Hard work beats talent over and over again. I believe God gives us all of the tools needed to reach the level of success we desire. You can accomplish all you desire through hard-work, determination, and a willingness to never give up. NEVER! Biblical perseverance is unrivaled. Don’t slow down, never give up, don’t quit. Failure is only failure if you don’t try again.
Imagine if there was a way to look back at past mistakes and see just how close you were to succeeding.
Every time you stopped running when the finish line was just around the corner.
Every time you stopped pushing on when you were just about to break through.
Unfortunately, many times we give up just when we should have persevered a little big longer.
I believe that the problem in life is rarely ever failure. Instead, it is the decision to quit right when you are on the edge of a breakthrough that kills what could have been. It isn’t a lack of skill, nor a lack of talent. It isn’t bad luck. It’s a lack of willpower.
But how do we remain positive and focused when chaos is all around us?
It’s easy to keep at something when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Forcing yourself to push through without seeing the fruits of your labor is much more difficult. Your will to succeed has to outweigh the painful process in order to be successful.
Quitting just isn’t an option. It is a permanent end to what can often be temporary problems. A bad day does not equate to a bad life. Just because you can’t do something today doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to do something one day. Every champion, every master, every expert has failed before. It isn’t the failure that dictates their level of success, it is whether or not they can come back after that failure. Press on, even when it is easier to quit. You’re never a failure until you quit. Failure isn’t fatal. Failure is only permanent when you quit.
You can’t allow yourself to make that decision!
Do not quit.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
What if success is just around the corner, and you don’t know it?
The path of least resistance often bares the least amount of fruit. The road to success is not paved, it isn’t easy, and it shouldn’t be. Everything that is worth doing in life is going to be difficult, but God has already instilled in you all of the tools necessary to be successful. I tell the members of the team I lead to stay positive and focused. The profession that they are in is grueling. Often, they make call after call without getting any momentum. They can make ninety-nine calls and give up, but the one-hundredth call could be a sale.
You won’t know if you stop. Failure is a detour, not a dead-end. You can’t allow a setback to throw you off course, or discourage you from trying again. I have personally failed over and over again. My success is not found in never failing, but in never allowing myself to stay in failure.
The Israelites wandered through the desert for forty years. What if they had given up after thirty-nine? What if they decided one day that the destination wasn’t worth the trip that it took to get there? They had to persevere. They were in a brutal environment, making a journey that took four decades to make. Their willingness to keep going and to keep pushing forward allowed them to reach The Promised Land.
You don’t know what your life is going to look like.
You have greatness in you. Choosing to stop and to remain stagnant won’t solve your problems, it will keep you in them. You have to hang in there, because there really is no alternative. Do not live your life in fear that you may fail. You cannot stop.
The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua 5:6
If you are doing something worth doing, then you are going to face resistance. The Bible shows that nearly every key person who set out to do the work of God faced adversity. A life without adversity is a life that has not yet been lived. It is when you begin to gain traction and momentum you will run into walls.
But you can’t let the walls stop you from reaching your potential. You have to find a way to go around, to go over, or to go through that barrier!
Pressing on looks different to every person. For some, this means gritting your teeth and simply working through the pain. Sometimes you can press on with the weight on your shoulders and make it out. For others, it may require you to take a step back, and analyze the task at hand. Slowing down isn’t the same as failing. There is a difference between taking a step back to assess the situation, and sitting on the sidelines and giving up.
You have to press on. There is a strength that comes with doing something that you don’t want to do. It is said in Corinthians that God will never put more on you than you can handle. When you feel the weight of your circumstances piling up on you, understand that you are being made strong. That by pressing on in the face of adversity, you are going through a season of growth.
You are becoming something greater than you were before.
Trust the process. God is developing you for the plan that He has created for you. If you want to be great, you MUST go beyond the place where those who aren’t going to stop.
When problems arise, don’t dwell on them, go past them.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
People will do one of three things when they reach their rock bottom.
They will break out.
They will break down.
Or they will break through!
The time where you reach your lowest point is the same time where you will reach your greatest moment of growth. Growing pains happen when you are on the verge of a breakthrough. When you’re following the word of God and you’re adhering to the path that He has placed in your life, then you will go through growing pains. There will be seasons in which you will feel stretched. It won’t feel good. It won’t be easy. But if you maintain your focus and continue to push back against the resistance that you are facing, then you will eventually push through!
Your will to succeed has to be able to overcome the resistance that you will face along the way. You have to want it more. You have to be willing to change and transform. If you dream big, then your obstacles will be big. You can’t view them as the end of the road, but as a minor detour along the way.
Every story of success started with a road of resistance. Success doesn’t come easy; it comes to those who are willing to push through the pain until they reach it. Often it is these obstacles and outside circumstances that provide us with the strength and knowledge to reach success in the first place.
Everything that God does is done for a reason. It is done with a plan already in place.
If you’re going through something, then keep going.
Walk the extra mile.
Move the mountain
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
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