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Sometimes, problems can overshadow promise or hope. How you approach them makes all the difference. What will you choose?


Woman thinking what now.There is no way we can list and address all of the potential problems that exist but let’s note some for perspective.

  • There always seems to be more month left at the end of the money.
  • Not enough time to take on another job or business.
  • Lack the skills to increase income.
  • I don’t believe I have what it takes to change my current circumstances.
  • I don’t know which way to turn or where to start.

There are times when problems seem to become insurmountable. We focus so much on problems that we can’t see past them to promise. It’s like a solar eclipse, the problems block the light from coming through. The question is, are they problems or challenges? If we look at them as a challenge, it means there is an answer.


Picture of man cheering.What leads to promise, that feeling that there is an answer?

When all we can see are problems, in order to see promise we need to change the angle we look at things from. When you look at problems from the other side of promise, the problems virtually disappear. There not gone, just not in your direct line of vision. When we look at problems with promise as a filter, solutions become much easier to imagine. Over time, the problems or challenges really do disappear or at least become manageable. Faith isn’t necessarily about religion although, for me, that helps. Faith is the ability to believe in something that seems impossible.

  • Faith in your own abilities.
  • Faith in family and friends.
  • Faith in humanity.

With faith, we can find hope. With faith and hope, we can now see opportunity. Once we have faith and hope in an opportunity, we believe in ourselves and begin the hard task of personal development and all of that leads to personal growth. Eventually we come to understand that what seemed to be impossible was simply a challenge, an obstacle that needed to be overcome. And so I ask, which way will you look at it from? Problems and Promise Info-graphic Make it a great day! Barry P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for an amazing wife. I’m thankful for supportive family and friends. I’m thankful for opportunities to grow.

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