from time to time I’ll share “inspirational notes” that may seem trite in this age of irony, but they’ve obviously helped me out. I received this one from a gentleman I met on a flight, & I’m grateful to him for his time & wisdom…& for this great daily motivational tool he was so kind to send me, some of which I’ll pay forward to you!
I’ve always believed we can truly do anything we set our minds to—given the necessary time, hard, very hard work, sacrifice & totally idealistic goals.
it has, at times, been hard for me to maintain this sense of determination—especially when I’m surrounded by people who have come into my life now that my business is successful & think somehow it all appeared poof! as if by accident or magic…hiiii-larious…persistence people! (& intelligence, luck, help, intuition, tenacity, hmmm I could go on & on…) but in this case:
the successful way forward is to persist. persist, and you
can turn around the most difficult situation.
persist, and you learn. persist, and you become more
skilled, better connected & vastly more effective.
persist, & you will master the difficult, complicated
tasks that now frustrate you. persist, and you gain not only
skill but also understanding.
persistence is not always easy, yet it is always available
to you. persistence is not always pleasant or comfortable,
yet it always makes you stronger.
persist, and you will find the way to get where you most
want to go. persist, and nothing is out of your reach.
I’ve been taking ballroom dance for about 7 years now, competing for about 6, & Marston’s poem reminds me of every day, week, month & year we must as my teacher would say. chip away when we feel we’ve plateaued. chip away when we are frustrated with our lack of progress, chip away when we are skating along & feel we’ve done nothing to get where we are. chip away when we are feeling good & just want to dance, not work! we continue to get better, in teeny tiny increments & sometimes if we are lucky, in a big growth spurt, & it only happens with hard work & for sure…persistence.
I’d love to hear from you guys—what have you accomplished that called for more than “what is required” & how many of you have continued on & on, beyond what you felt you were capable of? beyond self-doubt, frustration, fear & when you persevered, what happened?