Few months back, I read a story about a treasure digger who started to dig a certain piece of land in search of a hidden treasure. After several days of digging and attempt without any obvious sign of the hidden treasure, he was discouraged and tired. He thought within himself, to take a break and relax. After the relaxation he continued his task. When he was few distance from striking the treasure unknowingly, he was depressed and decided to give up digging. Some years later, another labourer was assigned to the same parcel of land for similar task. Seeing that the land has been dug to a certain depth, he decided to continue from where the previous man stopped. After several days of digging, he was tired and almost discouraged. While he was contemplating on the next decision to take, an urged came within him to put in another effort, which he did. To his greatest amazement, he struck a hard object. Being inquisitive, he decided to confirm what it was. He discovered that it was a treasure that he struck. He was filled with excitement and his joy new no bound. This amazing discovery changed the life and status of this second labourer forever. How often do we fail to realize how close we are to our desires and expectations before giving up.
This is usually how it is with most of us in careers, pursuits and endeavours. We sometimes don’t realize how close we are to that breakthrough, we sometimes don’t realize how closer we are to that success. We sometimes don’t realize how closer we are to that lifting, we sometimes don’t realize how closer we are to that greatness. We sometimes don’t realize how closer we are to that next level before we decide to give up. When it is looking tiring, that is when we have to press on. When it is looking discouraging, that is when we have to put up more courage. When it is looking frustrating, that is when we have to put ourselves together and forge ahead. Don’t allow another person to take the prize over what you started. You don’t get the prize because you started but because you started and finished. Prizes rarely comes to the man who started a task but to the man who started the task and followed it through to completion. It is one thing to start, it is another thing to endure and carry on to the end.
Life will always bring reason to be discouraged, life will always bring reasons to be depressed, life will always bring reasons to be worried, life will always bring reasons to cry. Life will always bring reasons to stop pressing further. Life will always bring reasons to give up. But the more all this thing are hurled at you, the more you should press on, the more we should keep digging. The more we should persevere, the more we should be resilient. Persistent and resilient is what determines how far a man will go in life amidst challenges. It is often said that a man is known by how much of what it takes to discourage him. Our response at the time when the circumstances is not looking favourable is what defines us. When life pushes hard on you, you don’t have to sit and cry, you just have to stand up and keep trying. When life pushes had on you, you don’t have to feel beaten and knocked down, you just have to rise up and push back. We miss out of the best sometimes because of how soon we give up. We misses out sometime because of our readiness to quit. Never say never. Make the next move with stronger strength. Applied the next effort with higher expectation, Even when it doesn’t seems as if there is breakthrough. Even when it doesn’t appear to be nearer. Apply an energy greater than the previous even when it doesn’t look obvious. You just have to realize that every effort is taking you nearer than you think. You never can tell if it will be the next strike that will bring it forth. Even if it doesn’t, Keep digging! keep pressing! keep pushing! Persevere and never give up. All the effort you have exerted is not wasted. It is unveiling the treasure gradually. That next strike might be it. Don’t forget, It is nearer than you think.
Stopping half way shouldn’t be an option
The hidden treasure will not unmask itself, you just have to persevere, be resilient and put effort upon effort in order to unmask it. The decision to stop halfway might look good but it is not the best. The decision to stop halfway might be enticing but it should not be yielded to. The decision to stop halfway might be an option but it should not be accepted. We stop half way not realizing how close we are to the hidden treasure. If you choose to, no one will penalize you but you might end up in regret. Consider how far you have gone. Consider the effort and input, Giving up is not the best. Many have not gotten it because they stopped half way. Many have remained unfulfilled because they left half way, many could not get it because they stopped half way. Many expectation have remained unmet because they stopped half way. If you choose to stop half way, you may not get another opportunity to follow it through to completion. Wouldn’t it be good if your fortune and status changes. Wake up from the tiredness, arise from the relaxation and exert another effort. You never can tell if that might bring the desired breakthrough. Put up everything within you to do away with that discouragement, do all you can to do away with that depression, do all you can to do away with that tiredness. Arise! it is indeed nearer than you think.