“This is the highest wisdom that I own, freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Finding the workable solution is almost always a question of persistence. It was my twelve-year-old daughter, Emma that reminded me of this the other day when she said, “You know it’s true, life most always works out if you just wait long enough.”  She was thinking of her middle school social issues and I was thinking of my new opening in my leadership team.

She is right actually. Learning to wait and yet keep coming back is the key to most situations.  Just being willing to finish a day saying, “I will try again tomorrow” is enough. It can carry you through the times when nothing is coming together and when your best ideas seem not quite enough. Having the courage to come back to your situation with a heart that believes in what you can’t see is a way to a positive future.

Great opportunity rarely comes wrapped looking like a gift. Usually it looks like a huge obstacle or at least a significant challenge. This is why persistence is considered a twin to excellence- because you can’t get to the quality required of great achievements without putting in the time.

It is good to remember too, that there isn’t really anywhere we are getting to.  Right here and now is enough.