There are times when problems we face seem to grow larger than our capacity to solve them. Don’t quit. Step back, break the problem down into small pieces. One piece is a lot easier to tackle than a hundred pieces. Before you know it, one piece at a time and you’ll be your problems’ master.
Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
O Lord, the hard-won miles
Have worn my stumbling feet:
Oh, soothe me with thy smiles,
And make my life complete.
The thorns were thick and keen
Where’er I trembling trod;
The way was long between
My wounded feet and God.
Where healing waters flow
Do thou my footsteps lead.
My heart is aching so;
Thy gracious balm I need.
No Doubt, No Fear, Never Look Back
James Allen in his book, As a Man Thinketh, writes, “Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in. The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step.” P. 36
As a Man Thinketh is available online at gutenberg.org under the Harvard Classics.
NOTE: When we have a great and legitimate purpose in mind we have the power within to cast away any thoughts of doubt and fear. When we surround ourselves with like-minded people we create an atmosphere that sustains us in times of greatest challenge. I recall a time early on in my career where I was newly hired. A subordinate came to me and said, ‘Ray you’ll never succeed here. You may as well quit before this place kills you.’ This man was pouring doubt and fear into my mind. After he left my office, I called my wife and told her about the conversation. She said, don’t listen to him you will succeed. I did do it and i was highly successful. Don’t listen to the doubters and the naysayers they’re only projecting their fears upon you
Optimists Are Healthier
A recent Harvard School of Public Health study found that positive psychological well-being, which includes self-acceptance and positive relations with others, is linked to improved heart health. However, having an optimistic attitude was the biggest predictor of all: People who tend to look on the bright side have fewer heart problems, such as cardiovascular disease. They also have better cholesterol readings: In a separate survey of nearly 1,000 middle aged men and women, those who reported higher levels of optimism had lower levels of triglycerides, or less fat in the blood.
Note: We didn’t have much materially when I grew up. I did experience lots of love. I also experienced a mom and dad who worked in low blue-collar jobs encouraging my brother and me to learn and go to college. They didn’t complain about the cold winters in an unheated cold water flat. They didn’t complain when they got laid off from the factories. They knew they’d make it. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were passing on their sense of optimism to me. They taught me to keep plugging and sooner or later it’s all going to turn out right. What a great inheritance. Thanks Mom and Dad
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C. S. Lewis