Why Anyone Who Gets Anywhere is a Stubborn So-and-So!
I’ve got a thing for stubborn people. Sure they can drive you crazy, but you know what, they don’t stop till they get what they want, and you can’t argue with that for a skill!
As you may have heard, my colleague Ronit Gerber and I were on Salford City Radio on Monday for a show entitled ‘Harness the Power of You’. To sum up the show in a sentence the message was: When you are authentic to yourself, you attract a life that fulfills you. If you want to hear the show you’ll find links to the right of this page under Newly Added Resources. Anyhow, on that show we took questions live by email. Several listeners spoke about how they’d lost their job or relationship and found themselves looking for something new. They were looking for motivation and strength, and more than anything looking for a way to change the way they felt about life so they could move forward. And where did my mind go? Finding Nemo. You can see what I do in my ‘spare time’!
In Finding Nemo (for those readers who actually get to watch movies for grownups!!!) the lead character, a young clown fish called Nemo is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney. His timid father, Marlin, then travels all the way to get his son back. Many adventures ensue (which I’m not going to recount, you might be relieved to learn!) and there’s a point where Marlin accompanied by his scatty, amnesiac friend Dory, feels like he’s never going to make it. And she starts singing “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming …”
I love that line. Cos sometimes life is tough. Sometimes you can’t see any way forward. Sometimes every route seems to be blocked, and you don’t want to be upbeat about it! Sometimes you’re angry and sometimes it’s overwhelming and all the motivation and ‘happy happy’ cheering up in the world isn’t going to help. Let’s admit it – we’re human and we all feel like that sometimes. So in those situations I say to you ‘just keep swimming, just keep swimming …’. Sometimes it’s just a matter of keeping on, until you perceive an opportunity to change things.
That’s where stubborn people win out. They just keep on keeping on, and eventually they get what they want. We can learn something from that.
I’ve found that if you do keep going it’s as though G-d/The Universe takes notice of that. It’s almost as though a proclamation rings out “Heavens! This person is actually serious about their goals! Let’s give them a helping hand …” and then as if it was happening by itself, things start to turn around. You get the loan you need, you suddenly realise that you know exactly the person to help you or perhaps whatever was pressurizing you eases off and vanishes. Persistence pays and it seems The Universe likes those with a stubborn streak too! Just look at evolution if you need evidence for that – the most flexible, persistent life forms are the ones that survive to thrive.
So this week if there’s something getting you down or a situation that doesn’t seem to have a solution … you know what I’m going to say… JUST KEEP SWIMMING!!!
Have a great week!
Posted on September 7, 2011, in a positive focus, acceptance, commitment, Difficult Times, Persistence, stubborn and tagged difficult times, persistence, positive focus, stubborn. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.