“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge
Persistence – the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Also defined as “the continued or prolonged existence of something.” A necessary trait in the heart any any leader to carry onward and UPward.
Yet the challenge we all face in persisting is our own human weariness. Unlike the steady water through the canyon rock, our emotions tend to ebb and flow, our physical energies as well, and our efforts and leadership abilities can follow suit.
For all our goals and roles in which we serve others and realize the visions placed before us, how consistent is our persistence?
Are there days in which we skate by, going through the motions until we reignite the spark the next day or later in the week?
Is our persistent spirit governed by our emotions, or how well the day’s circumstances are?
Can we realize that if we remain consistent, day in and day out, we can break through and tear down our walls and lids daily to reach new vistas, thereby taking those around us to those new vistas as well?
A couple of colleagues of mine who are avid marathon runners have described the second wind euphoria that comes after the fatigue and weariness of the race has set in. When they could not fathom taking another step, they remained consistent and persisted through their limitations to tap into an energy they had deep within.
Many of the greatest leaders were the ones whom, even though they didn’t feel like it, consistently persisted in pushing through the limits around them to lead their teams to great success.
Take today, and determine to be consistent in our pursuits. Re-Up that commitment tomorrow. And the next day. Persist. Consistently.
“Consistent persistence is the anvil that wears out the hammer of fatigue and discouragement.”
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