Persistence

201_3381Perseverance, doggedness, tenacity, not giving up, refusing to quit

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill.

When life knocks you down you have two choices- stay down or get up. Tom Krause

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. Collin Powell

  If we have not learned to persist, we probably have accomplished very little in our lives. Persistence means not giving up. When it comes to accomplishing a certain goal, we become a heat seeking missile; do not give up; and persist until we have acquired and struck our target.

If we never persisted to accomplish something, then either we have accomplished very little or that which we have accomplished came much too easily. It is a condition of human life that we have to learn to strive, take two steps forward and one step backwards, handle adversity, fall down in order to get back up, and to persevere. We need these experiences in our lives in order to become all that we are capable of being.

For those mastering the art of persistence, for all extents and purposes that are no goals they cannot complete. Mastering “persistence” is evidenced by seemingly there is nothing they cannot accomplish. It would seem they are a “heat seeking missile” or a “robotic computer” that does not know how to fail. Another example would be young men and women who join the U.S. Marine Corp and what it takes for them to graduate from boot camp. Young marines are full of self confidence, know no fear, and will go after their objectives with all that they have.

Those of us who are trying to become more proficient at “persistence” can learn much from such analogies. Many of us are not prepared to “pay the price”. We are not committed to our course of action. We are not willing to suffer adversity, setbacks, anguish, disappointment, obstacles, and the things that line themselves up in front of us to test us. We are required to “earn” the right and “pay the price” to accomplish our goals. It would be wonderful, if the pharmaceutical industry could develop a drug that would enable us to ingest doses of persistence, perseverance, self-confidence, will power, and all of the attributes that would cause us to be successful. However, life does not work that way. We have to earn our success the old-fashioned way, we have to work for it. Persistence is a learned skill. We learn it and master it by doing it and experiencing it. The more we do it, the better we get at it. If we do it long enough, eventually we will master it.

Challenge: Can you be described as a person who is persistent; one who perseveres; one who does not take “no” for an answer? Are you someone who cannot be diverted from your course of action or from accomplishing your goals? If your answer is “yes”, you have what it takes. If, your answer is “no”, learning to persist should become a higher priority in your life. Mastering persistence can make huge a difference in you and your successes.

Wisdom: Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Emerson

Spiritual: (NIV)

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Isaiah 40:29

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:12

Prayer:   Grant me the strength and the ability to persist, to not give up and to succeed at this life.

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