This quote has resonated with me in so many ways and has been repeated over and over again all around the world by millions of people. There is a reason why this quote has resonated with so many people and that reason is that IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE. No one has ever achieved greatness without persistence and self-belief, even in the face of fear. All the great’s in history had an unwavering belief in themselves and in their process. Therefore we must learn from the greats before us when setting out to achieve our dreams and our goals.
Whenever we are stretching ourselves, reaching for a goal that is beyond our level of comfort, self-doubt usually sets in. Self-doubt normally pushes people away from their goal but self-doubt is usually the best indicator that what we are stretching for is worth achieving. Self doubt, fear and being uncomfortable is the best sign that we are stretching ourselves far beyond our normal levels and that’s a good sign that you are on the right track! When you have something that you are stretching for and reaching for outside of your comfort zone it is easy to give up and tell yourself that it won’t work, that it isn’t meant for you. That these huge goals are meant for OTHER PEOPLE or for THOSE PEOPLE; those special people that you read about and hear about on TV. But if there is one advice that is absolutely true in order to achieve your goal is that you must trust the process.
You have to trust in yourself and you have to trust in what you are doing in order for your dreams to come true. As Steve Jobs said, you can’t see the dots connecting moving forward, you can only see them connect looking back. So in order for you to reach your goals and to achieve your dreams, you have to believe in yourself and you MUST trust in the process.
If you know that you are doing what it takes, day in and day out, to reach your goal then it is impossible not to reach it. People often give up because it doesn’t happen within the timetable that they give themselves to achieve their goal so they never reach their goal because they give up too early. However with persistence and tenacity, nothing can stop you.
Another problem people face is that when they are stretching themselves or reaching for a new goal, fear sets in. The fear of failure or the fear of the people around them ridiculing them overcomes their motivation to continue reaching for that goal. It’s often fear of ridicule from the people closest to us that we are most afraid of! People like our mother, father, brother, sister and surrounding friends that we fear will ridicule us or worse, tell us “I told you it wouldn’t work”.
The moment you let go of your fears, trust in the process and more importantly trust in yourself you will begin to see results you could have never imagined. Why is that? Because only once you persist, even when it looks like there is no way to achieve your goal, that’s when you’ll actually be able to reach it. Think about it, if it was easy EVERYONE would be doing it; but it’s not easy which is why so few people reach their goals. Once you push past the uncomfortableness and move past the fear of failure and fear of what everyone else thinks, that’s when you will be able to achieve the unimaginable. For example, the fighter that steps in the ring of a boxing match is just as scared as the man who’s too afraid to even step in the ring. The only difference is that the man in the boxing ring pushed past his fear and continued to push forward. Mike Tyson, arguably one of the best heavyweight fighters of all times said repeatedly that each and every time he was about to step in the ring, he was afraid to death but would push right through it. Tyson like all the greats before him trusted in his process, he trusted that his daily regimen prepared him for the battle before him. And just as he trusted in the process, you must trust in your process too.
Trusting in yourself is what will ultimately separate you from the rest of the masses and allow you to achieve your biggest dreams. It doesn’t take natural talent or skill, just an unwavering belief that you will achieve what you set out to do. That persistence is the key to unlocking your greatness and will allow you to skyrocket past the norm. Never give up on yourself and always trust in the process.