter)
Book: “Let it Shine” used as supplemental text for English 211 (creative writing class) at Virginia State University
Poem: “Epiphany” published in Essence magazine, January 2008 edition (page 116)
Published works (poetry): “Secret Dimensions”; “Full Moon Rising”; “True Stories”; “So You Can Know Me”; “Come Sunday Morning”
Research based published works: “Using Poetry to Promote Reading and Language Acquisition”
Other published works: “The Crab Effect” (inspirational book on handling the haters in your life based on the story of Joseph in the Bible);
Poetry CD entitled “Journey” 2009
Blog: “The DeCarlo Files”
Founder and executive director of WEN (Women’s Empowerment Network)-1992
Guest speaker and lecturer: various colleges, universities and churches throughout the United States.
Poetry for Healing Workshop and Books
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