January 16, 2007.
"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."
Whatever happened to good old sticking power, where we once had the gumption to stick to the task at hand until we got the job done? It really wasnt that long ago when personal responsibility was taken quite seriously in the world, when the majority of people took pride in their work ethic and their ability to stick with a project through both thick and thin.
Just take a quick glance around and youll see that the sticking power that once made us strong has unfortunately fallen out of fashion. Nowadays its OK to give up or give in at the first sign of trouble. After all, how in the world can anyone expect us to overcome the trickiest of lifes sticky sticking points? How indeed.
"The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job."
Staying with a task from conception through completion is one the toughest things known to mankind. Many of us start all sorts of things that we never see through to the end. It seems that new years day is not complete for a number of folks until they commit to a resolution or two that they casually toss aside within weeks.
Its one thing to start something, quite another to stick to it until it is complete. Yet too many of us have an inordinate problem of even getting out of the starting gate. Oh sure, we have no shortage of half-baked excuses and concocted reasons why we cant do this and cant try that. But the sad reality is that we are too lazy, too tired, too this or too that to even give it a try.
"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense."
Thomas A. Edison
Yet there are still a number of winners that take pride in their work and even more pride in their ability to FINISH whatever they start. These high flying achievers consistently exhibit a work ethic second to none. They know where they are going, what they need to do to get there and overcome anything and everything placed in their paths by sheer persistence and stick-to-itiveness.
Now thats not to say they dont encounter more than their fair share of sticking points. As a matter of fact, they in all likelihood come across more problems in a day than the average Joe sees in a month. But heres the difference; a really big difference. These winners refuse to lose. When they reach a sticking point, they just stick to their plan and keep on going. Over and over again. They absolutely will not be denied in their quest to be their best. And neither should you.
"This one step choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything."
The ability to stick to it when those all around you have let go of the rope differentiates the players from the pretenders in life. Its not nearly enough to simply want to do something. After all, its easy to have want power. Way too easy. All of us have plenty of want power. We want this and we want that and we want this and that as fast as we can get them. But wanting is not enough. Youve got to want it so badly that youre willing to do whatever it takes to make it occur.
That type of unwavering, unrelenting commitment requires will power. The will to win, the will to finish no matter what. Youve got to have the power to stick to your guns when the going gets tough, the power to stick to your plan when youre knocked down and almost out. In short, youve got to have sticking power and plenty of it to finish when those around you have given up and gone home.
Vow to plow through lifes sticking points with a sticking power that refuses to lose. When you tenaciously demonstrate the ability to stick to each and every task you undertake until theyre complete, you simply cannot be stopped. And better yet, youll fulfill your destiny and make the difference you were put on earth to make.
The Bottom Line: Whenever you reach a sticking point, just stick to your guns and stick it out until you see it through.
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