The Ruben Gonzalez Report – Olympic Motivation
Get Started and Don’t Quit
(From Ruben’s book “Becoming Unstoppable.”)
There are two parts of courage that lead to
success. The first part is the willingness to begin,
to act in faith, to step out boldly in the direction
of your goals with no guarantee of success.
The second part of courage is the willingness
to endure, to persist, to refuse to give up, and to
keep on working harder than anyone else.
Most people talk themselves out of even
going for their dream. And most of the ones
who make the attempt quit as soon as the
going get tough. It’s so sad. Because everyone
has the ability to make their dreams come true.
It’s sad that so few people have the willingness
to do what it takes.
That’s why we root for the underdog. That’s
why we love movies like Rocky and Rudy.
Because all of us have felt like the underdog
at one time or another. Because seeing the
underdog win gives us hope that we can win too.
Once you get started on the road to making
your dreams a reality, you must make the decision
to never quit. The decision to never give up gives
you a huge advantage. The person who is most
determined usually wins.
A study on goals and perseverance found that
95% of the goals that people set are ultimately
achieved, as long as the person didn’t give up.
Ninety five percent! That’s almost a guarantee.
A guarantee that if you refuse to quit you will
eventually win. The main reason people fail is
not because of lack of ability or opportunities.
They fail because they lack the inner strength
to persist in the face of obstacles and difficulties.
Don’t worry about failing. Failing is how you
learn. You can fail over and over again, but all
it takes is one big success to wipe out all your
previous failures. The only time you can’t afford
to fail is the last time you try. The more you
persist, the more you will believe in yourself.
And the more you believe in yourself, the more
you persist. Your persistence is a measure of
how much you believe in yourself and how much
you believe in your ability to succeed. If you act
as if you are guaranteed to succeed, your belief
will grow. Because emotion follows motion.
What you do determines how we will feel. Act in
spite of your fears and commit to not quit, and I’ll
promise you that the winner inside you will burst
forth to propel you to victory.
Put it into action:
Start stepping out on faith. Stop waiting until
everything is perfect before taking action.
Find an accountability partner who will encourage
you to pursue your dreams.
Make it an Olympic Day!