ABOVE AND BEYOND
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 life’s
difficulties speaks volumes about your character or lack
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 we’re ever going to reach our full
potential on earth. And it’s 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 life’s
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 it’s 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, it’s easy to utter the all too familiar
phrase, I’m 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 let’s 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 isn’t nearly as complicated as we
sometimes make it. More often than not, winning is
nothing more than having the resilience to outlast the
Rather than toss out an overworked cliché about giving it
your best, why not DO YOUR BEST and use life’s 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 can’t
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 don’t 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, there’s not a problem on earth you cannot
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,
you’ll live a life well beyond your wildest imagination.