Obstacles by Peter Belmar

There is one drawback to success! Motivation. There once was a young man who longed to be successful, and although he was capable of achieving his goal, there was an obstacle in his path—a brick wall! And he could not find a way through it; therefore, he decided to go to the wisest man in his village to seek advice. Try to go over it, the wise man told him. So he went back to the brick wall and started to climb, but suddenly a thought appeared to him. The wall looked so high, he might slip and fall. Once more, he returned to the wise man for advice. If you cannot go over it, then you must find a way underneath it, the wise man replied. Again the young man returned to the brick wall and started to dig. However, as soon as he started, a thought appeared to him. He might not find his way out from underneath the brick wall. Yet again he returned for advice, and this time the wise man told him to go around the brick wall. Days later the young man returned to the wise man and said he was afraid to go around the brick wall; because the journey looked so great he might grow frail and die half way. Ah, the wise man sighed, so there is your dilemma. You lack...

Four Stops by Peter Belmar

Four Stops A man had four stops to support him on his journey. Each stop enclosed an envelope and pleasures to help him rebuild, regroup, and succeed on his way. He calculated that eventually he would need each stop. This man was very motivated and calculating; he was about to undertake a high-risk venture, and although he believed in the venture, one part of him was not sold on the idea a hundred percent – hence the four stops. At the first stage of his venture, he took the option to stop and enjoyed the pleasures that lay at that location. The note that lay in the envelope reassured the man that he should rest a while and wait until he felt the time was right to continue. Days passed… Months passed… A year passed… Two years passed… Until the man felt that the time was right to restart his venture once more. During the two years that the man waited for his moment to restart his venture, he noted that the world had changed in so many ways in just a short time. He had more competitors, more people on the same path heading towards the same venture; now he had to struggle more than he had to on the previous attempt. He became disillusioned about the whole venture, and allowed his negative thoughts to control his actions. He decided to stop at the second location, the second option on his venture, and enjoy the pleasures that were his to enjoy. The note in the envelope he opened reassured the man that he should rest a while and...