“Today, I choose to persist without exception. No longer will I live in a dimension of distraction, my focus blown hither and yon like a leaf on a blustery day. I know the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams. I stay the course. I do not quit.”
-Andy Andrews “The Travelers Gift”
This was a passage I read today in what is possibly the most inspiring book I’ve ever read. I felt compelled to write this post today after reading the 7th decision that determines personal success in a book called, “The Travelers Gift,” by Andy Andrews. I also had the pleasure of listening to Andy Andrews on a leadership development conference call.. A call that I plan to listen to several more times after today.
We all face obstacles in our lives. And we all have choices to make on a daily basis. Those choices determine our outer worlds and the results we see in our lives. They effectively determine our very existence. They create our successes as well as our mediocrities. When we decide to persist without exception the obstacles we face become irrelevant. In fact, the very word “decide” comes from the Latin word decidere, which literally means to kill off all other options.
When a child learns to walk he/she does not say, “I’m only going to give this whole walking thing a month and if I can’t do it by then I’ll quit.” It takes the conditioned mind of an adult to make this type of statement. When you decide to do something time becomes irrelevant. You simply persist until your desired result becomes a reality.
Nothing worth doing will ever come easy. And when you reach your desired result the victory will be even greater knowing the challenges you overcame to get there. I’m sure your facing some challenges in your life right now, and you are faced with some difficult decisions. Stay the course. Persist without exception. I promise you will eventually make it to the top of the mountain. God Speed..