More On Choices & Decisions
Did you see the movie, Secretariet? Now there was a great movie on believing and persisting, choices and decisions. Born March 30, 1970 in Virgina, Secretariat died October 4, 1989 in Kentucky, 1200 pounds, 16’2 Hands, raced 1972 and 1973 earning $1,316,808. Secretariat sired 653 foals, 57 were Stake Winners. Any horse lovers out there? What do you think?
“Most of the important things in the world have been achieved by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~Dale Carnegie
One of the most important things that I’ve learned in life is that there’s always hope. As Dale says here, the key is to recognize that there only “seems” to be no hope at all. There is hope, and when we persevere we may take ourselves to the very limits of our ability to see and feel hope, but it’s at those very limits that our growth and maturation take place.
It’s very easy to talk ourselves into believing that perseverance won’t help us out a bit, but that simply is not true. When we keep on trying we’re bound to reach our goals, even if we do reach them much later than we thought or hoped we would. It’s not a question of life rewarding perseverance, for life is impartial to us as individuals, but a question of perseverance allowing us to reach results that seem to be out of our reach.
“The important things in the world” don’t have to be earth-shattering discoveries or inventions. They can be simple things that help your family or neighbors feel better about themselves, programs that can provide needed meals to people in your community, ideas that can raise money for a needy charity in your town. But they rarely are achieved through quick acts or spur-of-the-moment ideas. In order to bring them to fruition, we have to commit ourselves to a course of action, one that will take more time than we might imagine at first.
Persistence is simply a willingness to keep working towards a goal despite a seeming lack of results. And persistence is one of the most important elements of a life of contribution–it’s our decision to persist, and that decision is all that stands between our success and our giving up hope. But hope never gives up on us, so let’s not give up on hope.
ZamZuu In Closing
“Never give up and never give in.” ~Hubert H. Humphrey
“Find the thing that you don’t do well and stop doing it. Then find the thing that you do very well and do more of it. You’ll be pleased with the outcome!” ~ Patricia Morgan