A vital part of the human spirit is self-discovery and pursuing our goals.  Goals can be of any variety.  Some goals are physical, emotional, educational, economic, or a million other causes that we find individually important.  Pursuing and realizing these goals are often the reason we get up each day and put in the work that we know is part of the process.  Sometimes in the pursuit of our goals, especially ones that take a great deal of time or effort, we lose faith in our ability to obtain them at all.  It becomes easy at that point to devalue our goal and convince ourselves that it was unattainable.  We sadly decide that it’s too hard and just not worth the effort, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  The goals that take the longest, or are the most difficult to obtain often become the ones we cherish the most.  We may actually gain more from the pursuit of the goal than the achievement of it once we get there.  I believe that’s how we grow as a person and how we develop the ability to persevere.

We can’t always control certain variables in our lives while pursuing our goals but we tend to discount our ability to NOT QUIT.  There’s a quote attributed to Babe Ruth that I like to follow, it reads: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up!”  There is so much truth to that.  How many goals could we realize if we simply didn’t give up? What if we decided that the length of time it takes to attain our goals is insignificant to the process?  Try it with a goal you’ve been working towards.  Try to not put a timetable on success and instead focus on the steps it takes to realize it.  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, right?

I assume most of you who are reading this blog are amputees, and if so you’ve already been blessed with the ability to persevere.  It’s a tool for realizing your dreams that you already own and it is one of the most important tools there is at your disposal.  No matter where you are in the process of your life, of your goals, you have the amazing ability to simply NOT GIVE UP.  The power of the human spirit cannot be understated.

I’d like to leave you with a quote from a motivational speaker by the name of Les Brown.  He was playing games with his son one day and Les kept beating him in whatever they played.  He could see his son getting frustrated so he asked him if he would like to quit.  The boy responded, “It’s not over until I win!”  What if we all had that frame of mind? We do.

For more on perseverance and how pushing yourself toward your goals, check out the video portion of my blog here.

With all goals in life, don’t be afraid to push yourself, don’t ever give up, you will persevere.  Set a goal and try.  In the meantime, be sure to visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/rushfoot.  Make sure to LIKE our page and visit regularly for upcoming blog posts, informative videos, and to meet and chat with all your favorite RUSH™ Rebels, ReBELLES and Rascals.

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