Episode 21 – Never Give Up!
Hello and welcome to the show. Today I want to talk to you about exercising persistence. It’s probably the most common attribute of high achievers. They just will not give up.
History has shown that the longer that you hang in there, the more likely and the greater chance that something will happen in your favour. You may not see it at the start, but the longer you persist the more like you are to achieve the success you want.
There are sometimes going to be obstacles and you will need to persist in the face of them. There may even be unforeseen obstacles, that no amount of contingency planning or forethought could have predicted. Not only that, but the universe will also often test your commitment to the goal that you’re pursuing.
Moving forward may be hard, but you must refuse to give up while you learn new lessons, improve your self-development and this will all be while you’re making difficult decisions.
John Andrew Homes;
“Never tell anyone something cannot be done. The universe may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.”
Debbie Macomber is a NY Times bestselling author. When she decided to pursue her dream of being an author, she rented a typewriter and placed it on the kitchen table to start writing when the children were at school and put it back when they got home. After dinner and they were all in bed, she brought the typewriter back out again and resumed her writing.
Two and a half years went by while she continued this routine. She was a super mum and a struggling writer and she is loving every minute of it.
Her husband approached her one night and said he was sorry but they were struggling financially as he was the only income earner and that they couldn’t survive on just what he makes.
Obviously her heart was broken as she thought about what would happen if she was working a 40 hour work week, while still caring for their four children and taking them to their sporting events and scouts. This would leave her no time to write.
She couldn’t sleep thinking about it and one night her husband woke up and said: “what’s wrong?” She replied “I really think I could’ve made it as a writer. I really do.” He laid there for a while then sat up and said to her, “All right honey, go for it.”
She got back to her typewriter writing page after page after page for the next two and a half years. In that time, they reduced their spending, didn’t go on any vacations and only spent money where they really had to.
Well, the persistence and struggling finally paid off after five years of hard work. Debbie sold her first book. Then another. And another. Debbie has now published over 150 books, the majority of which are romance novels and many of which have become New York Times bestsellers. Not only that, but some have also become made for television movies. There are now 200 million of her books in print worldwide.
Her husband’s sacrifice in supporting his wife all that time paid off as well, he got to retire at 50 and decided to spend time building an airplane in the basement of their mansion.
The best gift that Debbie gave her children was to give them permission and encouragement to pursue their own dreams, even though they may have gone to fewer school camps or other activities.
Just imagine what you could accomplish if you were given permission to just explore, follow your heart, practice this daily discipline and never give up!
Nelson Mandela once said; “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
I’ll give you some more examples of people who never gave up;
Admiral Robert Perry attempted to reach the North Pole seven before he finally made it on attempt number eight.
Oscar Hammerstein from Rogers and Hammerstein had five plays actually flop and not last even six weeks in the theatre until he made Oklahoma!, which ran for 269 weeks and at the time grossed 7 million US dollars.
Everyone knows Oprah Winfrey’s story when she was fired from an early television reporting job because in inverted commas “she was not deemed suitable for television.”
Tony Robbins said it best when he said;
“We usually overestimate what we think we can accomplish in one year, but we grossly underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade.”
In the future, whenever you are confronted with an obstacle or run into a roadblock, you need to sit back reflect, then brainstorm three ways to get around it, over it or through the block.
Remember to come up with three different strategies for handling that potential obstacle. Now there are a number of ways that will work, but only if you spend the time making sure you are prepared for the unforeseen that you spend the time looking for those obstacles.
Your way of thinking must be solution-oriented. Then persevere until you find a way that works for you.
I hope that’s helped you get motivated to practice persistence.
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I’ll leave you with a quote from the great inventor, Thomas Edison who once said;
“Our greatest weakness lies in never giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
That’s it from me, now get out there and break through those barriers and jump over those obstacles until you succeed at what you want to do.
Here’s me hoping that you have a successful obstacle-free week!