Wednesday, September 26, 2007

pointing the finger

If you have problems in your life, be thankful, it's a sure sign you're alive!

Seriously, many people fail to understand that life is a series of problems and challenges to be overcome. The more you have the more you grow through overcoming the challenges that life throws at you.

Unfortunately, many people always point to others when they experience issues. They always look outward and point the proverbial finger at everyone else, never turning their attention inward to see what things they may have done that contributed to the challenges they face. Yes, often problems we experience are not of our own making, but more times than not we could have acted differently, acted more quickly, more slowly or more thoughtfully and it would have resulted in a different, perhaps less challenging outcome. By looking at ourselves first, we will find ways to strengthen ourselves such that the next time a certain set of circumstances comes our way we might act differently, achieving more and experiencing fewer setbacks.

As humans we are surrounded by those that are more talented than us and those that might be less talented. However, sometimes those that struggle in a certain environment is not due to their natural talent but possibly a drawback that will ultimately hold them back from achieving as much in their lives as they might otherwise achieve. These people that I am talking about are those that always look at challenges that they encounter and view them as a result of someone else's shortcomings, unfulfilled promises, or someone else's weaknesses. These people never stop to look at themselves as possibly having weaknesses that contributed to, or indeed were the main cause of, their troublesome situation. It is a shame because if they looked inwardly...they might actually gain more power and knowledge to not only overcome the challenge that is presenting itself but future ones in life as well.

When you encounter a challenge objectively evaluate ALL the facts, put aside the ego and self-pride, and be willing to admit your own shortcomings. Stay the course, evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses along the way, gradually learn from self evaluation and you will eventually find yourself making great progress.

Whenever you experience challenges -- welcome them and look inward. LIfe would be too boring without them.

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