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.


Do Yourself This Favor: Technology Cleanse

New disorders have been named to accommodate the growing number of people addicted to specific technologies; World of Warcraft and other video games, Facebook, Smartphones at dinner, Candy Crush, and more. Anyone remember the craze of the most addicting Facebook game of them all, Farmville?! Most Americans can say they would like to be less glued to their technology. Screen time has been known to cause sleep disturbance, and with work becoming more mobile, it becomes more and more invasive of our personal time. You can set boundaries, and a priming technology cleanse might be just what the doctor ordered to begin living in the real world and online with balance. Follow the following suggestions to have a successful technology cleanse.

Outline Your Cleanse

Without a plan, you plan to fail. Technology cleanses are probably one of the hardest cleanses to endure because it’s not a physical challenge, but a mental one. Decide how long you will cleanse for (typically 2-3 days or a week) and plan to begin 2-3 days prior so that you are not quitting cold turkey. Also set parameters of what technology you will obstain from, or when you will be able to use them. During this planning phase, decide what you want to spend your time doing instead. You will need this outline to refer to when you are feeling the itch, which brings us to our next point; relapse prevention.

Relapse Pre-Prevention

Decide why you are doing this technology cleanse and write your answer down. Place this card somewhere you will see it daily as a reminder, or keep it on you at all times. I’d suggest you take a picture with your phone so you always have it, but during a technology cleanse, you may not have that luxury. Revisit your “why” when you feel “the itch”.

Some last important suggestions before you get started are to notify anyone who needs to know you are doing a technology cleanse. This may be people you work with or for, Facebook friends or groups you normally converse with, or people closest to you that can help support you during your cleanse. Prepare for your return to technology, too. One of the best ways to do this is to unsubscribe to any email subscriptions you no longer care for. Go through and uninstall any unnecessary apps and turn off unnecessary notifications of the apps you are keeping. The last suggestion of this article is to learn to use ‘Airplane Mode’ which disables your phone’s ability to send or receive text messages, calls, or notifications. This mode may also be sometimes called flight mode, standalone mode, or offline mode and can be used in a number of situations. You can enable flight mode when you don’t want to be disturbed, when going into important meetings, to charge your battery faster, or reserve the battery life you already have.