Sunday, April 3

Perseverance: Essential for Success .............. 4/3/11

"In the confrontation between the stream and the 
rock, the stream always wins–not through strength
 but by perseverance.”      – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I thought I'd share the following edited quote with you. 
"If someone asked me for one character quality that is the corner-stone for success, I would say perseverance
"Being great athletes, parents, leaders or achieving anything else---weight loss, reducing clutter, getting our finances in order, is really about willingness to persist in the face of challenges. We use these opportunities as a means to exercise our commitment towards whatever goal we seek
"Expecting the road to success to be a  cake walk leads to disappointment. No one is immune to the obstacles that life presents. However, I hold the power to choose what I do with whatever challenge I face.
"So, how about you? Do you persist when times are tough?  Do you pause while assessing the obstacle? Do you view your situation positively, that what you face is an opportunity that can lead to growth and fulfillment? 
"This is where a positive attitude is critical. [Click here, for more about this.]
"We live in a society of instant gratification. Many of us treat our goals in the same manner. We may expect instant mastery, flawless performances. We may want overnight success.  The truth is, our character and potential are determined by how we deal with the obstacles we face.  It is in these moments that we can take it one step at a time, towards the fruition of our dreams."   Beth Allen
     And this:
When nothing seems to help, I look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow it may split in two. I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.        Jacob Riis

How About You? 
1. What helps you to persevere, when you want to give up on a challenge, project, relationship, job or dream?  
2. What do you find as a source of strength, during difficult times? 
3. What quotes or principles spur you on, when you want to give up? 
I'd love hearing your thoughts and your response to this post. 

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Quotes from the Posts

"I'm mindful that our thoughts affect the words we use, our words influence our actions, our actions shape our character and our character determines our destiny."

From "My Character Determines My Destiny." To read it, please click here.

"Progress not perfection, is better than no progress at all, especially when we're trying to rid ourselves from unwelcome dragons that dwell within the closets of our soul."

From, "Still Learning" which, within four days, became the most popular post
written. To read it, please click here.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its trouble, but it does empty today of its strength"
From the post: "Life Is Not a Correspondence Program." Click here to read it.

"Even though we cannot control our circumstances, we can control how we choose to respond to them."

From, "Handling Stress and Dealing With an Emotional Bully."Click here to read this post.

"Nope, being busy isn't exciting. Boring is good. Because boring is not boring; boring is being healthy, living a balanced life that has serenity"

From: "Do You Know What It Means If You Are Too Busy?" For more, please click here.