July 16, 2003.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William A. Ward
Sometimes the only difference between coming in first and finishing somewhere back in the pack lies in ones ability to catch his or her second wind. And contrary to what many would lead you to believe, catching that second wind has a lot more to do with you than the direction the wind is blowing.
The true champions have learned how to summon up a second effort (or third or even forth effort) whenever its needed the most. By consistently putting forth a second effort, especially at those times their energy and emotions are on the wane, they insure themselves a lot more first place finishes in their lifetimes. Rather than foolishly attempting to change the direction of the wind, they simply adjust their sails and just keep sailing along. And so should you.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
Have you ever noticed how you sometimes run out of steam well before you reach the finish line? Its only natural; we all do from time to time. But too many of us quit well before we actually run out of gas. These folks have never learned how to catch their second wind and keep pushing onward. No doubt about it, there's a big difference between running low and running out of gas. And it's that difference that often determines how far you go and how high you climb in life.
Whenever you begin feeling yourself fading or faltering, you need to remember this: you have more strength, will power and determination deep down inside of yourself than youll ever need way more than enough. In order to take advantage of these second chances or second shots at the top, you must first learn how to catch your second wind so that you can give a second effort.
If there is no wind, row.
You and only you can fill your sails with a second wind; a brisk breeze so powerful that it can take you anywhere you ever imagined. And when you do, you can sail right on through as those around you give up or give out; your sail filled with the strongest of all winds your second wind.
Best of all, you can tap into this immense reservoir of personal performance power anytime and anyplace you wish. Whenever and wherever you need a little extra boost, you simply need to reach deep down, catch your second wind and then give it a second effort.
Make the second effort your second nature.
The next time you are tempted to quit or throw in the towel, take a few moments to catch your second wind and then give it another try. After all, failure has been said to be the path of least persistence. By acquiring the healthy habit of relentlessly persevering no matter the obstacles placed in your path, youll soon find yourself handsomely rewarded for your second efforts.
When you are willing to go the extra mile and give that second effort, life will provide you a second, third or fourth chance. As a matter of fact, life will provide you as many chances as you need to get where youve always wanted to go. By always giving that second effort, youll soon be living a first rate lifestyle.
The Bottom Line: Catch a second wind, fill your sails with a second effort and youll soon find yourself sailing away to the port of your dreams.
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