Did you watch the Oscars this year?  Every year actors use this platform to speak their mind or share their message.  This year may have been a year that we saw more of that than others.  What I took away, and so should you, is a message of perseverance.

From Kevin Hart to Leonardo Dicaprio, we heard the message that says, stay the course in what you do well and you will be rewarded.

Hart stated, "... These problems of today will eventually be the problems of old.... Let’s do what we do best and work hard.”

Dicaprio knew that years of dedication to his craft and six nominations later, his hard work had paid off;  Not in just this one film, The Revenant, but in a career of acting well done.  He stated, " I do not take tonight for granted."
The biggest Oscar take-away we can all live by

Even Academy Award winner (and loser) Julie Andrews said about perseverance,

"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th."

In our business or career, we often get frustrated when our hard work does not turn into the results we planned.  Or our well-planned goals are missed.  It can be frustrating.  Sometimes, even worse, others are rewarded for what we struggled so hard to achieve, or naysayers enter our life and ask, "What is wrong with you, maybe you are just not good at this."

So when is it time to persevere and when do you cut your losses and change?

Lisa Marie Jenkins, a transformational coach and training facilitator, says this about staying the course or changing: The answer is simple, but not easy. You have to let go of your attachment to having to have it or making it happen. When we need to have something to be okay or at peace, then we actually create an energetic block and it keeps it at bay. Attachment is a block to creating what you desire. It's the universal law of attraction.

When you feel that something is so right for you, have worked at it from every angle, you know it is your heart's desire, and have exhausted all possible efforts to make it happen and still no results, then it's time to LET IT GO. Back off, don't give it any more thought or effort and watch what unfolds! This is where deep trust in something greater than yourself and patience comes in.

When you back off and allow some space, one of two things will happen:

1. Either the opportunity will magically start flowing again or;

2. Something else will transpire in that space to show you a new direction.

In some cases you may realize that it was completely in your very best interest that it didn't work out that way you wanted. I know for me, because I am action oriented, I have been known to try and force a desired outcome. Every time I have done this, I have ended up regretting the outcome. It wasn't meant to be and I ignored the signs.

I think we can all agree it has been to our benefit and delight, that Leonardo Dicaprio has preserved.  He was first nominated for an Academy Award in 1993, when he was 19. He didn't win. He was nominated six times (five for acting, one for producing). It wasn't until last night, 23 years after his first nomination, that he finally took home the Oscar. Certainly he would have loved to have won in the prior years, and I am sure that he was heartbroken each and every time the presenter called someone else's name. But, he kept putting forth stellar work, awards were never his primary concern. And eventually, it was his name that they called.

And that is what we need to do. The work is what is important. Putting forth a stellar effort each and every day. Do that and, with time, the rewards will come. 
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