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From the monthly archives:

July 2011

Following on the heels of my blog about Optimism last month, I chose the “perpendicular” topic of perseverance for this month.  I call it perpendicular because optimism fuels and enhances perseverance enabling people to continue blazing their trail and achieving their goals.  I think of optimism as the “trail magic” that hikers on the Appalachian Trail sometimes experience.

Perseverance Defined

Let’s start with the definition of perseverance:
Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state,etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

  1. continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure
  2. persistent determination to adhere to a plan of direction; insistence

Levels of Perseverance

Let’s look at perseverance on a sliding scale.  On one end is patience.  On the other end is tenacity.  Both will help move you forward towards accomplishing your goals.  Patience is more passive, like waiting for someone to get back to you.  Conversely, tenacity is action oriented, like persistently following up with someone until you get an answer. [read more…]