Determination is a wonderful trait and to have the persistence to get what you want out of life takes a great deal of skill. There are many people who will leave their values at the door to get what they want - but there are others who work hard, pay the price and have the persistence to never give up or look for the easy way out.
This week my Monday Mentor Moment talked about my 82 year old dad who has wanted a 53 foot Hatteras motor yacht his whole life. It was the number one bucket list item that he never quite achieved until this summer. My parents have always been the type who worked hard, saved money, spent wisely and waited for the ‘extras’ as they knew you can’t always have what you want when you want it.
So together my wonderful parents bought their dream boat and my dad and a good friend are making the long journey from Little Rock, AK to northern Michigan. This reminded me that you never give up hoping and dreaming for what you want – but it also confirmed that things may take a while.
In life you will never fail unless you give up. To be successful and happy, you need a distinct set of guidelines and game plans, but you must be willing to sacrifice. To win at this game of life, you do need to know where you are going every day, every month and every year. Even when negative things happen, you need to change the game plan and work through it.
I have always said, ‘things don’t just happen in someone's life to make them successful or happy... people make things happen.’ So remember; whatever life throws at you this week, don’t let anything stand in your way. Facing adversity and disappointment is the true measure of how much you believe in yourself.