The entrepreneurial life can be a hard and arduous grind sometimes. At some points, it appears as if the labor isn’t worth the reward. This is especially true when you are selling your products and services and you get a flurry of no’s. What’s even worse is when a very close yes turns into a firm no. And then that’s it, all the work and effort you put into cultivating a sale all goes to naught. It’s times like this that you have to refocus on your goals and what reaching those goals will mean for you and your family. The yes that you finally get will be worth all of those no’s you endured. So keep going until you get a yes, then after you get that, go further still.
No one wants to be a failure in life. Whoever signs up to lose at something is more than likely off of their rocker. However, losses will come whether we like it or not. It’s just a fact of life. But losing isn’t final and we can find ways to succeed even when we don’t win the trophy we were hoping for. The key is to never give up and to be relentless in your pursuit of coming out on top. The longer you persevere and refuse to quit, you will begin to find creative ways to make it to the winners circle especially if you can’t make it there by taking the traditional route. What counts in the end is to keep going. Some people won’t respect your gifts, talents, personality, and abilities. But one thing no one will ever deny and something that everyone respects is work ethic. People with a strong work ethic will always find a way to get to their destination. A strong work ethic enables you to create momentum and it frees you from relying on other people to discover and cosign you. Winners constantly think about winning and are able to overcome the most difficult of odds to get to where they belong… the winners circle.
2016 has been an incredible year for me. I reached so many milestones and accomplished a lot of things that I am proud of. However, the road hasn’t been easy (and still isn’t). There are many things that have happened to me throughout my life that, at one point, caused me to doubt myself and almost give up. I feel like this year was a critical turning point for me because the stakes in my personal life are higher now. I’m getting older and I’m married with children. Every decision that I make effects them and sacrifices that don’t pay off can take a toll on everyone. I’m steering a bigger ship and it’s not always possible to turn on a dime or at a moments notice. And sometimes, I’m not as consistent as I would like to be both in my career and in my family. I probably spend half of my day strategizing and calculating my next move for this very reason. There just isn’t enough time to do everything I’m passionate about!
I’ve lived and learned the concept of incremental progress. Incremental progress is making a resolution to do at least one thing a day (or week, month, etc.) that brings you closer to a goal. It may sound like a very minuscule thing, but it’s an unbelievably difficult practice to keep up (especially when you don’t see the payoff immediately). But this is where perseverance comes in. Perseverance is finding a way to keep going when you feel like you can’t. It takes a strong will to continue to move forward when you’re tired, life isn’t working how you want it to, and you are limited on resources. The benefit of persevering is that when you stay active (that is, keep going), you discover new ways to get closer to what you want. You begin to see what you are made of and will discover how bad you want what you want. I like how Eric Thomas puts it, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Along the way, several people have come along and helped me in my pursuits without me even asking. I feel like this has happened because I prayed really hard for help and also because I refuse to quit. Some people just respected my grind and willingness to keep going. I’m stubborn as a mule when it comes to going after something I really want. It’s my gift and my curse.
Perhaps you haven’t arrived to the place in life that you feel you should be at. Life is a marathon and has a way or rewarding people that stick it out until the end of the race. I both challenge and encourage you to just put your head down and continue to stride forward. Sometimes, you just have to focus on the journey and not the destination. When you do this, I truly believe that you will land where you want, but you will also get some nice surprises along the way. My hope and prayer for you is that you will find material, mental, spiritual, and relational prosperity in 2017.
How does one stay consistently motivated? By keeping their vision in front of them. Be sure to give time to your passion on a daily basis.Don’t allow your dreams to collect dust,and if they have, dust them off and get back on track. Your vision will not fulfill itself. It takes dedication and perseverance. Talk about your vision often with people whom you can trust and read books that inspire you toward your vision. If you envision who you want to be and where you want to be, you can get there. Life has an interesting way of making us lose sight of our pursuits. We get entangled with problems, worries, bills, jobs, and forget about our passion. No wonder why so many people are miserable! Don’t let that happen to you. Spend at least 10 minutes a day working on your passion, increase that time once it turns into a habit. The more you let your vision consume your mind,it will feel as if the opportunities that get you closer to that vision appear more frequently. Stay with it!!
Don’t ever throw in the towel on your dreams. As long as you have breath, push toward them and never let them go. They are meant to become reality. The adversity you face is just an indicator of how great your dream is and the impact it will have on those around you. The obstacles are meant to build your character and give you the proper perspective once these dreams are tangible. Every dreamer has it rough. Every visionary will feel like giving up at one point or another. You are not alone, the difference between success and failure is perseverance. That’s all. If you can hang in there you will make it.