How Far Would You Go?

We all have goals we’d love to one day attain. They may be tangible or experiential. If we were to explain our audacious life goals to someone it would be a good way for them to see the inner parts of us that we usually keep guarded.

Sadly, most of us will never experience our biggest goals in life.

I don’t mean to say this as a downer. Rather, it is my experience that the goals that truly matter to us would also take an inordinate amount of determination and persistence to make happen. That is why we keep them on the shelf for someday. As Wess Roberts said in his book, Attila the Hun:

“Always remember that worthy causes meet with the most resistance–even internal withholding of support and loyalty. If victory is easily gained, you must reconsider the worthiness of your ambitions.”

As a result, I love to hear a story of someone who pushed through the obstacles and made it happen. It inspires me to do the same and reminds me that usually the only thing holding me back is hard work and persistence. A friend recently sent me the following video from a guy who became a Yankee’s batboy when he was sixteen. Not only do I love it because his favorite player growing up was also my favorite player, but also because it is incredible to see what he persisted through. I’d encourage you to spend a few minutes and watch it yourself.

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan husband, father, executive pastor, and student of truth

9 Comments

Michellej

about 2 years ago

Your downer moment in this blog reminds me of how you said you viewed life like Abraham Lincoln...anyway, I do feel like most things are attainable with persistence but that takes time and encouragement to press on. That type of patience and positivity is hard to maintain.

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Agreed

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Earl Ricker

about 2 years ago

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Great quote, thanks

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Brian

about 2 years ago

Hilarious and touching!

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

I agree!

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Matt Johnson

about 2 years ago

Jeremy. I have some high expectations of this blog. Looking forward to reading.

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Glad to have you Matt!

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Steve

about 1 year ago

I would go as far as i need to go - regardless of the odds of success. It is prudent however to make sure the line between adherence to principals and the pursuit of a goal does not become blured. The loftier and the more complicated the goal is the more astute you must become. Sometimes giving up the pursuit of that goal is a tough thing to do, but it is also the RIGHT thing to do.

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