It takes effort to have the faith to start, but having the faith to stay is even harder.

It takes effort to have the faith to start, but having the faith to stay is even harder.

Garnering the impetus to start anything is a unique quality. 

It is considerably easier to dream and then procrastinate, than to dream and actually manifest. 

Once we forego the opportunity to put something off until later, we are metaphorically rolling up our sleeves and inserting our being into the task we have envisioned. This is not only rare, but when it happens, it can be a sight to behold. A human being with a vision and the fire in the belly to manifest it, is one of the most miraculous qualities of life that we may ever witness. A concept enters into the human mind through the ethos, stirs around for a prerequisite period of time, and then catapults that human into action of myriad variety.

Even more fascinating is the exploration of the countless ways that said human may express that thought process. It may happen through words, illustrations, math, music, art, physical activity, voice, and countless other uses of our human skillsets to enable that abstract concept to become something tangible that may be shared or observed by others.

One only need look 360º around oneself at any moment in time to see more than 100 of said expressions, reinforcing that others before them came to a conclusion and acted on it.

But…. Having the faith to start is a far cry from having the faith to stay. 

The impetus to start is the brainstorm, leading to a first burst of passion that loves to manifest while the idea is fresh and stimulating. 

Much more difficult, is the patience, tenacity and determination to stick with something long past that first spark of inspiration. Eventually that first spark fades and obstacles are met in the manifestation process. In that moment, the first waves of discouragement are felt. Almost akin to seeing “Surrender Dorothy” written in the sky, we are finally confronting the first of many obstacles which will unquestionably impede our progress and start to negate that burst of enthusiasm that was the impetus to start this journey.

This is the juncture in which many of these kinds of projects fail. Finding that moment in which we are confronted by something that is either daunting, annoying, disappointing or frustrating is an inevitable segment of the creation journey. Understanding how these moments are likely to dissuade us from wishing to continue is one of the most important components of the manifestation process. When they arrive, it is often time to take a break, contemplate the variables that are confounding the progress, and regroup oneself to accelerate around, through or over said obstacle. 

Sadly, this is where most projects fall apart. In that break, the comfort of not having to push forward through the difficult chapter becomes so seductive, that in many circumstances, the project dies an uncelebrated death.  The true mark of a motivated person is the one who sticks it out. Who returns to the situation with renewed energy and vigor and circumnavigates the obstacle, or flat out destroys it.

The faith to stay is a huge part of life. It is required in relationships, personal and professional efforts, difficult conversations and so much more. Training oneself to understand this is a definitive part of life, could not be more important.

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!