Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Power of Perseverance

A note from for Thursday November 20 2008

Welcome to Thursday folks, and the weekend is just about upon us.

My thanks to all who have shared your thoughts with me this week. It gratifies me to no end to sit of an evening and contemplate your responses to what you read here on this page.

As I've stated before, it is with great joy and gratitude that you allow us into your world each day.

Today's offering will sit well with those of you a whoa re feeling alittle like you are "a stranger in a strange land" with all that is going on right now.

The Power of Perseverance
By Gary Ryan Blair

Perseverance has no peers, it's more important than talent, more powerful than intelligence, and more resilient than the best strategy. While we cannot all claim genius, beauty, nor the best schooling but perseverance all can have. There is great virtue and glory in never giving up.

Nothing concentrates the mind or tests your character like a demanding goal - the desire to be something better than you are, to be the complete person that you are meant to be. But before a goal, any goal is achieved you will experience and envision both triumph and tragedy.

No great achievement in your life will ever come without obstacles: physical limitations, the unpredictability of nature, Murphy's Law, or resistance from the outside world. Be thankful for all obstacles, for they are your practice ground, as each new victory prepares you for a greater future victory. In the end, you express your greatness not by the acts you perform as a mother, parent, or leader, but by the endurance and fortitude that made those acts possible.

Growth of any type requires personal struggle; perseverance keeps hope alive. Amid challenges and uncertainties, and in the face of stern obstacles and setbacks you need to keep moving forward, however tempting it might be to give up and let go of your dreams.

We live in an age of immediate gratification. What we want - we want now. And just the way we ordered it. No delays. No substitutions. No excuses. Sadly, many view new tasks and the accomplishment of most goals that way. We want overnight growth, instant mastery, and flawless performance on the first try. But that's not the way success works. Patience and perseverance are at the core of what it means to be truly successful.

Pace is irrelevant to perseverance. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Steady perseverance, patient endurance, the achievement of a little every day, is of more value than the overly aggressive rushing forward and the enthusiastic endeavor of the emotional and temperamental person.

Patience and perseverance are two of the most difficult things to embrace for one whose commitment is being tested and tried through the fire. If you patiently persist in doing the right things, you will ultimately get the right results. Yet, in order to receive a victorious outcome, perseverance is the ONLY option. If you lose patience and perseverance you will by default forfeit victory. As long as you are willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, no one will be able to prevent you from reaching your goal.

In closing, always remember that in your efforts to achieve your goals, you will be buffeted and pummeled. You will be criticized and opposed. You will be attacked and assaulted.

You will struggle and fall. But you must fight one more round. You must rise each time you fall. You must embrace the power of perseverance.

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