Inspirational Quotes #7 – Continue to Persevere!
Oh my, oh my! Time really flies! I made this video last year in May 2019 – proclaiming back then that I shall commemorate 2nd week of May every year to be “Come-Back Week”.
This was because I was so awed and overwhelmed with the fashion that first Liverpool and then Tottenham Hotspurs secured their places in the Finals of Champions League 2019 over their super-strong opponents, Barcelona and Ajax respectively. Both cases were come-back victories as well as last-gasp goals that came about because both team did one thing right – PERSEVERE UNTIL THE END. It ain’t over till the referee blew the final whistle!
And in my humble opinion, I drew four learnings from these games:
1) Admit that there is a situation/problem – both teams went into the 2nd leg after 1st leg defeats, Liverpool was 0-3 behind while Spurs was 0-1 down. They knew their predicament, they knew that they need to step up many more notches than their opponents in the 2nd leg in order to overturn the situation. With this in mind, then only then, can they psyche themselves to put up the grit, work on overdrive and train more!
Same thing in our daily lives – if one is caught in a situation or a rut, take a few steps back and take a hard look at the situation that you are in. Be critical of yourself, your environment, your resources or what have you – and come to an admittance that there indeed is a situation/problem.
Don’t try to take the easier route out – “sweep it under the carpet and try to forget about it”. If you think out of sight, out of mind, you are quite wrong, I am afraid. If the problem is still there, then this first step is crucial in “winning the wars”. Admittance will typically induce your system to produce that adrenaline rush to then attempt to take actions and rectify the situation.
2) Never quit; continue to persevere – had they stopped chasing until the last second, the makeup for that finals in June would have been very different, isn’t it?
Once you are pumped up with wanting to rectify the situation, capitalize on this drive and momentum to continue to persevere into an overdrive.
On this, I have a perfect example of Malaysia’s very own Pocket Rocketman, Azizulhasni Awang who despite having a splinter punctured right through his left calf, managed to finish Third during the final of the keirin event in the World Cup leg in Manchester in 2011. Talk about perseverance!!!