I Refuse To Quit. Despite being told over and over to stop. Being told that I’m not good enough and that my efforts are all for nothing.
For, according to Prentice Mulford, “the man who succeeds must always in mind or imagination live, move, think, and act as if he gained that success, or he never will gain it.”
I Refuse To Redirect My Efforts. For one of the secrets of a successful life is to be able to hold all of our energies upon one point, to focus all of the scattered rays of the mind upon one place or thing. For I also know that the man who is forever twisting and turning, backing and filling, hesitating and dawdling, shuffling and parleying, weighing and balancing, splitting hairs over non-essentials, listening to every new motive which presents itself, will never accomplish anything. But the positive man, the decided man, is a power in the world, and stands for something; you can measure him, and estimate the work that his energy will accomplish.
I Refuse To Entertain Self Doubt. For the man without self-reliance and an iron will is the plaything of chance, the puppet of his environment, the slave of circumstances. I am never to allow a shadow of doubt enter my mind that the Creator intended me to win with in life’s battles. I will regard every suggestion that my life may be a failure, that I am not made like those who succeed, and that success is not for me, as a traitor, and expel it from my mind as I would a thief from my house.
I Refuse To Accept Defeat. I will never admit defeat or poverty. I will stoutly assert my divine right to hold my head up and look the world in the face; step bravely to the front whatever opposes, and the world WILL MAKE WAY FOR ME. I will hold belief that I am made for the place I fill and will put forth whole energy. According to Henry Ward Beecher, “It is defeat that turns bone to flint, and gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible, and formed those heroic natures that are now in ascendency in the world. Do not, then, be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.”
I Refuse To Get Fat. To prosper I must improve my brain power; and nothing helps the brain more than a healthy body. The race of today will only be won if I keep my body in such good condition that my mind is able and ready to sustain the high pressure on memory and mind. Health is essentially the requirement of our time to enable success in life.
I Refuse To Stop Reading. For the majority of this article was taken directly from “An Iron Will“. I know that leaders read and to accept the notion of not learning means I’ll stop growing. If I stop growing, I’ll start dying. HOWEVER, education is nothing without strong and vigorous resolution and stamina to make one accomplish something in the world. An encouraging start is nothing without a backbone. A man who cannot stand erect, who wobbles first one way and then the other, who has no opinion of his own, or courage to think his own thought, is of very little use in this world. It is grit, it is perseverance, it is moral stamina and courage that govern the world.
I Refuse To Back Down. Opposing circumstances create strength. Opposition gives us greater power of resistance. To overcome one barrier gives us greater ability to overcome the next. History is full of examples of men and women who have redeemed themselves from disgrace, poverty, and misfortune, by the firm resolution of an iron will. Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. Not the distance we have run, but the obstacles we have overcome, the disadvantages under which we have made the race, will decide the prizes.
I Refuse To Accept That Which I Am Not.