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.

–Thomas Carlyle

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.

–Myla Kabat-Zinn

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.

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