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Why is perseverance important?
Perseverance, a long name that simply means grit, or in a simpler form, sticktoitiveness. But if you ask Miriam-Webster, the definition of perseverance is, the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
We know what it means, but why is it important to persevere in our lives? Let’s face it, we all have challenges and goals. It could be as simple as writing a blog post. On the other hand, an even bigger challenge could be learning to be independent again after quadruple amputations.
Every day we face challenges. But without the goals to overcome our challenges, we would never grow forward in our lives. Life would be stagnant. Or in the famous quote, “When you stop growing you start dying,” by William S. Burroughs. Nobody wants that. That is the reason for asking, why is perseverance important?
Faith and Perseverance go hand in hand
As a mom, I always approach things from the need to set an example for my kids. Even though they are all adults now, they are still watching me. They know I’ve been working hard on this blog. If things get tough and I get frustrated and give up, what does that tell my kids? In my opinion, it tells them that I give up when the going gets tough, so it would be okay if they gave up on the tough things too. That’s just not an option.
When I was first learning to live as a quad amputee, every day was a struggle. In the early days, my kids were teenagers and they still needed their mom. Giving up at a critical time in their lives would have been devastating to them. So I fought hard, and I showed them the power of perseverance.
But perseverance is only half of it. You’ve got to back that up with faith. Let the Lord give you the strength to see things through. If you’re a fan of this blog, you know that I lean very heavily on my favorite scriptures, Proverbs 3:5-6. Faith and perseverance go hand in hand.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
5 benefits of perseverance
If simply setting a great example for those around you is not enough, then keep reading. Because there are many benefits of perseverance that will give you the motivation to fight for the goals that you want to achieve.
Perseverance builds character
Character is the way you think, act or behave. A strong character shows others that you’re committed to achieving the goals you set. Whether they’re big or small goals, it doesn’t matter. You don’t waiver when times get tough.
The power of perseverance shows the willingness to keep moving forward despite the obstacles that stand in the way. This is how perseverance builds character. This perseverance muscle builds the more you use it. As a result, your character builds too.
Our oldest son, Michael Jr is going to school for a degree in commercial aviation. He has been obsessed with airplanes his whole life. He worked up the ranks in the Civil Air Patrol, to Captain and commander of his local unit. Then he served four years in the U S. Air Force. One of the perks of serving our country is the G.I. Bill and the education benefits. Because of that he’s able to move on to flight school.
Mike’s perseverance, and might I add patience, to take all the steps he has taken to fulfill his dream, is proof of his character. It shows his willingness to pay his dues and put in the time to reach his goals. He currently has his private pilot’s license now and he takes every opportunity he can to get up in a plane and fly.
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Perseverance makes you push the limits of your comfort zone
Anytime we’re faced with a challenge, it pushes the limits of our comfort zone. It’s natural to want to put the brakes on sometimes. There is often fear involved when you push your comfort zone.
Now that our son has his private pilot’s license, it was time for me to fulfill my promise of flying with him. This goal has been on my bucket list for quite some time, although being in that tiny cockpit at 4,000 feet scared the life out of me.
But I promised. So it was time to show the power of perseverance to fulfill my promise and my goal. So on my last birthday, Mike took my husband and I on a scenic flight. We landed, went to lunch and flew home. Let me tell you, it was a lot windier than the weatherman warned. I was holding on for dear life.
However, it forced me to push my comfort zone and I am so very thankful I did. Why is perseverance important? It was one of the most wonderful birthday gifts I have ever received. And if it wasn’t for perseverance and pushing the limits of my comfort zone, I would have missed an incredible experience.
Perseverance is proof of what your capable of
One of the benefits of perseverance is that it proves to yourself (and others) just what you’re capable of accomplishing. If you don’t push yourself, you’ll be stuck in your comfort zone. When that happens, you’ll never reach your goals and you’ll lose your confidence. Living in a state of fear can be devastating. This is where you’ve got to take that leap of faith.
Start with a small goal. Create a strategy to reach it, and take those baby steps. Remember that perseverance muscle I mentioned earlier? Muscles get stronger the more we use them. So work it and prove that you’re capable of anything that you set your mind to.
But don’t just pick any old goal. I recommend praying about things first. Talk to God. Seek His plan for your life and base those goals around the answers you get in prayer. Plus, it’s a whole lot easier to reach your goals when you’re following the Lord’s will for your life.
Perseverance makes you push through your obstacles to reach your goals
There was a time in my life when I was laying in a hospital bed as a new quadruple amputee wondering if I’ll ever walk again. Two months later, I was consulting with my prosthetist Tony, who would be making my legs so that I could, indeed walk again.
I’m not sure of the exact timeline, but I’m thinking 3 months later, the legs were on, I was taking those baby steps to walking and gaining back my independence. Just imagine that feeling of being confined to a wheelchair. However, freedom comes with prosthetic legs.
One of the great benefits of perseverance is pushing through your obstacles to reach your goals. I’m sure you realize that there was a whole LOT of work and physical therapy to get me from the hospital bed to complete independence. But holy smokes! Praise the Lord for that answered prayer and for giving me the strength and faith to push the limits of my comfort zone.
When you’re faced with obstacles in your life, think about this. What are your choices? You could push through and do the work to overcome your challenges. Or you could give up and turn into your comfort zone, lose faith and motivation and have a big old pity party.
The goal is the reason for persevering
Obviously we don’t persevere just for the heck of it. Let’s refer back to the definition of perseverance, which is the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. By definition, you have to have something to work on. There has to be a challenge or a goal worthy of achieving.
So truly, the goal is the reason behind the question, why is perseverance important? So, what goal do you want to accomplish? What obstacle are you facing? What fear is holding you back? Because once you figure out the goal, you need a strategy to make it all happen.
Characteristics of perseverance
Perseverance is not floating through life, hoping that you’ll end up with a happy ending. This is where some specific characteristics of perseverance come into play. These are the right tools to carry you through those obstacles right to the finish line. So here is a great 4-step process that will help you get there.
Start with a goal
Everybody has goals. Big goals, little goals, daily goals, lifetime goals. In order to reach your goals, you have to have a plan to get there. But first, you must identify what it is you’re working for. Goals give you focus, they motivate you and keep you locked on what you’re trying to accomplish. If you don’t know what you’re working for, how will you ever get there?
What is your Why?
Your “why” is the motivation behind the goal. Your “why” is there to keep you focused to not give up when times get tough. It’s the driving force and one of the best characteristics of perseverance that I know. My lifetime goal is to build a great business while working from home.
My “why” has always been to build a great business so that if anything ever happened to me, my family would be taken care of and our home would be paid off. Well, as you know, something did happen to me. At the time, I did have a great business with some great people behind it who took great care of my family and I.
But in my recovery, I chose to step away from actively running that business. Although I’m not completely engaged in that business, it’s still running in the background. Thank God for residual income. But now it’s time for a new business. So now I have that same “why” driving my goals behind my blogging business.
Make a plan
We have all heard about SMART goals. Well SMART is the acronym behind the different features of your goal. Since you need clarity in making a goal, these features break it down. SMART stands for the Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely parts of your goal.
A specific goal means you want clarity. It should be well defined. What exactly do you hope to achieve? Measurable means you’ve got to have some way to measure your progress. For example, if I want to lose weight, I will eat 1200 calories daily and exercise 4 times a week in order to lose 1 pound weekly.
Your goal must be achievable. For instance, if I want to lose 50 pounds in 1 month, that’s not achievable. But 1-2 pounds weekly for 6 months is more realistic, which is what R stands for. Is your goal realistic, practical and achievable? Finally, timely means that it’s important to put a due date or deadline on the goal. An open-ended goal doesn’t motivate you to get it done.
Strategy to reach your goal
I just took a course online through Coursera, called The Science of Well-Being. One of the strategies used to reach goals used another acronym. In this case, the acronym is WOOP. It stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacles, Plan.
First, W stands for your wish or your goal. O means, what is the best outcome? The next O means consider your potential obstacles. Finally, P stands for your if/then plan.
I like this because you’re factoring in potential obstacles and coming up with a backup if one factor doesn’t work. For instance if I plan to go for a walk 4 times a week, what should I do if it’s raining outside? What is the backup plan?
Bible verses about faith and perseverance
It wouldn’t be a blog post on One Exceptional Life if I didn’t include some scripture to back everything up. So here are some great Bible verses about faith and perseverance. The Lord knows we will face challenges in our lives.
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Thankfully, patience and perseverance are part of His plan. Personally, I am so very thankful for the comfort, strength and guidance I get through my relationship with Jesus. I can fight through my obstacles with Him right there by my side.
Roman’s 5:3-5 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
James 5:11 “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Have you found the answer to why is perseverance important?
I hope I have given you enough information to answer the question. I have a couple more questions for you to consider when you’re facing any obstacles that appear in your life. What are the consequences if you don’t persevere? Is failure an option?
Sometimes it may seem like your challenge is too much for you to bear. But rest assured, if you follow the steps I’ve given you above in the characteristics of perseverance, you will find that breaking things down into bite-sized chunks makes your obstacle much more manageable.
The power of perseverance works. Just don’t give up. Each time you give in to failure, giving up gets that much easier the next time. So when you’re facing a challenge, first you pray. Then break it down into bite sized goals, determine your “why”, make a plan, back it up with strategy and through faith and perseverance, you will overcome.
So what are your best takeaways for the benefits of perseverance? Do you show the characteristics of perseverance daily or only during the toughest times?
**All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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