How often do we find ourselves giving up when all seems lost? When defeat is knocking at the door, do we shrink and accept our fate? Who decides that failure is the only possible outcome? What if at the last second we are able to turn the tables and rally your troops to victory? Will we ever know if we continue to give up when our minds tell us there’s no hope?
Example 1 – Zebra vs. Lion
When you think about the above pairing, what outcome comes to your mind? Probably one that involves a lion eating a zebra, right? Had this been any other day with any other zebra, you would have been right. But in this case, the zebra decides that it’s never too late to succeed. Check it out:
I don’t know about you, but I would call it quits once I was inside the jaws of a lioness!
Example 2 – Wales vs. Tanzania
They say you know you’re doing well in track when you look around and are surrounded by Africans. On this occasion, runner Steve Jones knew that feeling all too well. He is being tailed by the 10,000m champion from Tanzania and the world cross-country champion from Ethiopia. To top it off, the announcers have no faith in him either. If you listen closely, you’ll hear one of them say casually, as if it’s common knowledge, “…and of course he’s got very little finishing speed.” How would you like someone saying that about you in the hardest moment of your life? Let’s take a look at Mr. Jones’ response:
The Strength to Win
Whatever you’re facing, know this – defeat is never certain. You never know when the odds will change in your favor. And if you give up before the end, you will never know what you could have accomplished. In every case, the will to win comes from inside. Sheer determination is the only thing that can defeat imminent failure.
When the entire universe seems to be piling up against you, remember, it is only your decision to quit that can keep you from your ultimate goal. Never give up, never surrender!
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