Posted by Mrs. W. on Apr 21, 2011
So often I talk about the importance of certain virtues or character traits that we have. Virtues are gifts we are born with. They are like “spiritual muscles” which we are here in this world to develop. We develop them throughout life as we are guided and inspired by our parents, grandparents, teachers, friends and many others. There are also many times we don’t believe very much in ourselves, the thoughts in our minds are not positive and encouraging.
We hear, “I can’t, it’s too hard, I don’t know how,” and so on, and so on. Sadly, these thoughts often win out if and when we don’t have an inner fire to keep moving forward no matter what…. a desire to be successful. If we are blessed, we have other people who may help light that fire within us. When this happens, the tools/virtues that can be called upon are perseverance, determination and commitment.
These are the qualities that make us “stick with it” and keep going when:
- we want something really badly
- we think/believe we can’t
- something is hard to do
- we need to show ourselves and others that we can
Perseverance: is being persistent. It is sticking with something, no matter how long it takes or what might show up to stop you. Sometimes it can be our friends, parents or others that may not have the same dreams and goals that you do. When you make up your mind, you follow through doing whatever it takes to get there.
=> What other qualities or support might help you to persevere when things get tough?
Determination: focusing your energy on something you are doing or learning and sticking with it until it is learned or finished. It is using your inner drive to do something especially when it isn’t easy or maybe, fun. It means even when something is really hard, you keep going because you want to succeed.
=> Think about what helps you to focus your energy and stick with a task, even when you might not want to do it?
Commitment: is about keeping your promises and agreements, to yourself and others. No matter how tough something may get, you stick with it. You finish what you started out to learn, master or accomplish. You see this a lot in the members of a sports team or in athletes. They give a 100%, holding nothing back. They keep going no matter what.
=> Do you have the self-discipline to do what you know you need to do and say you will do? Do you take our commitments seriously?
When we use or call on perseverance, determination and commitment anything is possible, like you will see in this video clip.