BelieveDo (ch 24) – Lean into the Wind

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 24

Sometimes, you have to just turn around and face the storm; lean into the wind; and push forward.  Drops of rain might sting your face; flurries of life might blind you.  YET, while the world around you shouts that you can’t make it, if you lean into wind, you will.

Stamina gets developed when we stand firm and continue to fight for what we know is right.  One of the ways to find peace in our lives is to do what we know is correct, work hard, and enjoy rest.

We all get tired and grow weary.  When that happens, rest – whether it’s for a few minutes, a few hours, or longer …rest.  It’ll rejuvenate your body, your mind, and your spirit – all of which will give you a renewed perspective on your job, project, or life.

You’ll come back full of spunk and fire.  The gleam will return to your eyes, and you’ll be able to handle most of the things that life throws at you.

One of the fastest ways to raise your spirit is to listen to your favorite music.  It brings up positive memories and replaces dreadful images with things that put a smile on your face.

It’s not possible for your heart to be full of joy and not have a smile on your face to match.  One automatically happens with the other – sort of like pedaling a tandem bike.

We are all able – because we were made so.

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard –
‘Impossible’ is not a word –
It’s just a reason for someone not to try.”
-Kutless

Lean in.

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BelieveDo (ch 22) – Tenacity

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 22

Tenacity is stubbornness with a purpose.  In order to achieve different things, you need to have a certain amount of tenacity.  Most things aren’t going to be given to you, so you’ll have to work at them until you succeed.

Giving up along the way may seem like an option, but don’t take it.  Leave that for the people who are happy with the status quo.

When you’re tenacious, you’ll go the extra mile, do the extra part, or stand a little longer than other people will.  How badly you want something will add to your tenacity.  There’s not a magic formula for making yourself more tenacious, but tenacity does “kick in” when you need it.

It’s almost like a switch flips in your head – stubbornness makes you dig your heels into the ground, and the reason you’re fighting so hard keeps you focused on achieving your goal.  It just happens.  The primal part of your human spirit rises up out of the modern, technological fluff and overcomes all circumstances to win.

Nurses and doctors see it all the time with patients in hospitals who have a reason to live: they can literally be “on their deathbed” one day and be completely turned around the next.  The will to live kicks in and spurs on the rest of the body.  The body starts to fight and wins.

Patients who aren’t ready to die, yet, have the tenacity to overcome their situations and strike back at death’s calling.  They’ve harbored energy and have summoned strength from deep places.  They bring that fight to the surface and command their bodies to live.

The spirit is greater than the flesh, by far.  We command our bodies to be subject to the demands of the mind and can overcome all obstacles.

Live out the tenacity that’s already in you.  Let your spirit shine forth into the world and into the lives of others.

Be tenacious!

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