You have probably read several motivational books to inspire you and get you to that place of conviction, on how to align everything around you for a good and positive outcome. Fact is, counteractions also swing into motion, shooting darts of negative motivation or self-limiting tendencies. You draw up a checklist, set your goals, have in place a time schedule, priorities apportioned and then you make that dive into the river of fulfillment. Like a dive into a river, gravity cajoles you to sink rather than float. The waves would rather shove you back to land, or take you in another direction. Friends, neighbors may criticize, without any objective suggestion. Envy may rear its ugly green head, or even own self can become a stumbling block. Perhaps, that’s why the phrase ‘life happens’ was coined. It compels one to do a reality check. Every reality check would also reveal that aids and supports to get you through are also available. If you are determined, swim you must! And to your destined location, you must aspire. How do you manage counter actions? It all boils down to what you are ready to abstain from, retain, sustain and maintain.