August 20, 2003.
One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
Im constantly amazed yet at the same time disappointed by the number of people I meet who repeatedly allow the smallest of problems to become virtually insurmountable stumbling blocks. Although the daily challenges they encounter could be overcome with a little more effort and a little more focus, these individuals constantly allow even the tiniest of problems to stop them dead in their tracks.
As is often the case in life, what you see is what you get and these folks SEE big time problems everywhere they look. Rather than looking for ways to convert these stumbling blocks into stepping stones, they tend to view lifes challenges as the proverbial mountain instead of a molehill.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong.
Lets face it; weve all had days when even the smallest of problems can knock us completely off balance. On the other hand, weve also experienced memorable days when we consistently found a way over, around or through any and all challenges we came across.
Which day was a day worth remembering? Wasnt it the one when you overcame the obstacles placed in your path and merely used the obstacles as stepping stones to the top? By the same token, the days that your problems got the best of you are more than likely days you would prefer to forget.
Mistakes are stepping stones to success.
Charles E. Popplestone
Like it or not, were going to make mistakes. As a matter of fact, the more successful you become in life, the more mistakes youre going to make. It may not seem fair, but hey, its not all that bad either. By seeing past the problem, we can take lifes lemons and make lemonade. After all, what we SEE is what we GET.
By SEEING the good in any adverse situation, we can take lifes stumbling blocks, big and small alike, and turn them into stepping stones that can take us anywhere weve dreamed of going. Now thats making the most of a so-called bad situation, isnt it?
Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as STEPPING STONES to build the life you want.
Anytime you find yourself being overrun and overwhelmed by a procession of nonstop problems, whatever you do dont run up the white flag and surrender. Instead, why not change your outlook and look for a way through the problem? By keeping your eye on the prize and keeping your goals in view, you can see your way past virtually any problem you ever encounter.
Stepping from the known into the unknown can be a little scary, but then again, the only way to get where you want to go is to take that first step and then keep on stepping. When you show the courage to step out of the bleachers and step up to the plate, ready to swing away each and every day, chances are better than average that youll find the answer out there waiting for you to discover it. Its time to start high stepping your way straight to the top. And using your stumbling blocks as stepping stones sure seems like a super place to start, doesnt it?
The Bottom Line: Its time to step out of the shadows, step over your problems and step into the life you deserve to live.
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