I wrote this post last June, but I needed reminding of my own words and I thought there might be others going through times of uncertainty and faced with that decision to sink or swim…So here it is again! NEVER GIVE UP.
We hear this phrase fairly regularly, it is like the unwritten rule of bravado that we all have in side of us and blurt out when the time is right to jeer our friends and family on. But have you ever thought in detail about the concept of perseverance.
For me there are three types of people, those who quit, those who persevere and those that change the variables and branch off down a different route in order to get to their desired goal.
Don’t get me wrong, we have all quit something in our lives, I know I have. I have quit hobbies, educational courses, jobs…but there have also been other activities that I have been relentless with and refused to quit until I got it right, or got what I was aiming for.
I therefore believe it is important before you quit (or even before you start anything) to be clear that what you are trying to achieve is something that you really want in life and which will ultimately propel you forward to your end goal.
And so for the remainder of this post, I will take the view that the goals you are concentrating on right now are goals that you want more than anything.
Here are three of my favourite quotes about perseverance.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein
Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ~Author Unknown
“if we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking”
I want to share with you now, a historic moment in Olympic History, when in 1992 Derek Redmond a British Athlete, competing at the Olympic Games, in Barcelona captured the hearts around the world and showed us what true perseverance really looks like.
Derek Redmond had been plagued many times by numerous injuries throughout his athletic career. He had endured 13 operations on his Achilles, tendons and knees. He had been faced many times with having to withdraw from competitions because of his injuries.
Yet as he embarked on his Olympic journey and entered the arena for the semi finals in the 400 metres, he was in his best ever physical shape. He was extremely positive and tipped to win Gold for Britain, life was looking bright….his goal was easily within his grasp…and then tragedy struck.
Derek Redmond set off from the race in a dominant position, he was 200 metres and only a few seconds away from the greatest accolade an athlete can achieve, a Gold Medal…but just after the 200 metre mark, Derek heard a pop, he thought at first that he had been shot, only to realise he had snapped his hamstring.
Watch this heart warming and inspiring video of what happened next…..
…and so now you know, Derek completed the race with grit and determination and with the support of his father with whom he had started his career with. Derek completed his goal when it would have been so much easier to just give up!
This day in Derek’s life turned out to be a turning point. His determination to reach for his goals when everything was stacked against him, has given him the right to become one of the most inspirational and talented motivational speakers there is. He teaches individuals, groups and businesses how to create successful team dynamics, how to overcome obstacles and how to perfect goal setting.
He is committed in helping aspiring young athletes learn life skills and necessary disciplines for being the best that they can be. He is further committed in his goal of seeing the British Team exceed their goals in the London 2012 Olympics.
Never Give Up,
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