The Essence of ‘Don’t Quit’

The beginning of a new year often brings a mix of hope and uncertainty. It’s a time to set new goals, let go of old habits, and embrace change. Drawing inspiration from Merryl Tengesdal, a retired colonel and the first black woman to fly the U-2 spy plane, we find powerful lessons in perseverance and resilience. Her journey, as recounted in her book “Shatter of the Sky,” offers a blueprint for facing the new year with confidence and purpose. Merryl invites us to a moment of reflection. As we step into the new year, she suggests contemplating three crucial questions: What will you stop doing? What will you start? And what will you continue? This exercise isn’t just about making resolutions; it’s about realigning our life’s compass to navigate through the year more effectively.

The Power of Persistence: ‘Don’t Quit’

At the core of Merryl’s message is the mantra: “Don’t quit.” It’s a simple phrase but often difficult to live by. The journey to success is rarely straightforward, and the path is littered with challenges that test our resolve. Merryl’s life exemplifies the rewards of tenacity. When faced with obstacles or uncertainty in the new year, remember her advice: the real failure isn’t falling short of your goals; it’s giving up on them. Merryl’s story is a rich tapestry of choices, changes, and chances. Her career path, from aspiring astronaut to becoming a historic figure in the Air Force, is a testament to the power of adaptability and courage. Her decision to switch from the Navy to the Air Force, leading to her monumental achievement, teaches us the importance of being open to new directions and opportunities.

Embracing Change and New Challenges

Life is unpredictable, and Merryl’s post-Air Force adventures – from becoming a personal trainer to starring in a reality show – illustrate the excitement of embracing new challenges. As we navigate through the year, let’s remain open to the unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes, the most rewarding experiences come from the most surprising places. While Merryl achieved much, she openly shares about her unfulfilled dream of flying the space shuttle. This honesty about unmet goals is a powerful reminder that it’s okay to have dreams that are still in the works. What matters is the continuous pursuit and the hope that keeps us moving forward.

Your Takeaway for the New Year

As you embark on this new year, let Merryl Tengesdal’s journey inspire you. Remember, when facing difficulties or when your goals seem out of reach, “Don’t quit.” The journey towards your dreams may be long and winding, but it’s in the journey that we find growth, learning, and fulfillment. The new year is an open book, and your story is yours to write. Take Merryl’s advice to heart: Reflect on your path, embrace new challenges, and never give up on your dreams. The journey ahead promises to be as amazing as you make it. Here’s to a year of persistence, growth, and endless possibilities. Keep going – your journey is worth every step.