Never say "Whoa!" in a mudhole

I was having some challenges – character building experiences, shall we say – and there is one phrase that kept coming to mind. A friend and mentor named Ken Pierce had given me some advice many years ago. Whenever found myself in a slump, discouraged by a perceived lack of progress, or when obstacles would just keep showing up, his words, “Never say Whoa! in a mud hole” often returned to my mind and encouraged me to keep going. Not so much to help me get the goal, but to keep me from getting stuck.

Think about it. If you’re going through a mud hole, you’d be a fool to stop and analyze it. The longer you stop, the deeper you could sink, and the harder it would be to get out of it.

Ken taught me that when you find yourself in a mud hole, you’ve got to accelerate. Keep the momentum and get yourself through it. You can analyze it later. Remember why you set out on the journey in the first place, and push on with more energy than ever.

Sometimes the mud hole is just a terror barrier. If you’ve got a dream and suddenly everything appears to be falling apart, that’s when you have to picture the results you want again with excitement, and avoid emotionalizing over the disappointing appearances.

Faith is a choice.

“Fear knocked on the door, Faith answered… and no one was there.”

Often the thing you’re worried about is nothing more than an illusion. It is imagining worst case scenarios that haven’t even happened yet, nor may they ever. It’s using the laws against yourself.

Difficult things will happen to us on our life’s journey; that’s part of the experience. But we can choose to deal with them if / when they happen, rather than worrying about things that may never happen. Why suffer them more than once? Besides, as a wise teacher once said:

“You can’t worry enough about a problem to fix it.”

By the Law of Polarity you can be sure that when things look their worst, there is the potential for an equal and opposite “good” to come of it. For help with this principle, and to also discover what really happens on when you switch your mindset, visit

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  1. Very inspiring and moving!
    Thank you so much.

  2. Leslie,
    Of all the self-help folks around, I’ve found your materials, website and teaching style to be the best! I can hear your sincerity in each sentence. I’m living by the 8 Laws now thanks to you. Take care. Barb

  3. I love those words! It says it all. Sometimes instead of getting discouraged we need to step back, let Heavenly Father and the universe help us and watch the results unfold. Thank you for this reminder.

  4. Thanks again, Leslie, for sharing exactly what I needed to learn!

  5. I started my MA and Thesis 5 years ago. After two degrees and 4 Student Teachings I;m almost done and I hit the wall. For this last year, I have done nothing but gather research. I am overwhelmed and paralyzed in a “mudhole”. I’ve lost my confidence and my focus, energy and drive. Terror IS setting in. This article is very timely.

  6. There are no coincidences…funny thing, I really needed this today Leslie! Thanks

  7. This is a great analogy and helps to visualize momentum to me. Thanks so much for your amazing way with pictures that teach. You are great

  8. Boy am I in a mudhole! I needed to hear you tell me to concentrate on the principles – picture what I want, not on what I fear. Thank you Leslie – it’s when I most need you, you appear 🙂

  9. Leslie, Thank you for posting this article. This advice is so true, and is something I really needed to hear- and I need frequent reminders. The tendency to wallow in hardships is so common, so I read these articles to keep myself on the right track.

  10. This was just what I needed Leslie. I’ve been down in the dumps because it’s January! Imagine that. But it’s dark earlier and earlier. It’s cold and I hate the cold. But today is the 18th and January is almost OVER! Thanks for the positive thought. I really needed it this morning.

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