Stay the Course!

2020 was undoubtedly a rough year for most, if not all. A lot of plans were derailed, causing some to abandon dreams, close businesses, and end relationships. Whatever the reason and there is a plethora: money, time, illness, etc., the outcome is the same; they quit and didn’t see it through to the end! What I’m about to say is an idea. It is not a suggestion, an order, or direction. It is simply and idea for you to ponder and do what you will with it. “Stay the Course”.

Abandoning anything in infancy or a rough patch can prove detrimental. You’re often left with regret and what-ifs. Neither of which subside easily. Although 2020 was tough, many stayed the course and came out better for the experience. Even if their endeavor failed, they now know what didn’t work and can pursue other avenues. Most of all, they know what they’re capable of. Failure doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you wiser and it makes you stronger. Trying builds endurance. So again, I say “Stay the Course”.

How do we find out what we can become if we don’t try? How are new ideas born if we don’t try? How does this world become better if we don’t try? Seriously, ask yourself this and see if you can answer the question without the act of some type of attempt. I doubt it. And when I say try, I don’t mean an attempt of minimal effort. In the words of Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no try.” Anything worth doing is worth giving it your all! See it through with fervent effort. “Stay the Course”.

When you sit down to watch a movie at some point you are invested. Even if it’s a bad movie, you’re determined to see how it ends. Sometimes in hopes of redemption and other times to see if it can get any worse. If you are willing to invest time (a finite resource) in a movie, why wouldn't you do the same for yourself. You’re worth it. You’re always worth it. So the next time you begin something, start in the mindset of seeing it through and staying the course no matter what. Along the way, tell yourself: “Stay the Course.”

Now that 2021 is here lots of people see it as a clean slate. I on the other hand see it as a continuation of the path I was already on. I’m not scrapping my hard work just to start from ground zero. The flip of the calendar didn’t erase anything. You can renew your mind any time you feel like it. In 2020 I started a business, became a licensed real estate broker, and started a new professional career. This is not me speaking of one thing in 3 different contexts. They are 3 separate acts. I stayed the course and I’m happy I did, thankful even. I now know what I’m made of and that I can do whatever I choose, no matter the circumstances around me. I’m looking forward to 2021 and every year after. I will... "Stay the Course."

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