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Your Personal Life Journey

Each of us is on our own personal life journey. No matter where you are in life, you travel along your journey. Do you choose the rocky roads, mountains, or a smooth road? We have all walked each of these roads. The trick here is to learn from your past travels and be “Mindful” of what where you are heading now.

Your Prosperity Track

Part of your journey is your prosperity track. What are you doing to make your passions turn into a self-sustaining business? You may be on that road already, but most are still struggling to get on track with prosperity. We learn as we go. That is important to keep in mind because there is nothing lost in learning.

Do you have your long and short-term goals in mind? I’m sure by now you do. On this journey, we all hit a pitfall and either give up or keep on going. For those of you reading this, you probably are the ones who keep on going.

Emotions Are Important, Too

What happens to the emotional you when you sit and think to yourself “I’ve had enough”…. “This is not moving fast as I want to?”

We get frustrated sometimes that our daily routines are not getting us to the promised land as fast as we had hoped. No one has ever said it would be easy. But if this is the journey you chose, and if it feels right, then stick to it.

At times, you may be weary and want to step back. That’s ok for a short time. But get back on track as soon as you’ve regained your energy and your focus.

Maintaining Focus

I gave myself one of these much-needed breaks several months ago. Life got in my way. I was exhausted. My journey happened to take me off-line to counsel some small businesses to market their services more effectively.

But as fate would have it, my off-line marketing guidance led me right back to my internet marketing. It turns out that what most of my clients really needed was to establish some sound internet marketing strategies. In my wildest dreams, I never expected that. I was simply following my passion to help my clients, and it led me full circle back to internet marketing.

So keep going forward, even if you detour occasionally. If you are on the right path, then your journey will continue, and your path will become ever clearer.

I would like to know what you are struggling with today. Please leave a comment below.



Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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30 Responses to Your Personal Life Journey

  1. Dereck May 27, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Hey Donna!

    Awesome posting! If it wasn’t for all of the experiences we’ve lived through in our lives… we might not be where we are today.

    It’s like one of my favorite quotes that I heard from someone… (don’t remember who)

    “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”


    Thanks for putting this together. Sometimes people don’t recall why they are where they are. 😀


    • Donna Merrill May 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      I totally agree with your statement “when the student is ready,the teacher will appear.”
      Thanks for your comment,

  2. Pastor Sherry May 19, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    Oh yes, the journey! Life itself is a journey, as well as seemingly everything else we do. And oh, how I have fought some of those journeys! There have been many times when I simply wanted to be at the end and forget the in-between. But it’s the in-between that grows us and makes us learn what God wanted us to learn all along. Much as I hate to admit that, when a journey is far enough along, I can usually look back and see where God is using it for good.

    As for struggling . . . I’d have to say I need to learn to trust God more — for everything.

    • Donna Merrill May 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      What a great comment! To stay on the journey we must Trust. Trust is built on Faith in God. I strongly believe that is why we are all here, to keep growing in that Trust in God.
      My little trick here is like the old saying “Let go Let God.” We see it on bumper stickers, and it is the ultimate saying that started in AA. And when you think of all the therapies and self help groups out there, AA is the most successful one. I believe it is because it is God centered. When that is mastered, we can get over any bump on our journey.
      Personally, when I hit bottom and get overwhelmed with life’s issues, I just put myself in God’s hands and everything always works out.
      Thanks for your comment

  3. Andy Nathan May 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I love the journey! It makes the stories even better later on! Who wants a boring journey anyways!

    • Donna Merrill May 20, 2011 at 3:19 am #

      Glad to hear that you do Andy. It’s a rush for me!

  4. The GREAT Edward May 16, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Hey Donna,

    It is so great to see you have come back full circle in your journey of your business and life. I am blessed to know you and David. The wisdom and knowledge that you have to share with so many people is key to their success. In return it fulfills your purpose too! Keep living your dreams my friend.

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    The GREAT Edward!

    • Donna Merrill May 16, 2011 at 4:09 am #

      Hi Edward, thanks so much. We have a bumpy journey we are on, but we are still in the game. I appreciate all that you do for people. God Bless, Donna

  5. Rick Lelchuk May 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I think I suffer from SOS, Shine Object Syndrome, and it tends to take me away from my journey, my purpose. My little side trips always do contribute to my learning and give me exposure to something new and for that I am grateful. I must be cautious of the shine objects put in my path, are they there for a reason or to be stepped over.
    Thanks for your post and letting me spout off.

    • Donna Merrill May 16, 2011 at 4:08 am #

      Hi Rick, thanks for your reply – I love your SOS Syndrome that takes us away from our journey. We all have it but need to be mindfull of keeping on track.

  6. Lori Tisot May 11, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Hi Donna – love this post – it just goes to show that the path we focus on unfolds even if we take a much-needed break from it (a break in our own minds, anyway :)) Taking the break is still part of the path, even if we don’t realize it at the time 🙂 I still struggle with “this isn’t going fast enough” from time to time – but then I take a step back and remember that it’s all unfolding as it should 🙂 Thanks for your insights!

    • Donna Merrill May 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      What a great statement Lori!
      I know that part of our path is to take a break, but it is still a struggle for me too. I even put a pink post-it on my computer that reads: “Donna, you are worthy to take a break”
      It works!

  7. Steve Shoemaker May 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    So true it takes a lot of commitment to stake out your claim and then move forward to claim it. We all face many obstacles but if we have a strong enough focus and reason for entering the battle we will emerge as the victors.


    • Donna Merrill May 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

      Right you are Steve! Focus is one of my key words of life.

  8. Eldon Beard May 10, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I think what many struggle with on the road to success, especially with an online business, is distraction. It took me a while to understand that laser focus is necessary for success in business, and I remember a time when I seemed to be attracted to every new and shiny Internet marketing tool that came around. Getting past all that and learning how to do the basics consistently, every day, is a big key to getting and staying on track.

    • Donna Merrill May 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

      Hey Eldon,
      I know what you mean. I find that I have to remind myself each day to “stay on track!” Those shiny things always are popping up, but I save them for later, and stay on course.

  9. Richard Goutal May 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    This past week, I took a detour from my regular business activities (most of them). I taught a weeklong workshop which is part of my other business of “training consultant.” The detour helps provide a little added income as I work on my brand, products, and relationships in the IM world. I was exhausted at the end of each day, but it made me more aware of the challenge facing those with full time jobs and limited opportunities to work their business dreams, how they must carefully manage their time and energies, probably more carefully than I do. Detours can provide lessons.

    • Donna Merrill May 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      Hi Richard, I know how that feels! Look at you grow…training consultant! I know how much energy you put into your work. I can be exhausting at times, but as you said “Detours can provide lessons.”
      Thanks, Donna

  10. Nelson Schroeder May 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi old gal, good to see you in TSA. I must have been overlooking you and David. A hiatus from Blogging is a good thing sometimes. I do it at least one time a year. Had to chuckle when you reminded us to get in touch with ourselves. I tried that once but got lost in my Fat Folds. Just kidding of course. If you don’t know who you are you never can become who you want to be. Good stuff Donna and remember the “Old Gal” comment is a term of affection and not an Adjective.

    • Donna Merrill May 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Nelson, you always leave me laughing. So glad to be back in touch with you through TSA. Love your blogging. And missed it very much on my hiatus!

  11. Kevin DeRoo May 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Hey Donna

    Great article and video on creating your own “personal life journey.”

    I love that you mentioned emotions because we are all creatures of emotion aren’t we! Emotions do indeed influence every decision that we make on our journey. It is so important to understand this and to not let your own emotions stop you from reaching your chosen destinations.

    Thanks for sharing this Donna,


    • Donna Merrill May 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      I have been working on this for a long time Kevin. There is the Emotional self, the Rational self, and then there is the Wise Mind. We always have to “check in” to our inner self to be aware of the emotions taking over!

  12. Irene Kusters Berney May 7, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Thank you for your caring and sharing message.

    Learning how to replace your limiting beliefs with empowering beliefs, and how to eliminate the fears that drain your power.
    Identifying your Own Path to Success. Than trusting yourself and your respect for others. Becoming a better Listener, is a life’s Journey. We never start this journey to early or too late.
    The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
    The most valuable gift you have is to offer yourself.
    Truly Caring for Your Success!

    • Donna Merrill May 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      Thank you Irene. Listening is an art! Identifying your own path takes time and lessons. This is only a few of the things you brought up in your comment. As you said “Becoming a better Listener, is a life’s Journey.” Words of wisdom!
      Thank you

  13. Bill Cowan May 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Losing focus is sometimes where I fail and after reading your blog here I’m encouraged to keep on track. Thanks

    • Donna Merrill May 6, 2011 at 1:22 am #

      Keeping on track is sometimes an uphill climb. It is something you need to train the brain with. Once it is suggested, it does become easier.

  14. Mandy Swift May 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Donna, great to connect with you again! You have a very authentic quality on video that really draws your visitors in. I love how you said ‘stay on your personal journey’ because that bit I think is very tough! Most of us just want to get off the merry-go-round at some point … But having the courage to stay is what counts.
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us today 🙂

    • Donna Merrill May 6, 2011 at 12:12 am #

      Thanks Mandy! We each have a unique journey we are on.
      Weather it is in marketing, love, etc. It is our own journey and no matter what it is, it is so important to stay on course. Thanks for your comment, Donna

  15. Willie Robertson May 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Hello Donna,

    I am very grateful to God for everyday he allows me to continue on my life journey.

    Like many people, I have had my up’s and downs, but I try to learn from them, good or bad, and not wallow in self pity.

    I am currently pursing my passion for life style freedom through Internet Marketing, with the end result to be my own boss.

    Also, I would like to help as many others to achieve and travel this same journey, if they so choose.



    • Donna Merrill May 6, 2011 at 12:10 am #

      Willie, You are on the right track being grateful to God. Out of that greatfulness and willing to help others along the way is God’s will. You can’t lose with that! I’m on the same path. I do, however, reached the goal of being my own boss and am so greatful each day for that. I have been for the past 30 years. Now, through Internet Marketing and Network Marketing, I want to share as much knowledge as I can with others. Thanks for your comment, Donna

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