“Believe in a hope that a new hope is dawning, believe that your dreams will come true, believe in the promise of brighter tomorrows, begin by believing in you.”
The darkest hour of the night is just before dawn. Have you ever noticed that when you are about to break through there is usually a dark period that you experience?
Perhaps the roughest patch is actually just before you hit the gold. This is also the period at which many of us, give up on our dreams. I know that there is no dawn before darkness.
Mourning may come in the night but joy comes in the morning.
If you are going through a very difficult patch in your life this I believe is a sign that good things are yet to come. This though does not mean that you stop working hard but instead it is time for you to doubled your efforts.
I have come to realise that every time I start working on a new project, there is a period when things seem not to be making sense or going my way.
There is always a time when I feel that everything I try is not just working out.
When I started developing this website I gave up for some time because things seemed not to be working out for me.
This is when I did not even know how to promote my blog site and was receiving very little to no traffic. Perhaps that was the darkest time for this site.
When you are in your darkest period and continuously work hard and smart, the dawn will surely come.
Do not give up in this period of darkness, it is when you should work even harder to learn from your mistakes and ensure that when it is dawn you can reap the rewards and continue to enjoy them for a long time.
Every Good Thing is Worth the Effort
I believe that every good thing is worth your best effort and time investment. If you are to build something of value you will definitely have to invest a lot of your time and energy.
I have set myself targets for this site and this is always on my mind to ensure that my readers get what I feel is the best of me.
I am always looking to write content on a regular basis as this is the only way to add value to this site. Currently, there are close to a hundred articles all written by me and of fairly good value.
I must say that the traffic is currently improving and will surely reach the intended targets within a short period of time.
I believe that in a few month’s time this site will be of great value to my readers and contribute to personal development and self-growth topics.
One of the targets I have set for the next 12 months is to read a minimum of 12 personal development and self-growth books, this is in addition to my regular reading.
The journey of success is not an easy one but is very enjoyable. I can say am still in the darkest of hours it is not yet dawn for me and my intended life’s purpose. The good thing is I have started off, am no longer in my comfort zone.
Just Get Started and Stay on it
If you have been thinking or have a written down life’s purpose just get started with it.
Sometimes we over plan to the extent that our plans begin to scare us and eventually are overtaken by events.
There are some plans that I have shelved because they have been overtaken by events. Yes, it’s good to plan but please do not over plan.
You may adjust your plans as you go along and have a much clearer picture of what you want to achieve. Yes, it is very important to have a plan but also remember that time waits for nobody.
With time, patience, and perseverance you will accomplish all things. You should learn to strike a balance between your planning phase and your implementation process.
“In the marathon of life, success calls for dedication to the goal, perseverance, compassion for my fellow man, and faith in God” – John A. Kelley.
In the field of personal development and self-improvement, it is very important that you get started with your plans and adjust them as you go along.
You will agree with me that the same, is equally true with business plans. Normally the reality tends to be very different from the plan.
Only when you get started will you realise that some of the things you had planned for, might need to be adjusted to reality.
I personally see nothing wrong with adjusting your plans to conform with what is obtaining on the ground.
We are mostly discouraged when our plans are not matching with reality. This is when you realise that you have reached the darkest of hours. At this point in your life, you need to steady your ship and weather the storm.
At the end of the storm is calmness and it will surely be dawn. I believe that every project does go through storms and therefore, it is very important that you, the captain of the ship remain very focused to navigate through the storm.
If you give up you might just be a few metres away from your breakthrough.
Learn From Your Mistakes and Make Adjustments
It is very important to learn from our mistakes and make the necessary adjustments, in order for you to shorten your darkest hours.
Most of the time our darkest hours are a result of our mistakes.
Sometimes the dawn is delayed for reasons not known to us but, this should not make us despair for as long as we are sure that we are doing the right things.
Mistakes will always be there and are made by everyone including the most disciplined and successful people.
The difference, however, is how we recover from our mishaps. I always keep in mind that personal growth is not a competition neither is it a race with anyone. My personal development path is very different from yours.
Life will always throw challenges at us and hence we are prone to make mistakes as we navigate through it. Learn to analyse your failures and refuse to accept them.
Your mistakes are just one way of telling you to do things differently. With perseverance and persistence, your dawn will surely be upon you for a long time to come.
So far my personal growth journey has been a fairly enjoyable one. I keep praying to God that he continues to guide me on this path I have set myself on.
“Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure” -Benjamin Disraeli
“I don’t think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature” – John D. Rockefeller.
Remember that personal development is not a destination but a journey. The darkest hours of your journey are just before dawn.
Never give up on your dream and keep on making adjustments until you succeed. Remember that every good thing is worth your time and effort. Goodbye for now and “standout tall and be counted” you were created to be a success.