A Challenge? How To Choose to Persevere

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.

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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