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Top 10 Tips to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Your Goals
by On January 26, 2010

Overcome AdversityWho said this? “Never give up! Never give up! Never, ever give up!”

If you answered “Winston Churchill”, you would be correct! Thank goodness, there were men like him in the day when the world needed them most.

His message, of course, was related to World War II, but its implications for our lives are profound.

If a person gives up on his or her dream, all that will surely follow is sadness and depression. You need to team up with someone who will encourage you to “never, ever give up”. If you do not have a friend, parent, sibling, or spouse who fills this role for you as your biggest supporter, it can be very, very hard to persist.

In fact, those who should and could be your greatest “fan” can often be the person who you allow to keep you from your goals. Notice I said, “the person you allow”. Yes, you give permission to others to make you a “victim” of their control or criticism.

It takes courage, stamina, and most of all, patience to persist in working toward something that nobody else believes in. The person who is hurt is the one who quits. Reasonable people can work it out.

Here are 10 ways to help you achieve your dream:

  1. Have a family/friend meeting. Explain how important this goal is to you and ask your family’s indulgence to allow you the time or money (or both) that you need to work on it.
  2. Ask your family (or friends) what they believe would be fair in regards to time and money you need to spend on your project.
  3. Once you’ve agreed on time and money, stick to the bargain. Take the time and money you need and that have been agreed to and diligently work to the maximum to achieve your goal.
  4. Do not cheat yourself or your family/friend by not pursuing your dream, especially after they have “given you permission” to go for it.
  5. Learn everything you possibly can. Spend a minimum of 1/3 your allotted time and money learning more about the subject you are pursuing. Become an expert in your field.
  6. Commit to goals, short term and long term. Start with the end in mind – long term goal – and work backward when writing goals. (That’s another whole subject in itself!)
  7. Work on your dream every day of your life. Fill all the minutes and hours you’ve allotted with serious determination one day at a time.
  8. Give it all you can.  There will be days when you don’t feel like giving it your best. Give it your best anyway for that day. True, it might not be your “greatest” day, but give it all you have every day.
  9. Keep a journal. Write down what you accomplish every day. Just a few words will do, or else you will create yet another job, which you don’t need.
  10. Celebrate your achievements! Reward yourself with pre-determined gifts. Even a little bag of jellybeans would be a worthy reward for a short term goal! For your ultimate goals, give yourself the greatest reward. And then set new goals. You CAN achieve more!

Associate with people like yourself who enjoy the same kinds of pursuits. During your friendships, offer support to your peers. They will then be there for you when you need it.

Without dreams, the poet has no rhyme, the musician no song, and the artist no beauty.

To dreams! Salute!

About the Author:
Joanna Robbins is the Editor & Publisher for Power-Teams.Com at, a web site for internet entrepreneurs, as well as the Power-Teams Blog at

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