Turn Problems Into Power!

Do you have problems? Are there challenges you are facing that you wish were not there? If you answered yes, and I suspect we all did, take heart. There is good news in the land today.

Your problems today can be the source of your power tomorrow!

Let me share with you a formula I learned long ago. This is ancient wisdom that applies perfectly to today. In fact, we need it more today than ever before.

Problems produce patience

Patience produces persistence

Persistence produces character

Character produces hope

Hope produces power

We all suffer from living in today’s hyper-connected world. Being so connected can make the world’s problems feel like our problems too due to the explosion of the never-ending news cycle.

Consider this …

  • Recent research showed that you are bombarded with the equivalent of 174 newspapers worth of news every day! That’s 174 entire newspapers coming at you every day!
  • Even more startling – in 1986 that figure was 40.

Information overload is everywhere. We heard bad news on our televisions, our radios and, now, on our phones.

It is estimated that 91% of all adults on the earth have a cell phone now.

Now wonder we are stressed!

No wonder our hope is fading.

And hope is the key. Hope produces power.

John Maxwell said the following, and I believe it’s 100% true.

“Where there is hope in the future there is power in the present.”

So you see, problems can produce hope, which in turn produces power in the present.

But the process is not automatic!

If we want power to come from our problems we have a role to play. We need to do our part and put our focus on hope.

I believe there are three ways to do this.

1 – Make your wish list

Make a list of all the things you want to be, you want to do and you want to have.

This is the time to dream. The time to reach for the stars. Don’t let anything hold you back from writing down what you really want out of life.

It does not matter what your age is or what you current circumstances are. You have the right, actually the privilege, of dreaming, and dreaming big.

Only you will see this list. So make it your own.

Your wish list will inspire you to hope for the future. And inspiration is the fuel on which hope runs.

Remember, all great human accomplishment began with a dream.

2 – Have a written goals program

First, we all have goals. Everyone has goals. But there is a huge difference between having goals and having a written goals program.

Your goals will put action into your hopes. Only by taking action can you make your dreams a reality. But unfocused action wastes time and energy.

A written goals program will create the focus you need to achieve your dreams.

If you don’t have written goals now, today is the day to start! If you don’t know how, consider what I use, the Zig Ziglar Goal Planning system.

You can find it here.

3 – List, and regularly review, your accomplishments

Some will say “what accomplishments?” Others will know they have accomplished important things but have never thought of writing them down.

Here is my experience in life.

  • Life is going to present me with plenty of negatives and opportunities to be negative.
  • It is my responsibility to fight against the negative by feeding my mind positive information.
  • The best defense is a good offense. Starting every day with a positive chases away many of the negatives that might take hold in our minds.

You have accomplishments. Write them down and keep them close. Read and review them often and be encouraged that you have done important things, and will do important things again. Even today!

Writing and reviewing your accomplishments will provide that steady, everyday inspiration you need to keep going in the hard times.

This is essential for staying motivated and making your dreams a reality.

Problems happen to us all. Even the Bible says “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.”

We can’t stop problems happening but we can control the end result of the problem by our actions.

  • Only you can dream.
  • Only you can foster hope.
  • Only you can make the plan.
  • Only you can change your future based on your actions today.

Got problems? Me too.

Now let’s translate those into hope and produce the power you need to day to do the things you need to do today to change your future forever.

YOU can do it!

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Happily married for 45 years, Charlie is the dad to two wonderful daughters. He is the author of 12 books on Internet marketing and creator of over 40 membership sites. You can see all Charlie offers using this link Click Here

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aida suarez Reply

Hi Charlie, Interesting blog! Mark, Gordon, John and Jimmy, hi! I notice you guys posted yours answer a year ago. How are you doing today… after writing your goals and implementing them? Things are easy to say and to write them down… but do no not pass thru that. If persistence is power… I should be rich by now. But sometimes we are just chasing rainbows. So we go in the wrong direction. Today I am going for outsourcing. Because I simple do not have the confidence on doing it in my own. Wish me luck! My big problem is prodrastination. Let see what is going to happen in this new adventure. Thanks again Charlie… nobody teaches better Internet Marketing than you. God bless!

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Jimmy Thompson Reply

Hello, my name is Jimmy Thompson and I just joined your service and at 58 yrs. old and having the same story that you sent me about those folks who almost gave up!

This is so important, that I’m hoping you will read my note to you and us become friends. I mean it, I need your help! I have an awesome opportunity with “iPAS2” Marketing System that just launched live on the net and it’s integration with Empower Network. Years ago I tried Network Marketing and knew it was a good business model, but no one ever had the (right product) and a compensation plan that would work! This company duo if you will has it all!

My problem like all new marketers is building your Brand, Blogging properly, finding the right (click leads resources) on and on and on. I HAD TO TEACH MYSELF EVERYTHING)…because my Sponsor is 21 yrs. old and had me (texting leads from a bad source) and he never offered me any education…why? because he was clueless.. I also found out very quickly, no one in my company really wanted to help!

Charlie, if you knew me before I started this venture, you would be proud of what I have done on my own. 10 month’s and countless hours teaching myself all the computer basic skills needed, and all the stuff I researched online and in some of the products I own in the Empower Network system.

The biggest problem is, finding the way’s to get (targeted traffic) needed to become successful. when I learn this, there’s no turning back. I am “PRAYING” you are for real! Also, we are alike, in that I owned my own Roofing Company, owned Real Estate and had the means to help people!

I’m am saying this, I need help now from someone who knows how to help me….I just can’t understand why it hasn’t been easier for me….because I helped so many people during my better financial years! Anyway….I’m ready to learn what you have to offer!

Thank You,

Jimmy Thompson

    Charlie Page Reply

    Hi Jimmy,

    Sorry for the delayed response. It’s been quite a week.

    I’m happy you have found something you believe in and are excited about. I can sense your giving spirit and know too you have been around the block and are ready to get some traction.

    Getting targeted traffic starts with knowing a few things. Knowing who you want to reach very specifically. Knowing what your budgets of time and money are so you can match that to the available options for getting traffic. And knowing how to create the ad copy that gets results.

    I know Empower is heavily promoted and so suspect there is a person in your upline who can help with these things. They surely have been on the path you want to go on now.

    If not, using the guidelines above, you should be able to find plenty of opportunities for highly targeted traffic.

    If I can help in any way just let me know.


Gordon Appleby Reply

It’s a truth we don’t want to hear, but is a truth nontheless…all success begins with a set of problems, and is achieved by overcoming them, not avoiding them. It is the image of God within us that allows us to transform unsurmountable problems into incredible success, to turn bad into good, loss into gain.

And the weapon of choice to win in life?…free will. We get to choose, don’t we? Every day. You said it so well in your article, Charlie.

And the problems that seemed so big in the beginning turn out not to be problems at all, but fuel for achieving, motivation to overcome, and the openers of much better doors.

Don’t ever quit!

John Antaya Reply

I agree Mr. Page that we as humans all have our problems. Yes some can be large and some can be small but in the end those who look upon their problems as just a passing event in their lives and not give up will succeed in what they do or what they want to do in their lives.

    Charlie Page Reply

    I agree. Focusing too much on problems can sometimes give them more power.

Mark Reply

Hey Charlie, Wow what a great post, the below is fantastic. Problems produce patience, Patience produces persistence, Persistence produces character, Character produces hope, Hope produces power. Then you added this. But the process is not automatic! Make your wish list! Have a written goals program! List, and regularly review, your accomplishments! Awesome!! I’ve seen these themes running threw your blog posts over the years. My hope is in The Lord, you & my ability to follow your teachings. Thanks You Very Much. Mark M

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