Press on!  As we’ve all heard before, nothing in this world takes the place of persistence.  Talent won’t ~ nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius won’t ~ unrewarded genius is almost common.  Education won’t ~ the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination are the operative words when you come to the end of your rope!”

When you are inclined to give up remember that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb only after approximately 10,000 tries.  Oscar Hammerstein produced a succession of flops before writing “Oklahoma,” the famous musical that ran for more than 2,200 performances on Broadway and revolutionized American theater.  Award winning mystery writer John Creasy, whose books have sold more than 60 million copies received 743 rejection letters before anything he wrote was ever published.  Now that’s perseverance!  That is truly “keepin’ on!”

It is not so much what happens to us as how we react to it that makes a difference in our lives.  Commit to cultivating the happy side of life.  Have you ever noticed that when something we perceive as being really bad happens to us, we sometimes find later that it really happened for the best – it opened a whole new path for us to follow that led to truly delightful things?

Live each day with a positive, expectant attitude.  Maintain that attitude even through the difficulties – even when you are wringing your hands in despair because you’ve come to the end of your rope.  Set goals and keep working toward them.  Visualize your year filled with accomplishments and the completion of your goals.  When you do, you’ll find you have more energy to achieve what you choose.

The great philosopher, William James, said, “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the only thing that guarantees the successful outcome of our venture.”  When difficulties come your way and you think you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang onto your belief in your abilities!

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