Will you make a way or let discouragement get in your way? Frustration may set in when things don’t go as expected. A lack of support from others may make it hard to stay the course. Despite circumstances, you’re determined to make a way where there seems to be no way.
If others didn’t lay a clear foundation, they contributed in other ways. Maybe they taught valuable lessons that you’ll need for the journey. Perhaps you learned from their mistakes. Whatever the case, you’re responsible for your future. And you have what it takes.
Imagine that you’re ready to lay the foundation for a road in the middle of a desolate area. There’s absolutely nothing for miles. Although you wonder if anyone will ever drive on the road, you recognize the area’s potential. After all, it’s fairly close to a larger city.
It’s going to take months to clear the land and lay the groundwork for a new road. But you counted the cost, and you’re sure that you have what it takes to finish the project.
Months go by, and you’re discouraged by a lack of progress. The road is longer than you imagined. You set an initial timeline and knew it would take months. But you still want to see some results. Deep inside you want to believe that your investment in time, money and effort will pay off.
The project is in full force, and you hit a fork in the road. The engineers found an unexpected problem under the road, and unplanned expenses come into the picture. You accounted for the expected, but you didn’t plan for the unexpected. Now you’re faced with a challenging decision. Do you forge ahead with the plan, or do you forfeit your investment and cancel the project altogether?
Canceling the project may be tempting. But you think about those who will be affected if you give up. Many have very long commutes on dangerous roads. Easier access to the city will change their lives for the better. You’ve spoken with those living in rural areas, and they’re so excited about the project.
Purpose and vision prompt you to continue with the plan. Although you have to find a way to get extra capital, there’s too much at stake to quit. You aren’t able to get buy-in from family, friends or investors. So, you have to look at other options. A greater investment now will reap tremendous rewards in the future. And you decide that the additional expenditure on your part is worth the risk.
Think of your aspirations as paving the way for yourself, your family and generations to come. The road may be longer than you initially anticipated. Others may not be as supportive as you would like. You’ll encounter setbacks and detours along the way.
Lay the groundwork for a vision that goes beyond yourself. You’ll have the determination to press forward when things don’t quite go as planned. Unexpected challenges may tempt you to give up, but don’t give in. You have what it takes.
If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You’ll get through the ride stronger than before. Make a way where there seems to be no way. Don’t go down a beaten path. Pursue purpose. Pave your own path.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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