“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”
—Henry Ward Beecher, 19th Century Cleric
Image from Flickr by Darren Johnson
Have you ever tried to lift a small child who did not want to be picked up? The obstinacy of these little ones makes that 35-pound two-year-old feel like a ton of dead weight!
On the other hand, what it is like when this same child wants to leap into your arms with excitement and great enthusiasm? The child is light as a feather.
Where in your world are you experiencing obstinacy and a strong “won’t” from those around you?
How can you rework these relationships to agree and align on a common future in which all parties pursue a common goal?
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”
—Walter Elliot, 19th Century Scottish Politician
Image from timemanagementninja.com
My daughter Rachel is one of the hardest working, most persevering people I know.
Over a six-year period during college and a few years beyond, she was involved in a 12-week summer sales program in which she worked over 80 hours each week.
Despite many challenges including bad weather, barking dogs, and of course, tons of rejection, she was committed to selling high-quality educational products. She broke her day into two-hour manageable blocks of time, which helped her manage her efforts in small short races, instead of being overwhelmed by the long road ahead.
How can you use Rachel’s strategy – running many short races one after the other – to demonstrate the perseverance you need to win your most important personal and professional races?