Word of the Day Persistence Monday September 23, 2013

Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and you are rested up and ready to tackle the week. My word for the day is persistence. Are we persistent in following our dreams, obtaining our goals?

Persistence is defined as such: the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

So I will ask again, are you persistent in your life? Persistence can be applied to anything in your life and goes hand in hand with self-discipline. Persistence is the ability to sustain an action no matter how you feel. You will keep going even when you don’t feel like it, and you want to quit.

Persistence ties in with motivation and goals, these are all intimately entwined. There are many times that you will not feel motivated and persistence will keep you going to reach your goals. In the end, you will get results with the combination of persistence and motivation-your goals will be realized. It is a circle, when you see results you become more motivated and persistent.

However, there are times when we should give up. How do you decide when to give up? First you should review your goals, are they still valid? Is your plan still the right one for you? Review your goals, if the answer is no them maybe you should update or abandon your goal. You must understand that persistence is not stubbornness.

The interesting thing about us as human beings is that we are always changing; we are not the same person today that we were five years ago or even last year. So you must always review your goals and understand if they are relevant to you at this time in your life. In order to pursue your continued development you must be willing to ask the tough questions, and accept the tough answers. Life is about change, growth, persistence, goals and motivation.

Sometimes you have to give up on something in order to move on to something better. This is a lesson that I have been struggling with this year. It is a hard thing to come to grips with, but clinging stubbornly to the past and something that is not working only serves to hinder you and your personal development.

We must challenge ourselves, set the bar higher and remember not to fall into complacency in our lives. Long term persistence, is important in our lives, but only if what we are trying to achieve is relevant to our lives.

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one come from a strong will, and the other comes from a strong won’t. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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