History is full of tales of men and women who gave up their dreams when success was just barely beyond their reach. They experienced failure after failure or encountered more daunting obstacles than they anticipated. Discouragement settled in, replacing the excitement and enthusiasm for the vision that once beat in their bosom. These are the men and women whose names we have forgotten. They rest among the average, the mediocre, the underachievers of the world. Frankly, that is company I would rather avoid.
Success and achievement belongs to those who face their fears with a resolve not to back down. They see obstacles as opportunities to grow and learn. Discouragement is nothing more than an inner voice they have learned to silence. The idea of quitting – of giving up – is as unnatural to them as refusing to breathe. Victory belongs to the man or woman who knows what they intend to accomplish, how they will realize that goal and who exercise persistence in the pursuit of that objective.
We can get by in this life while avoiding difficulties. But do you want to just “get by?” Or do you dream of something greater for yourself? Are you attracted to lofty ideals and believe that you can achieve far more than what others typically achieve? If you aspire to true greatness or dream dreams that are out of reach for most, you must persevere in the face of discouragement, failure, setbacks, or obstacles. You must not give up. You must not quit!
Finding the strength to persevere even in the most difficult of circumstances can be an overwhelming task if we attempt to face it alone. That is why there is great value in having a coach or mentor in our life. Having someone to walk alongside us to provide both external motivation and assist us in the development of our own internal motivation can be the difference between quitting and failure or persevering and success.