William Arthur Ward wrote: ‘Believe while others are doubting. Plan while others are playing. Decide while others are delaying. Prepare while others are daydreaming. Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing. Save while others are wasting. Listen while others are talking. Smile while others are frowning. Persist while others are quitting.’
Success and balance in life requires three things:
- You must start. That may seem obvious, but many of us are stuck in the starting blocks waiting for something to get us going. What have your been called to do? What are your greatest talents? What will be your life legacy? Step out and do it.
‘We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.’ (Walt Disney)
- You must give it your all. Tom Daley in the Olympics didn’t save all his effort for his final dive. He focused on nailing every single one, increasing his chance for a medal. (He also managed to achieve in his A levels during a difficult year following the death of his beloved father). Don’t settle for mediocrity at any stage of life.
Go for your best self!
- You must never quit. As we continue to celebrate our successes in the London Olympics and look forward to the ParaOlympics today, I’m reminded of an athlete competing in 1992 Olympics. Derek Redmond was competing in the 400m race when he suffered a torn hamstring and fell. As the other runners breezed past him, he began to struggle to his feet. His father, whose face was covered with tears, suddenly ran down from the stands to help him up. Slowly, agonisingly, they made their way around the rest of the track and crossed the finish line as the stadium in Seoul burst into thunderous applause. Redmond didn’t win a medal, but he won something more important-the respect of the world.
‘Run in such a way as to get the prize.’ (The Bible)
- What do you need to start today?
- In what way are you going to give your all today?
- What have you decided not to quit?