An Unrelenting Desire
“To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.” — Edward Bulwer Lytton
In an ancient Greek fable, the playwright Euripides conveys a story of an army general who buries a large treasure in his tent, following his defeat in battle.
When the conquering general and his troops were unable to locate the treasure, they consulted the Oracle of Delphi who advised them to look under every stone.
The conquering general returned to the site where the tent was situated, ordering his troops to search under every stone until the treasure was uncovered.
The tale by Euripides, depicts man’s unbending desire to pursue every course of action to achieve his outcome.
Giving up may sometimes be an easy way out since it abandons the need to concede to failure and the ensuing emotions which arise from defeat.
Yet, character is formed in defeat, similar to the process where carbon dioxide when applied with intense heat and pressure, gives rise to form a diamond.
How do you feel about this?
Have you experienced periods of pushing through obstacles and challenges to realise success?
We ought to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit to realise our goals. That is, adopt an unrelenting desire to pursue that which burns deep in our heart.
Those who strike upon success have an unyielding tenacity not to lose sight of their vision.
Similar to a dog who refuses to let go of a bone until he has gnawed at it to bone fragments, we must strive to exhaust all avenues before we retreat.
We might believe every course of action is being undertaken, yet something is always lurking around the corner, waiting to command our attention.
Success Sharpens The Saw Of Character
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” — John Wooden
Those who seek a cure for their illness, spend years searching for a solution to no avail.
Yet, as they abandon hope, a likely solution is brought to light when they least expect it.
Therefore, we must remain vigilant, yet in a state of expectation without a projected outcome of how our goals or plans will come to bear.
What if we asked ourselves a simple question: What do you desire the most?
We often spend a great deal of time protesting what we don’t want, to the detriment of our true desires.
Our subconscious mind constantly scans our innermost thoughts and daydreams.
It does so by filtering pertinent information to reveal patterns of thought, particular to our character.
Therefore, giving up should be the last resort until all avenues have been exhausted.
That is the important distinction here: until all avenues are exhausted.
Similarly, what we intend to achieve may not be realised in the form we might expect.
Many of the world’s greatest inventions came to life because of an accident or mishap.
Consider the inventions taken for granted nowadays such as: Post-it notes, Penicillin, the microwave oven, Velcro and x-rays, which arose out of accident and countless errors.
It is no surprise that vigilance, tenacity and an unrelenting desire are paramount in the quest to succeed.
This principle applies to most areas of life: improving personal finances, career, entrepreneurship and seeking a committed relationship.
That is why we must think in terms of infinite possibilities.
Are you comfortable with the idea that we may not realise how far we can go with a goal or project unless we see it through till the end?
“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” — Henry Ford
The ability to tune out distractions becomes a focal point to realise our goals.
The winner’s mind is goal orientated, given its laser focus to stay committed to the project until it has come to life.
Regrettably, most people adopt the suck it and see approach to goal attainment, eluding to the English expression of, “giving it a go” while being attentive to what eventuates in the process.
Whilst merit is gained in adopting this approach, it is better suited towards smaller goals rather than risk gambling with the game of life.
A more likely strategy calls for developing a compelling inner resolve to pursue the goal til the end.
You see, far too many people give up, just when the tide turns.
Whilst we may not appreciate how close we are, in hindsight we might lament our missed opportunity.
I am drawn to the quote by the late author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn who writes: “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”
To leave no stone unturned in our quest for success, requires restrained patience and biding our time.
Similarly, a steadfast vigilance to realise a successful outcome is paramount.
So, we alternate between these two states, given that patience and vigilance oppose one another.
We mustn’t abandon hope when all seems lost, since that is the time when the tide turns in our favour.
Life is bound by unexpected change when we least expect it. Consider a goal or plan you committed to.
How can you infuse it with conviction to see it through til the end?
For example, you might find your WHY which creates a stronger sense of purpose and belief to commit to the goals.
In concluding, we ought to pursue everything in our power to realise our goal, then turn it over to the greater universe to deliver the ideal outcome.
Therefore, we should adopt the same inner conviction towards our vision of success.
Sure enough, when we least expect it, success will be there to greet us in the timeliest hour.