“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
By now you should have a solid understanding of what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. The only thing that remains is determining how to achieve it. I have no idea what you desire out of life so I cannot begin to tell you specifically how to reach it. What I can do is – because this part never changes, no matter what you want to do – detail specific steps and the necessary internal workings that will help facilitate that desire becoming a reality.
If you’ve followed along for the last two weeks, you now have your ‘what’ and ‘why’ firmly established and are likely fully charged, ready to take on the world. Now is when real work begins. Establishing the ‘what’ and ‘why’ is easy – having the intestinal fortitude to see it come to fruition is the challenge. The quote by former President Calvin Coolidge above really explains the concept well. The world is littered with unsuccessful people who possess a ton of talent. You know inside you have all of the necessary talent to achieve your ‘what’. Now, you must endeavor to persevere. We all possess a certain degree of genius. If we can be considered genius, then why haven’t we already achieved our ‘what’? You may or may not have already obtained the needed education – but in today’s information age, a lack of formal education can no longer pass as an acceptable excuse for not reaching one’s full potential. The information you need is out there. Go get it! Now is the time when persistence is the only thing keeping you from achieving your ‘what’.
When we think about what is possible, even if never attained before, and identify it as a dream we hold dear and seek to realize, we must then make the necessary commitment and become persistent without exception. It’s no longer important to us who gets voted off the island. We must now begin making better choices – the choices that will lead us to where we want to go. Instead of wasting time on a video game, we must make the conscious decision to spend that time reading valuable works of others. We may even need to alter who we choose to spend our time with. Is spending time that person going to further your cause or is it going to be a distraction from what you really seek?
Our ‘what’ must become visible to others by how we live our lives. We affect positive change in the world because of who we are, much more so than what we know. The values we live by and display to others are remembered by everyone we touch because they are what inspires them. This is how we begin to create our legacy and ‘how’ we begin to accomplish our ‘what’.
We must now begin to establish and live the set of values that coalesce with our statement. When I first developed my personal statement, I know I first had to become so familiar with it that it would be instantly recalled in my mind at any time. I also knew I had to live my life a certain way to ever accomplish what I wanted. I eventually developed a routine that I never waiver from. Each morning, a I shave and brush my teeth, I recite to myself, my personal statement followed by Andy Andrew’s Seven Decisions. This sets the path for my day. It fans the flames of my passion to make a difference in the lives of others.
Cool Hand Luke is one of my favorite movies of all time and one of the great one-liners from the movie is Struther Martin playing the warden telling Luke, played brilliantly by Paul Newman, “You gotta get your mind right, Luke!” If you truly want to make a difference and realize your dream, you must have your mind right. Your mind must be filled with faith, virtue, integrity, passion and strength, and it must be filled with persistence.
Life will get in your way and it will throw up plenty of road blocks to send you off course. At times, your ‘what’ will be the furthest thing from your mind, but through persistence, you will quickly regain your course if you want it bad enough. If you have identified your True North you will never be lost in your journey and if you are persistent enough to place one foot in front of the other each and every day, your dreams will become reality.
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