Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!

Have you ever been excited about something and somebody who you love and admire shoot it down? Let me tell you, it stings. Bites. Deflates you, doesn’t it? Yeah, but don’t allow anyone to steal your dream!

They may have meant well, but they just couldn’t see what you envisioned. They didn’t grasp your concept or idea. Then what? Your resolve wavers, and your hard work and steadfastness quakes.

So what do you do? Do you throw in the towel and just give up? No, for crying out loud! Perseverance is a virtue. Where’s your stick-to-it-iveness? You have it. Haven’t you burned the midnight oil long enough to come this far? Okay, so maybe they didn’t get it. Time to regroup; dig a little deeper. Re-examine your goal and ask yourself what is it that you feel? What is the message that you’re trying to convey?

I guess with me, I tend to say a prayer, asking God to continue to guide me to express the message closest to my heart to share with others. Listen, I’ve come too far to give up! And so have you! Sure, it may be a little scary, but so what? Acronym of FEAR: Face Everything and  Run, or Face Everything and Rise. I chose the latter.

I know this is not always the case. At times, it does a body good to cry and let out emotions. Yes, I too, have meltdowns on occasion. But if you can stick to your goal, doing all you know to do with a determination second to none, when oppositions come (and they usually will), you won’t easily break. Time to reflect is all. Plant where you’re rooted. Bend like a palm tree, change directions if you must. If you feel you are to do a thing, whether people get you or not, stay the course. Don’t let others defeat you with their words or the looks on their faces! What am I saying? Face your giant! (But don’t forget your slingshot.)

BE encouraged.

“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

How determined are you?


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6 responses to “Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!

  1. Geri b

    I needed that. I’m faced with that exact situation in my career and is at a point of making decisions. You have helped. Thanks.

  2. Be indomitable, that’s my motto! 🙂

    • Oooooh! Good one, Joe! You had me looking this word up. I loved reading one of the meanings that said: “People described as having indomitable spirits don’t need pep talks or protein shakes; their strength comes from within.” 😀

  3. I wish I were more determined, but I admit when someone shoots me down my energy tends to whither. Typically it’s just a bump in the road though and once the initial shock is over I get more motivated to “prove them wrong.” But it will not be done in a way to “show them.” No, I’m more of the “keep it to myself” type after someone does something like that. In the end I know that the only person I need to truly please is myself because when Mama ain’t happy, no one is happy and I don’t believe I have to prove anything to anyone else. I set my standards high enough for myself that I don’t need someone else’s approval or permission — strong words, but when someone bursts my bubble it takes a little time to remember and practice this.

    • Well stated, Tilly. Sometimes we do have to regroup, don’t we? But we do rise again. It’s all a part of the process in life. Thanks for sharing.

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