The story is told of the Hare who was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me.”
The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”
“That is a good joke,” said the Hare; “I could dance round you all the way.”
“Keep your boasting till you’ve beaten,” answered the Tortoise. “Shall we race?”
So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap.
The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race.
The tortoise is known for it’s slowness but it’s tenacity got him to Noah’s ark.
In our quest for greatness in life, it is important we back everything with persistency and determination. It is not in how far we go but how well we do or perform. Persistency is the character of man as carbon is to steel. Persistency is the absolute indispensable quality that goes hand in hand with all great successes in life. It programs your subconscious mind for setbacks and disappointment. In your upward quest for success, resolve in advance that you will never give up. When you are suddenly overwhelmed with a problem or difficulty, it is the preparation for the inevitable ups and downs of life that positions you to be psychologically ready for the seeming difficulty or crisis when they come, as they will.
The courage to persist in the face of disappointment, adversity and difficulty is the one quality that more than anything will guarantee success. Your greatest asset can be your willingness to stay at it than anyone else. In fact, your persistency is your true measure of your belief in yourself and in your ability to succeed. Remember, life is a test. For you to succeed greatly, you must. pass the persistency test and this test can come at you at anytime. Usually, it comes unexpectedly. You take the persistency test whenever you are faced with difficulty, disappointment, setbacks or crisis in life. This is where you show yourself and others what stuff you are truly made of. Hippocrates, the Roman philosopher once wrote, “circumstances don’t make a man, they merely reveal him to himself and others”. Reoccurring crisis are inevitable in life. The more bigger your goals, the more problems you tend to face. The only thing you can control is how you respond to difficulties and setbacks.
Here’s the crux of the matter
Anytime you respond in a positive and constructive manner, you become stronger, better and even become more capable of dealing with the next crises that comes along. You reach a point where you become unstoppable. You will become like a force of nature, you will be irresistible. You become the kind of person that never quit no matter the difficulty. Even if there are obstacles in your path. You will find a way to go over it, through it, under it, around it or through it.
Choose today to be tenacious in the face of seeming difficulties or setbacks, you will always win in life.