We have to have a will to persevere in order to get through difficult times without letting them get the best of us.

It’s easy to fall down in life. Difficult situations are all around us in today’s world. Still, you have control over just how you handle most situations – whether it’s constructive action or an emotional reaction.

Being full of pride, having a stubborn/rigid attitude, unwilling to understand or change completely sabotages personal & relationship growth. It may be the “knee-jerk” reaction you feel when things are bad, but it doesn’t help you or anyone else in the long run.

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Willingness is an integral ingredient to progress. Having any virtue whether it’s faith, humility, understanding or perseverance begins with the existence of having a desire to do more, do better. Any kind of positive change first requires you to be willing to make that change.

Perseverance is hard to have sometimes. It can be developed like a habit through practice. When things are bad in life, we might feel like giving up rather than steaming forward. Those bad times are the best times to develop your perseverance by mental focus. Our mental focus is largely dependent on the input we give our mind.

Do you ever find it easy to listen to or watch negative stuff when you feel negative? Negative breeds more negative and before you know it, the whole negative thing can snowball downhill really fast. It’s important to nip that in the bud, so to speak, and replace the negative input with positive, constructive input.

Direct your thoughts every moment of the day in a positive, productive direction. Make sure whatever you feed your mind (through video, music, reading, etc.) is something beneficial, enlightening or productive.

Make it a goal to persevere every day. Leave pride & selfishness behind you in the distant shadow – and may your journey along the path be bright.

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