In 2014, a wide receiver for a Texas high school football team, Apollos Hester, was interviewed after a stunning comeback against the opponent expected to win the game. His interview went viral on YouTube. Here is what he said:
“You’re going to be successful because you put in all the time, all the effort, all the hard work and you know that it’s going to pay off. It’s going to pay off and if it doesn’t pay off, you continue to give glory to God. Win or lose, we realize we were going to be all right. It was awesome.”
Wise words from a young man who is now a motivational speaker. What strikes me about his comments is this – it is the time, effort and hard work that will ensure the victory, and if it doesn’t, we thank our creator and continue to move forward. It is consistent practice and being grateful that makes the difference. It is easy when we win. Continuing to be grateful when we lose is the challenge.
Having an attitude of gratitude is an important factor to continue along the path to success. I encourage you to adopt a way to be grateful every day, such as, keeping a journal on your night stand. At the end of the day, record three things you’ve been grateful for that day. Or before your feet hit the floor in the morning say a prayer of gratitude thanking God for the gift of a new day and all the possibilities it holds. Do you have a gratitude practice? If so, share it in the comments below.