Ripples v10.04: Preparing for Poopiness!
Jan 28, 2008: a free weekly splash to 17,952 subscribers
from Paul & The Ripples Project
What ought one to say then as each hardship comes?
I was practicing for this, I was training for this.
-Epictitus, submitted by Linn W., Milwaukee WI
The difficulties and
struggles of today
are the price we must pay
for the accomplishments
and victories of tomorrow.
-William J. H. Boetcker, submitted by Joycelyn F., Reedsburg WI
I have been enjoying the east coast recently, stopping in New Jersey to hang out at Montclair State, Rutgers & Rowan universities and also with the of U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Section up in White Plains NY (welcome to all!!)
In all of these presentations, I was helping participants identify skills and actions that would help them excel in their leadership roles. Sometimes we forget that while certain personality types might be more likely to develop some leadership skills, we can all improve our abilities with practice. This is certainly true with facing adversity. While some people are better at facing difficult situations than others, we can ALL improve since life inevitably hands us all difficulties. Some of you know that I often use a technical term for these sorts of challenges: POOPY STUFF!
If life has pooped on you lately, remember that you have successfully dealt with challenges in the past and whether this particular challenge is a sprint or a marathon, you can do it! It may not always be easy, it may not always be fun, but if you can hang in there and do your best you WILL make it through and you will be stronger, faster, better on the other side! And victory will smell much better than the…well, you get the idea…..