August 2, 2003.
"Fortune befriends the bold."
A short time ago I was having one of those days. Im certain you know exactly what Im talking about here, dont you? Weve all had more than our share of those days. That day, it seemed as if I was being pulled in every direction imaginable, with way too much to do and not enough time to do it. I soon found myself wondering how in the world I was going to get it all done.
With my energy on the wane and the old to do list quickly piling up, I began feeling a bit overwhelmed. Well, maybe even more than a bit I suppose. But then I did what I have conditioned myself to do over the years, I stepped away from the madness for a few precious moments. There, in the quiet solitude far away from the noise, I quietly told myself that I would be able to get it all done some how, some way.
"The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit."
Getting knocked off track isnt all that difficult these days, especially when you consider our numerous daily obligations and responsibilities. Juggling our work time, family time and hopefully some free time in our tighter than tight schedules can push us right to the limit, causing even the strongest of us to get knocked off course on occasion.
And it can be downright difficult to overcome those unsettling feelings of overwhelm when you find yourself overloaded with the challenges of day to day living. When youre under the gun and the pressure cooker is turned up full blast, its only natural to wonder how in the heck youre ever going to get the job done.
"Dont give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half."
Paul "Bear" Bryant,
In these trying times, it is so important to step off the daily treadmill for a few moments and recollect your thoughts and recharge your batteries. Then you need to coolly and calmly concentrate all of your energy and focus on finding a way to do what needs to be done. Concentrate on winning the second half.
During these most private of moments, you need to firmly reassure yourself that some how, some way, youre going to come through with flying colors. Regardless of how far behind you may have fallen or how many tasks you must complete to finish the task at hand, you need to remember that you do have what it takes to get the job done. As a matter of fact, way more than enough.
"Act as if it were impossible to fail."
Champions all around the world possess one common trait; an intangible, almost imperceptible virtue that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. They truly believe, with all of their hearts and souls, that they simply cannot fail. Oh sure, they get bounced around from time to time and certainly suffer setbacks like everyone else. But that is where the similarities cease.
They believe that some how, some way, theyll find a way. And it is this unwavering faith in themselves and in their unique God given abilities that drives them to heights unimagined by many, unattained by most. As Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most positive people in history, once said, "What seems impossible one minute becomes, through faith, possible the next."
The next time you are having one of those days, take a tip from the best whove ever walked this earth: relax for a moment or two and then re-approach the challenges standing in your path with a positive charged, positive belief that you will get the job done.
When you start believing, and I mean REALLY BELIEVING that you cannot fail, viewing any and all setbacks as only temporary in nature, you can overcome even the toughest of tough days. Some how and some way.
The Bottom Line: Some how, some way today will be your lucky day.
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