Perseverance a Key to Success
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
Have you ever embarked on an endeavor that somewhat seemed overwhelming? In the pursuit of your goals, have you ever been tempted to ask ” what have I gotten myself into?” I can confidently answer yes to both questions. I can also say that perseverance is a choice, a choice that leads to success.
I recently completed a half marathon, my experience preparing for and running this race fully captures the power of perseverance. Are you going through a rough patch on your journey to dreams? I hope you find the points below encouraging.
1. Persevering is not pleasurable: Waking up at 5 am to run 4 or 5 miles on cold winter mornings was not pleasurable. It was a sacrifice that requires focused determination to keep up with. There was no way I could run a long distance race without building the stamina required by running regularly. Have you set a goal for yourself that requires making one sacrifice or the other? Keep the goal in front of you, review it on a regular basis. Reviewing your goals regularly will help you stay motivated and driven to continue making those sacrifices you need for success. If your goal is to weigh 170 pounds by October, think about that. See yourself at that ideal weight, let that dream drive you to continue making those sacrifices.
2. Perseverance is a choice: I remember running the first 7 miles of my half marathon race on a very rough trail. The trail had lots of rocks and tree roots, for a road runner like me, it was a rough trail to run on. Half way into the race, after running for 90 minutes on a very rough terrain, the trail led to tarred road. The relief was simply indescribable but the relief was also short-lived. I had completed a loop and had to go back and repeat the loop to complete the race. The choice to go back on the rough trail was completely mine. I chose to persevere. Sometimes you may enjoy a burst of success on your journey to where you want to be. Will you stop midway or will you stay with it?
3. Perseverance leads to success: J.K Rowling is the author of Harry Porter, she was asked to speak to the graduating class at Harvard University in 2008. She did not speak about her fortune or success but instead talked about her failures. She was rejected 12 times by publishers before a publisher accepted her manuscript telling her to get a job because children books do not sell. What if she gave up after the 11th publisher turned her down? What if I turned back after running the first loop? Or gave up during training? To all three questions the answer is the same, there will be no success story to share.
I will like to encourage you irrespective of where you are on the journey to your dreams or even your goals for the year. Realize that if you do not give up success is inevitable.
Photo Credits: Photography by Dr BN Singh