I know I’ve mentioned this word in previous posts, but it’s definitely worth mentioning again. Persistence.
In Chapter ten, Scroll Three of Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman In The World he mentions ” I will never consider defeat and I will remove such words and phrases such as quit, cannot unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, hopeless and retreat; for they are the words of fools.”
Although I’ve read this passage 26 times to date, yesterday was the first time I actually made a conscious effort to do this, which is great because I think I am starting to understand the true value of something like persistence and the positive impact it can have when used constructively. The persistence to just be an observer instead of sharing my opinions, the persistence to apply the seven laws of the mind, the persistence to continually remove words of defeat from my vocabulary… dare I imagine a life without defeat? A life where I I see obstacles as challenges and always look for ways to solve them? Sure I slip up and have to refocus, but I am happy that I am aware of what I am doing and able to learn from my mistakes and continue to move forward. Mandino also mentions, ” I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure.” Again, yesterday for the first time I chose to do something different. I decided to work through the mood I was in, constantly reminding myself of what I have set out to achieve. I know the excuses are just a way for me to justify why I didn’t do something and they just continue to hold me back from doing my best. Old habits die hard. But I have a plan that has been set in motion to replace them, and I work at it one step at a time.
I’d like to leave you all with something to listen to. It’s part of my playlist now. The song is called Staple it Together and it’s sung by one of my favorite artists, Jack Johnson. My wife and I were gathering some odds and ends at her parents place and that’s how we stumbled upon the CD. We hadn’t listened to it for a while, so we decided to pop it into the CD player for the car ride home. When this song came up I was amazed. I understood the meaning behind the song before, but listening to it now with all that I’ve been practicing and applying through the MKMMA course it has so much more meaning to me.
Give it a listen if you like but before you do I’d like you to read this passage from the intro to Haanel’s Master Key Part 10:
“The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions.
He thinks chiefly to justify his action. If he fails as a businessman, he says that luck is against him. If he dislikes music, he says that music is an expensive luxury. If he is a poor office man, he says that he could succeed better at some outdoor work. If he lacks friends, he says his individuality is too fine to be appreciated.
He never thinks his problem through to the end. In short, he does not know that every effect is the result of a certain definite cause, but he seeks to console himself with explanations and excuses. He thinks only in self-defense.”