persistence and perseverance are the fuels that will drive you to success
Not to be mistaken with NASA‘s latest rover, Perseverance, which launched into space in July 2020 and landed on Mars in February 2021. Except, it wasn’t named perseverance for no reason. A competition was sent out across the US where students wrote about what the next rover should be called and why. You can read more here but Alexander Mathers was the young lad who explained:
“… If rovers are to be the qualities of us as a race, we missed the most important thing. Perseverance. We as humans evolved as creatures who could learn to adapt to any situation, no matter how harsh. We are a species of explorers, and we will meet many setbacks on the way to Mars. However, we can persevere.“
And boy was he right, this kid is going places…maybe Mars?
to persevere is to be consistent in achieving your goal/plan/intention
Perseverance is what builds character, especially when the hurdles we encounter get bigger and bigger. These are tests to see if you are actually connected with what you want. Will you let one or two hurdles stop you from winning the race? If you’re true to your goal, you will see it through to the end no matter what comes in your way.
But that’s not to say that those times won’t affect you, they just might. Yet, it’s your willingness to continue to choose to move forward that you truly understand and master perseverance.
If you’re already a master at this then read no further but definitely share your story and ideas in the comments below.
If not, here are some ways we can continue to persevere no matter the obstacles:
1. Be clear about your intention and goals
This is the first point for a reason. If you aren’t clear on your goals or intentions you will struggle when the obstacles come your way. But once you know, write it down, make it visible to see every day and you will continue no matter the circumstances.
2. Practicing gratitude often
To avoid being discouraged by setbacks or plateaus, practice gratitude. Give yourself a moment to realise just how far you have come and if the obstacle in front of you really has the power to limit your potential. This will help during times of angst when persevering to your goal.
3. Pick yourself up and try again
As the great Aaliyah once sang, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again, dust yourself off and try again” #RIPAALIYAH. So this one goes without saying, to persevere is to keep trying. Keep pushing. Not letting anything stop you, even if you try again. Just don’t stop.
4. motivate yourself
It’s easy to quit, it’s harder to stay with it and persevere. Remember nothing worth having comes easy. So sometimes during the process, we might need gentle reminders that what we’re working on will be worth it. Rocky’s a good place to start if you ask me.
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.
I think it helps when we hear other people’s stories of perseverance, where there was a struggle but despite the roadblocks, they made it through.
long live our idols may they never be our rivals
We have seen the greatest names of our time experience failure after failure but they never stopped. Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Van Gough, Jim Carey, J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey to same a few. They are known in our history to have lived through turmoil, poverty, and many setbacks until reaching the bliss of perseverance and becoming accomplished humans in this society.
My own experience with perseverance is mostly affected by my mental health, it’s weird because I’m motivated to do all these great things but I notice myself become lazy sometimes. This is another roadblock I think many can relate to as well. Another is not recognising the small achievements we do every day to help us to our bigger goal. Because it’s all connected. So I have to remind myself, how badly do you really want it. I started learning and reading other people’s stories to help me stay motivated. I recently read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho which really inspired me to Paulo’s own story of perseverance when selling the book is what actually got me hooked. Can you believe it didn’t sell in the beginning? Now it is one of the most transcribed books in the world.
The moral of the story, never give up. You never know how close you are to receiving the fruits of your labor.
Stay well lovelies.