T’was the night before Christmas when Hope and Hard Work met at an office party. Hope and Hard Work were captivated by the others’ beauty. The attraction between Hope and Hard Work was so powerful that they quickly got married after falling in love. Because Hope and Hard Work loved each other deeply, they decided to have a baby. Unfortunately, they both struggled with infertility. After many painful years of disappointment, Hope and Hard Work were finally able to have a child. They named their one and only baby… Mark!
Mark was the dream of Hope and Hard Work. Every time Hope or Hard Work called for Mark to wash up before mealtime, it was a reminder to themselves that they had finally achieved their dream as a couple. Calling for Mark reminded them that they eventually “hit their mark” as a couple.
We all have dreams. Everyone wants to “hit the mark” in life.
Some goals are powerful and fuel your passion and energy in life. Other “marks” are pleasant thoughts we indulge in even though we know they’re highly unrealistic. What’s the difference? What separates our bold passions from pleasant daydreams? My recent Unbeatable guest, Bobby Harrington, convinced me that one word makes the difference… BELIEF!
Bobby said something in that interview that I can’t get out of my head. This statement caused me to wonder what Hope and Hard Work would choose to name a child if they married. “If you believe in your goal enough, don’t give up. If you give up, you didn’t want your goal that much anyway.” It takes Hope and Hard Work to hit your “Mark”!
When it comes to achieving our goals, there are a lot of factors that come into play. You need a clear sense of direction, a solid plan, and the right opportunities. But even with all these things in place, Hope and Hard Work will ultimately determine success or failure.
Hope and Hard Work keep you going when things get tough. They allow you to see past obstacles, overcome setbacks, and keep moving forward even when you feel like giving up. And while they may not be the most glamorous married couple, they are essential to achieve your goals.
So, what exactly do I mean by Hope and Hard Work? Hope is the quality of persistence and determination in the face of adversity. Hope keeps you going and helps you stay focused on your goals, even when you encounter setbacks or obstacles.
On the other hand, hard work is the ability to keep going over the long haul. It’s what allows us to sustain our efforts and maintain our motivation despite setbacks and hardships.
Together, these qualities form the flesh and bone of any successful effort. Whether you’re trying to start a new business, write a book, or achieve any other big goal, you must be tenacious (Hope) and enduring (Hard Work) if you want to succeed.
Hope and Hard Work offer you the chance to hit your Mark… but also come at a cost.
You must be willing to focus on your Hope by tuning out all the other lesser relationships if you want to hit your Mark. Hard Work demands physical and emotional energy. Make sure your Mark is worth the costs of time and effort.
No matter what happens to you in the coming year, don’t let Hope and Hard Work get divorced! They are both essential to hit your mark. You can’t achieve your goals with only one of these qualities. Remember: if you believe in your Mark enough, don’t give up Hope. If your Mark isn’t worth the Hard Work, you didn’t love that baby that much anyway.