Why don't things always turn out the way we'd like them to? That's a loaded question! While there are a number of ways to answer that question, here's one that you might resonate with; I believe that our path in life is never a straight shot. Rather, it's full of many twists and turns. If life were as easy as a straight shot, we wouldn't be here. The trick is how you deal with the many curves that your life's journey tends to throw you from time to time.

When you want something to happen, how do you go about making your wish a reality? Somewhere along the line you need to see and feel the end-result even though you haven't started to point yourself in that direction. Your mind is a powerful tool that you can use to great effect. It can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If things don't turn out the way you were expecting, here are some important things to remember;

1. Don't freak out!
Stuff happens but it's how you choose to deal with it that makes all the difference in the world. You might not be able to change external events, but you can certainly make the choice as to how you want to react to what's happening

2. Acknowledge it
Acknowledge that things didn't complete themselves in the best way possible and then let it go. Letting it go allows you to take the next important step

3. Move on
Leaving disappointment behind is one of the healthiest things you can do. It's when you choose to dwell on a negative that things can backfire. If you constantly keep thoughts of why things didn't work out the way you think they should have, you'll never move out of that space of disappointment. Remember that thoughts always turn into things. Moving on lets refresh the situation and allows you to set another goal that will have a better ending. If you're listening to an album of someone's songs and you don't like the first number, what do you do? You move on to the next. And so it is in life. You make the choice if you want to dwell on hearing the same song over and over. You also have the power to make the choice to move to the next number on the album

4. Reset
Now that you've left disappointment behind, create a better version of exactly what you want to happen. Before you even start to go along the path of claiming what it is you want to happen, make sure you totally believe that you'll receive what you're asking for and if you truly deserve and are worthy of it. So many prayers and meditations go unanswered simply because, deep down, there was a core belief that preventing the final manifestation from occurring

Finally, always work at embracing life with open arms. If something doesn't work out, move on to the next adventure. You have more power than you think you do. Realize that you are here for a reason and know that life is never a straight shot. Understanding that there will indeed be some twists and turns along the way keeps you firmly on the path you were always meant to travel.