I have just shared on Facebook a wonderful poster quote from Zig Ziglar which read “The moment you are ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t quit.” Zig always has / had the wisest one-liners around!

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Winston Churchill’s famous quote                                        Photo fotoimagepics.info

But it reminded me of the two of the most important human values and qualities we need and must continue to develop throughout our lives. Persistence and resilience! In fact one might argue that without a little bit of each, most of us wouldn’t even wake up in the morning? And with a healthy dose of both, our lives and successes will exceed our expectations?

There are a number of certainties in life…birth, death, taxes and disappointments. Things will happen that do not go to plan, upset us and cause us to question our life and direction? We have all have been there, right? The question is not whether those moments will happen – because they will – but more importantly how we move beyond them. Will we respond and if so how?

One of the best responses I have read recently comes from an article entitled “Navigating through Crisis” by the Pacific Institute and here is what is says: “Failure is only failure if you let it cause you to quit. If you choose to let it help you, it is merely information you can learn from. Every situation is a learning experience….it is meeting crisis with determination that we measure up to life and its challenges. In doing so, we develop tenacity and great inner strength.”

Let’s bring it to a close with a Winston Churchill quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

I know you are up to the challenge – you can do it!