Stamina Achieves Your Goals

If you have been reading or listening to the email and webinar messages in your Facebook feed and Inbox, you are likely convinced that success can be defined in specific numbers.

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Dozens of people, perhaps hundreds, preach the Gospel of Success with promises of your achievement in return for paying them to access their courses.

You are dazzled by the exorbitant “values” of the Bonuses offered for a short time. The threat of a limited time to act increases the thrill of ordering. Are these courses really the keys to success?

If you Join and pattern your online presence according to their formula, will you experience a sudden popularity, and have email addresses pouring in to your aggregator?

But, No guarantee.

From my perspective of 70-plus years, success is not specifically defined by large numbers.

Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water explains, “My definition of success is knowing that what you are doing is helping you and others lead a better, happier, healthier life.”

Success seldom results from an unexpected encounter with magic. I am not intending to cast any doubt on the value and validity of the “get 1000 email addresses and start making money” programs offered in webinars. I have friends who have achieved monthly income from pursuing a writing niche.

Let’s get started with putting some ideas about achieving goals to work.

Write your definition of ‘success.’

Be careful with this step. The definition you choose will be used to measure your achievement. If you decide that 1,000 email addresses will define Success, then 800 will be a failure.

Quantity that you cannot control probably shouldn’t be used to define your achievement.

Work to come up with a measurement that you can control.

Example…

I write this blog. I can control whether or not I write and publish something each week.

Apply quantity to that and I might define my success this way: Write and publish a meaningful blog post each week for one year.

Or I might limit the time more closely to achieve a reward in a shorter time: I will write and publish each week this month.

Soon that achievement will become a habit that doesn’t need as much approval to be continued. Then I can go for a full year of posts.

I had to hire a yard service to take care of mowing my yard while I was going through cancer treatment and recovery. At the beginning of the mowing season this Spring I decided to tackle the task myself. I wanted to build up my strength and endurance.

I enlisted the help of my 9-year old grandson. On the day of mowing I’d arrange for him to come to the house about 30 minutes after the time I knew I’d start mowing.

I would mow as long as I could, then turn the job over to him to finish. He did great!

For three months we followed that plan. Each week I tried to mow for a longer time.

Finally, I decided to tackle the whole yard, about a one-hour endeavor. (It had taken about 45 minutes when my grandson helped.)

For the past month I have done the job without help. It now takes about 30 minutes for me to recover after the exertion.

My definition of Achieve Success has been reached. I celebrate and reward myself after each workout.

Include a service component to your definition of success. Reach out to someone and help that person in a meaningful way. Contribute to that person achieving a personal need.

In my grass-cutting example, I paid my grandson each time he helped. He used the money to buy books that he wanted to read, and otherr things that his family budget couldn’t provide.

He also was rewarded with the knowledge that he had helped me, and that he was big enough to learn to handle the mower on his own.

Each of these parts of the definition of Success involve stamina. They are not one-off events.

Developing endurance is in itself ‘success’

Stamina achieves goals.

If one person is helped as a result of your efforts, consider yourself to have achieved success.

The worthy goal of providing information, counsel, guidance, encouragement to another person may be adequate to motivate you to continue in your work.

Truth be told, the goal of ‘one person helped’ is impossible. The one person you touch will reach out to another, who will continue the ripple effect.

The real purpose of reducing the goal to ‘one’ is to make it obvious that achieving success is possible, maybe even ridiculously simple.

Once you have reached your goal of ‘one’ and have attained success, the natural thing is to reach out to another. And the ripple spreads, ripples criss-cross each other; waves reach shores that you have never walked on.

In the beginning of an effort to reach your goal you will encounter distractions, detractors, and discouragements that will threaten to break your dream, to stop you from achieving.

From the very beginning of your interest in setting and achieving a specific goal, you will need stamina, endurance.

The dictionary defines ‘stamina’ as:

The ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort, resistance to hardship.

The ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.

Synonyms are: endurance, staying power, tirelessness, fortitude, energy, toughness, determination, tenacity, perseverance, grit.

Worthy goals are seldom easy to reach.

Effort is demanded.

Consistent, persistent effort aimed at your goal takes stamina. Stamina reaches goals.

Reaching out to another person, whether it is in writing, speaking, teaching, witnessing, encouraging…

Continuing the effort when you cannot see the desired results –

That’s endurance, stamina.

I think it is safe to say that we each need more stamina, no matter where we are on the road to achieving success.

Share with me your thoughts and experiences with effort, stamina, and achievement.

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