IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
-Rudyard Kipling

Whatever you are dreaming about accomplishing…throw some energy at it. Sound strange? A little maybe. But here’s what I mean. We all set goals. In fact, our society sets most of its goals on January 1. It’s almost a curse actually. I think I have set and reset my goals at least 10 times this year. So definitely make room for change…because you are not the same person day by day. However, there are going to be a few goals that truly stick with you. Those are pretty fun. But did you know that statistically speaking, a majority of people give up on their New Years resolutions 9 freaking days after they set them? Are you kidding me?

So…knowing this…we must set our goals…with the full intention of really going after them. There is this great quote about not starting something unless you are going to go all the way. I think that most people have the intention, but haven’t earned the right to go through with it. “What do you mean about earning the right?” It isn’t enough to just set goals, you have to believe. Believe that they are going to happen, go through the deep process of convincing your mind and your senses of what it will feel like when you are done, and then with vigor go after them. You have to throw time and energy at goals, they just don’t happen.

I wrote last night that there is a thing called directed luck. The same goes for your goals. If you are thinking about your goals, if you believe in your goals, then your mind is radiating those thoughts. When you have been throwing energy at the things you really want, things just start to happen. It isn’t dumb luck, it is because you were actually thinking about what you wanted and opportunities presented themselves. Not only did the opportunities show up, but you were ready for them. That is another whole degree of the conversation. You have to be prepared. As my old coach told me, “Piss poor performances comes from poor preparation.” Amen

When we put faith in ourselves, we put faith in something much greater. Keep it up. You’ve got it.

Evan Sanders

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  • jolynproject
    October 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for writing this post. It is truly inspiring and motivational! I really needed this.

  • organizednowplease
    October 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Love the poem. At one point, I made it a goal to memorize it. I got about half way through and then stopped. I should start that again.

  • abichica
    October 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    your poem is so beautiful..wooww!! -).. what a way to start my day.. 😀

  • Anthony Dobranski
    October 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Inspiring words. I’d add that you have to embrace the negative. The great scientist Marvin Minsky once said (sorry I can’t find the exact quote, I heard it so long ago I forget the exact phrasing) that you should enjoy the feelings of awkwardness and incompetence that come with learning a new skill — because they don’t last.

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