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.”
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Life is all about daring a challenge;
Dare to dream,
Dare to believe,
Dare to love,
Dare to learn,
#1. Remind people who they are. They remember what they did.
- Tell me of a time when you succeeded. Who were you then?
- What does being disappointed with failure say about you?
- What qualities and behaviors helped you succeed in the past?
“Turn the attention of discouraged people to who they are, not what happened.”
#2. Remind people of past successes. They remember failures.
“Replayed memories establish future direction.”
Leaders instill hope by using the past to energize future endeavors. An over-focus on past failure and disappointment is self-limiting.