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Welcome Challenges Fearlessly
Perhaps, I never really understood this quote from Winston Churchill until today…“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Passion, zeal, and a zest for life…the ability to be able to be able to overcome our obstacles with, as the French say, “Joie de Vivre.”
Real enthusiasm is a way of life and is an outward expression of inner joy. And often it’s the distinction between the good and the great, the mediocre and the excellent, and the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Genuine enthusiasm is a treasured gift from God; it spreads itself like sunshine, and keeps the mind equable in the toughest times. Being enthusiastic affects those around us. A positive, can-do approach is infectious. And just being near enthusiastic people helps others to prevail, to aspire and to take action needed to accomplish.
Setbacks or limitations do not establish what our lives become nearly so much as do the thoughts that govern our mind. Our attitude towards difficulties is an important factor in controlling and mastering them. Therefore, let’s get our mind going in the right direction. Remember, we draw in what we think. So let’s choose to think of something constructive, staying filled of unwavering hope and joyful expectation.
Every obstacle we encounter can be the means for greater achievement. Trials can be beneficial; they purify us, refine and mold our character. For no person can become strong without struggle. Develop a never give up; keep it going, upbeat attitude, and look ahead to fresh opportunities and new adventures. And by becoming infused with enthusiasm and motivation, over time, discouragements lessen and we can develop a new sense of control over difficulties. A reader wrote, “Life is about challenges. How one handles their problems determines their character and frame of mind.”
We will always have letdowns or frustrations, but we must never it get the best of us. Maybe we are down, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay down. God wants us to grow and reach our full potential, and failures are an important source of learning. So refuse to equate failure with low self-worth or give up your dreams because if a temporary defeat. Do not be hampered by negative or thoughts of inadequacy. Don’t indulge in self-pity over past mistakes. Instead, welcome challenges with optimism and without fear. And when struggles do arise, try to find ways to look at the positive side. Then, that affirmative outlook, fervent belief and right frame of mind can pave the way for God to work miracles.
We are what we are today because of what we believed yesterday. And tomorrow we will be what we believe right now. Thus, let’s see ourselves prevailing over that trial, picture ourselves succeeding, and envision ourselves healthy and strong. Before our dreams can come to pass, we must look through our eyes of faith and see them occurring. That which we intensely imagine can and often does actualize in fact.
Let us focus our attention and be thankful for our many blessings, affirming with a smile the very best for our lives. Speak words of victory. Say repeatedly, “As the day is, so shall my strength be,” “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it,” and “When one door closes, a better door will open.”
And when we encounter stressful situations, when we are impatient, let’s remain calm. To everything there is a season, and all things transpire at their own pace. No set-back is final. Failures are not permanent. Furthermore, just because our desires have not happened yet, doesn’t mean that they won’t. God has an appointed time to answer our prayers and in a split second, He will bring it all together.
The world works in mysterious and wonderful ways. Who can tell what fantastic opportunities are up ahead? A reader contributed, “With faith in God, belief in yourself and a positive, enthusiastic mind-set you can do just about anything you decide to do.” So, in challenging times look for the good that is surely present, and never allow a setback to reduce your enthusiasm. This is your precious life; love it, live it, laugh and keep the enthusiasm going strong.