"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
- Henry David Thoreau
"Our capacity to try try try is inextricably linked to our ability and tolerance to fail fail fail."
-Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way
This quote above should be a reminder that people who succeed are people who keep trying. And, people who keep trying don't allow their failures to hold them back. They just keep moving forward. You have to use your failures as a gauge that let you know how your doing in moving toward a specific goal. Failure is not defeat failure is a key part of the map that tells you where success isn't. What I'm trying to say is, don't let failure get you down just keep trying. Keep moving forward. Failure may alter your path, but never your direction, forward. Never accept failure as defeat. That's your choice. Choose wisely.
And what all this hinges on specifically is a matter of the will. A matter of your mind being stronger than your flesh or your body. Breaking with comfort to reach the realization that comfort is NOT living! Our culture has lied to us! I had to work through this Idea when I started running. I had to have a change in perspective or as Stephen Covey calls it a "paradigm shift". I spent 29 yrs of my life trying to avoid not only running but any and every discomfort. When I started running at the beginning of last year a friend of mine, Randy Henson was a huge encouragement to me and something he said stuck with me. He told me that if my mind was strong enough that I could go outside right now and run 10 miles without stopping. He said that it would also be stupid and I would without a doubt suffer injuries. But the point was that if I was going to be a runner I would have to start training my mind. It was killing me to run 1 mile without stopping and he's telling me that I could will my body to run 10 without stopping if my mind were strong enough. At that moment I had a change in perspective. There were new possibilities and limitations were lifted.
Now I train my mind as much or more than I train physically. All great athletes do. All successful people do. Truly successful well rounded people. I am constantly reading books and listening to motivational speaking. And reading the biographies of great people especially athletes. Most of them have all overcome more than I could ever face in my lifetime. People who defied the odds one failure at a time until they did something that we'd remember them by.
Note that in Romans 12:2 and Colossians 3:2 we are reminded of the importance of constantly renewing our mind. This precept is universal and it works. It's like the old saying, "garbage in, garbage out." Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 What you set your mind on matters. So, fill it with things that matter.
We have got to come to terms with the fact that some circumstances can't be changed. But the one thing that you never lose control of is your mind. It's yours to do with as you please. However, it does take effort. It's not convenient or comfortable or immediate. It's the opposite of what we think life should be. DIFFICULT. But haven't you heard, you have to fight for the things in life that matter. Training your mind should be something that becomes of utmost importance to you now that you know the power that it holds to transform your life. The mind is the foundation upon which everything you are and aspire to be is built on. Spend some time cultivating it and see what happens.