The Magic Four

What does it take for us to get things going and keep them going?  I mean, there is so much written on motivation, inspiration, and rejuvenation; how do we condense it all down?  I believe that it comes down to the Magic Four.  If you keep them fresh in your mind throughout the day, four things will make a big difference in the outcomes of your life.  What are those four things?  Persistence, Determination, Poise, and Self-Confidence.  Let’s take a look at them each individually in this three-part series.

Persistence may well be the most important of them all.  We all have such good intentions.  We sit down and tell ourselves that we want to do better, that we need to get things going.  So we write a list of goals or something to do, and we start on them.  Before we know it, we’re off track and sliding away from our objectives.  But what happened?  We had great intentions, and we meant it when we said we wanted to achieve them.  Yet, somehow, it just didn’t happen.  When we made our plans, we started with willpower, but what we didn’t sprinkle into the mix was persistence.  Nothing can sustain the relentless drive to achieve nothing.  You will succeed, but it will take the habit of following through on all of your plans with persistence.

If you are weak in persistence, as most of us are, surround yourself with friends that can support you in your efforts and you of them.  There are only two known elements in the entire universe, energy and matter.  We know from science class that matter can be broken down into units of molecules, atoms, and electrons and can be analyzed and separated.  Energy from our mind is energy that utilizes the second form of energy in a new way when applied in a spiritual nature.  When you surround yourself with others that also need and can give support, we lend our spiritual energy to others and receive theirs in return.  We form a bond of sorts that helps drive persistence.  These emotions carry us either to success or misfortune but rest assured that they involve our thoughts.

Anyone can make a plan, set goals, and put together a “to do” list, but only a few know that a definite plan and the burning desire of persistence are the only dependable means for achieving long-desired goals.  I challenge our readers today to examine how persistent they have been in their life.  Set a plan right now, just one real specific purpose, and persistently pursue it for a month.  You will be glad you did.

Part II in this series is linked here The Magic Four: Poise & Self-Confidence – Dr. Rich Patterson (

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Yours for a Better Life,