Posted by: Anastacio Martinez | November 7, 2011

Abraham Lincoln’s Roadmap To Success

Photo: Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore, stone heads of the presidents.

Do you feel like you are going through pretty tough times right now?

Are you facing a climate of massive turbulences and challenges in your life? Or you feel like your tank’s level of hope is almost empty?

Let me tell you something I realized just if you answered “Yes” to any of those questions… What is it? We will go through any of this scenarios at one point of our life and what’s really important when this happen is to keep the faith and the believe that this place of darkness is temporary and not permanent.

Robert H. Schuller said, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

This is a powerful quote that reminds us to be tough and relentless!!! I encourage you to post this quote in your refrigerator’s wall or in your bathroom. This will cheer you up every time you see it or read it :-). Yessss.

I know that we are almost done with 2011 and probably we haven’t achieve some of the goals we set at the beginning of the year. That’s ok!!! Don’t beat yourself for the things you haven’t accomplish. Instead focus in the things you have achieved and conquered during this year. There are always positives things to focus on :-). Wouldn’t you agree? I’m sure you will find them.

My intention in this post is to turbo charge the belief in YOU of *Anything is POSSIBLE* no matter how tough your situation might be.

The way I’m going to do this is by sharing Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable story. In my opinion this is one of the greatest examples of persistence of all time.

Here is the road map of Abraham Lincoln on his way to become as many considered the greatest president of United States:

  • 1816 – His family was forced out of their home.
  • 1818 – His mother died. He was only nine years old.
  • 1831 – Failed in business.
  • 1832 – Defeated in the run for Illinois State Legislature. Also, lost his job.
  • 1833 – Failed in business. Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he filed bankruptcy
  • 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
  • 1835 – Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died
  • 1836 – Had a nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months
  • 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
  • 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
  • 1846 – Elected to Congress (success)
  • 1848 – Lost re-nomination to Congress
  • 1849 – Rejected for Land Officer job
  • 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1856 – Defeated for nomination for Vice-President
  • 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1860 – Elected President of United States (success).

What an impressive and inspiring story. Isn’t? Lincoln’s profile showed us that we can accomplish anything we want regardless of how many obstacles come our way. And reaffirmed the belief of *Anything is POSSIBLE* in us. Also, demostrated us to be tough and to stick to our dreams :-).

If we want to get to the pinnacle of success and accomplish our wildest dreams in the journey of life, we have to make a clear statement right now in this moment. What is it Anastacio? The statement is that we are going to fail along the way!!!

Lets face it. We are going to have pitfalls and we are going to hit some landmines in the playing field. And that’s perfectly fine as long as we keep moving.

You know what? Many successful people go through massive adversity. Lincoln did!!! The botton line here is that is all about focusing in our heart’s desire with an arsenal of qualities like being tenacious, courageous and fearless. Failing teaches us a big lesson. It teaches us what not to do. By learning this lesson we are closer to the things we want.

“Persistence Beat Resistence.”

Keep creating your big vision, the business, and the lifestyle that you’re dreaming of. And if you fail, take a $5 dollar bill out of your pocket to remind you one of the greatest persistence story in human kind.

Photo: Abraham Lincoln's $5 dollar bill.

Key question to ask ourselves when we are facing big or little challenges. Is there someone doing worst than me? If so, be grateful for your state of being, take a deep breath, and keep walking.

Remember to be more resilience, mentally tough, bold and never give up by temporary defeats!!!

Like this? Be sure to share this with all your Facebook friends, tweet this to your bird’s followers and link this to your professional network in LinkedIn. I know they will appreciate you :-).

Thanks for stopping by!!!

You are a Champion :-).

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