Are you working toward one of your stretch goals and encountering hardship and struggle? Are you getting frustrated as a result of it? If so, take heart, most of the successful people you see in the media and history books encountered struggles and hardships just as difficult, or even more challenging, than what you are going through now. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about the hardships and only see the glory of their successes. This can be frustrating for us, as we may mistakenly believe that success comes easy for most everyone but us.
The story of Washington crossing the Delaware is a great example. If you were like me, in school you learned that on Christmas night 1776, George Washington and his troops sailed across an icy Delaware river, surprised a group of German Hessians who had been partying all night and won a convincing victory. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it?
Let me provide some facts that you may not have known, and I didn’t either until I read a great book called 1776 by David McCullough:
Wow! The courage, fortitude and determination of these troops amazes me!
This is such a great metaphor for the hardship and struggle you and I may have to endure to achieve victory.
I encourage you to keep this story in mind the next time you are frustrated as you encounter obstacles on your way to your goals. Remember, just about everyone who achieves great success will confront hardships along the way. Don’t give up, continue marching forward through the storm and victory will be yours.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance