Most mornings I wake up ready to “make today my masterpiece”, as the famous UCLA basketball coach John Wooden would say. But there are days — maybe you have them too? — when my courage wavers, or my energy drains. How to keep going? Here are a few tips, which come in part from my friend Brian Cunningham, who wrote the book “Never Give Up!”:
– vision. I keep my vision in front of me, literally, by writing it down and reading it each morning. My overall vision is to help others turn dreams into victories. More specifically in any season, I might be teaching a course, or writing a book, or developing new science. I draw that connection to my vision.
– first step. Before I go to bed the day before, I write down the FIRST step I will do, after my personal meditation time. By having that first step, and iterating its importance to myself, I make sure I have a reason to get out of bed!
– someone to love. I always try to remember my family, and the importance of leaving them a better world. If you don’t have close family, build close friends. Find people with whom you can share you life and your love and your passion. They will give you the boost in critical moments.
Two additional notes. 1) My friend and collaborator Professor Kathryn Jablokow loves the saying, “Keep moving forward.” Many times those words have nudged me ahead at critical moments. 2) Seth Godin has written a great book about Tenacity, called “The Dip”. It is a “Velegol top shelf book”. Short but powerful.