#155: Persistence and Desire Make Us Winners
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
James J. (The Boilermaker) Jeffries was a champion heavyweight boxer at the beginning of the 1900s known for his strength and stamina. He repeatedly showed that persistence and desire make a winner.
In one bout against James (Gentleman Jim) Corbett for the world heavyweight title at the Seaside Athletic Club on Coney Island, NY, on May 11, 1900, Jeffries proved a prime example of these traits.
Against Corbet, Jeffries lost the first few rounds, then more and more until he had lost all of the first 23 rounds. But, with his never give up attitude, Jeffries knocked out Corbett in the 24th round for the championship.
A different time Jeffries won a 25 round fight against Tom Sharkey. All told, Jeffries boxed in matches of 22 rounds or more 213 times.
On any of those occasions it would have been easy for him to give up, and lose. But Jeffries was a winner who forced himself to undergo at least 22 new beginnings 213 times.
What does his story tell us about starting over when we've exceeded out daily calorie limit? To make a new beginning and to never give up.
Persistence and desire make winners. And, while winning may not be the ultimate goal in some activities, the effort is.
How many new beginnings will you allow yourself? Will you give up after five failed attempts to change your eating habits? After twenty? Or never?
Don't you owe it to yourself to be a champion like James J. Jeffries and begin just one more time, then one more, then one more, until you succeed and your new healthy lifestyle becomes a habit?
Practice persistence and desire and become the winner you were made to be.
As former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once told a graduation class, "Never, never, never, never, give up."