Perseverance: continually moving forward despite obstacles trying to get in your way.
Perseverance has never been my strong suit.
Passion I have in abundance.
Optimism and enthusiasm come naturally.
Talent and tenacity are familiar friends.
But persistence and perseverance are strangers I’ve recently invited into my acquaintance.
I’m more familiar with avoidance. I put off hard decisions because I’m afraid of making the wrong one. I don’t like the initial pain of dealing with problems, and so put it off, realizing that the pain will just increase over time but not ready to deal with it right now. I don’t like the fact that something will be imperfect, but if my immense burst of energy cannot take care of it initially I move on to something quicker, something simpler. That leaves me with projects unfinished, plans unmade, phone calls and letters unsent and weight unlost. I could be good at so many things with perseverance.
Music has been the passion with which I’ve been the most persistent. Being involved in the Choral Arts Society of Washington and submerging myself in the learning of new music has been the reward of years of perseverance in the honing of my skill and practice in vocal training. I know that I can succeed and persevere if I put my mind to it, I have that fire within me, but I need the motivation to take that heat and transfer it into other areas of my life.
Since weight loss has always been a struggle, I have made a habit of avoidance that I am working to break. I have FINALLY decided to take control of what I put into my body and how I treat my body, and I am going to continue to my goals no matter what this time. Just because I’m ill or there’s a special occasion with sweets or I injure myself doesn’t mean that I will undo all the good work I’ve put into myself. I will keep putting the small stones, one after another, day by day, on each other until my wall is finally built.
Here are some other quotations about perseverance in which to inspire your own journey:
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Excellence does not need you to be perfect, but to be dedicated to what you commit yourself to.”
― Wayne Chirisa
“Life is like crossing a river. If you take a huge step-aim for too bigger dreams-then the current will knock you off your feet and carry you away.
The way to do it is small steps, you will take hold of life. You will get there in the end.”
― Louis Sachar
“Add persistence to patience, you get perseverance. Multiply perseverance, you get success.”
― Manuela George-Izunwa
May you persevere in your endeavors this week.