“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” ~ Og Mandino …
Persistence is the key to success in everything we do in life. Far too many people waste precious time and energy trying to avoid difficult things in their lives, or even worse, give up at the first signs of any complication. Little do they realize, however, that even the most complex of tasks become much simpler and much easier when we persist in trying them.
Realizing success in life is a choice–one of the many choices we have available to us each day. When faced with something that may seem overwhelming and difficult, I can choose to give up in favor of something that requires much less effort, or I can choose to keep at it, in spite of overwhelming odds, regardless of whether or not I see any visible progress.
A great example of this is building up endurance for running. If I wanted to run a 10k, I most likely would not succeed if I just went out and tried to run it, or at least I would finish in poor condition. But if I work at running it over time, at shorter but increasing distances, and at a slower but increasing pace, I will gradually approach a point at which running a 10k is something within my power to do. Running each day builds up and improves our ability to control our breathing, our lungs ability to distribute oxygen better, our hearts ability to pump blood more strongly and efficiently to our vital organs, and our muscles ability to perform and recover.
Do not let pain, discomfort, failure, fear, or difficulty remove your ability to reach your full potential. Giving up and avoiding difficulty may seem like the easier and the smarter path at the time, but the more we keep at things in life, the easier they will become. More importantly, the more we persist at them, the more we will learn, grow, and develop ourselves into the person we wish to be. No matter what we wish to do, we are all beginners at one point in our lives–runners grow by running, singers grow by singing, speakers grow by speaking, and leaders grow by leading. Allow yourself the opportunity to accomplish the things you truly want to do in life by refusing to give up.
Try something you have previously given up on.
Questions to consider:
What are some things that you are persistent at? Are those the things that are most important to you as a person?
In what things have you noticed your persistence paying off? Have them become easier? How do the gains feel?
How does persistence increase and empower us?
For further thought:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge