3 Perfect Paths to a Tenacious Life
The Power of Tenacity
You need to harness the power of tenacity to adjust the results of your life. Not long ago, I was reading a pretty well-known blogger who was debunking the phrases, ‘winners never quit’ and ‘never give up.’ He implied that to press on when failure seems a foregone conclusion is foolhardy. And, sometimes, to quit, is to save energy for the next adventure. At the core, I object. The power of tenacity is the difference maker.
Years ago on a Midwestern farm a man drilled and drilled and drilled for oil, but to no avail. Eventually, he quit, sold all his equipment, and the farm. The new owners immediately started drilling. Viola. As it turned out, the original farmer had he persisted just a bit longer would have discovered one of the biggest oil fields in North America. Thomas Edison tried over 1,000 different substances and techniques to discover the perfect light bulb filament. By most definitions, Abraham Lincoln was a failure at most everything he tried. Lincoln was tenacious. Many people get cut from making any sports teams over and over again. Many people fail to secure that perfect job, over and over again.
Tenacity is a Major Difference Maker
It is the rare few who decide to be tenacious. I will not be denied. I will not quit. I will never, ever give up. Tenacity. Tenacity is a major difference maker. Will it make a difference for you? When the going gets tough do you quit? Are meaningful things worth fighting for? Who is responsible for your success or failure? Lesson 4 discussed that you can easily reclaim your life. You need to challenge assumptions that debunk tenacity and instead reflect on the vast potential within you.
3 Perfect Paths to a Tenacious Life
1. Choose a Tenacious State of Mind:
In order to gain the admiration of others, you must become an admirable person. You must be respectable. In order to be a leader of others, you must first lead yourself. In order to win, you must develop a winner’s mentality. You must choose a tenacious state of mind. Ultimately only you can hold yourself most accountable. It is a choice to be persistent. It is a choice to press on when many others begin to quit, complain, and fall by the wayside. Choose a tenacious state of mind.
One of the most important human quality is the deep-down, inside feeling of your own worth, regardless of your current position. Your self-esteem. Self-esteem is the notion that you deserve to be happy and successful, in conjunction with a belief in your own ability to handle life’s challenges.
Some people have developed a bad personal self-image. Even if on the outside she has achieved an impressive status, on the inside she is a mess. Individuals behave, not in accordance with daily realities, but more often, in accordance with their perception of reality. How the individual feels about himself or herself is everything, he or she will only aspire as far as their self-image.
When self-confidence becomes outright cockiness – that can be quite obnoxious. But, a healthy self-confidence is not just believing you can succeed, it is believing you can come back and win after you have failed, lost or been rejected. Tenacity.
Self-esteem, self-image and self-confidence, these three traits if worked on daily, have the power to help you have a tenacious state of mind.
2. Choose a Tenacious and Passionate Life:
Winners love and live life to its fullest. You have to have a passion rich, purpose-driven life. Live with passion every day and you will never live with deep regret. Be tenacious and make each day amazing! Only you have the power to be superman to those you love.
Life is too short to waste away.
Be glad. That’s all I have to say.
Just wear a smile from ear to ear.
Just show you’re happy, make it clear.
My point is that life has its good
Sides and its bad ones.
But always look to the good side.
If you go through life always looking down,
You are not living, you’re just passing by.
What you are doing is wasting a life … yours.
Life is a blessing, not a curse.
You’ve got to see the sunsets as the birth
Of a new night, not the death of a day.
I think happiness can be compared to a lit torch
In the darkness, the darkness being the lives
Of those who are sad.
The darkness does not vanquish the torch,
It’s quite the opposite.
It has the ability to light the lives of others
And maybe light their torches.
Life is too short and sweet to waste.
-Jason Jameson Sealy
That is a great poem on choosing a tenacious and passionate life. Below, I am sharing one of my all time favorite quotes connected to tenacity, purpose, and legacy!
“Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which
I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as
Brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
-George Bernard Shaw
3. Choose the Power of Perseverance
Choose to persevere. When I was a little boy I remember acting out the fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. The classic tale where the hare taunts the tortoise to a race until, frustrated, the tortoise agrees. All their friends crowd around the course and the race begins. The hare though, stops to visit, grabs a snack, and takes a nap. When the hare wakes up the tortoise who has been going slow and steady, slow and steady from the beginning, is close to the finish line. By the time the hare catches up to the tortoise, it is too late. The hare won the race. Winners are not always the fastest, but those who keep running. There are several different versions of this fable.
3 Perfect Paths to a Tenacious Life: Choose the Power of Perseverance
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through sheer power, but through persistence. Big. Strong. Fast. The stream with its relentless eddies and current will eventually whittle down the rock to smaller and smaller pieces. Have you seen pictures of the river running through the Grand Canyon? Perseverance.
Persevering through trying situations is not in the least bit easy. Do I need to point out to you that the word ‘severe’ makes up the majority of the word persevere! This is exactly why many people quit. They do not exercise a tenacious state of mind. They do not follow their passionate plan for their life. They do not persevere. It is too blame hard. That’s right. Life can absolutely knock you about and leave you broken, battered and bruised. Get up! Tenacity prevails when all else fails.
“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”
“Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”
A great picture of tenacity is watching toddlers who are trying to learn how to walk. Check it out. Have you watched this phenomenon? They fail over and over and over again. They fall down over and over and over again. In their head they see big people walking around. What? I can totally do that! Why should I be groveling around on all fours, hurting my knees and bashing my head into large objects? I need to walk. Dammit, I am going to walk. I am going to have an amazing incredible day – just watch and see! Okay, this is really hard. The solid objects that were in my diaper have changed to a slightly different consistency. But, I will never, never, never, never, never give up. I will walk. I am tenacious.