When people speak of the power of perseverance, many are usually left wondering how to persevere, especially when in a tough situation. The reality is that there is a lot of power in perseverance which is most of the time overlooked due to the life challenges that most people face. However, no matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, you have to hold on and tell yourself that it’s not over. That’s the power of perseverance which is simply “not giving up”.
As Maya Angelou once said,
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Below are tips to help you strengthen your power of perseverance.
1. Love yourself
Love yourself and practice selfcare to protect your well-being and happiness. We are responsible for our own lives, and it’s only by following a self care routine that you will take full responsibility of your life and future. Do not wait for someone else’s gratitude. Nobody has to like you for you to succeed for you owe nothing to anyone. Speak words of gratitude in your own life.
2. Be responsible for your future
Take responsibility and move forward, make something great. Be that one person that several years from now someone else in a similar situation can listen to your story and get encouraged. Do not be selfish to deny that person something to keep them going. Someone out there needs to hear your story to move on and change their lives.
3. Hold onto your dreams
You have to have a desire and a dream that your life will one day change. Life will not be easy and sometimes you will get hit hard, but whatever it is that you want to achieve, if you want it so bad, you will succeed. It’s not too late to make that dream a reality. We all do not know what the future holds for each one of us and yet here we are. Be grateful that you can love and be loved.
Don’t bury your dreams under all the negativity such as disappointments, your past setbacks, and mistakes. Stop waiting for the right moment for it will never come. This usually arises out of fear and you keep postponing all your plans. Stop remembering the pain and all the hurt and remember what you’ve always wanted to achieve. There is no problem that is permanent.
4. Understand that we all fail at times
Some failure in life is inevitable and we all fail at some point. The number of mistakes that you have made and the disappointments in life should not hold you back. You have to persevere any challenges you face to have a brighter future. Change your failures and disappointments into achievements. Just do your best giving it all you have got. That is perseverance. Yes, you can make it. Be determined and refuel that depleted energy.
5. Know your worth
We need to know who we are and what we are worth. Though we all want to be appreciated, the reality is that everyone has their own burdens to carry and sometimes many hardly notice what another person might be going through. Stop expecting people to treat you like you are worthy and learn to show yourself some self love.
You might be in the dark end of a tunnel and don’t think that you will see any light soon. How it looks like and how it feels like shouldn’t discourage you or make you lose hope. It might not feel comfortable, but if you know that it’s going to be alright, that’s a great way to start.
Start by changing your mindset and mentality. Appreciate and value yourself and then pick yourself up and keep trusting and believing that you can achieve all that you want.