Saturday, August 14, 2010


“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity” ~Pasteur

Today I want to bring your focus to the word Tenacity. Tenacious is defined by Websters Dictionary :
1 a : not easily pulled apart : cohesive b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance
2 a : persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired b : retentive
This is a particular quality that every highly successful person possesses. Sticktoitiveness is a quality you must get a hold of and nurture. For some of us it is easy. Some people just naturally go for things and accomplish milestones they set for themselves. Some of us need practice. You will notice that the people that need to cultivate a tenacious quality often times have had a history of quiting. I am not talking about quiting activities or habits that are destructive, I am talking about the people that start something, albeit with great expectations, then quit at the first sign of trouble. These are the lottery players, the complainers, and the finger pointers. These are the people that never take responsibility for themselves or their actions. It is always "If only" or "Maybe next time" or "Someday" it is never NOW. These people have a very difficult time finding themselves truly greatful for their lives or things in their lives. They always look for an excuse not to accomplish anything real, and are often at the whim of their circumstances.
People that have a strong sense of Tenacity appear to always get what they want. Their lives and accomplishment seem as if they were just handed to them. The action of tenacity is often overlooked because of the shear joy the tenacious person applies to their goals. All we see are the straight A's, the fancy car, the nice house, the college degree...the FINISHED PRODUCT of their hard work. We never pay any attention to the struggle the tenacious person applies themselves through to achieve what they desire. We never take into account the amount of FAITH they possess. We never hear about how they have quit, or given up.
We never really see anything but the finished product. The people that lack tenaciousness are not willing to go the extra mile, to train and cultivate themselves or hone their skills. These people are not living their lives to their fullest potential, and will often try to sabotage others success...even their own. They lack faith.
Now there are some people that would really like to become a go getter, and achiever, a success, but they lack the motivation. Maybe they have had much disappointment in their lives, or witnessed too many people just fail no matter how hard they thought the person worked for something. Let me remind you of one of the most compelling quotes I have ever heard... A Curse can not harm you with out a Cause.
So here we are, making steps, and reaching beyond our comfort zone.
How do we develop a tenacious desire to achieve our goals?
Start small!
pick one small thing you want to accomplish... IT CAN BE ANYTHING. Research it, study it, develop it, and do with the KNOWLEDGE that you are accomplishing it. Do this over and over again. Develop your faith, and your confidence. Practice!
Talk to people that you see as successful. Ask them how they do it. Get their advice. Stay away from anyone that will feed you negativity.
Learn that failure is temporary, that there are valuable lessons to be learned in every failure that will give you the tools that you need to make it the next time. No one has ever accomplished anything worth while with out trials.
BELIEVE in yourself! Make it happen! Only you can do it!

Best regards,
Tara Woodruff
Health and Wealth Consultant

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