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Success Sunday (week in view): Preparation and Persistence

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” asks Anthony Robbins, also affectionately known as Tony Robbins and considered a leader in self-help.  Billy Mays would be proud of this profiting self-improvement guru that is regularly featured on 30 minute infomercial style lectures selling the hope of success like it is a slap-chop.  Mr. Robbins has gained fame beyond his peers of cracker jacks and life coaches that preach to deaf ears.  I am reminded of my grandmother snoring with the home shopping network on in the background.  They lure in desperates with the sliced and diced carrots of money, success and stability.    Their multi-step plans and lists of tips have an overall common denominator: attain your desires with simplicity and ease. Simply and easily? Whoever heard of anything worth having being gained through simple and easy methods!  According to Danny Dreyer, famous as an expert in “chi running”, a specialized training program for distance runners, “Struggle is the food from which change is made.”  Deductive reasoning will lead us to assume the avid followers of these cereal box life solutions are not already successful.  We will root for them making the Wheaties box next year, but probably, they will just be taking down bowls of this stuff with no resulting change.

So how is success gained?  Mr. Robbins asked the right question.  What should a success searcher incorporate into their daily routine?  Preparation and persistence towards their individual goals.  Machiavelli recognized the value of preparation.  He wrote that a prince should always practice in action and in thought the art of war so he would be ready to handle it at the necessary time.  He wrote, “Therefore [the prince] ought never to lift his thought from the exercise of war, and in peace he should train more than in wartime.  This he may do in two ways: one is with his deeds, the other is with his mind.”  He went on to say about an example, “that because of these continuous cogitations there could never arise any accident when he was leading armies for which he did not have the remedy.”  Being ready and able is half the battle towards success, after all.  The other half of reaching success is the stamina it takes to prepare day in and day out for an achievement that is not yet within your grasp.  This week, my week will be about persistence.  I am in my second week of working out and launching my blog.  The hours and the struggle are wearing on me and the initial adrenaline is running out.  I know I must overcome this basic resistance and future challenges to be a success at these endeavors though.  Besides if I stop now, I will never get that cookie.

Note:  I am aware desperate is not a noun, but I believe in the malleability and creative evolution of the English language.

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