February 3, 2008.
"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you."
In our darkest, deepest moments of fear and self doubt, we oftentimes feel lost, abandoned and all alone. Overrun by feelings of apprehension, overwhelmed by unsettling moments of insecurity, we become anxious and unsure. With the odds stacked against us, we don't know where to turn - or what to do.
Finding our way through the discouraging shadows that envelop us on occasion is by no means an easy task; yet one we must accept nonetheless. Regardless of the obstacles we encounter throughout our lifetimes, we must never underestimate our God-given capacity to persevere and prevail. We can triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. Yes, we can!
"To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds."
Some of the greatest success stories of all time have been fashioned by individuals who refused to quit. In spite of what appeared to be insurmountable odds, these winners refused to give up on themselves. With their backs pressed to the wall and seemingly no way out, these extraordinary champions scratched and clawed their way out of the abyss... and into the history books.
Now these champions could have quit; in fact, that's precisely what most folks do when faced with overwhelming odds. Instead of fighting a good fight and pushing back HARD, the vast majority chooses to fold their tents when the going gets rougher than rough. They figure there's no use in trying, so what the heck, they don't. Sadly, they never once realize that winning in life is little more than outlasting the losing.
"Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."
Orison Swett Marden
Achieving our most cherished dreams is rarely a walk in the park. Yet, despite the difficult odds we sometimes face, we need to keep pushing, plowing and banging away until we get the job done. Each time, every time. By mustering the courage to face our fears, we gain a measure of strength, a healthy dose of self-confidence.
Instead of giving in to what outwardly appears to be insurmountable odds, we need to look within and call upon the indefatigable strength we hold in our hearts and in our souls. Only then we will find the power to persist. Only there will we discover the will to persevere against all odds.
"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them."
Each day presents new challenges. And within each and every challenge resides a unique opportunity to excel; an against-all-odds, once-in-a-lifetime chance to make our lives richer and more rewarding. We can choose to embrace the challenge and push forward in spite of the adversity and difficulties encountered - or we can cut and run.
By shoving back with everything you've got - and shoving back HARD - you can begin turning the odds into your favor. By focusing all of your energy on making something positive happen right where you are right now, you're a sure bet to come out on top; even against the longest of odds.
The Bottom Line: The most overwhelming odds you'll ever encounter can be overpowered through persistent, consistent, all-out effort.
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