How many of you remember how many times you fell trying to walk as a baby? How about falling as you learned how to ride a bike? Catching a baseball or football? Imagine if we had all quit trying to walk after we fell the fifth time? Imagine a world of adults crawling around because we refused to endure the struggle….
Learning how to walk down the road to success is no different. Anytime we strive to achieve anything of importance, especially if it is against the “status quo” or the “Council of They” we will face struggle. Heck, even in the Bible Jesus says “In this world you will have trouble”. So if we are told we will have trouble just being, there is no doubt that on your way to achieving you will have trouble or “struggle”.
Sadly, many of us don’t always remember the greatness that is within us and that we were created for so we tend to lose the will to keep going. There are many reasons we may talk our self out of persevering :
1. We may not have a true destination, big enough dream or why that we are striving for. (When taking a trip, we usually plan out where we are going and map out how to get there. We must also know our end point or dream on the road to our dreams)
2. We talk our selves out of it often convincing ourselves we aren’t good enough or worthy of success. (I can’t believe how I used to talk to myself as a teenager and young adult. I was sabotaging myself! If our friends talked to us the way we talk to ourselves sometimes, we’d pop ’em in the nose! 🙂
3. We lack support or a community of people heading in the same direction. (Many people around us believe it or not, do not always want to see us succeed or strive for excellence. It actually can convict others that they may have to change something in their lives in order to change something in their lives and change isn’t always welcome.)
4. Excuses. We make excuses. I was alllllllllllllways making excuses why I “couldn’t” do this or that because of my health, finances etc. In the book The Magic Of Thinking Big there is a whole chapter dedicated to this exact topic.
Without the struggle, the victory wouldn’t mean as much. Let me leave you with a few examples of people who struggled and how and their outcome will be self explanatory.
– Sylvester Stalone: Sold his dog (His best friend) for $50 to feed himself on his way to success.
– Thomas Edison: A teacher of his said he was “To stupid to learn anything”. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied,
I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.
– Henry Ford: failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
– Vince Lombardi: It was said of him: “He possesses minimal football knowledge and lacks motivation.” Lombardi would later write,
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up. Just never quit!
– Michael Jordan (Contrary to popular belief he wasn’t “cut” from his team but placed on JV) still his struggles made him. He is quoted: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
To sum it up: Go through struggle. Don’t become it. Never quit!