Persistence – the Key to Success

You have your goal set before you.  You know what you want and how to get there.  You’ve laid your plans, you set deadline and you’ve started on your way.  Excited about your expected success you enthusiastically take action toward your goal.  Things seem to be going very well for you when suddenly progress comes to a screeching halt.  What now?  What happened?  What went wrong?  What should I do?

You stop.  But, what you do next will determine whether you actually see your goal become reality.  When times get tough, it’s easy to question the reality of a goal.  You may ask, “Is this what I should be doing?  Am I doing the right thing?”  If you determine for yourself that you goal was wrong, you will quit and move on to something else.  Then when tough times come again, you will repeat the process, and will never see a dream come true.  Your life will be spent as a perpetual beginner.  You will become unsatisfied with life and begin to live with a victim’s mentality as you live your life continually tossed by the ever changing waves of circumstance.

This does not have to be your story.  What if you decide that your stop will be a brief pause?  You use this pause to determine how you will overcome the obstacle that you are facing.  You move ahead, only to find another obstacle.  You pause, you overcome, you move forward, but this time a little faster.  You move forward, you meet another obstacle, you overcome, this time you realize this is just a part of the path.  You move forward, by the time you realize there’s another obstacle, you’ve already overcome it.  You move forward.  You reach your prize.

You can never reach a destination if you stop in the middle of the journey.  Persistence is the key.

Declare what you want.

Determine how you’re going to get it.

Decide that nothing is going to stop you.

Take action.

Fail.

Take action.

Fall.

Get up.

Take action.

Get there.

Michael Jordan said “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be road blocks.  I’ve had them; everybody had them.  But obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t-you’re right.”

Proverbs 24:16 says “For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

Whether you are working to get out of debt, obtaining additional training or education, opening a new business; whatever you decide to do, do it.  Don’t stop.  Problems, setbacks and even failure are a part of the road to success.  Learn the lessons in every experience and move forward.

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