What is Perseverance?

Okay okay, I know you can go online and search the “book” definition of what perseverance means.  But I am not looking for the “book” definition here.  This word can mean a lot of different things to different people.

Let me save you the trouble of looking it up in the dictionary.  (Yes we actually had dictionary books before we had Google, Siri or Echo.)  The definition as a noun is as follows:  steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. 

That sounds like normal every day life, doesn’t it?  But reality is what it is.  It is part of making choices each and every day in our lives. We choose to get out of bed each day. We choose to brush our teeth or shower or what clothes to wear today, etc.  My dear friend and radio partner, Ricky Cash, always said, “life is all about making choices and dealing with those consequences of the choice”.

I have shared my personal health journey over the last 14 months or so with many people.  (If you are not familiar with my story CLICK here and watch a 30 minute interview I recently did in hopes of inspring others.)

The lessons I have learned thus far, and continue to learn, do not have to be applied to health.  They are things that can be applied to every aspect of our lives each and every day.  But the bottom line is we have to make the choice to WANT to continue and strive for whatever it is we want to gain.  That is what PERSEVERANCE is all about.

I believe Rocky Balboa said it best: ROCKY-BALBOA-Motivational-Quotes-Art-Silk-Fabric-Poster-Print-24x36-inch-Sylvester-Stallone-Inspirational-Pictures-Painting.jpg_640x640

…”and that’s how winning is done”.  Do you not think perseverance is not part of that?

How many times in a day do we want to just give up because of a bad day at work, or your child is sick or there is still too much month left at the end of your paycheck?  But the beauty of it all is we get another chance the next minute, the next hour, the next day for things to be back on track, “if we choose to let it”.

If I didn’t believe that myself, I would have NEVER gotten on track with my health.  I would have given up for the last time on August 26th, 2013 when I was “officially” diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after a cellulitis attack that landed me in the hospital/rehab for 17 days.  This just piled on top of other medical issues in the next 3+ years that caused me to STOP and realize where I was in life.  The choice I had to make was to stay the course and stay unhealthy or do DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

I chose the latter and the results have been astonishing.

My point to this is there will be times when we have to ride the lows in life to really appreciate the high points in life.  It’s like riding a roller coaster.  You know that the ride will pull back into the station and you survived the ride and you get ready for another ride.  It’s just the way things are.

Strap up Buttercup…it is what it is. So make the most of it.

“CHASE YOUR DREAM. DON’T EVER STOP CHASING IT!”

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