“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other a strong won’t.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
Something I heard this week that has stuck with me is, “Not giving up without taking action is not persistence, it’s just not giving up.”. This made me think, am I being persistent or “just not giving up”?
I know myself, I’m stubborn so I don’t quit. If I’m not taking the appropriate actions needed to succeed am I making progress?
I do take action. But, where I tend to fall short is consistency. My actions are hit-or-miss and sporadic. I know what I need to do but I let fear and procrastination control my actions or lack of action in most cases. With each week I’m adding more tools to my tool belt that will help me succeed. This week’s reading could not have been more timely.
“I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion, and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.”
I will not “just not quit”. I will persist. I will take action. I will move toward my goals. I will succeed.
I promise so long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist and I always keep my promises, Scott S.