9. Persistance

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

Several years ago I found myself in a very dark place, the light of the world and the light in my eyes had seemingly faded to a mere dim. When I was at my lowest I finally reached out for help and the help was there. At the time this was a miracle, I truly thought I had burned all of my relationships to the ground. I know from experience that when you feel that something miraculous is taking place you are willing to do or say just about anything to maintain the grace that is being bestowed upon you. In that moment I made a commitment to never have to feel the same darkness again, no matter what was asked of me.

This commitment that I made so long ago has carried a great deal of weight in my life for the simple fact that I have stuck by it. I can say, without question, that since that moment no matter how bad things have been I have not felt as bad as I did just before I made the above vow. The first part of my statement was to never feel “the same darkness again” which I truly have little control over, the second part though, “no matter what”, I do have control over. I have found that without constant practice and striving for growth I quickly start to move backwards, feeling less connected to the world around me.

When I take the time every day to do just a little bit of work on myself, including inspiring others, things always seem to be just the way they are supposed to be. I know that without a persistent effort on my part to grow daily I will never become the person that I was brought to this world to be. I think Zig Ziglar really had it right because if I do not find a little bit of motivation each day, through reading, sharing, loving or caring I really start to stink.

Affirmation: I am responsible for my own growth and today I choose to be the best me I can be.

Call to Action: I think this one is easy. Just do something to motivate and inspire yourself or others today. Then do it again tomorrow, and the next day and the next. If you do it right this change your life Friday will be an amazing week. Take a chance; otherwise you may sit around stinking.