Tag: commitment

18. Persevere

Jordan_ArrowsIronically, Napoleon Hill, best know for his book, “Think and Grow Rich”, noted that the number one indicator of future success is a willingness to persevere.

We live in a society that panders to the “I want it and I want it now mentality.” See something you like? Never mind you don’t have the money. Banks are more than happy to make a huge profit by letting you borrow against your future.

But in the process of learning, there is nothing to borrow against and no bank to borrow from. The only way to learn, to become expert, is to dig in, do the work and keep at it until you become what you set out to be.

This means lacing up your trainers and hitting the pavements even when it’s raining. It means showing up time and again even if, especially if, you’ve failed miserably. It means more than anything else making a commitment to yourself to continue onward, step by faltering step, toward your goal.

We’re not talking about putting yourself in harm’s way or committing to a life of misery because you think you SHOULD do or be or achieve a particular goal. Sometimes the best choice IS to walk away.

No, we’re talking about putting one foot in front of the other, step after step after step until you arrive at the destination of your heart.

Are you willing to stick with it?

If not, perhaps you need a different goal.

Be Inspired

No one could ever accuse me of being athletic but I appreciate what it takes to excel at sports. And leave it to the sports world to provide any number of inspiring stories. The latest is the tale of Brandon Todd who at 5’5″ tall decided to teach himself how to dunk a basketball. No mean feat for sure.

Brandon sums up his philosophy for achievement this way – “Your biggest hurdle isn’t your opponent, it’s yourself.”

Care to be inspired? Share Brandon Todd’s journey and see if you can pick out three big things that helped him reach his goal of dunking better.