It’s no longer news that New Year resolutions don’t work. According to a research by the University of Scranton, 92% of New Year’s goals fail by January 15th.
Just yesterday, my colleague strolled down to the gym during lunch to get her adrenaline pumping. As a very athletic person, this is usually how she spends most of her lunch hours. So, being her first visit to the gym this year since the Christmas break, we were all keen to know how it went.
A preacher once told the story of an experience and observation he made during a hurricane. It was a tale of resilience in the face of a raging storm. And this was about a palm tree defying the brutal force of a hurricane. As the strong wind currents traveled, it made a dash across the city landscape collapsing and destroying houses, uprooting infrastructures and all kinds of trees…but one. The palm tree resisted and withstood the pressures from all around its vicinity.
One sunny afternoon, a man went out to water his garden. He pulled out and plugged one end of his hose to the water source and the other end, he dragged across to water the plants in the garden. Surprisingly, the big enough hose was only able to dispense a small ration of water to the dry-looking plants.
In this life, your determination to succeed will definitely be challenged at every conceivable level. The minute you make a decision to stand for something meaningful that you believe in or perhaps a decision to make something happen for yourself or for a loved one, things are likely to go wrong.
Therefore, it is critically important to learn the power of persistence, without which you will fall short of where you could be. Walt Disney said and I quote, “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.”