The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
While having coffee yesterday a friend and I discussed how so many of us seem to get bogged down as we move along our life’s road. As we spoke my friend talked about how we sometimes convince ourselves that is easier to turn back, take a detour or just get off at the next intersection. I suggested that most journeys require perserverance and tenacity which is not always easy if we can’t see far enough ahead to understand we are making progress. Don’t get me wrong I am a big believer in starting out and making that detour or taking that other road if we have discovered along the way that they hold more promise.
I know one thing we never get anywhere if we don’t start and we will end up wasting our time if we don’t start with a plan to get somewhere. Sadly too many of us just start walking, hoping that we will like where we might end up. Asking these life travelers where they are going and they will often say that they don’t know.
My friend is in the process of building a dream, a dream that can be fulfilled by moving on towards it without getting bogged down. The secret is to keep going, if we stumble we just pick ourselves up and keep going. Those who get there seldom stop and go back and start over again, nor do they waste too much time on unnecessary side trips. These savvy life travelers know what they are looking for and while they may not always have a perfect road map they are not afraid to explore the land until they find the path. As life goes on it is worthwhile to ask the question of yourself, “Am I there yet,” and if the answer is no understand that resting too long may prevent you from ever getting there.
When I got home I found I had a message from Ralph Marston that I liked a lot, here is what he wrote:
Keep yourself in motion
Get moving and keep moving. Put momentum on your side. Even if you’ve made some mistakes, learn from them and keep moving. Even if you’ve been disappointed, transform that disappointment into determination and keep moving.
To be more creative, innovative and effective, get yourself in motion and keep yourself in motion. When you’re constantly and willingly stepping forward to meet each challenge, you create a powerful positive momentum.
Get yourself moving quickly and consistently. Keep yourself moving so those things that normally drag you down won’t be able to keep up with your progress.
Action is a great way to overcome doubt. Put your energy into action and you won’t have the time or the inclination for doubt.
Even making just a little progress is massively better than making no progress at all, and all those small advances will soon combine to form a major achievement. Keep yourself in motion and you’ll get yourself to exactly where you want to go.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
A Jewish kid informs his father that he’s decided to join the army rather than go into business.
His father, distraught, inquires, “What kind of job could you have in the army?”
The young man replies, “Well, I start out as a private, but I could become corporal or sergeant.”
“Corporal…sergeant….” the father says, “that’s no business.”
“I could become a lieutenant or maybe captain,” the young man responded.
“Lieutenant…captain….that’s no business,” father said in disgust.
“OK dad”, he replied, “how about getting promoted to major, or colonel, or general.”
“Still no business!” the father insisted. “Where could you go after general?”
The son answered, “I could become field marshal.”
The old man says, “field marshal…that’s no business. Marshall Fields, now THAT’S a business.”
Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither.
Jim had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four catfish.
He told the fish salesman, “Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?”
“Why do you want me to throw them at you?”
“Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.”
“Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.”
“Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. She prefers that for supper tonight.”
I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself.
Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.
In a small town, farmers of the community get together to discuss some important issues. About midway through the meeting, the wife of one of the farmers stands up and speaks her piece.
After she’s done, one of the old farmers stands up and says, “What does she know about anything? I would like to ask her if she knows how many toes a pig has!”
Quick as a flash, the woman replies, “Take off your boots sir, and count them yourself!”
“In a word, I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
An old blacksmith realized he was soon going to quit working so hard. He picked out a strong young man to become his apprentice. The old fellow was crabby and exacting. “Don’t ask me a lot of questions,” he told the boy. “Just do whatever I tell you to do.”
One day the old blacksmith took an iron out of the forge and laid it on the anvil. “Get the hammer over there,” he said. “When I nod my head, hit it real good and hard.”
Now the town is looking for a new blacksmith….
One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears–by listening to them.
Last week my wife and I purchased a new computer. We ran into some difficulties while setting it up so we called the customer support phone number we found in the manual.
I picked up the phone and called the number. A man answered the phone and I explained the problem to him.
He began rattling off computer jargon. This confused us even more.
“Sir,” I said politely, “Can you explain what I should do as if I were a small child?”
“Okay,” the computer support guy said, “Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?”
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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