I also talk about consistent persistence and what it takes to succeed. We need persist with everything we do if we want to be successful, weather that be with our health, business or anything we set our minds to.
On this week of Exploring Mind and Body I sent a thank you out and recap how the show was launched and how grateful I am for everyone’s support. Show #100 was a milestone for me and I wanted to make sure everyone knows how much I appreciate their support.
Consistent persistence to find success:
Think about it, persist…consistently. What would you do if you went up against someone that would never quit? Now think about that one, it doesn’t matter what it is, it could be a sport, it could be a challenge, it could be a friendly game or it could be a career. How could someone possibly fail if they never quit. How could you fail if you didn’t let anything get in your way? The answer is simple, you couldn’t.
Things always come up in life; I promise you if we’re good at anything it’s coming up with a reason not to. It’s coming up with excuses, reasons why this won’t work or that won’t. I can’t tell you why but I can tell you, we could be given every opportunity in the world and still find a reason not to. We could be given every advantage, every edge, everything positive we need to succeed in a given field and it’s still there, that doubt, that fear.
More times than not it’s that fear that holds us back, it’s the doubt in the back of our minds that easy to come but hard to get rid of.
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you could be trying to live a healthy lifestyle, which goes along with losing weight and being comfortable in your own body; what most people don’t know is losing weight is a by-product of living healthier but that’s a different topic. You could be trying to start a business or change your career. Whatever it is, for you to succeed you need to persist consistently. You need to put your blinders on and focus on your target and let nothing get in your way. This is what it takes, this is what you need to succeed. Of course I believe in baby steps, I believe in progression; I believe small progress is sustainable progress, which doesn’t mean I think you can half-heartedly be in whatever it is you’re after.
Think about how much you want something; unfortunately we put ourselves through a certain amount of pain before we’re willing to move and try something else. Some people are willing to put themselves through that same pain their whole lives and all they have to look forward to are benefits and retirement. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but I will say that mindset isn’t for me. That’s the old way of thinking, that a limited vision and to be quite honest I don’t believe in limits. You can have, do and be whatever it is you want. Here’s the catch though, you have to want it.
Understand you’re going up against others that want things too. They want to succeed so bad that’s all they think about. They want to start a career in a field they’ll love and they’ll do anything to achieve it. If you’re in something because you ‘think’ you want it, or because you feel you’re ‘supposed’ to, you’re going to be in for a world of disappointment when the times comes and you realize you didn’t really want it that bad.
Going back to the pain we put ourselves through; a good gauge of how bad we want something or don’t want something rather. Think about why you want this change, why you want to move on. Does your boss talk down to you, is there no appreciation at your place of employment, no matter how hard you work? Do you work in a toxic environment and you can’t stand it anymore?
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired of not fitting in your clothes, losing your breath when you tie your shoes or can’t play with your kids for more than five minutes? These are the things you can’t forget when times get hard. These are the things that pushed you to make a life altering decision. This is the hard and this is what you need to embrace. Love the hard, love the difficult because I guarantee you someone else trying to achieve something similar is.
It might not be a competition for you and it doesn’t have to be. You could simply be trying to live better and there’s no reason that anyone should feel like there’s competition there. What I’m getting at is that feeling, that pain that made you take action. You need to hold onto it, hold on to it like it’s a rope holding your life in its hands. Because this pain could be your best friend, it’s going to push you further than you ever thought possible. And please understand I’m not telling you to hold on to an emotion like failure or rejection and use it as many do as an excuse not to move on in life. I’m telling you, you can use this pain as a tool for your benefit. Those memories of feeling awkard in an airplane cause the seats are too small, can’t find a collar to fit your neck; those times that your coworkers sneer at your lunch or look down to you cause you workout on your break. These painful situation can pull you along when times get difficult and trust me times will get difficult. There’s nothing wrong with that, there’s nothing wrong with ‘hard’. We fear hard, only because it’s unknown, only because we don’t know how to use it to our advantage. Hard usually accompanies pain, and what I’m getting at is, instead of avoiding these situations that are inevitable use them to push yourself forward.
Action is the greatest intention. Did we all catch that? Action is the greatest intention. It doesn’t do any good to wish and hope or dream and do nothing about it. We must act, we must take progressive steps forward.
Are you willing to put in 12-14 hrs a day of your craft make sure it succeeds? Do you have the stomach to wonder where your next paycheck will coming from, if you’ll be able to eat or pay rent? Cause a lot of people don’t. This is exactly why people stay with their same job they hate cause they get benefits, cause they feel secure. It’s a false sense if you ask me but nonetheless, they don’t have to worry about food, what they do have to worry about is stress levels and being miserable their whole life but we all have choices.
Are you willing to get up, day after day and hit the gym, treadmill or walking path? Are you going to prepare meals, surround yourself with supportive people and move forward, especially on those days you don’t feel like it? Can you consistently persist? Will you? Because that job you can’t stand is waiting for you, it’ll always be there. Those clothes that make you feel miserable, you know the ones. The ones that make you not want to look in the mirror, those will be there too. You have a choice, we all have choices. You can choose to consistently persist, go after your dreams head on and let nothing get in your way or you can choose not to. What’s great about this life, what’s great about the world we live in, we control our destiny, we get to choose, we get to decide, no one else.