It's now early Monday morning. I am getting ready for my final presentation of a series of workshops I have been doing the last month or so. I feel fresh as ever. Do you know why? Because I did almost nothing over the week-end.
Almost nothing is an overstatement. But I did something that I have not done for a long time: Relax.
It's been very intense the last few months (for many reasons), and, as my business partner went to England for a whole week, I said to myself that I could also take some time off. Why not?
On Saturday we went for a movie. Have you seen Denzel's “Safe House”? Very intense one. My wife got mad at me saying that we should have not watched the movie because Denzel's character died at the end (sorry for those who are planning to watch it. I just ruined the party). I laughed so much because I had nothing to do with it.
After the movie, we went for a bite in the nearest Japanese restaurant. For some reason, my wife could not eat any of the food. She did not like it at all. What do you think I did? I had to ease her pain by eating her dish as well (I am a good husband who is open to any opportunities in terms of food).
I woke up early afternoon on Sunday. After a couple of phone calls back home, we went to visit a very good friend of mine that I haven't seen for a long time. As we were heading home, I asked my wife:”what do you think I should write in my blog tomorrow?” She just told me to talk about our week-end. So, that's what I am doing. If you are reading this blog, you should thank her, she is the one who came up with the idea.
Now that I just finished what she asked me to do, let me tell you what my presentation today is all about. I will be talking about Determination. That is a very easy topic for me. My whole life has been about that. As I told you earlier, it is the last of three presentations that I have been asked to do. The first was about knowing we want out of life, the second was about networking, and today I will finish by talking about determination.
I think the sequence of those presentations makes sense. Once we know what we want, we need to identify the people who will help us getting there. But nothing will help unless we have the desire and determination to get there at any cost. Do you know why? Because there will be obstacles. You will be tested. Unless you have the drive and determination to win, you will give up.
So, my friend, if you are working on something, don't give up when it gets tough. It's only a test to see if you really mean business. You are learning what it takes to go to the next level. I have found out that the victory is sweeter when we get it after overcoming adversity. Otherwise we would have taken it for granted and missed the opportunity to learn the lesson we needed for us to get there.
I think I just finished my presentation. Should I stay home then?
Moral of the story? Do you want to have determination in life? Just relax over the week-end and you will get there.
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