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A key to success is unblocking

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Many obstacles face a trial lawyer. We usually are handed less than perfect evidence, have insufficient access to evidentiary intelligence, and plenty of times have available far less than perfect witnesses on our side. The law r and procedural rules often work heavily against us. Too many prosecutors and police do not adhere to their obligations to disclose evidence, and through timely disclosure at that, whether out of ignorance of governing law, intention, or both. Too many judges either are not fit to serve as judges, or have time stretches of bad judging. Often we are not afforded sufficient time by judges and court procedure to serve our clients sufficiently, at least not until I ask as persuasively as I can for more time.

Plenty of my clients see obstacles. Plenty are scared or otherwise apprehensive. Some get upset at me when a prosecutor does not agree to a favorable settlement, even though I cannot control prosecutors but only can do my best.

All of the foregoing are blockages. The right mindset for overcoming them includes not getting dragged down nor sucked into the funk of blockages. A more advanced Korean karate student put it well in college when saying that when breaking a board with his hand or foot, he aims for a point beyond the board, lest he break a bone in doing anything less than that. That is a great way of perceiving transcending and eliminating blockages.

My teacher SunWolf aptly proclaims “Reality is no obstacle.” Yes we must keep reality in mind, but the inventor of the wheel did not invent the wheel by listening to all the naysayers that s/he was wasting time on something purportedly unrealistic.

Wayne Dyer makes sense in pointing out that we all come from the same source, and therefore each of us is capable of doing great things and achieving great success; I am talking about virtuous success, and not, for instance, making money for the mere reason of making money. Success, of course, comes with hard work, and of course the work should be smart (although Dyer has admitted to being disorganized, but he is successful despite being disorganized) rather than merely busy for the sake of being busy. Wayne also makes sense in pointing out that by changing our thoughts for the better, we change our life for the better.

I would not need to be writing any of this down for myself if I did not need daily reminding of it. The people make sense who, at first blush sounding over-simplistic, admonish that we need to keep our eyes on our goals and not be sidetracked by those throwing naysaying and obstacles in our path. Such people always will exist. They can be dealt with as easily, and of course non-violently, as dealing with an ant, or even a bunch of ants.