You don’t develop body muscles in one day; you develop body muscles through a series of everyday or weekly exercises or workouts routines. As you continue with your workouts or exercises routines, and keep burning the unwanted fat in your body, you slowly start building body muscles.
The same thing for the house too; you don’t build a house in one day. It takes months, and for some people years to build a house. Because building a house is not a simple thing. You need to make sure you have some kind of a money channel and have a strategic plan of how you are going to build the house from the beginning to the end. Some people save ahead of time for their houses projects and goals, other take house loans to build their houses, and some do it as they earn income through their jobs or businesses, and so on.
You know, persistence works well only when you know this is really what you want, and so you persist until you get it. Persistence doesn’t work when you are not sure if you really want it or not.
Not everybody who goes to College or University graduates. There are some people somehow down the line they get distracted with other endeavors in life and talk themselves out, after they realize it’s not what they wanted or want anymore and dropout, or it’s too much work, or they don’t want to take school loans for it, and so on.
Not everybody who is engaged walks down the aisle. Imagine dating someone for five years, then engaged to them, and then the day of your wedding she or he decides that is not what he or she wants anymore. I think from now on all wedding contributions cards they should write, “Please note: In case there will be no wedding, the money will be refunded to you in full.” I am not joking about this, and it’s not just in real life, it’s in the movie too. Have you seen “Sexy and the City 2 movie?” Sometimes the movies portray what other people face in their lives. Not all movies are about merely fantasy. The good thing about Sex and the City 2 movie is that at the end of the movie Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big got married, and so their love for one another and the effort to make it work paid it off after all. I like this movie because it has a good ending.
Think about it. If Thomas Edison didn’t persist, only God knows, maybe we wouldn’t have electric light bulbs today, and the early people wouldn’t have electric power generation and distribution, and other things that Thomas Edison invented, but because he persisted, today we are the beneficiary of his hard work. I went on Wikipedia and read all the things he has done, wow, so many inventions!
According to his experiences, for instance, Thomas Edison has been quoted saying through his discovery; “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” In other words, your genius is only one percent of your outcome, the rest of percentage is your determination to bring the outcome. He also been quoted saying, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Meaning that unless you have gotten the results and outcome you want, don’t give up. And another of his quotes that I like is that, “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits,” and which brings me to another point about persistence.
When you persist you must persist with positive expectations. Because most of the time when you expect positive things, that is what you will receive. As you hustle and persist, expect to get the results you want. Don’t persist while thinking, “Aah.. I don’t think this is going to work.”
For those of us who read the Bible and follow on the Lord Jesus’ teachings, several times He has said to people as written in the Bible, “According to your faith, it will be done to or for you.” For instance, whenever you persist or hustle, believe things will work out, because according to what you believe; it will be done to you. We all know, faith without action is dead, and this is also written in the Bible. So you have got to believe it and go after it as if it is already yours. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 1, from New Living Bible translation (Hebrews 11:1 NLT) that “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Have you ever had someone told you, after you ask how you knew it would work, and he or she said, “I believed it would work, and I decided to follow what my gut was telling me, and it worked?” So our faith requires action. We have got to go beyond believing it to acting toward it.
Let me tell you something; whether you would agree with us Christians that Jesus Christ is Lord, and our Savior, or not, the decision is on you. But if you have ever read Jesus’ teachings before, you will agree He is the greatest teacher ever written. His teachings surpass all other teachings, and His teachings are not only about religious and spiritual things, but about everything in this life. He has teachings about relationships with God and one another, love, joy, peace, money, work, giving, marriage, conflict resolutions, life principles and truth, after life, and so on; I mean everything you want to learn about life can be found in the Bible.
For example, if you follow careful in the following passages in the book of John chapter 8 verses 31 to 32, though The Lord Jesus was teaching about something else, you will notice that He also taught about the importance of persisting on something. In the Message translation (John 8:31-32 MSG), it says; “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in Him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are My disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” In New Living Bible translation (NLT), the same Bible passage says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly My disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In Amplified Bible translation (AMP) says, “So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”
Can you notice the pattern keys: “If you stick with this, or if you remain faithful, or if you continually obeying.” Basically, if we continue to persist, and do what He has taught and commanded us, He promised we will know the truth, or you can say, the truth will be revealed to us, and that truth shall set us free.
Listen, I am not married yet, but I am an observant, I mean we all are. One of the best things you can do is to learn from others. Sometimes you don’t have to wait until it happens to you, to learn about it. You can ask people who you think they are doing well and have been married for a long time and you kind of admire and would like to have a good marriage like them one day, and they will tell you marriage is a serious commitment, series of love actions and willingness to make it work. And you have to keep on persisting to make it work.
Same thing with all success regardless to what success means to you. People who are truly successful, who have lived their dreams and achieved their goals they will tell you, if they didn’t persist with their dreams and goals, you and I wouldn’t be applauding them today for their success.
Many successful people also have been quoted suggesting and agreeing that goals and dreams do not work until we do. For instance;
“Success is a series of small wins.”
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
– George S. Patton
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”
– David Bly
“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”
– Vaibhav Shah
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
– Robert Collier
“Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.”
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”
– George Sheehan
Action is the foundational key to all success.”
– Pablo Picasso
“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”
– Arnold H. Glasgow
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
– Harry F. Banks
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Therefore, if you are looking to achieve anything worthwhile, remember that dreams and goals do not work until you do, and the only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.
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To your success,