I hear the sound of rain.

So you have a project in mind, and after careful planning, you set out to bring this thing to fruition. At some point in the journey, you encounter some challenges, and doubt sets in. The naysayers turn up, and question your approach, your methods, your execution, and in effect you feel like they are questioning your ability to accomplish the task.

At this juncture, it is important that you do not lose hope. Revisit your plan; clearly identify the challenge you’re facing, and develop a strategy for getting past it. Don’t be afraid to seek out advice, and get assistance. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, or an act which confirms that you’re wrong. Rather it reaffirms your belief in yourself and your goals; gives that boost to your self confidence, and that in turn fuels your desire to persevere.

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but rather its persistence.

I am reminded of Elijah, who saw one tiny cloud in the sky and declared that a storm was coming. There is something about having faith, that makes one declare such things boldly. It inspires self belief, which in itself sometimes feels like a mixture of madness; hope; a good strategy, and just doing what is necessary. It probably truly is that when you get to the core of it.

While hope is not a strategy, a clearly defined and executed strategy is enough reason to give you hope. Stay the course, believe it’s gonna rain even when there is only one cloud in the sky.

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June 2021
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