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Do What You Can...With What You Have

Pumpkin pie is my absolute favorite Thanksgiving dessert. I know, it's kind of lame, but it is. There is nothing better than pumpkin pie and a cup of coffee after a time spent thinking abut the things I am truly thankful for. That being said, there is nothing worse than making a pumpkin pie and not having either the cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg...This can make for some interesting substitutes when stores are closed, and Thanksgiving dessert is your responsibility.

But we do what we can with what we have--and the same is true with life.

In life, we often encounter situations where we don't have everything we need to achieve our goals. We may lack resources, time, or knowledge, and sometimes we haven't counted the cost of something we have committed to. It can be tempting to give up or wait until we think we have everything we need (and then still find out we don't).

But the truth is, we can do a lot with what we have if we're resourceful and creative.

Here are some tips for doing what you can with what you have:

  1. Focus on what you can control: When you're faced with a situation where you don't have everything you need, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But instead of focusing on what you don't have, focus on what you do have control over. This could be your attitude, your effort, or your approach to the problem. Sometimes doing what you can with what you have is internal.

  2. Be resourceful: Resourcefulness is all about finding creative solutions to problems. If you don't have the resources you need to achieve your goal, think outside the box and look for alternative ways to get the job done. For example, if you don't have the money to hire a professional, consider learning the skills yourself or finding a volunteer to help you. YouTube has videos on how to do just about anything!

  3. Break it down: When you're faced with a big goal, it can be daunting to think about all the things you need to do to achieve it. Instead of focusing on the big picture, break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This will make the goal feel more achievable and help you stay motivated. One of the things we may not have in the face of a large project is motivation, so start by handling what you can first.

  4. Take action: The most important thing you can do when you're faced with a challenging situation is to take action. Even if you don't have everything you need, taking small steps towards your goal can help you build momentum and create positive momentum. A positive outlook can turn a possible defeat into a surprising win!

  5. Ask for help: Sometimes, no matter how resourceful or determined we are, we still need help to achieve our goals. Don't be afraid to ask for help from friends, family, or professionals who can provide you with the resources and support you need to succeed.

Doing what you can with what you have is all about being resourceful, creative, and determined. By focusing on what you can control, being resourceful, breaking down big goals, taking action, and asking for help when you need it, you can achieve great things even with limited resources.

When we feel like we don't have the skills or resources needed to accomplish something, we find we may need some help to get a clear picture. If you or someone you know could use a little, or a lot, of help to clarify their perspective please reach out to The King's Forge Counseling via our contact form at and we can talk about it.

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