“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
Perhaps, no other person in our American history could better fit the definition of perseverance than Abraham Lincoln. Because of this perseverance and persistence, the legacy of Abraham Lincoln is not the loss of eight elections, two failed business, and a nervous breakdown shortly after the death of the love of his life (Ann Rutledge), which left him bedridden for six months.
Instead, he is revered as the author of Gettysburg Address (one of history’s greatest speeches), writer and issuer of the Emancipation Proclamation restricting slavery, and initiator of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery in the United States forever. He is arguably the greatest President in our nation’s history.
People and life continually told Lincoln that he was not good enough, smart enough, or attractive enough. He continually saw himself as a lawyer, a politician, and a leader. Eventually, he became all those things.
How often do we let the opinions of others control our life? We believe them when they say we are not good enough, smart enough, or attractive enough. We buy into the negativity.
Find inspiration in Abraham Lincoln. We are in control of our lives. Our certainty must be greater than anyone else’s doubt. If we keep putting one foot in front of the other to persevere through adversity, we can end up exactly where we want our dreams to take us.
Bring your best today.