There are four hurdles we must jump in life and until we do, we will not become all we are meant to be. Initially the hurdles diminish our confidence and self-esteem, but this is an illusion as they are a part of the way-the journey of heroes, inventors, and legendary entrepreneurs. They exist to help us fulfill our highest and greatest purpose.
The first hurdle is overcoming all the naysayers, the people who tell us our dreams are silly, we’re not smart enough, rich enough or strong enough, but we must be strong and follow our heart. If we ignore our inspiration then we deny our uniqueness. Leaping the first hurdle is a critical jump in the journey of life and until we do, the subsequent hurdles remain hidden. It takes confidence, courage and faith to overcome the naysayers.
If you have successfully made the first leap, stand by, the second hurdle rapidly appears, we call it failure, but it isn’t failure until we quit. In reality there is no such thing, it is a course correction. This is another test, teaching us determination, persistence and one of the most important qualities to survive and thrive-resilience-the ability to bounce back when life knocks us down. No one ever got it right the first time, not Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison.
The third hurdle is our crisis. It shows up as a divorce, illness, or financial setback. We begin a search for meaning, wondering where we went wrong or why God did this. If the ego has a tight grip it might last many years. It takes us down to our knees and through the dark night of our soul. We face temptations, get rich schemes, and the easy way out. All prove to be a bottomless pit for we must surrender and let go of control, fear, ego, and of all the physical attachments from the World of Form. The good news about reaching this retched place is that it is a divine set up, preparing us for the most important jump of our life, the fourth and final hurdle.
We must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we are here. This hurdle requires us to detach and become the observer from a place of no time and no space, because from this place devoid of form we see a pattern. There are no accidents, no mistakes. Everything we did, every person we met, prepared us for a divine unique calling. That is why we needed to leap the first hurdle; we must be brave. This assignment requires determination and resilience, but we passed that test in the second hurdle. This calling is so special, and so important, that our ego had to be left behind to serve others. It is a leap of faith and love.
The secret to jumping all these hurdles does not come from outside. The answers are all within.