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"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Living a Life of Tenacity

The toddler who decides to get up on his legs and walk is tenacious. He may not be thinking that his goal is to walk, because he does not yet think along those lines, but he does see mommy cheering him on, or a delicious candy tempting him on the table that is just over there, or a toy he'll be able to grab, if he manages to walk over to that table. So he has a goal in mind and his tenacity to keep himself on his sturdy, albeit as yet shaky little legs, is fueled by that goal. So on he goes. And he gets up over and over again, if he stumbles and falls.

An 11-year-old aspiring ballerina has the tenacity to keep up with a grueling practice schedule, on top of taking care of her school work, because she has a goal in mind. Her tenacity will have to last years, if she aspires to get somewhere in her chosen vocation.

A young Rafael Nadal must have exhibited enormous tenacity as he practiced tennis every day in his native Mallorca, long before he became a household word, because he too, aspired to a great goal: to become a tennis great.

I could continue on with any number of examples, but what is very clear, is that we can not only learn from those who are famous, and who have actually gone on to achieve their goals, but also from that tottering toddler who is simply learning to walk. His tenacity should be a model for us to base our lives upon.

What are your goals? How much are you willing to give for them? How much stick-to-it-ive-ness do you have? Are you able to put your elbows down on the table and stay there in order to do or learn whatever it is you need to do? Are you able to get up early in the morning in order to work out, or practice, or meditate, or learn, or study, or write, or paint, or play an instrument because you can't at other times during your day but you want this so much that you are willing to give up that extra hour of sleep in order to do it? How great is your tenacity?

Here's one point to consider: all of those who went on to greatness (including the toddler whose greatness is that he learned how to walk), had someone or more than one someone, who cheered them on, who coached them, who made them accountable to their practice or work, who inspired and motivated them when they felt like giving up. However, not all of us have someone like that. Therefore, to have a practice of motivating and inspiring yourself is of enormous benefit and also very, very necessary if you really want to reach your goals. It was Zig Ziglar who said: People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

So it's clear that if you want to live a life of tenacity, you have to find a way of keeping yourself tenacious, by being motivated. And in order to remain motivated, if you don't have a group of people who do it for you (a coach, a teacher, a partner, a friend, etc.), and even if you do, you would do well by beginning to look about you in this marvelous age we live and use the internet for precisely that.

While I am in my kitchen, preparing a meal, or while I am in my bathroom putting on my make-up, or while I am in my car driving somewhere, even if it's only a few minutes away, I am listening to something on a laptop or tablet or audio or MP3 player that motivates, inspires, and interests me. I use that time to do this because it's typically 'dead' time, that people may use to talk on the phone, listen to the radio or TV, but without any particular sense of purpose ... in other words, what we normally do with that 'dead' time, does not inspire and motivate us. What I then listen to as described above, doesn't necessarily have to do with my specific goals at all, as long as it motivates and inspires and interests me, and as long as it is capable of keeping my inner energy high in a place where I will be able to continue to be tenacious about moving towards my goals. There are many articles about this topic here on my blog and on my website for you to look at, but the easiest way to get started is to check out sites like:
You will find much to inspire and motivate you here, just take a look around. But it's only the tip of the iceberg ... there is so much more, and there's enough to last you as long as you need, want and like. Much of it is downloadable, so you can take it to your car, and many of the videos can easily be converted to MP3's for easier listening - again - in your car. If you don't know how to do this (and believe me, it is very, very simple), ask a techie friend to show you. But do remember, in order to be tenacious like our tottering toddler, you need to keep yourself motivated and inspired, and if you don't have a group of cheerleaders to do that for you (and most of us don't), then this is such a simple and magnificent way to do it. It was Louis Pasteur who said: Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

For more about awareness about keeping your inner energy high, and how this will impact on your goals and life, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).

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Reviews From the Back Cover:

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world & practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd; Founder Trans4mind.com; author: Daring To Be Yourself 

"The human being's directory to the soul. A breakthrough for those seeking practical assistance, those of a more mystical bent & every soul awaiting discovery." Toni Petrinovich, Ph.D.; author: The Call: Awakening the Angelic Human

My new book The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is now also available in print and Kindle formats.

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From the Description on Amazon: More exciting than any other kind of relationship you have ever known, spiritual partnership is a path, a Tao, available to you so that you may transform your life. Spiritual partnership becomes background music to daily life allowing you to enhance the process of your growth and evolution.

This ground-breaking book addresses:

• relationship patterns that hold you back from a truly fulfilled life
• the strong connection between sexuality and spiritual partnership
• communication leading to true connection & lasting transformation of your relationship

It is precisely at the problematic crossroads so often encountered in relationships that we are offered the opportunity to create a new foundation based on mutual complementarity rather than need; a free relationship between two people who want to be together, rather than two people who need to be together. Needing another, we are told, is the measure of love, but for a fully conscious individual nothing could be further from the truth. And therein lies part of the secret and healing power of spiritual partnerships. 

Praise for The Tao of Spiritual Partnership 

“All humans seek the illusive touch of another's Soul, which opens us to the sense of belonging to something bigger than the self. Dr. Kortsch has given us the true "tao" of relationship in this brilliant exploration of emotional tapestry. We will be grateful for this illumination of spiritual partnership for generations to come." 
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Robert Schwartz: Author of Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born 

Note: If you are wondering why this blog is now only appearing on alternate days (excluding Sat/Sun), it is because I also post on my other blog on the others days. That other blog is The Tao of Spiritual Partnership, so named for my new book. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

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