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I don’t profess to be an expert in overcoming obstacles, but recently I’ve learned a few lessons about life that I would like to share with my readers. Hopefully these two lessons can help you reach your own potential.

Lesson 1: Enjoy, but beware of what I call the “Honeymoon Period”

After you overcome a huge obstacle in your life and I’m talking about something that has been holding you back for years, have you ever noticed a period where everything seems to go your way? It’s almost as if you are riding your bicycle up a very steep hill. For years and years you pedal, push, grunt, and huff to get to the top. Once you are at the top it’s almost as if the water fountain of blessings is turned on high and everything starts to go your way. My advice to you is to enjoy this period, but also to be careful with it.

While it is true that once we make it to the top of the hill we can glide for a while, eventually we will all hit the bottom. At first I thought that this was a horrible thing. I thought, “Why can’t we just enjoy our hard work?” I have to admit I was a little depressed about the whole law of nature that says what goes up must come down. However today it dawned on me that it is simply God providing a way for us to become even better people. If you don’t believe in God, then think of it as the Universe trying to help you reach your potential.

You see, life isn’t all about getting to the top and gliding–note that I italicized the word “all.” Some part of life is definitely about enjoying that exhilirating view and downward slope when you are on the top. The other part of life is developing yourself. The truth is you are getting stronger and in better shape when you climb that hill. After you reach the top, you are no longer developing. The world has a funny way of making sure we are progressing and I’m thankful for it.

Lesson 2: Stick-to-it-iveness

This word used to be a lot more common in our parent’s days. They had this strange idea that you had to work to get what you wanted. Very strange creatures they were. Nowadays we think that we can just throw up a website in 15 minutes, buy some sort of automated program that will solve all of our problems, and sit back and watch our online business flourish. I know that at least some people think this, because I definitely did when I started my baby onesies shop. You can imagine my surprise when it wasn’t an instant success.

Maybe, in part, we have forgotten this natural law because most of us aren’t farmers these days. A farmer knows that he can’t plant his crop in the morning, chuck some sort of miracle grow on it, and pull out the tractors to harvest it in the afternoon. It almost sounds ridiculous when you say it that way, but that is what most of us think when it comes to our online shops, whether they be baby related or not.

I can’t promise you huge successes if you follow these two principles, but I can promise you a more rewarding life (you will be developing yourself and reaching your own full potential).