We will discuss the importance of belief in taking things from the realm of the impossible to the realm of reality in our next series. An entrepreneur and author, Ed Mylett tells the moving story about his father, who was an alcoholic until Ed was 15 years old. His father tried many times to quit drinking, but he’d get drunk again after brief periods of sobriety. When his dad drank, he became harsh and violent. His dad got into many fist fights or altercations with drivers, people at the bank, grocery store, and at his baseball games. Sadly, he even attacked Ed.
Upon the threat of losing his family, he told Ed, “Hey, I’m going away for a while, I’m going to get some help, but when I come back, I’ll be sober.” As soon as his dad returned sober, he said, “I’ll stay sober.” Ed asked his dad, how do I know this time will be different? I want you to promise me you’ll remain sober forever. Ed’s dad said he couldn’t promise him that he’d stay sober for the rest of his life, but he could promise him one thing: That he would stay sober until tomorrow. From then on, he repeated that saying every day for 35 years until the day he died. He never drank again. His focus wasn’t on staying sober for the rest of his life, but rather on remaining sober for one more day.
Friend, having a big why enabled Ed’s father to do that. Isn’t it amazing how something just clicks inside of you and you decide you can finally do whatever it is you’ve been working towards? You do it when you decide to give it all you’ve got, just one more day!