In spending time with God these past few months it has come to me that there is only one rule to success. There are many processes and many challenges we must overcome, but there is only one simple rule to success: PERSISTENCE.
One thing I know for a fact is that all men were created for a purpose. To fulfill a destiny. I once heard a great man preaching about purpose. He said that the human child is born with both fists clenched but all humans are buried with open palms. He said the reason why our fists are clenched as new born babies is because heaven deposits something in our hands – something that we must in turn deposit on earth. And the reason why we leave with our palms un-clenched is because we have left everything we came with here on earth. Sadly, it is said that the most pregnant and the richest place on earth is a cemetery because so many people leave their hopes, dreams and ambitions there. So we come in with potential and some of while all of us will leave that potential right here on earth,a some of us will leave not having achieved / fulfilled it and not even knowing what it was. We may from time to time feel empty and wonder what that one thing is, but we either don’t try at all, or don’t try hard enough, or give up somewhere along the way.
So then I am forced to ask the question: why do some people achieve greatness while others cannot even manage to hope? I recently had a conversation with someone very near and dear to my family. He is a 30-something year old husband and father of three beautiful little girls. I randomly asked him what he dreams about – what his hopes are and it saddened me to hear his response: “I don’t dream of anything. I live today and pray that I will wake up tomorrow and live tomorrow as well.” He told me that when he thinks about his daughters, he hopes they will grow up and be happy but beyond that, he doesn’t know anything or hope for anything. What shocked me the most is that I have spent years around him and would never have guessed it. He loves God. He loves life. He laughs and brings so much joy to our family. He is humble and hard working. And yet he has no hopes for tomorrow? No definite hope of seeing tomorrow?
I have often watched him and thought how he fulfills his purpose everyday with the joy he brings to people; to families, a yet he himself has nothing to look forward to when he wakes up every morning? [Pregnant pause … it took me a full 24hours to proceed with this blog ad recover from those thoughts, most of which are just too private and personal to share with the world. My world – or anyone else’s for that matter.]
So now that I’m back, my train of thought has changed a little bit. However, the more it changes, the more it stays the same. Here’s my big light-bulb thought for the day. Whoever you are, whatever you do, take a deep breath, close your eyes, whisper a prayer, and DARE TO DREAM. Stop living vicariously through other people’s dreams and /or lives (be it real people or imaginary characters on the silver screen) and start LIVING! Take that leap of faith and do that one thing you have been wanting to do.
I’m not asking for much here. Just saying, do it once. Then after that, if it has to do with your destiny, your raison de etre, do it again and then yet again. Be persistent and it will become habit. Create a discipline and work at it because it is the one thing that makes your heart pitter-patter with excitement.
So here’s my thing. I am trully, madly and deeply passionate about God, Writing, Purpose and People. Because of that, those who know me know that I have always wanted to publish a book I wrote years ago (and many more to come). Those who know me really well know that fear has kept me from doing it – the fear of rejection, the fear that people won’t like it, that it won’t be well received or the fear that my deepest and most intimate thoughts will be out there for all the world to see. Then there are my confidants who know that this blog is a huge step towards conquering that fear.
So today, I chose to be persistent and take another leap towards climbing that mountain. Since I begun blogging, I have only managed two random blogs a month, very haphazardly. Today’s marks three this month and I commit to publishing one every week by the grace of God. Persistence + Consistency = Success! They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. I don’t agree. That right there is persistence. When trying to lose weight you don’t exercise every day but hope one day to lose some weight and the next to grow an inch taller – that would be INSANE! But working out everyday over a prolonged period of time gives you the desired result – you lose weight and get fitter and healthier. Hence PERSISTENCE + CONSISTENCE = SUCCESS!
Here’s to the success in all of us!!!
The verse I chose to stand on with this quest for success, the verse that I can confidently say has been my life’s verse and kept me going so long I can no longer remember Not hearing it humming gently in the back of my mind constantly and consistently comes from the book of Joshua, Chapter 1 Verses 8 & 9: 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And thus, I persist.
XOXO – From a Girl About Town