To say life is tough is an understatement. Many challenges are met along the way. Often times the road is bumpy, with rugged, winding and steep terrains that can knock the wind out of your sail. You are tempted to give up and throw in the towel. Here is where I believe you and I will need strength, inspiration and encouragement to help us along the way.
1) Problems and Possibilities
"People will do almost anything to avoid problems. They see a challenge and they run...the secret to success, my friends, is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than your problems." ~ T. Harv Eker
The truth be told, there are no shortage of problems in the world today. There are problems in the home, on your job, problem with your friends, your spouse, and kids who just act up, play the fool when you least expect it. Yet I concur, no problem is insurmountable.
With each problem that you face, there is twice as much for possibilities. Look on the bright side of life and never allow what you are going through to be projected through your mouth as negative energy. Use the opportunity to speak life and believe what you cannot do now, it is a sign from God of what you shall be able to do hereafter. Become a transformer rather than an enabler to the problem that only results in more pain and discomfort. It is not until your words are aligned with your thoughts that you are able to overcome and reach your desired goals.
2) Acceptance and Attitude
"...the greatest part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." ~ Martha Washington 1731...."we must accept life for what it actually is--a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature." ~ Ida R. Wylie
When the rubber meets the road and when the going gets tough, you've got to keep pushing your way forward. Acceptance and attitude must become your next disposition, not the problem nor the circumstance. Acceptance is by no means your submission to what is taking place, it is acknowledging the facts of your situation, whatever it may be.
You cannot dwell on the past or even the now of what you are experiencing. What you must realize is that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. He knows the way that you take. It is beautiful no matter what because God have a way of making all things work out in the end for your good and for His glory. Listen to your inner voice, it is also a form of accepting that which you cannot change. Give thanks in everything and once you accept your limits, eventually, you can go beyond them.
"Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility...In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility." ~ Michael Korda "You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." ~ Jim Rohn
Accepting responsibility shows that you are in charge and in full control of your thoughts. There is no point in worrying about what is past because no one by worrying can change or even add a minute to their life. You have the perfect moment to begin working on yourself and changing things about you.
Move away from the unfavorable situation and give yourself the time to heal and to be strengthened in the inner man. Ask yourself the simple questions as how do you want to see yourself living going forward then move with purpose and with intention to change.
You have a responsibility to set meaningful goals for your life. Again ask questions such as where do you see yourself one, two or five years from now. Remember life is a journey of faith, so never allow yourself to complain and murmur about how strong the wind is or how the the ball bounces. Know that you have the potential for greatness, the price however of greatness is responsibility.
4) Integrity and Ethics
"Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it." ~ George Eliot... "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted
Integrity and ethics goes much further than what is happening around you or what is happening on the inside of you. It is who you are. It is very easy to slip away from these values when you are going through turmoil and difficulty. But no matter what the turmoil may be, remain true to who you are. Exercising ethical behavior in such extreme difficulties will allow you to remain in alignment with your purpose. Integrity on the other hand allows you to follow through on what you say you are going to do. Building your credibility over time then will rely largely upon the history of what you speak and the actions which follows.
5) Humility and Hope
"True humility - the basis of the Christian system - is the low but deep and firm foundation of all." ~ Edmund Burke..."Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible." ~ Anonymous
Whether going through difficulties or not, a fundamental premise from which all people, especially Christians must operate from, is humility. To say the least, these are Christian virtues. True that you may want whatever it is to pass in the quickest possible time. You may even try to circumvent the process and look for short-cuts. Also true that you want to win, regardless.
Nonetheless, remain faithful and true to the end. Life is precious, it is fragile and it is too short for you to throw up your hands, and surrender to defeat. The very least that you can do to lessen the impact of your situation is to figure out the many things there are to hope for in life. Hope in God. Let your confidence be in Him. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them from it all. It may not be when you want it to, but your deliverance will come.
Samuel Smiles once said, "Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gifts of miracle."..."We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
So lift up your head, and never ever talk defeat!
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