Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘press on’ has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.
I wrote about my workout yesterday, but forgot to mention the most important part. It almost didn’t happen. I left at lunch for my usual workout location, the YMCA of Mountain Brook. I was hungry but determined to push through. I grabbed my bag and went in… only to see a sign that said: “Men’s showers unavailable today, sorry for the inconvenience.”
Inconvenience?!? Most definitely. I can’t sweat like I was planning and go back to the office without a shower. It was a no go. I got back to my car and thought about just bailing and going to get lunch. Then I thought about the Warrior Dash. I thought about all the work I have been doing with INSANITY. I thought about why I wanted to get into shape. I called Coach Crystal because I knew she had frequented a different Y. So she reminded me of where the Shades Valley Y was and I was off.
They were doing construction on this Y and the entrance heading south was closed. I was in the wrong lane to exit and had to drive almost a mile before being able to turn around. This extra mile took me into road construction as well as past several places to eat. I kept my mind on my goal, got to the gym, and had a really great workout.
It is these small decisions that make the difference in the end.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.