President’s Day Mindset Monday:
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
~ Abraham Lincoln
This quote is from a letter Abraham Lincoln wrote to a friend who was discouraged by a setback he experienced while pursuing his law degree.
Lincoln encouraged his friend to continue studying, to not be deterred. His message: If you really want it, let nothing stop you.
Abraham Lincoln knew about getting past setbacks. He faced tremendous struggles in his life – poverty, family tragedy, little formal education, and failed business and political ventures.
He could have given up his pursuit of higher education and political office. Certainly no one would have faulted him for quitting. He suffered devastating personal losses and challenges.
And then, he was elected president at one of the most tumultuous times in American History.
Slow and steady is okay
No matter what, don’t give up. Resolve to keep moving toward your goal, no matter what.
Make your resolution strong. Focus on what you really want.
Whatever your definition of success, resolve to see it through.
Of course, it can be discouraging when one thing after another knocks you down. And sometimes, it may feel like it’s just too much to take.
No doubt, you’ll face setbacks, but don’t stop. Keep at it and figure it out.
Your resolve, your commitment to your goal, is bigger than any setback or circumstance. That “resolution to succeed” will keep you going when it’s tempting to quit. You’ll continue to inch forward, despite obstacles.
Keep at it and you’ll get there.
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