"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is
full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are
omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the
problems of the human race"
Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
I don’t often go around quoting Calvin Coolidge, but this quote at the bottom of one of my star student’s emails caught my eye. It is a reminder about the importance of persistence and determination. It resonated with me as I was getting motivated, after a long disappointing hiatus, to once again move forward on My Health Career Navigator.
I felt awkward and uneasy about starting up again. While I had been working on the business side of it, so much time had elapsed since my last blog entry and visible action. Months ago I had put a stake in the ground to launch My Health Career Navigator. I also encouraged many people I care about to join and help out and then unfortunately did not follow through. The truth is that I had legitimate reasons for not moving forward given all happening in my busy job and life. However, I should have made the time to keep it going at some level and communicate better with those involved. My apologies. I also wasn’t accountable to myself in moving forward on a very important commitment and dream.
I then found that the longer I stayed away, the harder and less comfortable it was to start and fully commit again. This is not uncommon for me and I would guess some of you have also experienced it. Many of us avoid or put off things off we really want or need to do and find that as more time it gets harder. There are always more immediate things to do or rationalizations for putting it off. I know many people who waited for the right time to apply to graduate school, look for a new job, start a new business or pursue their true dreams. The more time that elapsed before the “right time” came the harder it was to start again and often the less likely that it would happen. I have also stayed too long in jobs and relationships that weren’t working and put off changing eating and spending habits. Often the root cause is fear of failure, rejection or success. Pride, perfectionism, not trusting ourselves or feelings of unworthiness are also common human challenges that undermine our ability to choose and pursue what we really want. Sometimes challenging life circumstances or histories are realities that get in the way. Sometimes it is just the difficulty of change.
“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” Richard Hooker, 1584
Persistence and determination are key. Always remember, you are exactly where supposed to be! Even if you feel “stuck”, change in the right direction can take start any time. There is always hope. It just takes small moves to get going, like me finally getting this blog posted. This allows momentum to build, people to help and eventually whatever was holding you back is replaced by powerful feelings that you are doing what you are supposed to do. With persistence, determination success will come. I have experienced this multiple times and am confident that with your help it can happen with My Health Career Navigator.
So here goes. With this small move if am recommitting to My Health Career Navigator. I need your help to keep going. I am requesting that you get engaged by commenting on this blog, telling your stories of persistence and determination or giving me feedback on how MHCN can be of greatest value to you. There will also be upcoming events and forums for you to get involved.
I also encourage you to take small moves now to begin moving forward on something important that you have been putting off, even if it has been a long time. There is no time like the present. The world needs what you have to offer and you deserve to have success and fulfillment. “A blessing can become a curse if you keep it to yourself” Jimmy Buffett. Time to move forward with persistence and determination! Let me know how I can assist you.
“You know people get up every day, tell themselves something's gonna change their lives. They never do. I'm gonna change mine. Why don't you do it with me?” Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), The Town.
Never, Never, Never Give Up!! Winston Churchill