In the beginning of The Book of Mormon Lehi has a vision of the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem and is told to take his family and leave. After they've traveled a few days they set up camp. Lehi is then told he needs to send his sons back to Jerusalem to get The Plates of Brass (the Old Testament). A wealthy and powerful man named Laban has them.
The sons make the few days journey back to Jerusalem. None of them liked the idea of going to ask Laban for the plates. He must have been a very intimidating man. The oldest brother, Laman, gets the job. It doesn't go well. Laban not only doesn't give him the plates but also calls him a robber for asking for them, throws him out, and tells him if he comes back he'll kill him.
Laman reports to his brothers what happened. I believe his response and that of two of the others is typical of what most of us would do in such a situation: they feel like they've given their best effort and done what was asked of them, it just didn't work. They're done.
But Nephi, the youngest, tells them they weren't just sent to TRY to get the plates, they were sent to get them and bring them back. And they weren't going to return to their parents until they had them. "Let us be faithful". They try again and are nearly killed and again the brothers are ready to give up and again Nephi says "Let us be faithful." Nephi ends up going back by himself and this time he is successful!
I was reading this and thinking about how sometimes I feel a prompting or drive to do something or make a change and TRY but then hit a roadblock and give up. Have you done that?
I've been reading The 10X Rule. He teaches that success is not only important but it is your duty to be successful. Successful people view achieving their goals not just as something to aim for but as vital. He says "I guarantee that when you... begin to consider success to be a responsibility and an ethical issue, then everything else will immediately start to shift. ... To the degree that electing to do our personal best each and every day is ethical, then failing to do so is a violation of ethics." I am going to change my mindset about success and will be faithful!