Wishbone or Backbone?

Have you got too much wishbone and too little backbone? If so, this article is for you.Persistence_Wallpaper_by_hellhoundp2k

It’s well known that to accomplish a goal, first you must name it.

Write it out in brief, clear, unambiguous language. If you are uncertain about what you really are going for, what makes you think you will end up with anything but a vague end result?

Next you have to decide how much you really want it. What are you willing to give up or sacrifice to obtain what you want? Wanting implies that it has a desired value or benefit.

Finally, you have to do whatever is necessary to get it.

You can name it and want it, but in this universe, you have to have enough push-through to get it done. You will run into obstacles of all kinds to be sure. Can you continue in spite of all these things, or are you going to give up at the first bump in the road?

Now, to ensure you have enough backbone suitable for any challenge requires three things:

Carry out what you have decided upon. The temporary discomfort of self-discipline is far less than the pain of regret. Persistence is your greatest asset. Get ‘er done!

If you don’t stand for something you’ll stand for nothing. Be honest with yourself. Your character is not the same as your reputation. Character is who you really are when no one is looking. Reputation is just what others think you are.

Ignore the distractions, focus on the target. Commitment is what separates those with wishbone from those with backbone. Don’t let anything stop you.

But wait – there is one more important element that makes it all work together.

Entertainer Reba McEntire said it this way,

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.

I agree.

The wishbone stimulates imagination, dreams and goals to strive for.

The backbone is will and determination, which stimulates persistence and courage.

The funnybone though, may just be the most important element of the three bones. Your sense of humor allows you to not take life too seriously. And anything you can find humor in, you can survive.

If failure, setbacks and disappointment are the disease, laughter is the cure. Laughter is the relief valve for stresses of life; the rejuvenating force which invigorates your energy and revitalizes your goals.

Keep your sense of humor alive and active. It helps your willingness to persist in spite of anything; it draws your dreams closer and makes them more real; and it makes life worth living for all of us.

This quote by Andrew Carniege, an enormously successful businessman, summarizes the concept perfectly:

There is little success where there is little laughter. – Andrew Carnegie, who raised himself from rags-to-riches as a captain of industry and the king of steel.

daniel w. jacobs
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