Persistence happens when the deal falls through and you look for the lesson from the experience, rather than indulge in the negative. Persistence happens when naysayers rise up and criticize your efforts, yet you stay the course with practices and people who inspire you to achieve, rather than buy into the negative. Persistence happens when at days end your body and your mind says enough, but your determination, will and passion says just a little bit more… because you know that a little bit more is what always makes the difference. Persistence happens when every obstacle seems to rise up against you and all that you work so hard to create, and you “stay the course,” you find a way to push forward rather than indulge the self-doubt that rises up. Persistence happens when you continue to follow through in the face of utter uncertainty, utter disillusionment, utter fear, because for you there is no other way. Patience is a virtue that you hold fast to, but persistence is who you are.
Adversity, challenge, opposition are all great teachers, but like everything else, we can train ourselves, to persist until we succeed.