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“The greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.” ~ Carl Jung
Possibly you have heard the saying that when you come to a crossroads in life you should take it! Well, whether it is a juncture with a fork in the road, a two-way or four-way stop or another configuration that requires an immediate choice, unfortunately it is never as easy as it may seem to decide upon a direction. Recently, I spent a Sunday at the beach with my two grandchildren and encountered a rock arrangement that someone made that resembled something akin to Stonehenge. It caused me to consider the difficulty in making life choices.
As you can see from the photo it appears that there are many entries and exits in this configuration that to me can and do represent our walk in life. Unfortunately, there are no “yield,” “right turn only,” “enter,” or “exit” signs posted. All can appear as a jumble of choices that even a logistics specialist would have difficulty navigating.
However, when we stand back and view the pattern from a distance we can begin to see some planning and continuity in the overall pattern. It appears that many of our lives are lived in the moment without foresight or insight, but only understood in the “big picture” manner in hindsight. Why is that? Perhaps, just perhaps, it is God’s personalized pattern or fingerprint for each of us. Unique and meaningful, but sometimes misunderstood until it is viewed in entirety in eternity.
So, what’s a person do when attempting to unravel the plan for each and every life? W. Clement Stone says it best when he reminds us to acknowledge that “God is always a good God!” With this as the initial premise our lives and paths can take on meaning beyond our limited understanding. Faith in a Divine Presence, trust in knowing that the divine spark is within each of us, and the ability to accept what seems unacceptable due to our limited understanding will prepare us for a better outcome than if we yield to negativity and doubt. I like to recite mentally the phase “Be still and know that I am God” in the hope that my ability to cope will be strengthened and that I can endure to complete my personal fingerprint in the manner that has been designed for me since the beginning of time. I hope that you too consider this option. It is better than the alternative.
Judy Williamson, Education Director of The Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Centre
So you’ve got a problem? That’s good? Why? Because repeated victories over your problems are the rungs on your ladder of success. With each victory you grow in wisdom, stature, and experience. You become a better, bigger, more successful person each time you meet a problem and tackle and conquer it with PMA.
Stop and think about it for a moment. Do you know of a single instance where any real achievement was made in your life, or in the life of any person in history, that was not due to a problem with which the individual was faced?
Everyone has problems. This is because you and everything in the universe are in a constant process of change. Change is an inexorable natural law. What is important to you is that your success or failure to meet the challenges of change are dependent upon your mental attitude.
You can direct your thought and control your emotions, and thus regulate your attitude. You can choose whether your attitude will be positive or negative. You can decide whether you will affect, use, control, or harmonize with the changes in yourself and your environment. You can ordain your destiny. When you meet the challenges of change with PMA, you can intelligently solve each problem with which you are confronted.
How do you meet a problem with PMA? If you know and believe the first principle element of a positive mental attitude: God is always a good God—then you can effectively use the following formula and meet your problems:
When you are faced with a problem that needs a solution, regardless of how perplexing it may be:
1. Ask for Divine Guidance. Ask for help in finding the right solution.
3. State the problem. Analyze and define it.
4. State to yourself enthusiastically: “that’s good!”
5. Ask yourself some specific questions, such as:
(a) What’s good about it?
(b) How can I turn this adversity into a seed of equivalent or greater benefit; or how can I turn this liability into a greater asset?
6. Keep searching for answers to these questions until you find at least one answer that can work.
Now the problems that will confront you will, broadly speaking be of two kinds: personal problems—emotional, financial, mental, moral, physical; and business or professional problems.
Source: Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude. W. Clement Stone & Napoleon Hill. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1960. Pgs. 69-70.
"Whenever you meet a misfortune, put it into your past. Keep your mind upon future achievement and you will find that mistakes of the past often work to fill the future with good fortune." - Napoleon Hill
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