Monday, November 14, 2011

Step 14 - Where there's a Will there's a Way

Day 14 of the National Blog Post Month challenge where I’m writing a blog post every day along the theme of 30 Steps to Happiness and Contentment.

I've been struggling to get my post done today.  As you may remember from my Step 7 - Find time for yourself, Monday is my 'Meday', but today I had to work.  It's our busiest time of year at the Garden Centre and it was the only opportunity Gary and I had all week to catch up with estimates, emails and ordering.  It's good to have time for yourself, but sometimes it's just not possible. 

I had a window of 30 minutes during lunchtime which I had set aside for my blog, but at the end of that time all I had was the title and couple of sentences.  It just wasn't coming and I had to put it aside again until this evening.  This evening came and I was still struggling to find the words I needed, so many other things were buzzing around in my head.  I took a bath to try and relax and then my favourite motto popped into my head:
'Where there's a will there's a way'.  
Of course!  There is always an answer, always a way of doing something if you really want to do it.  The key here is you have to have the will.  A few months back I wrote about Losing weight in France and the first step to losing weight is that you have to really want to do it.  It's no good if you're doing it because you feel you ought to, or you've been told to, it's got to come from you.

In Step 2 - There's no such word as Can't  I talked about how I came to the realisation that if you really want to do something you can.  It's one thing knowing you can do something and it's another to have the will to do it.  We all know we can loose weight by eating less and exercising more, but we have to want to do it in order to achieve our goal.

The same goes for everything - if you really want to do something there is always a way. You can't just say you want to or give it a try and see how it goes.  You've got to want to do it, plan how to do it and to so see yourself achieving it.

So next time you're struggling to make a decision or find a solution, find strength in the motto 'Where there's a will there's a way'.  Because if you really want to, you can!

You may be interested to read the other posts in this series:
Step 30 - The Key to Happiness and Contentment
Step 29 -You are the master of your own destiny
Step 28 - Don't give up on a good relationship
Step 27 - Don't Judge , Live and let live
Step 26 - Don't Worry, by happy
Step 25 - Never give up
Step 24 - Get by with a little help from your friends
Step 23 - Go with the Flow
Step 22 - Enjoy the moment
Step 21 - Love what you do
Step 20 - Forgive and Forget
Step 19 - Unconditional giving
Step 18 - Smile and the world smiles with you
Step 17 - Work to live, don't live to work
Step 16 - Surround yourself with Positive People
Step 15 - Always look on the bright side of life
Step 14 - Where there's a will there's a way
Step 13 - Silence is Golden
Step 12 - Feed your Soul
Step 11 - Follow your Dreams
Step 10 - Use your time wisely
Step 9 - Don't be too hard on yourself
Step 8 - Consider what you value most
Step 7 - Find time for Yourself
Step 6 - Make time for Family and Friends
Step 5 - Don't take yourself too Seriously
Step 4 - Feel the Fear and do it Anyway
Step 3 - Love what you Hate
Step 2 - There's no such word as CAN''T
Step 1 - Find the Best in Every Day


  1. Another great piece of advice. Ta. Btw - I can never do a blog post in just 30 minutes - what with all the photos, links, tweeting, fb, etc...

  2. Yes I know 30 minutes was a bit adventurous, but it was all the time I had - it often takes me a couple of hours in all. Usually I wait until something grabs me and I have to write about it - often that's only about once or maybe twice a week, so blogging everyday whether I have the time or in inspiration is hard, but fun too. Glad you're enjoying it :)

  3. agreeing with Midlife Singlemum here - mine took at least an hour and a half this morning and I have no idea when I'm going to do tomorrows - eeek! I think you're doing brilliantly and although I haven't read all your posts I fully intend to when I have more time in December as you have some great ideas :)

  4. Hi Nicki, I have only just stumbled on your blog which I have quite enjoyed. Although not a Mum, I can empathise with your stay in France, we have been here 5 years.
    I wish I had come across the national blog month challenge, I certainly would have given it a go, I always have overspill words to write. Keep it up. I blog on life in France too, both socially and professionally. As well as trying to progress as a children's author.
    Xmas coming, busy book-selling time! Please stay in touch.

  5. Great post, loved reading it, I need a kickup the arse at the moment and what you say is so true, just need to find the 'will'. Good luck with the rest of NaBlaPoMo,

  6. Oh god, RM's just reminded me that there is a tomorrow to do a post for!

    Most of mine seem to be done in the middle of the night when I should be asleep ;)

  7. Hi RM, yes it's difficult finding the time to blog let alone read everyone elses. I too intend to catch up next month :)

    Hi Andy, thanks for following. Glad you enjoyed the blogs so far. Yes I'm a mum, but I don't write exclusively for Mums. I'm sure you noticed that many of my posts are relevant for all - and you can just skip over the ones that aren't ;)
    I'll come and visit your blog soon. What age group do you write for?

    Thanks Expat Mum :)

    Hi Sarah, I often seem to be writing in the middle of the night too. I've just got out of sync at the moment and am writing in the evening for that day - not good. I'm going to have to do a long stint soon and plan ahead, to give me a breather when I just don't have the time!

  8. I really enjoyed this post. It's the will - power I think I lack. That and the fact that the dog needs walking, dishwasher needs stacking etc.... Maybe next year...

  9. You've got to really want to do it Mum in Awe, or it won't get done :) With walking the dog - think about the exercise you're getting too and spend the time thinking or planning something in your head you enjoy and the dishwasher, well it always looks good when it's out of sight - talking of which I'd better get of the the PC and get my dishwasher loaded!