Why is life so challenging and difficult sometimes? I ask myself this question, and I struggle to find an answer that satisfies. My heart longs to make a difference, to change the world around me. I even dare to dream that I could have an impact on history.
Unfortunately, life has a way of breaking me down. It seems to constantly chip away at my dreams leaving them in rubble. The repetitious nature of life wears a deep rut in the road of life. Steering life out of the rut often takes more effort than giving in and settling.
So, I am left with a dilemma. On one hand I have a heart that dreams and soars to make a difference. On the other hand I live in broken world that wants to drag me down to mediocrity and sameness. What do I do?
I choose to persevere. A simple definition of persevere is “to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult”. Because the challenge encountered is difficult, I must make a choice to persevere. It is not easy and will, many times, require great effort.
Almost daily, my commitment to persevere is challenged. Here are three ways I have found that help me to stay on course.
- Begin with the end in mind. I discovered this principle from the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It is one of the first stepping stones in pursuing a goal. Bringing specific definition to where I want to end up gives me the motivation to persevere through adversity and frustration. Maintaining focus on the finish line keeps me from getting off course.
- Stay relentlessly committed to a decision. Once a decision has been made, I stick with it as long as the path I am on is still taking me in the direction I want to go. Engaging a friend to help make the evaluation of the path can also be helpful. If I am still convinced that I have made the correct decision, then staying committed to it is key.
- I must be convinced that the results are worth the sacrifice. I find that this is the most challenging part of persevering. Too often, I want the results without much effort on my part. I want to jump higher, but I do not have the commitment to do the weight training necessary. I want to have healthier eating habits, but I like to eat cookies and dessert every day. Invariably, in whatever area of life I want to see results, sacrifices will be required. Only when I am sure that the benefits outweigh the costs will I be committed enough to endure.
I have determined that I cannot give in to challenges and difficulties if I want to be successful. I must persevere in order to make a difference. I hope you will make the same choice.
Question: Are you with me? What are some other ways that you stay motivated to persevere when facing difficulties? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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