Greetings to you all on this lovely crisp, clear, cool autumn morning! What a beautiful day.
I had a wonderful weekend celebrating my daughter Rebekah’s Honor Star crowning. After three years of very hard work & determination she completed a rigorous program that included earning 27 badges, memorizing countless scriptures & the books of the Bible, reading the entire New Testament, completing many service projects and much more! She is one of only four girls from our local church and a hundred girls from the Northern California/Nevada district that achieved this accomplishment. I was so very proud of her.
It got me to thinking…of the thousands of girls who start out and participate in this program….what is it that makes only a small percentage of them achieve this honor? Everything is available for them to be successful:
- The program is hard but the plan is all laid out and easy to follow.
- There are teachers and sponsors available to encourage, assist and keep the girls on task.
- There are weekly meetings to help them complete their assignments.
- There are even fabulous incentives — what young girl do you know who would not want to wear a long beautiful white dress, be crowned with a sparkling jewel laden tiara, be given flowers and escorted by her handsome prince of a father while being recognized on a local & district level?
- And of course there is the wonderful feeling 0f pride for accomplishing a goal.
And yet even with all that, only a few who begin the program end up being crowned.
So what is it exactly that makes some “go for it” and others pass it by or quit in the middle??? I am sure that there are many reasons but one stood out crystal clear to me this weekend. All the girls receiving their rewards…..
Wanted it desperately!
There is a lot involved in achieving any accomplishment but it can often come down to sheer determination and will. Do you really want to achieve your goals in life? Whether they are business goals, personal goals, financial goals, physical goals, or family goals – do you really want to accomplish them?
As a high school field hockey player (on a very competitive team)…..we use to say this cheer before every game…. “You’ve got to want it to win it & we want it more! S — C — O — R — E…..score team score!”
I grew up with a Mom who use to say on a regular basis…. “Where there’s a will…there’s a way!”
And as a high school teacher when counseling a young person who was frustrated that life was not going the way they wanted it to I would often say…. “Make it happen!”
A lot of what we achieve or do not achieve in life boils down to this:
Do we really want it?
Are we willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen?
What do you really want in your life? What do you really want to do, have or accomplish? (staying home with your kids, private school tuition, losing those extra pounds, stopping that bad habit, having a fulfilling marriage, starting your own business, working at your “dream job”, getting a degree, traveling, additional income to “make ends meet” or for some “extras” in life….the list goes on & on!)
If you really want it…..you need to put your determination and will into making it happen!
Start today! I know you can!
2 responses to “You have to want it!”
Congrats to Rebek and to you and Dan. The pictures are lovely and so is Rebekah. We are proud of you Rebekah! Wish we could have been part of the celebration. : ( We will see you all soon though.
Congratulations, Rebecca! I was crowned an Honor Star 25 years ago and it is still a very fond memory. I hope that my daughter, Emily Rebekah, will pursue this goal as well!