I have been doing a lot of reading lately. This probably has to do with the fact I have decided to take writing on as a serious part of my life. To write, you need to read. You need to find out what is on the minds of people and what impacts their day.

So what have I discovered this week? I have found there is a lot of confusion, a lot of anger and a lot of bullshit. But let us not talk about the political debates on television right now. That will most likely be a blog for another day.

This week, I want to share with you the importance perseverance. Perseverance is defined as “a steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”

Perseverance, we have all faced it, we have all had to make the choice to keep going or the choice to give up.

Have you ever sat and watched the world through a child’s eyes? I mean really watched. There are no limits to what they imagine, no hindrances to what they know they can accomplish. They come into this world not knowing how to crawl, roll over, walk or even talk. They take on each day and each task as an opportunity to learn, develop and grow. They work a little bit every day to accomplish the art of movement until pretty soon they are crawling, walking and running towards the next task in their life. When my children started to crawl or walk, I would sit on the floor, smiling and speaking in a happy, encouraging voice so they would come to me. I didn’t walk over to them sit them down and sternly tell them they couldn’t do it. I believed in them and what they wanted to accomplish.

But what happens to some of these children later in life? What happens when they become teenagers and adults? What causes the self-doubt and the idea that they are not capable of achieving their dreams and that there are now limits to what they can do. When do we suddenly decide we can not succeed at something that is just as much a part of our DNA as the color of our eyes?

I have a theory. I believe we allow the words and negativity of others to grab hold of us and cause doubt in our minds. As our minds absorb the words, they fester inside us, until one day our heart begins to believe what has been spoken. Sure, you may those negative words and push them aside saying it doesn’t matter, but deep down those words can grab hold and in some situations they can cause us to lose sight of our dreams and perhaps quit pursuing them.

Words are a powerful weapon. A weapon can be used to protect us or to kill us and in a lot of ways words are used the same way. Words can speak life or death. Words can encourage or discourage the heart.

Think of a time in your life when you were passionate about something. Perhaps it was a project at work, or it was what you wanted to do with your life. Think about the reaction of the people you shared that passion with. I believe it is safe to say that you had those who believed in you and those who thought the task was too daunting, or you weren’t the right man for the job. What did you do with the feedback you received? Did you believe the instructor in school who said you should consider some other line of work or did you set out to prove him wrong? Maybe the first time you were knocked down it didn’t bother you, but get hit enough times; you may find yourself starting to believe the naysayers. But even the doubters can’t take your passion or purpose away from you. It is part of your DNA, and while you may bury deep inside, it is still there.

I want to encourage you to persevere. Take the words spoken to you and use them as building blocks to achieve your dreams. There will be those who try to discourage you and will let you know you are crazy. There will be others who are excited for you and want to support you any way they can, so you will succeed. Regardless of what anyone thinks, if you believe it, you can achieve it.

Remember, we all started out with no limits to what we could accomplish if we worked hard to obtain it. You are proof you have the ability to fulfill your dreams, as long as you keep walking forward.

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