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Take Consistent Action to Achieve Your Goals

Great results are achieved by toiling upward day and night

Great results are achieved by toiling upward day and night

If you have a goal to be healthy and fit you probably know that you’ll have to take action to reach a goal. The challenge is that reaching your fitness goals requires sustained action. Most people start getting healthy by eating right or exercising. Not so many are willing to sustain to the finish. What is the secret of sustaining in the face of resistance?

I thought it will be wise to start with Bruce Barton words “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dare to believe that something inside them is Superior to Circumstances”

Consistently strong results require sustained action.  Over time sustained action creates cumulative effect. As The Law of Incremental Improvement states; every great achievement is an accumulation of hundreds and even thousands of tiny efforts that no one ever sees or appreciates. The accumulation of this effort day after day, adds up to an extraordinary life.

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “the heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

The nail doesn’t always go in with the first blow of the hummer. Hit it again and again and again and eventually it get in. The log doesn’t always split from one blow of the axe. You must be willing to strike again and again and the log will certainly split.

Johnny Rockefeller said this “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything even nature. Many successful people throughout history that we know suffered severe setbacks but succeeded because they persisted.

Example

  • Henry Ford went bankrupt twice in the first three years of his automobile business.
  • Thomas Edison as an inventor, made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. He is quoted to have said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
  • Michael Jordan of all the other people was cut from his high school basketball team. He persisted and many if not all of us now know his contribution to sports.
We will never know that guy who quit

We will never know that guy who quit

There is a story of a high school coach who was teaching his players a lesson in perseverance during a difficult season. He is said to have asked; “did Michael Jordan ever quit? The team responded with a no! He asked another question; “what about the The Wright brothers?” “No! Came the response. The teacher went on to ask “did Walter P give up?” again the team yelled “no!” “Did Sam Low give up?” the teacher asked. There was a long silence but finally one player asked, “Coach who is Sam Low? We’ve never heard of him” the coach snapped back “of course you haven’t heard of him. He quit!”

Greatness comes to those who refuse to give in to temporary defeat. The power to hold on despite the obstacles, to endure the discomfort of change, to the push on in the face of great difficulty, is the common character of winners.

Greatness comes to those who refuse to give in to temporary defeat

Greatness comes to those who refuse to give in to temporary defeat

As you execute the steps to your goals; as you go about achieving these goals, know that there will be setbacks. Just recognise them for what they are but stay in the game. Setbacks are part of the process. Persist and you will be successful.

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