August 23, 2006.
The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
How do you instinctively respond when the going starts getting more than just a little tough? Do you intuitively rise up to meet the challenge or do you instead bend or even break under the pressure? Do you automatically summon forth the extra effort required to go above and beyond the call of duty or do you toss in the towel and call it quits? The way you naturally respond to lifes difficulties speaks volumes about your character or lack thereof.
Life quite often forces us to rise up to meet a wide array of daunting challenges tossed in our paths. Like it or not, stumbling blocks of all types and sizes can appear suddenly and without warning; obstacles that must be confronted and conquered if were ever going to reach our full potential on earth. And its in these precious split seconds where we dare or decline to put our best to the ultimate test that our fate and fortunes are decided.
The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
Whether we elect to bite the bullet and take on lifes challenges head on or alternatively turn tail and run for cover will in large measure determine how far we go and how high we fly in life. And its in these daily tests of our strength, commitment and determination that we shape our futures and define our destinies. We can either make it or break it in the blink of an eye.
Oh sure, its easy to utter the all too familiar phrase, Im doing the best that I can when things appear bleaker than bleak and hope is barely hanging on by a thread. Way too easy. But lets be honest here; are you really doing the BEST that you can possibly do or are you simply trying to make yourself feel a little better as you let go of the rope?
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
Jean De La Bruyere
It is precisely these most trying of times that can make us rather than break us, if we will simply tighten our grip and refuse to let go. Life isnt nearly as complicated as we sometimes make it. More often than not, winning is nothing more than having the resilience to outlast the losing.
Rather than toss out an overworked cliché about giving it your best, why not DO YOUR BEST and use lifes trying times to showcase what you are really all about. When push comes to shove, you need to push, PUSH, PUSH forward while shoving each and every excuse about why it cant be done to the curb.
Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.
The next time you find yourself up to your eyeballs in problems, remember to keep your cool and relax for a few moments. Zero in on what you need to do, tighten your grip and then rise above and beyond the challenge you face. Its OK to bend a little to regain your balance if you need to, but dont allow the hurdle in front of you any opportunity to break you down! By giving it all that you can muster and then digging a little deeper and giving a little more, theres not a problem on earth you cannot overcome.
By choosing to rise above the problem you face instead of giving in or giving up, you can quickly get beyond the trouble in your path and get on down the road. Then, before you know it, the problem that once appeared insurmountable will begin to shrink out of sight in your rear view mirror.
The Bottom Line: By rising above the challenges you face, youll live a life well beyond your wildest imagination.
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