“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”- Chinese Proverb.
Day 15: #feelingit
When I’m not busy putting together the new business, keeping up my training schedule at the gym, adventuring outdoors in my new neighborhood, I’m a super big book nerd. I’m willing to spill a big secret- Friday nights you can find me in bed at 9 pm, curled under the covers with a great read.
I found Failing Forward by John Maxwell by accident, I needed a new book & an Instagram friend happened to post their latest read. Turning mistakes into stepping stones for success sounded like exactly what I needed to focus on with so many big things coming my way. I’m bound to make mistakes. Big ones. But how can I make sure they contribute to my success rather than my shortcomings?
My life is a blend of fitness and business and I find that lessons from one or the other always blur lines. I’m extremely competitive in all areas and in taking up yoga, I’ve found it to be no different. I understand that the previous sentence may have made some yogis extremely angry & maybe I have not evolved past my ego. Hey, I’m being honest. I try to shut out the endless chatter my mind fills itself with when I’m on my mat but I also try to reach the enlightenment the Yogi on Instagram has appeared to reach with her forearm stand on the beach. You win some, you lose some.
In trying to achieve a beautiful forearm stand, I threw out the concept of beauty and went straight for ugly. I kicked a single leg up, I crashed onto my forehead, I rolled across the carpet. I was persistent. Keep trying. Try another route. A different position. And finally, right when I was on the verge of giving up, I kicked both legs up and time froze… For three seconds. Then the next time a little longer and without a wall behind me (just in case).
That evening, after my three second forearm stand success, I read this line out of Failing Forward:
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” – Napolean Hill
The weight of that sentence lingered in my mind. Yes! This held true for my forearm stand adventure. The greater weight of the quote can be applied across my whole life. At the moment when I no longer could see the light at the end of the tunnel but refused to give up, I was rewarded with even greater successes.
No matter what our goals, in fitness, business or life itself, be persistent in moving towards your goals. No amount of effort goes unnoticed – it just may need to be noticed in a different light.
How do you remain persistent daily? What do you do each day to remain motivated and keep your eye on the reward for your efforts?