Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 15: Pushing Forward

I feel like we all have goals (or should), and we have those people behind us that keep fueling our forward momentum.  Whether you're on the "Pursuit of 300" bushel per acre corn, you want to be a bigger farmer, an elected official, further your career, be more of a family man, or any of a slew of things, you're working toward a goal. 

This morning, I got a text message from a girl I went to high school with, telling me about the progress she is making in her current capacity as a state officer for one of the world's largest student-led service organizations.  She has called me one of her biggest influencers.  After convincing her to run for a state office within Key Club International, she has taken this goal she set, and set more.  She has made strides in getting our division more involved than ever, and has changed the entire dynamic of the division.  What's next for this young lady?  It's looking like a run for Governor of the state within the organization.  She inspires me every day. 

I feel that in order to achieve success, we must identify where we want to go.  I know what the path I'm taking should look like.  It's the energy and enthusiasm to stay on this path that is hard to keep up.  Those who succeed will often say, "I had people behind me that loved me and believed in me, so with that I knew I was capable of anything."  It's these people that are vital to success across the board, in everything, with everyone.  Be that person for others.  I'm not saying you need to go be a huge supporter of everyone in everything (that's mentally costly).  What I am saying is, remember those people that push and drive you toward success, note how they did it.  Try to be the person who makes others believe in themselves and to work hard toward what they see as success for them. 

I want to personally say thank you to my family, friends, mentors, educators, and my wonderful girlfriend for their constant support in my endeavors.  Me leaving a relatively normal life in a small town, with a desire to make a change in the world, and become a successful businessman, seems crazy.  What surprised me was the number of people that looked me in the eye and said, "You know what you want, and are more than willing to work your tail off to get it.  With that attitude, you'll go anywhere you want."  I just hope that someday I can be that encouraging voice behind someone else. 

As you can tell from the references in my previous posts, I'm a big dreamer, but I'm also a hard worker.  If someone is willing to work their fingers to the bone to get what they want, I believe that they will.  Never be afraid to start at the bottom.  Make the extra effort others don't want to make.  Ask for more responsibility.  Be the employee, friend, family member, person that you would want to have. 

I'm no inspirational speaker, and I don't try to be, but I feel that nothing is truly impossible.  We get what we feel we deserve.  Have high standards, and not just for others.  Hold yourself to high standards.  Most importantly, be yourself.  If you lie to yourself, how do you know who you really are?

Have a great Friday everyone!

Linking up with Holly's 30 Day Challenge here.

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