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Imagine planning a road trip to a destination 500 miles away. You’re excited about the journey and know that when you arrive, you’ll be at a place where good things will happen.

Now imagine that on your trip, about halfway there, you run into a detour that will delay your arrival for hours. Would you turn around and go home? I can’t answer for you, but for me, I’d continue to my destination, remembering all the positives that motivated me in the first place.

I raise this scenario because so often, businesspeople have an idea, do a lot of preparation, and get off to a great start. Then, something unexpected arises, and they give up and abandon what they thought was such a great idea.

Had they taken to pause and reevaluated their mission, in all probability, with some persistence and perseverance, they would have never quit.

I’m not suggesting that there aren’t times when it makes sense to throw in the towel, but in so many cases, if you hang in there, you will reach your goal, even if it takes longer than expected.

Talk to anyone who has made major achievements. True, some may have lucked out, but most will tell you that it wasn’t easy, but they persisted until they succeeded.

Also, learn from your past successes. Think about obstacles you’ve overcome and know that you could do it again if you did it before.

It’s nice to have a partner like a road trip, especially when you hit a detour. That’s why I’m here.