There are times when it seems like nothing is going your way. How do you react to it? Do you become a victim of circumstance or do you become a survivor who makes it through? Often it is easy to quit when things get tough or it seems like you can’t win.
Keep in mind that you may be closer to a break through that will get you to your goals. Thomas Edison once said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If he had quit instead of persisting who know what the electric light bulb would have looked like or even when it would have come into existence. When you have a goal you must keep going no matter how hard it seems right now.
For some great pointers on how to develop the skill of never giving up are found in this post by LaRae Quy: http://www.laraequy.com/blog/personal-leadership/the-number-one-skill-in-life-is-not-giving-up/. As she states most often we give up because we are afraid of failing. This is a fear we develop over time and can become a major roadblock to success.
As shown in these examples if we are willing to keep going, persist in our efforts to reach our goals we can have great success. We have to get out of our own way. The title of John Maxwell’s new book says it best: “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn.” The question to ask yourself is: are you learning when you aren’t winning?
If you take the time to learn when things go wrong or when it gets tough you can get past the obstacles and keep moving forward. If you quit when it gets tough instead of persisting you will be like the miner on the bottom of the picture here. You turn back right before you reach the pay-off. True leaders will always find a way to keep going no matter how difficult it seems. They show the way forward for their teams as well.
Keep going, persist, learn and do something new to move yourself forward. The rewards will be amazing when you reach your goals?
What is your favorite thing to do that keeps you going when it gets tough?
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