Rest if you must, but don’t quit.

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Life can be challenging at times. Dr. Scott Peck, the famous Psychiatrist once said, “Life is hard and then you die.” That statement seems so pessimistic. His point was, however, that if we expect life to be anything else, we will be sorely disappointed.

And, even though I know Dr. Peck’s statement is true, I do not believe we can live our lives based solely on that premise. It is my belief that our personal attitude towards life’s situations is really the only thing that makes any difference. If we look at situations with a defeated, negative attitude, we will eventually give up and quit. However, if we focus on treating life like a marathon rather than a sprint and we keep a positive outlook in the process, we will be victorious in the end.

Recently, I came across a poem that sums up what I am trying to say. I believe these words will make a difference in your work and relationships if you put them into practice.

Don’t Quit!
(author unknown)

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When the care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is weird with its twists and its turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

The distant goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit!

Why not put the truth found in this poem into practice? Your biggest success may be just around the next corner. But, you will never know if you throw in the towel.

Learn to let your challenges bring you to a whole new level. Anything great in life always comes with a high price tag. With that in mind, get back to your next project and see it through to the end!

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“Good is the enemy of great.”-Jim Collins

From a personal standpoint, very often, as human beings, we are more prone to settle for a good standard instead of a great standard. Why? I believe because most often our focus is on immediate expectation, or fulfillment, rather than the future.

Perspective has a way of influencing our understanding of situations and, by extension, our choices.

There are several facts or truths that have come to be generally accepted and agreed to, but still do not affect people’s action.

  1. Smoking leads to cancer, still millions smoke and tobacco companies are thriving.
  2. Taking several cups of water early in the morning could prevent heart problems, diabetes and other, yet how many of us take water in the morning?

We can go on and on, but the fact of the matter is, it is one thing to accept an idea as true but a different thing to really live by it.

The pursuit of excellence in everything you do is infinitely better than settling for mediocrity.

It should seem obvious that the pursuit of excellence in everything you do would be the surest road to maximizing your potential, yet so few of us strive to do just that.

Rather than settle for average, why don’t I give it my all, try my very best, and never give up until the job is done? Why don’t I keep pushing for greater? Why is it so difficult to go the extra mile or put in the extra effort when doing so is the obvious difference between being merely average versus that of being head-and-shoulders above anything?

I believe that pursuing excellence rather than settling for mediocrity is what we’re called to do in life. It is your calling in your work, your career, your marriage, your friendship, and your life in general. We were created to produce excellence.

So press on, don’t ever stop giving it your best, and don’t let the jealous voices around you (or even the small voice inside your head) ever convince you that you aren’t made for greatness.

N.B. This was previously entitled “#Good vs Great” prior this reposting.

(c) 2016