I have chosen different inspirational quotes over the years to motivate me when fear creeps into my mind. I have used sayings such as “I am a child of a rich Father; I deserve the best for it is my right.” (quoted in the forward of my book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits) or “Life is too short to wear tight shoes” (the title of a book written by Barbara Faison), “Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed” or “When a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere.”
These few quotations have been the mainstay of my success. But, I still collect quotes and use them for inner inspiration for me and others I interact with. Words give me life. That is why I want to share just one word with you today:
1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
This definition, taken from dictionary.com, directly serves the appropriate purpose for my intent.
Today, I have three requests for you:
1. I want you to read and re-read the definition.
2. I want you to write perseverance down and include the definition on a note card or other piece of paper.
3. I want you to internalize this one word, perseverance, into your inner mind and use it as a mega motivator.
Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance.
Inculcate the word. Live it, see it, think it, say it, understand it, actualize it, write it, dream it, believe it, be it. Become perseverance.
Barack Obama became perseverance. How else could he surmount unfathomable odds, succeed as an underdog, without perseverance in his mind every day on the campaign trail before becoming the 44th President of the United States of America?
I posit that Mr. Obama defied naysayers and persevered with formidable belief each time he stepped off the airplane or bus. I believe that President-elect Obama understood perseverance each time he left his wife and children at home in the pursuit of the White House. My soul tells me that Barack Obama inculcated perseverance each time that he stepped onto the platform to debate or give a speech.
How else could have Lance Armstrong or Serena Williams or wounded men and women in the military come back home to the United States and learn how to walk, talk or survive again without perseverance? This personal will to improve and change precipitated the growth that each winner enjoys.
You too can escalate your “Yes, I Can” beliefs by adding just one word to your intent: perseverance.
When you feel tired, persevere.
When you feel oppressed, persevere.
When you feel unwelcome, persevere.
When you feel unsure, persevere.
When you feel powerless, persevere.
Do not pause or stop until you can get there (wherever your end point is). Don’t relinquish your dreams. Don’t dampen your spirit or the zeal of anyone else. Instead persevere and meet your just, planned end.
Can you do that?
Yes, you can. Of course, you can.
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