Good morning and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Recently, I have been thinking about the topic of perseverance. Let me share those thoughts with you. Perseverance is a decision that I make to stay committed to my vision and mission – the task at hand – regardless of what comes against me. Perseverance is not being stubborn to prove a point or to stand my ground. Perseverance consequently teaches me to keeps the focus on myself, as I go about my business.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
Perseverance does not mean that I have to do anything perfectly. Perseverance reminds me that with all learning, there is a learning curve — and my learning curve is mine. Perseverance reminds me that success lies in what I learn on the way to any destination. Perseverance defines success as the willingness to get back up and keep moving – regardless of how many times I may stumble. Perseverance expands my capacity for creativity – when I recognize what I have been doing is no longer working for me.
“I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Thomas Edison
Perseverance empowers my ability to look for alternative solutions. Perseverance reflects my being, not my doing. Perseverance helps me to put off the old to take on the new. Perseverance encourages me to move beyond choices that are not good for me. Perseverance empowers my ability to see my circumstances in a different light. Perseverance grants me the determination to not give up on myself, when giving up would be much easier. Perseverance reminds me to celebrate my small gains.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles, which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington
Perseverance does not judge my efforts, my worth or my value. Perseverance empowers my ability to see my obstacle (s) as an opportunity (ies) to succeed through the lessons that I learn. Perseverance encourages me to move forward at my own pace. Perseverance allows me to stay in moment, as I work toward my goals. Perseverance reminds me that I am a work in process. Perseverance gives me the ability to stop fighting against myself. Perseverance encourages me to pursue excellence, instead of perfection.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Perseverance empowers our ability to relish in small gains. Perseverance allows you and I to stay in the moment, as we work toward our goals. Perseverance motivates you and I to pursue excellence, instead of perfection. Perseverance gives us permission to let go of the big picture through staying in the moment. Perseverance teaches you and I to trust the process – as more will be revealed to us. Perseverance encourages you and I to keep the focus on ourselves. Perseverance empowers your and my ability to change directions.
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” Jim Rohn
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