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Staying the Course: How Resilience and Patience Lead to Success

Staying the Course: How Resilience and Patience Lead to Success
Have you ever felt uneducated in something?

Well, let me educate you on the topic that most of us are uneducated at.

Staying your course.

How many of us leave a job too early because our ego gets in the way? The reason we most typically leave our jobs is that we don’t like our boss, or because our boss is giving us way too much work, or we aren’t being challenged enough? Does this ring a bell? I see a lot of hands raised in my imagination.

We think somehow we will do a more satisfying job than what the Universe has planned for our lives. How is that even possible to think that our measly little minds has power over the 13.8 billion years the Universe has spent evolving for us. We think we know what makes us happy, but science has proven that we have no fricken clue. What really makes us happy is not the second car and the bigger home, but being around people and having deep conversations that make us feel more connected. Surprisingly enough, studies have shown that those in school with the highest grades are the unhappiest. Who would ever think that? Once a student works their asses off for one good grade, it’s on to the next high score anxiously chasing the carrot on the stick. In fact the students with the best grades typically like school the least. This adds stress and takes away your projected free time (not objective), which is something we really should value most. If you are still in school, the best piece of advice I can give you which I stole from a Yale professor who teaches the most popular class at Yale of all time, is to enjoy the process of learning along with living your journey without worrying about the grade. Worrying about grades makes you miserable and defeats the purpose of what school is really about in the first place.

So what if I were to dare you to stay in your job and go through the daily challenges living as presently as your being can muster up the strength for until the next step reveals itself. You’ll know the next step is the right step because everything will align. You won’t feel the need to lie in the interview process and all your past experience will fit perfectly in the job description your future boss explains to you. You will have some fear and you will definitely have challenges along the way, but it is nothing that you can’t handle. There is always at least one thing missing because there is no such thing as a perfect life. If life was perfect, we wouldn’t take any action, would we? You can always find a shit sandwich to eat no matter where you are. The good news is that we can push that thing that’s missing aside if we set the right mindset to be content and grateful for what we do have.

Recently, I was rewarded for staying the course.

I spent the last 7 years in a job that I put up with to say the least.

Ok, I ate that shit sandwich on a daily basis and had one boss who still lurks in my nightmares and I can remember feeling their toxic energy from the room next door.

However, I’m now glad I went through what I did because the horrible memories widened my perspective. It was this learning experience that gave me strength and tools I needed for my new position and without that pain and effort I would never have grown into this new position. Without pain there is no growth.

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham Maslow
I slogged through so much shit that when I changed my job the polar opposite happened. I was ready for this one. Instead of being undervalued, I got more respect, admiration, support, and praise in the first month than I ever did in the past 7 years at my old job. I grew into someone who has the opportunity to be valued. I even got an amazon gift card with a letter of acknowledgment for all my hard work within a couple of weeks.

One thing for sure is that I wasn’t passive in this job or my last. I kept trucking through. The thing that I realized is that my last job prepared me for this one. It was my training ground before I moved up in my rank. Despite how taxing the job was on my conscience, I made the decision I was going to push through. That meant I was going to ignore all of the outside voices telling me to quit that shithole. I knew for a fact that I couldn’t listen to these people. The only person I trusted was myself and the Universe. I knew my inner GPS would guide me to the promised land.

I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work… When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant. And then I got a job in a grocery store deli. And then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job that I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work. – Ashton Kutcher
You may not like the job or relationship you have at this moment, but if you stay the course, work hard, and maintain a positive attitude you are destined to win.

How will I win, you ask?

You will win because the Universe is preparing you for the next opportunity right now. The Universe wants you to succeed because it knows your potential. In order to fulfill your destiny you have to always trust in the Universe, always do your best, and take on your challenges without resistance. In fact, if you don’t respect the job and you are not trying your very best, your next job won’t be better because you haven’t evolved enough in order to fit the role of the next job.

Always look at yourself as a piece of clay being molded by the hands of the Universe. The only difference is that the Universe isn’t interested in molding the outside, but the inside. The Universe knows your character flaws and the areas you need to build strength in. You will never be given something that is too challenging even though it may seem that way in the moment. As long as you stay present during your challenges and let your intuition guide you, you will always find a solution.

My Mantra: I can always find a solution.
I have observed that the Universe cares so much about our growth and if you follow it’s footsteps you will be guided to fulfillment. Remember this is the opposite of a cakewalk and takes hard work, determination, and boatloads of inner strength.

I just wanted to share the reason why I am consistently content and happy now than ever. I don’t want to confuse content with sitting still and doing nothing, unless you feel that’s the right thing to do at the time. In fact, I’m bettering myself at all parts during the day. I do that for myself, to serve the Universe, to serve others, and because it makes me feel good and happy throughout my days. I hope that one day you will do the same. I promise you that if you stay the course there will be more smiles in this life and in this world.



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