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“The reality is, success rarely “shows up”; it is lured and attracted day by day,
by the right actions, thinking and heart.”
– Doug Firebaugh

It is easier to begin something than to finish it. When we start something new, we are excited and receive enthusiastic support from others. But as the days go by and our purpose becomes a daily matter of consistent arduous work, and sometimes drudgery, enthusiasm subsides. We are often left with no one to encourage us except ourselves. We must consistently decide to see it through to the finish. We must persevere.

I’ve found the following poem to be a great encourager for persevering.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer
than It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
— Author unknown

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Betty Franklin
Betty Franklin
Betty Franklin is a mental fitness expert. She works with wellness and health professional, struggling with overwhelm and burnout, to achieve clarity and focus, so they step into all aspects of their life with energy, enthusiasm and purpose. She does this through her transformational coaching program, thought-provoking workshops and inspiring book - GUTS - Get Uncomfortable To Succeed - Embracing Health, Balance and Abundance. Learn more. Contact Betty at