I saw a friend this week who loves to go cycling. He told me a story of one of his rides recently and I wanted to share it with you. He was telling me that he likes to challenge himself occasionally so he doesn't get stuck in a rut in his riding. He decided to head up a certain mountain road that he's never taken before toward the summit. The road winds back and forth for miles. He rode and rode for a very long time and it was very challenging. It started to get cold as he ascended higher and higher up the hill. Finally he decided to stop and turn back. Downhill of course was a piece of cake. What he didn't realize though was how close he was to the top. If he would have kept going a little bit farther, he would have reached the summit. He then told me that if he would have known, he would have continued up, but because he hadn't done this before, he gave up prematurely. He was so close, yet because of the unknown, he was so far away. He then told me the importance of getting advice and wisdom from people that have gone before you in life. Having a mentor or several can actually put you miles ahead in life. Learning from others who have already been down the path you are on and have had success can put you miles ahead. They have had success in overcoming obstacles and know what to expect. Why do you need to fall into the same mud puddles that they did? You can learn from them and steer clear of them right? I want to encourage you to not give up so quick. Not yet! Just because you may have fallen down, doesn't mean you are going to stay down. You are probably closer than you think to achieving your goals, whatever they may be, if you don't quit. Everyone has had times when they have questioned themselves on whether or not they should give up something. Some dream, goal, etc. "Maybe it's unrealistic" they say to themselves. Well, maybe it's not! Don't lose this battle in your mind. "Don't give up in the dark, what you received in the light." Maybe you are closer than you think to winning and if you hang in there you might just win. Sometimes it's not about crossing the finish line far ahead of everyone else. Sometimes the difference in winning comes down to an inch. Little efforts all add up and really do matter. When you are discouraged, pick up a motivational book or seek some wisdom from a mentor in regards to your situation. This could mean the difference between victory and defeat. You may discover one small piece of wisdom that shifts the whole scales in your favor. A single grain of rice can tip the scale. A single new concept can win your battle. So don't give up yet!! Not yet!!! You are almost there.