Are you ready? NO YOU ARE MOST CERTAINLY NOT…
Are you willing, even despite your lack of understanding? I HOPE SO!
Are you going to fail at some point along the way? YES YOU ARE.
Are you willing to fail? YOU BETTER BE. BUT NOT ONLY THAT, YOU MUST PREVAIL!
You must develop a courage to continue, no matter how long and circuitous the journey of life may be. You do not have the luxury of knowing, so do not steal from today what might not occur tomorrow. Courage is laser focused on the here and now.
You can define your start and anticipate your finish, BUT YOU CANNOT PLAN FOR WHAT WILL INEVITABLE BE THE “MESSY MIDDLE.” Why?? Because life doesn’t always go according to plan. If it did, you would have no need for courage.
Winston Churchill is one of my personal heroes so please allow me to share a brilliant quote on this topic of courage:
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
When you arrive and when the taste of victory is sweet, you can rest assured that your situation will change. On the flip-side, when life seems to be unbearable and pressure unrelenting you can be at peace to know that things will get better. You see, in the grand scheme of life the beginning and end are not what matters most…Rather, it is what happens in between that produces courage.