Friday, January 11, 2013

The Art of Perseverance



"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success before they gave up"

Thomas A. Edison


Perseverance.....

                  Persistence.....

                                            .....the ability to be vigilant in seeing things through, hanging in there, being committed to your end goal, and working through obstacles or discouragement is a valuable tool when applied to your life. 


In an earlier blog I wrote about decisions in our life.  In this entry, I am writing about a dogged commitment to an action, end result or goal once you've made that decision.



I believe that in life we all are presented opportunities....in our education, our careers and our personal relationships. I also believe that those that seize those opportunities, and see them through, are the most successful, the most confident, the most content and the happiest in life. 


Accomplishments are a wonderful thing for our persona...they give us power, energy and the confidence that we can do more!


But accomplishments have a price -- there is an opportunity cost in everything we do, whether it be our time, our money or our relationships and the key is to focus our energies on those things we deem important and add value to our life. Our life today is the aggregate result of the successes and defeats we have experienced along our chosen path, both personally and professionally.




I'm not going to sugarcoat this topic -- at times it will be very tough for some of you on your journey....whatever your goal, there will be roadblocks, setbacks, frustration, sabotage and possibly those around you that (for whatever reason) believe you can't accomplish what you have set out to tackle and are destined to fail. 

 

This my friends, is what perseverance is all about.....proving to yourself and to others, that you CAN do it! 


"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking our potential"

Winston Churchill






Is it ever to late?  No - there's always tomorrow.  However, if you start today, tomorrow will be the SECOND day that you will have been working toward whatever it is you hope to accomplish. 


Once you start something, be committed to finish it.  Work through the obstacles and persevere!!



 

 

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat"

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 







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