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How to push through when you want to quit.

Perseverance is a foundation that makes for a compelling storyline filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and ends with a moment that ignites a fire within your soul. Why are these types of stories so motivating? Because we have the ability to quickly know the end of the story, discovering the heroic moment where the person or team overcomes, surfacing an exuberant response from every person watching.“I am convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” -Steve Jobs

When we know the end of the story, the storyline of perseverance is endearing. But how does perseverance feel when we don’t know the end of the story – especially the end of your story? That one simple fact dramatically changes the emotion behind perseverance. When you know the ending, perseverance is exhilarating and inspiring. But when you don’t know the ending, perseverance can be debilitating and overwhelming.

The Journey of Perseverance

Perseverance isn’t about the finish line. It is about the journey. And if you fully embrace the refining quality of perseverance during the journey, it has the ability to strengthen and re-shape you.

  1. Allow perseverance to guide your steps.

  2. Allow perseverance to embolden your resolve.

  3. Allow perseverance to focus your attention.

  4. Allow perseverance to refine your faith.

  5. Allow perseverance to finish its work in you.

Keep Pushing Forward

I am not sure what you are navigating, but I encourage you to keep pushing forward.

  1. Perseverance is crawling out of bed when all you want to do is roll over and go back to sleep.

  2. Perseverance is making one more phone call or scheduling one more meeting right after you received the hundredth, “no.”

  3. Perseverance is regrouping after a day that was surrounded with closed doors and committing that tomorrow will be a new day filled with new resolve and new opportunities.

  4. Perseverance is staring reality in the eyes and realizing that you can choose how you are going to walk through it.

  5. Perseverance is imposing your will over the situation and pushing through the obstacle in your path.

  6. Perseverance is surrounding yourself with committed people who are helping you take the next step.

And whatever you do, don’t allow life to push you backwards. Persevere! And keep taking steps forward.

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