Years ago I read this book entitled, Guerilla Tactics in the Job Market by Tom Bolles Jackson, and still espouse to the book’s basic premise about any job search campaign. Regardless if you are looking for an executive or secretary position you will have a string of “No’s” and then you receive your big “Yes”. Yet, the only way you don’t get the “Big Yes” is that you simply give up. You have to make a decision that “no” is not an option. I have applied this premise to areas other than looking for employment.
How many times have you started a project and stopped. You keep telling yourself you’re going to finish, yet that day never comes. In essence, you gave up. The only way you truly achieve success is never to give up. Never accept “no” as a part of the equation. View it as just meaning not right now and there is something better for me.
Perseverance and persistence leads to success. Completion only happens when there are corresponding actions. Ninety-nine does not get you to the finish line—100 does. There are many people who start out well on a path to unparalleled success, but along the way they simply gave up. In many instances, it had nothing to do with their intelligence because they had that. In some instances they had money and resources. However, they lacked perseverance and persistence. They left the track before reaching the finish line.
My mother would say, “Don’t sit on the stool of do nothing.” Believe me, if you sit on that stool too long nothing happens. Time will pass and you will be at the same point year after year. All too often people become so complacent they forget how to do anything. They talk about what they want, but they never take action. They find themselves in a state of immobility waiting for something to happen; when, in essence, it begins with them taking action.
Whenever you make a decision not to complete the task or the race, you have said you don’t feel you are worthy to be a winner. You have to make a commitment to yourself to run the course. Apostle Paul wrote, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. . .”
I remember when I attended Wayne State University I had one class left to graduate and I stopped going. For more than a year I did nothing. It didn’t have anything to do with lack of desire. I had that. Essentially, I was perched on that stool of do nothing. It haunted me every day that I had received an incomplete. I had not finished the course. In essence, I had given up and accepted the “no”. And, I was too close to give up.
I went back, completed the requisites and received my degree. I was elated!
My perseverance and determination opened a world of possibilities I never would have experienced. Regardless of the obstacles that confront you, realize if you give up you will never achieve the success God envisioned for you. Not just in this life, but for all of eternity. God saw you fighting the fight and finishing your course. He saw you not accepting “no” as an option because you never allowed the strings of “nos” to stop you from receiving your big YES! God saw you as a finisher!
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. . .The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started. . .and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. 1 Corinthians 8:10-12 (TM)
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain 1 Corinthians 9:12
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4 (KJV)
Father, Give me a spirit of perseverance and persistence as I run this race so at the end of the day I can hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Don’t let me give up when things get hard, but keep me focused on the goal that lies ahead. You said to forget those things that are behind and press towards the mark of the high call of God. Bless me not to allow circumstances, situations and experiences keep me from completing the corresponding actions that leads to the big YES inherent in my success You envisioned for me. Amen.