Throughout your journey the one thing that will you will ponder the most is when will you reach your goals.
Some of the things you say to yourself:
- How long is this going to take?
- Can I endure through these circumstances?
- Will I ever get ahead in life?
- What am I not doing?
- Is it worth it?
All of those questions are valid. Really to reach your goals, you must learn that it takes time and perseverance. Things simply don’t happen overnight. You will indeed endure ups/downs and hit plateaus along your journey.
The key is will you decide to press on towards your goals and realize that sometimes in life the failures and the process itself is actually what helps you become who you want to be.
From personal experience, the last 5 years of my own journey to find myself has seen its share of up and down moments. I have hit plateaus and my motto along the way has always been to Defy the Plateau. Has it been easy? Absolutely not. But I decided that I would keep pushing myself and at times that meant changing things up and going in a new direction.
Just over 2 years ago I had been working with a company for 8 years, it was my goal to work my way into a leadership role. After taking on additional tasks and trying to prove my work there I was passed up for a promotion. I was devastated and to be honest I fell into depression. I didn’t know what to do next. I started to let others areas of my life slip away and things started to fall apart.
I then made the hardest decision of leaving my friends at that job and started anew at another facility to chase my dreams. Yes I had start again, but I worked my butt off and tried to prove that I was capable of leading a team. Well three weeks ago I was promoted to my first leadership position.
All in all I was told that I would not have the opportunity to lead because I didn’t have the degree they wanted at my previous job. In order to do so, I would need to go back to school. Well my friends if you have a dream and you want to achieve it please do not give up. Keep fighting for it, work will be required. But in the end you will be better off by persevering through the journey.
I will leave you today with one of my favorite quotes on perseverance.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture