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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grit in your Craw saves Dreams

Today I'm delighted to welcome Christian author Robert Luckadoo to my blog with a book that offers advice I could probably well use. So if you're kind of struggling to achieve your goals, if you feel like the world keeps offering chances only to snatch them away, and if frustrations feel like "grit in your craw," read on to enjoy a slightly different point of view.

Thank you for visiting my blog Robert, and I wish you every success with your book, as you offer opportunities to reach for success to other readers.

“Diligence, Tenacy and a Little Grit In Your Craw will help you achieve your goals on life’s carousel of success”

(An Excerpt from Grit In Your Craw:  The 8 Strengths You Need to Succeed in Business and in Life)

Success is achievable!
Whatever your personal definition of it is, success in life is right there for the taking. God wants you to be successful. He’s given you opportunities in your life, some of which you’ve accepted and made the best of. Maybe you’ve intentionally ignored other opportunities or didn’t see them for what they were, diamonds in the rough, opportunities hidden in an opaque shell.
I’ve always thought our opportunities for success are like a series of windows on a rotating carousel, windows that open and close as the carousel of life rotates past us. Some of these windows of opportunity are hung low, where they’re easy for us to reach. We may be able to walk up and peek into them, testing the waters in a sense before we take the leap of faith inside.  Other windows are hung higher, reachable with a little effort. Most of us believe we can reach them, but others don’t take advantage of the opportunity. They don’t make the effort required to reach that level of success.
Still other windows are hung much higher on the carousel, so high that they look almost impossible to reach.  But even these can be reached. It just takes a better plan and a little grit in your craw.
As we stand and watch the carousel, our success is right there in front of us, waiting just behind those windows of opportunity.  Though some of them are harder to reach than others, they’re all right there, inviting us in before they close.  And the choice is ours—a choice very similar to the choice we make when we walk into our offices every day. Will we take advantage of the window that’s beckoning to us, regardless of how high it’s hung, or will we watch it pass by, never to open to us again.   
Sure, it will take a little effort on your part to climb up onto that carousel and seize that brief moment of opportunity, but like my mother said, when you turn the corner on any hardship, the blessings on the other side far outweigh the pain and suffering you endured to get there.  And like Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
If the window you aspire to reach is the one at the top of the carousel, the one that seems so far out of reach, all you have to do is embrace the eight qualities I’ve focused on in this book and make them a part of your daily routine. Success doesn’t come easily—it comes through a calculated, deliberate, mode of operation in your daily life—and these eight qualities will act as a foundation for that success. If exercised diligently and with a tenacious spirit, they’ll take you to the next level in your career and in your personal life. They’ll take you to the top of the carousel, where you can jump through the window that’s offering you the opportunity to achieve your greatest ambitions.
I wish you the very best in your pursuit of the success you desire in life. I hope the values and lessons I’ve shared with you will play a role in your daily life and help you to focus on your true purpose and live it. Success can be yours—God has given you the opportunity—so don’t miss the window. Climb up there on that carousel and seize your success!

Sadly, I'm nervous of heights, scarcely ever dared jump onto a moving carousel, and I can't help imagining those windows falling closed just as I grab, and slashing off my fingers. I think I just a warped imagination. But I do have faith, and I am trying to reach where my fingers are guided. Thank you for this excerpt, and I hope my readers have enjoyed it as much as I have.


Robert Luckadoo  is an author, motivational speaker, business consultant, and Corporate Estate Planning Specialist.   His new book “Grit In Your Craw:  The 8 Strengths You Need To Succeed In Business and Life” is available on Amazon (paperback and eBook), Ingram Spark and wherever books are sold.

Do you have confidence, discipline and a sense of purpose? Are you diligent, resilient, tenacious, optimistic and flexible? If so, you’ve definitely got “a little grit in your craw”, as they say in the South. In other words, you have what it takes to succeed! 

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