“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. “-Newt Gingrich
Have you ever experienced a moment in your life where you’ve felt like quitting? A moment where you’ve worked so hard, yet things still didn’t seem to change. Maybe, in that moment you were faced with the reality of your situation and it started to overwhelm you.
What was your response in that moment? What do you do when the reality of where you are offers you the temptation to quit?
We all face seasons or moments of challenges in our lives that sometimes test our ability to persevere. We are faced with a constant battle of trying to remain strong on the outside, but inwardly we are drowning in a flood of despair. Its normal to have so many emotions clouding our mind when we’re in a tough season, but at some point we have to get to a place where we are no longer allowing our emotions to take over, so that we can persevere and make the changes we need to improve our situation.
How do we persevere when we feel like quitting?
1.) Focus on the good
It’s so easy to focus on everything thats going wrong, or the things that we don’t have in tough times. What we choose to focus on can really determine the type of emotions that we feel. When we focus on the bad it release many of the negative emotions that we experience and focusing too long on the bad and make us feel hopeless. When we decide to focus on the good it releases positive emotions. When we focus on what we do have, and how we can make the changes we need to make our situation better it helps us to feel hopeful and produces in us a “can do,” attitude.
“The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” – David Sarnoff
2.) Create a plan
Creating a plan gives us hope that our situation can change. Planning forces us to to organize, prioritize and put things in the proper perspective. When we organize and prioritize things it keeps us from wasting time. Writing things down and seeing things on paper helps us to feel better and keeps us focused on the future. Planning gives us a reason to persevere during hard times.
3.) Take action one step at a time
It’s one things to create a plan, but that plan means nothing if we don’t take action and follow through. Things can seem overwhelming when we are trying to change everything at one time, but taking things one step at a time can help give us a glimpse of hope and encourage us through the process of change. When we are taking steps and we start to see things change it motivates us to continue the process because we see results.
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott
I want to encourage you persevere through the though times, you wont always be in the same place forever. Don’t allow one moment or season to keep you from moving forward in life.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal 6:9
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