I was out running one morning and was amazed at how many times my mind would tell me to stop. I could hear myself say “no, just don’t stop.” As my feet hit the pavement, I felt exhilarated and tired at the same time. Again, I would hear that voice in my head say, “just stop running and walk; you’re tired.” I would be tempted, but I would literally say to myself, “push, don’t stop.”
What’s funny is I run so early in the morning, and I am living in a new place, so no one knows me and no one cares what I do. So I could stop if I wanted to do so. I could just walk, or I could cut my run short and just turn around and go back home, but I don’t. I don’t because it’s not about the run. It’s about me being able to overcome the negative talk that is going on in my head. Besides, how will I ever get better if I don’t push myself?
You see, to continue running when my mind says to stop, means I overrule my mind. My philosophy for every area of my life is “try and try harder. Push yourself until you can’t anymore. Never give up. Give it your all.” I tell myself constantly all that is required of me is my willingness to try. Plus, I don’t push myself only when others are looking on, I push myself for me.
You see this discipline applies to goals in every aspect of our lives, whether it is selling Mary Kay, Nerium, Advocare, Scentsy or whatever. This discipline is important if you are going to school and trying to finish a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate. It applies if you are writing a book or an article. It applies to healthy habits and spiritual disciplines. It applies if you are single or married. It just applies to life.
Those who succeed are just gutsy enough to decide that they are not going to listen to what the naysayers have to say, even when their own mind becomes the primary naysayer. They are not going to give up because a sale didn’t happen or a person let them down. They keep on getting back up and pushing. That’s why some drive their Nerium Lexus or Mary Kay Cadillac or go on Scentsy cruises year after year. They are tenacious. Yes, they experience disappointments just like all of us, but they don’t wallow in them. More importantly, they understand how important it is to get up and do their thing every single day. They don’t freak out over the “no’s”because they understand that all they need is that one “yes.” They are not deterred because the people they thought they could count on, were not the ones they could count on at all.
As much as I love my family, I have always reminded myself of one thing; there are two people I can count on, God and me. I know it’s important to trust God and to have faith, but I also know that God is not a genie and He wants me to do something with the gifts He has given me.
Many times the reason someone isn’t successful has nothing to do with a lack of skill, it is due to the lack of motivation and the fear of failure. Oh but those successful ones, they find the motivation when it isn’t staring them in the face. They may have some fear of failure, but their faith in God and in themselves, is far greater than the fear. They push when the fearful pulls back. They find a way to climb that mountain when the mountain seems too hard and they run when that voice in their head says “you should stop; you’re tired.” They respond “No, I am not.”