March 29

Some succeed because they
are destined to; most
succeed because they
are determined to.

Anatole France


Today's Meditation:

I have to decide what I consider success to be, and once I've done that, it's up to me to work towards that success.  I can't rely on anyone else, and I can't expect to become successful with a minimal amount of work.  Things just don't happen that way.  As much as we'd like to explain away other people's success with words like "privileged" or "gifted," the fact is that most of the truly successful people in the world reach their success because they work very hard and they keep after it, even after other people would have given up. 

I've been successful at many things in my life--I've persevered when it didn't seem like I had any chance of succeeding, and I've been able to achieve things that I hadn't thought I would be able to.

I've also given up and failed.  The success that I craved never happened, because I simply didn't have the determination that I needed to succeed.  It really was up to me whether I succeeded or not, and I didn't.

There are people in this world who succeed and get ahead because of their families or their connections or their heritage or their inheritance, and that's fine for them.  Those things never have been an influence in my life, though, so it's been up to me to make sure that I fall into the second group, those who are determined to succeed and who follow their determination as far as they can.  I know from experience what it feels like not to do so, and I know from experience the satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from doing so.  Determination can have a huge influence on our lives, and if we can remind ourselves of its power, we can make it one of our most important traits.

Questions to consider:

How many successful people do you know who have reached success by working hard and sticking to what they were doing?

Why is it so easy for us to think that other people are somehow undeserving of their success, no matter how hard they've worked at it?

How do you define success?  How much work will have to be done to reach that level of success?

For further thought:

The line between failure and success is so fine that we are often
on the line and do not know it.  How many a person has thrown up
his or her hands at a time when a little more effort,
a little more patience, would have achieved success.
A little more persistence, a little more effort,
and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

Elbert Hubbard


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