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KajunDC 01-27-2010 01:49 PM

I Will Persist Until I Succeed
 
by Og Mandino
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I will persist until I succeed.

I was not delivered unto this World in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

I will be likened to the rain drop which washes away the mountain, the ant who devours a tiger, the star which brightens the earth, the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. I will persist until I succeed.

I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are the words of fools. I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.

I will remember, the ancient law of averages and I will bend it to my good. Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come. Each misfortune I encounter I will carry in it the seed of tomorrow's good luck. I must have the night to appreciate the day. I must fail often to succeed only once. I will persist until I succeed.

Never will I allow any day to end with a failure. Thus I will plant the seed of tomorrow's success and gain an insurmountable advance over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time. When others cease their struggle, then mine will begin, and my harvest will be full.

Nor will I allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the greatest foundation of failure. I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For I know one of the principles of success - if I persist long enough I will win.

I will persist! I will win!
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A great mantra to repeat daily.

Have a great day everyone!

Balance 01-27-2010 01:58 PM

Great inspiration. Living each day so that I don't regret it tomorrow.

daisyHair 01-27-2010 02:08 PM

Wow,

Cajun that really resonated with me. Especially "I must have the night to appreciate the day".

Nice, powerful post.

Thank you.

JazzleBug 01-27-2010 02:09 PM

That was a good read, Kajun. Thank you. :cool:

AngieCakes 01-27-2010 02:36 PM

Thank you so much, very inspiring read.

sugarless4life 01-27-2010 02:48 PM

I've had a very DEFEATED day. Thanks, Paul, for lifting my spirits!!! :hugs:

Betty

daisyHair 01-27-2010 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sugarless4life (Post 13057283)
I've had a very DEFEATED day. Thanks, Paul, for lifting my spirits!!! :hugs:

Betty

Awww Betty,

:console:

Hope tomorrow is a better day for ya!

WATCH-ME-SHRINK 01-27-2010 06:46 PM

Wow. Thanks for sharing that very moving, inspiring message, Kajun.

:up:

TaDa! 01-28-2010 03:38 AM

Good Morning!!!!!! Thanks for posting Kajun!

LaRae 01-28-2010 07:26 AM

Excellent! I need to print it out and read it often.

ViolaVixen 01-28-2010 08:12 AM

Bumping this! Great thoughts! We often forget how important our attitudes are in helping us to do (and bear with) what we need to reach our goals...

This is a good one to keep along the path!

fawn 01-28-2010 08:48 AM

Valuable post Paul.....

Kiley2801 01-28-2010 10:51 AM

Wow that's incredible. Thank you for sharing. I LOVE this line:

Quote:

The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

H20Goddess 01-28-2010 11:42 AM

Very powerful and so motivating. Thanks for posting it Kajun. :)

KajunDC 01-28-2010 06:13 PM

I'm glad you all like it. A friend intorduced me to this not too long ago.

erin.bo.berin 01-28-2010 10:51 PM

This line made me tear up a little:

Quote:

Originally Posted by KajunDC (Post 13056980)
Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

And this:

Quote:

Originally Posted by KajunDC (Post 13056980)
Nor will I allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the greatest foundation of failure.

Powerful stuff, thanks for sharing!

LoriWants2Lose 01-28-2010 11:50 PM

Thanks for the inspiration

KajunDC 01-29-2010 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by erin.bo.berin (Post 13063882)
Powerful stuff, thanks for sharing!

This is by far one of the most emotional motivational things I have ever read.

I am glad that you enjoyed it as much as I did. :hugs:

verbqueen 01-29-2010 10:10 AM

I printed the entire essay out and hung it on my fridge, but I also printed out that amazingly powerful title, in large bold letters, and hung it on my computer, my bathroom mirror and other places where I'll see it often.

I'm in a long, long stall, but I do not intend to be deterred from my goals. It doesn't really matter how long it takes, it matters that I PERSIST!

Thank you very, very much for sharing this. We should keep it near the top of the page where people can see it.

ny_shelly 01-29-2010 01:10 PM

Thanks Kajun -- googled the author for all interested. Very interesting man.

About Og Mandino

KajunDC 01-31-2010 11:29 AM

Bumping back to page 1

tttmom 01-31-2010 01:04 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. Am going through a really rough time, and I really needed that. Thanks again! :)

Nikouli 01-31-2010 02:00 PM

I am definitley adding some of this stuff to my siggy! I will quote you. Thanks so much for posting this! :)

speedymagee 01-31-2010 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KajunDC (Post 13056980)
by Og Mandino
__________________________________________________ ___

I will persist until I succeed.

I was not delivered unto this World in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.

GREAT read! This first paragraph is my new mantra for all my goals, not just fitness/health!!

Thanks for posting!

KajunDC 03-08-2010 08:40 AM

Hey Everyone! I know it has been a few weeks since I have been around. Sorry about that. I spend much of my time on facebook now and don't hit the message boards like I did at one time. I have the same handle on facebook as I do here. Everyone is more than welcome to "friend" me, if you wish.

I did want to bump this. I read it first thing every morning and find it such great motivation for not only maintaining my weight loss but also accomplishing my many goals.

TaDa! 03-08-2010 08:43 AM

Awesome Bump Kajun!!!!!!! I think we can all stand to hear this again and again!!!!!!!!!

persisting here in lc - land,

:) Pauline

AngieCakes 03-19-2010 02:53 PM

Bumpity bump bump!



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I was not delivered unto this World in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

Just.. wow..

fembomb 03-19-2010 03:03 PM

This is AweSomeNess!!
Thanx for the Bump!!

i have this poem on my bedroom mirror..

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you donít!
If youíd like to win, but think you canít,
Itís almost a cinch that you wonít.

If you think youíll lose, youíre lost
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellowís will;
Itís all in the state of mind!

If you think youíre outclassed, you are;
Youíve got to think high to rise.
Youíve got to be sure of yourself
Before you can win the prize.

Lifeís battles donít always go
To the strongest or fastest man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!

AngieCakes 03-19-2010 04:07 PM

Thats a good one also fem!

KajunDC 12-03-2010 09:55 AM

Bumping this for those that have not read these great words of inspiration


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