Every major difficulty we face in life is a fork on the road. We can choose a track towards breakdown or the other towards a breakthrough. To move forward today, we must learn to say goodbye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies and setbacks. It is very necessary to list the negative events from our past lives that may be holding us as hostage.

John Killinger said: “failure is the greatest opportunity I have to know who I really am”. Sometimes, great things happen as a result of a period of failure which make us understand who we really are and our competence in handling problems.

I know of a person called Viswanath who was unsuccessful for most of his life. It took him almost 35 years of his life to figure out what really was his problem. Not until he understood and changed himself did he get a chance to succeed.

He said to himself, “If there is one person I should kick and knock down for all my troubles, it is myself.” Evangelist D.L. Moody was once asked which people gave him the most trouble. He replied, “I have had more troubles with myself than anyone alive.”

Hollywood actor Clark Gable said,“we can change our whole life and the attitude of people around us simply by changing ourselves.”

As Emerson wrote: ‘People are always getting ready to live but never living’. Why are people so hesitant to change? Experts say that people believe that they are supposed to pursue a particular course of action, even though it does not suit their gifts and talents. And when they are not working in their areas of strength they perform poorly. Some don’t even know what their strengths are. Benjamin Franklin said: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, diamond and to know one’s self.”

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