Perseverance

In today’s environment we hear a great deal about ways to get things done quicker, tools that can short cut. In all of that the noise you might miss the importance of an old-fashioned, disciplined, long-term value. It is a practice that gets little press and yet remains the foundation of so much personal and professional success.

Perseverance.

Keep going. Keep working at it. Keep faith with your goals and keep faith with your judgement. Give in to frustration or challenges for a moment but do not give up to the forces that could and would stop you from accomplishing your objectives – the sheer inertia that would make a resting point a stopping point….but only if you let it.

Keep an eye on the prize and an eye on the environment. You may have to make some shifts and you may have to make some course corrections. You do not have to give up on your objectives or goals unless you choose to.

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
Walter Elliot”

Give yourself permission to celebrate the small wins. Understand the great value of the small setbacks. And continue.

This is the foundation of my own journey. Leadership sometimes requires that we believe in something so big for ourselves and our families – whether biological or self-crafted – that our vision inspires a combination of awe and incredulity.

Let it. Smile politely at those who scoff. Embrace those who cheer you on.

And keep going. It won’t be easy. But, as a good friend of mine frequently says with a twinkle in his eye – “If it were easy anybody could do it.”

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