One word that has been on my mind, and probably all of our minds, is “Perseverance.” We have seen the need to persevere during the pandemic, derecho, economic uncertainty, and hiring challenges in the workplace. Perseverance is often defined as a continued effort to do something despite difficulties, failures, or opposition. More than ever, we see the need to keep moving and keep going.

In regards to this topic, Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but is rising up every time we fail.” Walter Elliott once noted, “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” In Galatians 6:9 we read, “Let’s not get tired of doing good . . .” (CEB)

I recently came across a helpful list from Success Magazine that names “9 Different Ways We Can Improve our Perseverance Skill.” Perhaps one of these ways strikes a chord as we look to carry forward in a good way? The list is . . .

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
  2. Be 1% Better Every Day
  3. Begin to Take Risks
  4. Understand Resistance
  5. Exercise Regularly (And there’s a 40% rule here. If we complete 40% of the task, our likelihood of quitting drops drastically.)
  6. Build a Network of Support
  7. Keep Our Goals in Mind
  8. Set Clear Benchmarks
  9. Remember our “Why” (We have to keep going back to our mission or purpose behind why we do what we do

Might we keep working to persevere! Might our efforts inspire others along the way! Many blessings to each of you, Scott