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.

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