Perseverance is a major basic principle of life which in my opinion is one of the keys to success. I mean think about it, if you start a project and stumble into a few glitches, then you throw in the towel, at the end of the day what will you achieve? Success comes after a whole lot of commitment, determination, patience, endurance and dedication. What is perseverance? In simple words it just means keep on keeping on.
Perseverance is the persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving it. We all have big dreams of what we want to achieve in life, we even set goals that entail what, when we want to obtain results and how to go about it. However, I believe that in every plan one has to execute, God should be the centre of it all. Yes, during the process we might stumble and fall but that does not mean God is not in it, if we had put Him in it, in the first place. They are all lessons God teaches us in life in preparation of what is to come, in preparation of how to handle the success.
James 1:12 (NIV): Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
When I say, the beauty of perseverance, I mean what comes after the endurance and commitment. Of course the road wouldn’t be easy, even most of the richest people in this world didn’t have it easy. They had to constantly remind themselves that quitting is not an option, if there are delays then work harder. When you stay steadfast to your dream and goals, that’s when you will reap the benefits and enjoy the beauty of perseverance. I like how perseverance is described on a premature baby, born before its time, put in an incubator, fed through tubes but fights for survival despite all of that. We all need that determination in our own lives. Situations such as relationships, education, serving in a ministry department, business teaches us a thing or two on perseverance or patience. Let’s take a look at a business, starting one is not easy and striking those major deals but does not mean it is impossible. Another person might be after the same contract you want as well, but hard work and determination topped with prayer will separate your proposal from the rest. Quitting is not an option because someone has an eye on what you want, but rather you show up and you show them. Success is a must.
Hebrews 10:36 (NIV): You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Optimism is a characteristic of perseverance in my opinion. Things may go south, but staying optimistic helps one to persevere and keep the eye on the price, knowing good things are yet to come. I also feel like perseverance involves faith as well. Faith that what I have started, I am going to finish victorious no matter the challenges faced along the journey. To keep our hopes and aspirations afloat, we need to be persevering and steadfast so as to reach our maximum potential and success.