The dedication and determination of athletes come to mind when I think about goals and life plans.
When we set goals, and obstacles come our way what do we do?
Just throw in the towel and move to another project or set new goals?
No! We keep running towards our goals with our eyes set on the finish line like an athlete would.
Can you imagine an athlete competing at the Olympics giving-up?
No, they don’t and the main reason is because they are determined and committed to their goals.
I recently watched an athlete compete and he sprained his ankle during the race. He had legitimate reasons to quit the race and nurse his sprained ankle but guess what? He did not, he kept running and limping with his eyes fixed on the finish line till the very end.
Here are two simple strategies to stay focused:
1. Think about why you started : Why did you decide to write that book ? Or why did you decide to go back to college?
When you feel like quitting, take a moment to reflect on why you started the venture in the first place.
Carefully think about how much successfully completing the task will mean to you.
What will be the impact of quitting on you and your loved ones ?
It does not take any effort to quit, you simply stop trying.
However, success awaits those who persevere and refuse to give up.
Remember : “winners never quit and quitters never win” – Robert Schuller
2. Stay Motivated : It is important to stay motivated at all times, especially during difficult times.
” People often say motivation does not last, well, neither does bathing and that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
Listen to people who inspire you and call forth the best in you. Look for and make time to read or listen to resources that inspire you.
Most importantly, inspire yourself. Think back on tough times that you have faced and succeeded. Draw strength from knowing that this will not be any different either.
Self motivation is the most powerful form of motivation. So look at your self in the mirror and say:
“My best days are ahead of me, I am destined for greatness.
I am not a quitter, I am a winner, I win always.”
Don’t give up! Stay Focused!
You are destined to win!