Catch Your Breath! But don’t stop! One of the biggest reasons I believe most people don’t achieve their goals or that they give their goals a half hearted effort is because they don’t give their dreams & goals the fuel they need to make it past the crucial times of testing, frustration & most of all inertia. To achieve goals requires dedication, focus, perseverance & energy on our part & the more so when we are trying to achieve really significant goals that are way beyond our comfort zone. This is obvious otherwise everyone would be living & breathing their most cherished goals & dreams. But we know this is not the case, because only a very few go on to achieve their goals, no matter how far fetched or impossible they may appear to us or even to them in the initial stages. To achieve a goal we must be focused & determined. No worthy or significant goal is achieved without focus, determination & persistence. To run on a level ground with nice soft grass beneath your feet & soft sunshine & gentle invigorating breeze on your face is easy, fun & enjoyable but when you approach & come up to a steep hill is when your resolve is tested. This is where your dedication, fitness, stamina & energy will decide if you stop right then & there or keep going. If you are one of the few who at the outset has decided that you will get to your goal no matter what tests, hardships or obstacles you come across then you will not only keep going but you will push even harder because that is what is required at this point. Sometimes we come across obstacles or unforeseen tests that we have no previous experience, training or point of reference for. But that is to be expected when we set out to achieve something that is outside our current reality. Dreams & goals that we hold in our hearts aren’t our current reality or experience. They are something we are moving towards. So it’s inevitable that we may meet obstacles, hardships & sometimes even ridicule. It has been said that the most common & consistent trait among the top goal achievers & the rest of us is persistence. The great Napoleon Hill in his book Think & Grow Rich devotes a whole chapter to persistence as one of the Thirteen Steps to Riches. He also writes that there is no substitute to persistence. Nothing can take its place in your quest for success, riches & achievement! If right now you are discouraged, disappointed or frustrated with your goal or dream don’t give up. More importantly, don’t stop! By all means catch your breath, but don’t park yourself where you are right now. You are on your way to your goal, your dream, your desire. If you have to rest on your hands & knees for a short time & then slowly get back on your feet & start walking again, then do it! But don’t stop. Don’t park yourself there. You are a winner. You may not feel like one right now. But if you are in this situation I have been describing & you have read so far, I can assure you with all my heart that you are a winner, you are a champion! Don’t you dare stop now! Catch your breath. Get your second wind. But don’t stop!