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Perseverance

The common argument for failure is "I lost interest or I didn’t have enough money." While true, neither one is valid.

Motivation depends on many factors with the primary factor being the power of your dreams. Money is one of the barriers that can be overcome. Achievement requires developing attitudes/habits that keep you on track. Example, develop a habit of getting jobs done with resources available. With this skill, creativity will eliminate many money problems. Persistence is a combination of factors such as a burning desire and pride, that programs the comfort zone to pressure us to keep bouncing back. We try again, but in a different direction. It is important to implement many motivational tools so the project will keep moving when we don’t feel like it. In time, motivation will drive us even when the going becomes strenuous and we wish the project would go away. We all have times of weakness. Persistence may seem steady in others, but in reality, it flows like the ocean tide.

Fantasizing

Fantasizing is a startup tool to precondition the mind to believe it must achieve a clearly defined goal. Fantasizing is creating pictures in our mind on how we would react to events if our dream were real. Fantasizing has several important elements.

People, who seem to make quality decisions when everything goes wrong, had fantasized theses problems during the years when their idea was just a dream. To illustrate how fantasizing programs our mind, I will use an experience my wife and I had aboard our 50-foot sailboat Hunky-Dory. We were sailing from North Carolina to Bermuda when, after dark, the wind was blowing above 60 knots and the main sail was still up. If I didn’t get the sail down the mast would come down. Waves were coming aboard and covering our ports. From inside the cabin we could see the underside of waves. I had never experienced this kind of wind or seas except by fantasizing.

I said to my wife, "I must go on deck and take the sails down."

She hollered, "Don’t go on deck." She had never thought about a situation like this and her first reaction was to make believe nothing damaging would happen.

I said, "I must go topside into the storm, there is no choice. If the mast comes down we will be helpless."

I put on my safety harness and crawled to the bow. With tremendous wind pressure on the sail, I had to winch down the main sail. My wife stood in the partly open hatch and helped by pulling on the sheets. If she fell, she would fall into the cabin, not in the ocean. My confidence gave her confidence and we got the sail down. In my youth, I fantasized situation like this. This time it was not fantasy, it was real.

Fantasizing during the years before opportunity is the difference between can-do leaders in a crisis and followers. It prepares people for the day when dreams become reality. I prepared my mind to accept the fact that being lost at sea is a real possibility. Accepting the worst makes risk possible. And we must take risk in order to succeed.

Burning Desire

A burning desire is the result of active fantasizing. It puts powerful motivating forces into action. It can overcome all self-imposed limits. Natural skills and learning methods may be barriers, but they are temporary. It has more potential than any education system can offer, because, to succeed, knowledge is needed to be the best we can be. If there is a destiny, this is where it starts.

Sometimes a dramatic personal impact, known or unknown causes a burning desire. This experience reveals a need for more information or services to help deal with it. Trying to understand, leads to knowledge, action, and/or opportunity. Sometimes it is necessary or advantages to take action before knowledge is acquired. In any case, a dramatic experience is highly motivating and all stops should be removed to benefit from it.

We all have a basic desire to be lazy. This is a powerful motivating force because we dream of being lazy and we work hard to fulfill that dream. It doesn’t sound right, but it’s true. People work hard to be lazy. Then there are people who don’t dream about being lazy, they are.

There are two types of laziness:

One of my goals was to sail to the South Pacific, chase girls and lay under coconut trees. I worked hard to achieve that dream. Once in the South Pacific, I found sitting under coconut trees had no challenge and I was in the habit of seeking new challenging projects. Also, I was married, which nicked the girl chasing idea. Anyhow, my dream got me to the South Pacific in my sailboat, which was the primary goal. Many people readjust priorities when they face reality. In the meantime, dreaming produces perseverance with positive results. See Adventures in Paradise.

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