Perseverance is the art of hanging in there when everything looks bleak. It isn’t admitting defeat, and it isn’t throwing in the towel. When you persevere, you’re holding on, believing that something will change. While sometimes this can lead you toward wishful thinking, I honestly believe many people give up, on the door of success. They lose their ability to fight, and in today’s article, we’re going to discuss that topic.
What Perseverance Means
I believe this is an inherent skill and we all have it, however, some people have never flexed those muscles, and when a muscle isn’t used, it gets flabby and atrophied. This is one of the reasons people will crumble at the first sign of a fight. They’ve never been in one, and don’t know how to make things happen. When your fight for your goals and dreams it ignites something inside of you.
When you persevere, you’re not hooked on a false hope. The key to persistence is knowing what you want, and going for it. You have to know your dream is attainable, and you will stop at nothing to get it.
What It means To Me.
I’ve been doing this website blog thing for around 16 months (at the time of this writing), and one of the main issues I’ve had is not seeing results in either of them. (This site Or SnoFallGear).
It’s been demoralizing, frustrating, and I’ve wanted to quit many times. However in the last few months, I’ve started to see something change, people are finding the sites, commenting on them, and it’s only the beginning.
I could’ve given up in January when I got a new job, or last December when I wanted to quit all of this. Something inside me said to keep going, and I can’t give up now. Whether I have false hope or not doesn’t matter now. I love writing, and I’m going to keep going. It might take another year, or it may take a decade. Either way, I’m going to make this work.
When Is Perseverance Used?
Perseverance is holding onto a dream or goal, despite the difficulties you’re facing. If you find yourself giving up easily, on your dreams. You should take a close look at them. it might mean you’re not passionate about them. To persevere, you’ll need a passion for what you’re trying to accomplish.
Perseverance is important because the good things in life are what you must fight for. When you choose to follow your dreams, they’re not going to magically appear before you.
If they did, we’d all be rich, good looking, and living by the beach.
Perseverance A Daily Choice
Recently I was speaking with my father, and the doctor had given him bad news about his health. He has a form of cancer and things aren’t looking very good. For half an hour, he spoke to me about his funeral, and what preparations he was making. He sounded defeated, beat down, and exhausted. The weariness of life and fighting for his health had taken its toll on him.
For a good 20 minutes of our conversation, he only spoke of his death, and funeral arrangements. I believe planning is a good thing, but it doesn’t mean you should give up either. You could hear the fear in his voice and his general demeanor. I don’t believe in quitting, and so I spoke up. This is what I told him.
To Persevere Is Standing And Fighting
“Look, I don’t know what sort of future you have. I don’t know Gods plan in this, but I know this. You can’t give up. Persevere and keep fighting. I personally believe you could have 10-20 more years on this planet, but you need to have perseverance for that. You only get stronger by going through difficult times, and right now you’re in the middle of one. You can’t change your Destiny, but you can choose how you’ll face it.
At first there was silence on the phone, and then he responded. “Yeah, I understand what you mean.” I sensed some peace returning to his voice.
Even on the phone, I could tell he was astonished, and I heard him thinking and breathing. We spoke a bit more, and I prayed for him before we got off the phone. But my words had ignited a spark of hope inside of him.
Since I wrote the paragraphs above, my father has passed away. He went home is healed and finally has peace. The time before he passed was very hard, but one thing I can say is that he kept fighting, even until the end.
Maybe it was the 4 escape attempts he made from the nursing home, or his continual desire to leave his room. Either way, my father was a persistent man, and I love that about him.
He might have lost his way for a short period of time, but he went down fighting, and I can only hope and pray that I do the same.
Can Perseverance Be Taught?
I did write above that I believe we all have the ability for this, however if we’ve never used the skill it makes things more difficult. It’s even harder here in America when we are blessed more than the rest of the world.
However, I do believe perseverance can be taught, and learned. Isn’t that how you train? When I workout, I do a set number of pull-ups, and the next day I try to do more or add more weight. This is training and it’s the only way to learn.
Standing And Fighting Is Believing
We can’t see what’s ahead of us, sometimes we’ll get a tiny glimpse forward, but mostly it’s all foggy. Because of this, people tend to get paralyzed, especially when they’re thinking about moving forward. They stop telling themselves it’s only for a breather, but before a lot of time passes, they give up and admit defeat.
When you persevere, you’re holding onto the belief that things will get better, that you’re only in a season, and you will get through. However we always forget that the future is unwritten, and our choices affect it. You can fight, or you can surrender, however when you choose surrender, you’re choosing to be written out of everything.
Persevere And Stand Your Ground
When you have a dream, you need to evaluate it, tell some friends about it, and eventually chase it. If you dreamed big enough, you’ll face some hard times, and take some major risks. However, if you persist, and stand your ground, you just might see your dream come true.
Shoot For The Moon, If You Miss You’ll Land Among The Stars
Remember, when you persevere, you are holding your ground and believing in what you’re doing. Perseverance is a tight grip and belief that it will work out. When it comes to your dreams, stand your ground.
Persevere In Your Dreams:
I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of dreams and goals. This is something that separates us from everything in creation. As humans we have the ability to dream huge, and create these dreams and goals. It’s on a scale that doesn’t exist in any other creature.
***I know there’s proof of other creatures creating, but not on the same scale as humans
Perseverance is about realizing those dreams and goals. One of the greatest feelings I’ve ever experienced was accomplishing a goal that seemed impossible. Somehow, it all worked out, and then I dreamed bigger.
Be Persistent And Pursue Your Dreams?
Do you even have one? When was the last time you dreamed something that gave you chills. You know the good kind of chills. Did it propel you to become a better person?
If you’re reading this, and you can’t think of anything. Go back to your childhood. What did you wanna be? Are you that person now? What changed and what stopped you? When you were pursuing that dream, did you persist until the end, or did you stop early?
I’m not saying if you wanted to be a firefighter, cop, or truck driver you should go back to it, but find the essence of it. When you find the essence of it, a whole new world of dreaming will open up to you. This will help direct and guide you in the direction you should be going.
A question I like to ask people is this. “If money isn’t an object, what would you do for the rest of your life, so you could die happy?”
Why aren’t you doing that? What pitfalls have stopped you? Don’t Give Up, but if you have. Pick it back up.
Perseverance In Life Choices:
What goals have you set in your life? Are you just floating, or have you settled? I hope you’re not settled because there’s always another level, always another path, and always a new adventure.
Maybe you’ve achieved your goals, have you set new ones? What has prevented you from dreaming bigger dreams? It’s fear, isn’t it?
We all have fear, recently I’ve learned that I fear success. In my early years out of High School. I achieved a great amount of it, and it went to my head. I became full of myself and spent a lot of money on worthless things. These were items that mean nothing to me today, but I’m scared to go back into that lifestyle.
Perseverance In Life Goals
When you dream big, and those dreams come from deep in your soul. It’s a lot harder to give them up. You’ll automatically grow a deeper perseverance and you’ll fight harder to protect them.
There’s obviously a common sense part to dreaming, and you should also use that, but when you have a big dream/goal. You’re gonna have to flex that perseverance muscle and hold on tight.
Perseverance In God And What He’s Told You
These dreams can be extremely huge, and they often seem impossible. They’ll fit your skill set, and stretch them to the limit. It might even feel like you have reached your breaking point.
A good thing to remember when you dream these dreams. Try to keep your emotions in check, write down what God is telling you, and what you’re feeling. Emotions can change what you heard, and especially when talking about God’s voice, he can say something and a few days of emotions can transform it.
Write It Down, This Is Important.
He wouldn’t give you the dream if you couldn’t accomplish it. Persevere and you’ll see epic things when you pursue these dreams. In my own life I’ve seen this happen many times. Hopefully some day I’ll get all the stories posted, but they keep happening.
The Dreams, That Come From Your Heart:
These are the dreams that come from your skill and mindset not necessarily or directly from God. This is what you want in the future. Someday I hope to own a home in Colorado so I don’t have to purchase a hotel room when I go to Vail. Or it could be someday you’d like a wife and kids.
It can be other things like visiting every country in the world, or eat Ewok meat. I know that last one is impossible, but dreams that come from your heart aren’t bad in their nature. They’re only bad when you let yourself be consumed by them.
Most of the time these dreams will give you guidance and direction, these will give you a focus and point you on a path. Focus, and don’t give up.
Do You Have The Perseverance It Takes?
How do you do this? You dream, then accept the dream, and then you go after it. When you fall down, dust the dirt off and keep running towards it. You don’t give up.
There are millions of people, living in giant cities around the world, and they’re all dead. Not physically, but they go to work for 50 hours a week. They drain themselves making money for a corporation that does nothing except giving them a paycheck. After the workday is finished they go home and sit in front of a TV and watch stories. Sometimes I wonder if the movie metropolis was prophetic, at least in this aspect.
These stories are what we wish to be. We are trapped, and looking for an escape. We all know life can be better, but for some reason, we never try to escape.
Why? Because we’ve given up.
I encourage you today if you’ve surrendered your dreams. Get up, and chase them. As long as you have breathe in your lungs you haven’t failed, keep going. You can do it.
I Told My Father He Needed Perseverance In This.
I wasn’t expecting anything to happen with my father, and I saw the start of a change immediately in him. For me, it was pretty subtle, because something broke, and I realized how tired I was. I hated life and wanted to make a change. What good is another video game, or another epic car ride? The only thing I can do that matters is change lives.
Having that conversation with my father, ignited the fire in me. It transformed a value in my heart, that I had killed. Now, it’s now reborn and I will rise up. I’ll do my best, and throw myself into my dreams. If I fail, and at least I go down trying, and that is better than sitting on the couch watching Netflix, Hulu, Prime, Or Youtube.
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport.
While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.