Miracle with 20 Disapointments

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A practical guide to achieve the unachievable. This book will teach you fail fast & achieve anything

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Persistence produces power and nowhere is this more evident than in the story of one of the world’s greatest failures; Abraham Lincoln. His many failures, at least twelve major disappointments on his way to becoming President of the United States, are well documented. How many people would have been able to bear the adversity that Lincoln endured during the American Civil War when nearly half his Cabinet were against him? When asked why he didn’t get rid of them he said, “Don’t I rid myself of my enemies by making them my friends?” At his death they all stood and honoured him with total loyalty. He was able to hold the northern states together by the power of his dedication and convictions and saved the Union. In the process he got rid of one of the worst blights on society – slavery. Persistence is, indeed, the power of achievement.

Many years ago, a man named Harold Sherman gave his code for persistence. It was as follows: “1) I will never give up so long as I know I am right. 2) I will believe that all things will work out for me if I hang on to the end. 3) I will be courageous and undismayed in the face of odds. 4) I will not permit anyone to intimidate me or deter me from my goal. 5) I will fight to overcome all physical handicaps and setbacks. 6) I will try again and again and yet again to accomplish what I desire. 7) I will take new faith and resolution from the knowledge that all successful men and women have had to fight defeat and adversity. 8) I will never surrender to discouragement or despair no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me.” That man determined to make failure work for him not against him.

There are people who have always had things come easily to them; they have not had to deal with problems, opposition and difficulties. In some ways they are the losers because they have not built the steel into their backbone and if something goes wrong they are less able to handle it. Often, the first response that comes to them when they are faced with a problem is to give up so the inflow of persistence is blocked by negative thinking. It can be unwise to concentrate so much on problems that your mind can see nothing beyond the difficulties. How then will you find your detour which will take you to the solution? Everyone makes mistakes but the greatest error is to let any mistake destroy your faith in yourself. Instead, learn from it then forget about it; forge ahead, find your detour and resultant solution and determine to do better next time.

There is no substitute for personal experience and those who have had to pick themselves up from the disappointments and difficulties of life have learned valuable lessons. Nothing deters them and they don’t allow things to upset or frustrate them. They have been there before and know the answers; they are persistent. If there is a need to detour around an obstacle that is put in their path they know it can be done for every negative has a positive and every loss a potential gain. Instead, they keep hope alive, show loyalty to their goal and when they have accomplished their purpose, they know how to share.


There is a video available of the Marathon event held at the Olympic Games 40 years ago. The clip shows a young athlete from Tanzania who badly injured himself during the event and made the choice to continue rather than give up. Now, it is difficult for an athlete to complete a marathon when he is in peak form, let alone when badly injured. At the end of the race he was asked why he continued on rather than stopping to gain medical assistance. His response: “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race!” Although he came home in last position in that marathon, to everybody who saw his tremendous courage, persistence and unshakeable perseverance, he was a winner, providing inspiration to everyone on how to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. It did not occur to him to give up. He showed resolute determination to keep going - and he achieved his goal.

Persistence is just that – never giving up what one has set out to do, especially in the face of what may seem insurmountable difficulties. Striving to improve everything you do takes time, effort and sacrifice but the rewards are worth it.

It is important that you know right at the beginning, that what you are doing is right and worth the fight. If your reason is not strong, you will never create the burning desire that will push you into taking massive and consistent action. Make sure your goals are specific and measurable, as well as challenging, but realistic. Your goals need to be aligned to your own personal growth and they should be consistent with your morals and belief system. When your goals pass all these tests you will be able to take ownership of them. When they are yours you will feel the passion within. If you have a passion, determination and love for what you are doing, it will light the fuse that ignites the power that is persistence and no obstacle will stop you from achieving your goal.

When Calvin Coolidge said that persistence and determination alone are omnipotent, he meant they were all powerful and that, beyond all other fields of influence, it is the ‘altitude of our attitude’ that opens the door for our potential and subsequent personal victories to be realised. Stay the course, go the distance and remain true to your vision.

It is vitally important that you stay on track and that will take physical and mental stamina. Also, your success or failure is due to the attitude you have towards life and the way you think and believe. Know that you will face opposition and challenges, but if you keep your goal firmly at the centre of your vision, you will be able to keep your focus, your interest and your drive to get things done and attain your vision.

Remember, persistence means to continue steadfastly in a course of action despite your feelings and in spite of opposition. It is the power of making continuous effort. It can be difficult to know when you’ve approached or you’ve crossed the line between failure and success, it is so fine. But I’ll tell you when you have crossed it – when you continue to persistently pursue your goal – when you let nothing neither deter you nor detour you – when your purpose vibrates and your goal guides and your driving force challenges and inspires – then you have crossed the line. Success is never giving up!

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Alva Edison

On March 15, 1915, the British Navy attacked the Turks at the Dardanelles. There was a terrific naval barrage from the guns on the shore. Three ships had been sunk and finally, just at noon, the British Navy withdrew never to take that point during that engagement. What they didn’t know was that the Turks had only sixty seconds of ammunition left and at that very moment were preparing to surrender. Had the British Navy been persistent and continued to press the battle they would have taken the Dardanelles, split the enemy forces, closed the war years earlier and saved millions of lives. Oh, the tragedy of failing to persevere!

Do you love what you do? On those days when you feel like throwing in the towel, does determination kick in to get you through? When you work on any big goal, your determination will wax and wane. Sometimes you will feel you can keep going, sometimes you won’t; however, it’s not your determination that will produce results – it’s your action! Persistence is the ability to maintain action regardless of your feelings. You press on even when you feel like giving up. Persistence allows you to keep taking action even when you don’t feel like it, and therefore, you keep accumulating results. If you simply keep taking action, you will eventually get results and results can give you the impetus to keep working toward further goals.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!”

Persistence will give you fulfilment and achievement and a richly productive life and Miracle will happen in your life with 20 disappointments.

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